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The Beekeeper (The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery Book 1) by [Moore, Juliet]
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  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PG37ZU
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The Beekeeper: The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery

A debut mystery written by a romance writer? Normally I would pass anything remotely related to `romance' (don't scowl, I don't read cookbooks or poetry either). But for some odd reason I was drawn to this book. Maybe I was secretly looking for a little schadenfreude: can you really cross literary boundaries like that?

The answer is No, not usually. Not unless you are an extraordinary writer like Juliet Moore. (You think that's her real name?) Ms. Moore is one of those rare writers who actually studied writing, at UCLA no less, without turning into an unbearable snob or an effete literary professor. And now she brings her skills to bear on the police procedural/mystery genre--with tremendous results.

Her writing is as smooth as James Patterson. Each sentence leads us from one pivotal moment to the next without a single hitch or distraction. She doesn't bore us with irrelevant but beautiful details. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I know what the main character looks like.

Juliet Moore gives us a fascinating education on beekeeping. Some authors would dive into details just to show off. Others (like me) would sketch a plot-point and blow through it with barely enough detail for the reader to know hives may be involved. Ms. Moore provides just the right amount of detail to make us feel like we learned enough to analyze the evidence. Far more information than we get from the aforementioned Patterson. And far less than required to put the reader to sleep. She hits the perfect balance.

I cringed as the inevitable kissy-bits crept into the story.
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I don't know who wrote the book description on this page, but it doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to the book I read.

"Her opportunity [to regain the respect of her fellow officers] comes during a routine check at a near-abandoned hotel...." No it doesn't.

Detective Elizabeth Stratton of Homicide is on leave from duty following a fatal shooting and a disastrous sexual relationship with her former partner, Chris. She is also staying at the decrepit and partially derelict Roosevelt Hotel due to hurricane damage to her home. Then a young man runs out of a stair well and begs her to assist his girlfriend who is in a room full of bees.

Stratton runs to the rescue and finds two women in the bee infested hotel room, one living and one dead. Returned to active duty to investigate the homicide, Stratton is assigned a new partner, the snuff-rubbing James, and then learns that the dead woman was already the subject of a missing person report. In fact, she was last seen in the bar of the same hotel where she was found: raped, strangled, and with her mouth full of honey.

The mystery "rapidly becomes compelling when . . .the bees follow her home." No they don't. Have no idea where this came from.

Finally "But just when she's closing in on the killer, he targets her new friend. . . ." What? The target is a bartender she meets during the investigation not a "new friend."

At only about 157 pages (2554 locations) the story feels seriously underdeveloped. Elizabeth Stratton clearly hasn't learned anything from her first problems in the department in that she repeats her mistakes. The other characters are two-dimensional at best.

The investigation degenerates from intriguing to banal (and unbelievable) at best.
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Very impressive debut novel by author, Juliet Moore. The plot was strange and unusual, perhaps even a bit over-the-top, but original, different, and certainly not boring.

In this first book of a series, we meet Detective Elizabeth Stratton, who is on a disciplinary suspension from the police force for (we assume) a reckless shooting death. She's reinstated, and as the story moves, we'll see that she is quick to reach for her gun; I almost saw her as a potential female version of John Sanford's Lucas Davenport--there's definitely a bit of the "rogue cop" about her. I liked the character, and the book, from the first, held promise of an action-oriented protagonist.

I believe this is the first murder mystery where a serial killer's chosen instrument of death was a swarm of stinging bees. That struck me as bizarre, strange, and perversely intriguing. The story is fast on delivery, not padded, and the reader is hurled into the crime chaos right from the start. Sometimes the "first of a series" throws too much back-story information out there, and it gets in the way of the plot. I think Ms. Moore gave us just enough so that we could infer past events and be introduced to issues in a way that didn't clutter the current action.

I found the details about bees and beekeeping to be very interesting (despite, or maybe because of, the fact that I am terrified of bees). There was some romance/sex and again, I thought of early Davenport. If you think you'd like to see a female in the role of Sanford's popular cop, you'll probably enjoy Detective Elizabeth Stratton.

OK, I did not care for her tobacco-chewing partner, and I say "Yuck" to reading about how he discards his chaw and hides it under paper, etc.
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