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A Beeline to Murder (A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2016
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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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The preliminary investigation concludes it was suicide. The victim’s brother, Philippe Bonheur does not believe it. He knows that his brother would never kills himself and even had a trip to the Caribbean planned for his birthday. Philippe hires Abby to investigate the crime and prove it was murder. Abby investigates the crime with Philippe’s help in between taking care of her chickens, swarming bees (moving to a new location), handling Sugar (Chef Jean-Louis’ dog), and planting appropriate plants for her bees. Abby can really use the money from the case to help fix up her house (which needs work). Will Abby be able to prove Chef Jean-Louis was murdered? Who wanted Chef Jean-Louis dead?
I enjoyed reading A Beeline to Murder. It is a cute cozy mystery with the lovely setting of Las Flores, California. Abby Mackenzie is a likeable main character, but I wish we were given more information about her. The information we are given is given out in little bits throughout the story (which I found frustrating). We are not given a lot of information about the other characters in the book (I do know that Philippe is extremely handsome as it was mentioned several times). I think the characters just need to be fleshed out a little bit (given life). The author provided good clues to the mystery and provided a little twist at the end. I found the person responsible for the crime to be obvious, but that could just be me (I picked out the person responsible not long after the character was introduced). Overall, it is a good first book. I will definitely read the next book in the series. The one thing I did not like was that the crime happened almost immediately at the beginning of the story. I think we needed a little more of an introduction before we get to the dead person. I give A Beeline to Murder 4 out of 5 stars. The books does provide some great tips on taking care of bees, making good honey, and the right type of fauna to plant for bees (makes me wish I was not allergic to them).
I received a complimentary copy of A Beeline to Murder from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
I received this ebook from NetGalley and Kensington in exchange for an honest review.
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.