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A Beeline to Murder (A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery) Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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About the Author
Meera Lester is the author of nearly two dozen nonfiction books and the proprietress of the real Henny Penny Farmette, located in the San Francisco Bay area. Raising chickens and honeybees, she draws on her life at her farmette as the basis of her Henny Penny Farmette mysteries. She blogs about life there at hennypennyfarmette.com. You can also visit her at meeralester.com/mlls; facebook.com/meera.lester; and twitter.com/MeeraLester.
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creative, well drawn, colorful characters.
The setting of the farmette was a perfect place for
the main character to live. The vivid description made
the reader feel as if they were there.
The beginning of each chapter related wisdom from
the Henny Penney Farmers Almanac. The end of each
chapter had either ways to farm the bees, the flowers
needed to attract the bees, the type of honey each bee
produced or mouthwatering recipes.
Besides the bees, the farmers had fruit trees, vegetables
and chickens plus Houndini the crowing rooster.
Sugar who was the deceased chef's dog, that Abby,
former police officer turned farmer adopted added
flavor to the story.
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.
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