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This book is a nice blend of a cozy mystery to solve, police procedure and forensics, and enjoyable characters. Abby is a strong character as is her best friend, Kat who is still a member of the town's police force. A number of supporting characters were introduced, many local business owners, who I would expect to figure more prominently in future stories. And maybe in a future story we'll find out if there is a hidden joke in everyone always referring to Chief Bob Allen by his full name and title.
Reading about the amount of work that Abby does to maintain and grow her farmette business while juggling her investigative assignment is both exhausting and inspiring for those of us who count gardening as a favorite pastime. The attention paid to details of police procedure and chain-of-evidence by a former professional law inforcement officer is a nice change from the many amateur detectives found in cozies and adds a touch of reality to the investigation. A careful reader can connect the dots from the clues to solve the mystery along with Abby and Kat.
There are bits of farming wisdom from the "Henny Penny Farmette Almanac" at the beginning of each chapter and a recipe or other advice on beekeeping or gardening at the end of each chapter. The recipe for Maisey's Low-Country Bourbon Pecan Pie looks especially inviting.
Recommended. I'm looking forward to reading more mysteries from this series.
A free copy of this ebook was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes.
I love cozy mystery genre! I love books set in the countryside, on a farm! I love book with recipe! I love books with animals! I love books where the protagonist is not a detective but she likes to investigate in place of police! How could I not love this book? It 's a beautiful and brilliant start to a series.
Abigail has begun a new life. She can no longer work in the police department and so decided to devote herself to a farm and especially to her beloved bees. She produces a honey really good and becomes the official supplier for the pastry chef in the town, Jean-Louis Bonheur. During a delivery she finds him dead. Police believe it is a suicide and archives the case. But the instinct of Abby suggests that it does not. The brother of the pastry thinks like her and hires her to investigate the murder. It will not be easy for Abby to continue the investigation and take care of the farm.
I really liked Abigail, is a great character. She has been able to start again from scratch and create a successful business without giving up her dreams. She is really strong and independent. I also liked her friendship with Kat, an old colleague of police, are very close and can always count on each other.
Start each chapter with a quote from "Henry Penny Farmette Almanac", and end with a recipe or advice regarding the activities in a farm, has made reading more appealing.
It's a fun and entertaining mystery that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The plot is tight and intricate, with some twists, a good pace and charming characters.
I look forward to reading another adventure of Abby
I received an advance reader edition of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Abigail Mackenzie has left the police force for life on a farm. Her new life includes chickens, bees and growing veggies and fruits. She also does a little investigating on her own to help pay the bills. While delivering a new batch of honey to a local restaurant she finds chef Jean-Louis Bonheur dead in his kitchen. The police quickly rule his death as a suicide and close the case. When the chef’s brother comes to town he finds the ruling unacceptable and get a bee in his bonnet to hire Abby to investigate. She would just as soon make a beeline in the other direction but she has a hard time bee-lieving the chef would take his own life too. Together they try to find out if he was really murdered but they could both get stung before they get all the answers they need.
I liked Abigail Mackenzie from the very first page. She left the police force due to an injury but she still helps out when she can. Shocked to find a man she knows dead her training kicks right in. She checks the body and the scene and gives a thorough report when the officers reach the scene and she continues to theorize what may have happened. She even jumps in to help the medical examiner’s assistant, new and on his first call, get the body on the gurney and in the body bag. All the while searching for more clues. She is respected in the community and that helps as she takes on the investigation herself. She is patient and wise and sees things other people miss. She is my kind of amateur sleuth.
Ms. Lester’s writes with a very even flow. She introduces us to all the characters and their relationships. Some are more fluid and some are just developing. I found all of the characters very interesting and want to get to know them even better in future stories. Her pacing is perfect. The mystery has a few red herrings to divert us from detecting the true killer. I was kept guessing right to the end.
I also enjoyed the recipes and tips following each chapter.
This is a fine start for this series. I am looking forward to the next installment.