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Product Details

  • Series: A Queen Bee Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425236420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425236420
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hannah Reed lives on a high ridge in southern Wisconsin in a small community much like the one she writes about. She is busy writing more in the Queen Bee series.
Visit Hannah and explore Story's world at

(Hannah also writes mysteries as Deb Baker) --author

Customer Reviews

Story is a great character.
I love to read what she writes and cannot wait to the next installment to this honey of a series.
Lori Caswell
If you love Cozy Mysteries then you will love this book.
Nancy L. Bradford

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Librarian D.O.A. on September 9, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the first in a welcome new series "Queen Bee Mysteries" by author Hannah Reed. Story Fischer is learning the craft of beekeeping from her good friend Manny until he is found dead, stung to death. Story is heartbroken but knows immediately that he had to have been killed by yellowjackets rather than his own bees. His journal is missing and a suspicious man is out to take all of Manny's hives.

In addition to learning beekeeping, Story runs a grocery store in an old church. I loved the way local farmers sold their goods at her store, making it seem like a natural hub for activity and gossip.

Many mysteries set in small towns thrive on gossip as one of the main ways of revealing plot elements and motivations. Move over, gossip mongers, Pity-Party Patti has got you in her sights. Generally referred to as P.P. Patti, this telescope wielding snoop sees everything and she makes sure everyone knows her version of what she's got to share.

There is plenty of romance as Story keeps the town buzzing about her relationships with sleazy ex-husband Clay, old flame Hunter, grudge bearing police chief Johnny Jay and rumors that she was more than an apprentice to her mentor Manny.

Toss in a disapproving mother and a rockin' grandma and we're off to a great start!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Queen Bee Mystery
Release Date September 7, 2010
Berkley Prime Crime

Set in the fictional town of Moraine, Wisconsin, Story Fischer is gearing up for National Honey Month (September). Her messy divorce is final. Her store, The Wild Clover, is very successful and is the only local grocery. It is a truly unique mercantile, as the building was formerly a church, complete with stained glass windows. She also works with her friend and mentor, Manny, who is teaching her all he knows about the honey business. They have harvested their honey and stock various honey products on The Wild Clover's shelves and on shelves in stores throughout the county. Everything seems pretty sunny in Story's life.

But it doesn't take long before things start to get sticky.

Her mentor is found dead, in front of his beehives, totally covered in bees and honey. The police and the entire town believes Manny was killed by his bees. Story tries to explain the difference between honeybee stings and wasp or yellow jacket stings, but no one will listen. The local Realtor, a crazy woman named Lori, wants all the bees killed including Story's bees.

While Story is working hard to save all the bees, another body is found in the Oconomowoc River, and this time the evidence points directly at Story's ex-husband. Yes, he is a jerk, thinks he's God's gift to women, and a "buzzkill," but not a murderer. Story shifts into high gear to save her bees, her business and even her ex. Honey may be sweet, but this mystery is anything but sweet. Story will be busy as a bee to untangle this mess and trying to keep herself from getting stung in the process.

I loved this book for so many reasons:

* The subject matter is truly unique.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allan E. Ansorge on September 20, 2010
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Hannah Reed may have surpassed her efforts of a past incarnation with BUZZ OFF, the first of a brand new series from Berkley. With characters you not only can believe in, but want to get to know, she weaves a small town mystery to challenge a current day Miss Marple, who just happens to be a bee keeper. As if an ex moving in next door isn't enough of a problem, half the town thinks she did in her mentor. Wacky relatives and neighbors lighten the load as she works to exonerate herself by seeking out the real culprit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DeeDee Brown on September 19, 2014
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I was in search of a new cozy mystery series to enjoy. Unfortunately, the Queen Bee Mysteries won't be it.
I don't understand authors who choose to set their stories amid angry, rude people. I understand this is fiction, but it reads like a 12 year old's diary. 'So and so, a lifelong arch enemy...' 'This person, who had bullied me since I was a child' etc, etc.
The townspeople are so acrimonious that it's just totally unbelievable. Even the protagonist's family are so hateful that it sours the book from the beginning.
Of course, upon reading more of the book, one can see why people might treat Story with little respect or tolerance. She is, sadly, extremely unintelligent and immature. This character falls victim to another mistake some writers choose to employ; she is written as a farce. Story makes stupid decisions and then the reader is expected to find the resultant idiotic mess humorous. They're not. They are simply tiresome, as are the drawn out 'misunderstandings'.
I understand that the author is trying to put local color into her work, but the 'extras' thrown into the story are unrelated to the mystery and drag the story down. Also, the bullet points...ridiculous. Also, the main character's sister constantly talking in 'text speak' is extremely irritating.
I slogged through to the end because I dislike giving up on a book, especially one I've paid $5.99 for. By the time the mystery is solved, however, I didn't really care and was just glad I was done with the book.

A book that costs this much should deliver a LOT more. I will not be reading any more of this series.
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Hannah Reed is the creator of the Queen Bee Mysteries. She also writes as Deb Baker. When not struggling with her split personality, she is busy writing, gardening, and enjoying life in the rolling wooded hills of Southeastern Wisconsin.

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