- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (June 21, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747234302
- ISBN-13: 978-0747234302
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 316 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,024,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Milk and Honey Paperback – June 21, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
On a summer night in a housing development near Los Angeles, police sergeant Peter Decker finds a winsome two-year-old girl playing on a swing set--and wearing blood-soaked pajamas. Unclaimed, "Sally" is placed in a foster home while Decker and partner Marge Dunn try to learn her identity. Bee stings on her arms lead them days later to the scene of a bloody multiple murder at a honey farm. While piecing together a bizarre puzzle of betrayal and revenge which includes adultery, infertility and land development plans, Peter is also investigating rape and assault charges brought against an old army buddy from Vietnam. The pressures of the murder case and doubts about his friend's innocence compound Peter's anxiety as he waits for young Orthodox Jewish widow Rina Lazarus to decide if she will marry him--an older man who's only recently embraced his Jewish heritage. Kellerman weaves these threads into a believable, intricate mystery in which series hero Decker is revealed as even more complex, interesting and sympathetic than in earlier appearances ( Sacred and Profane ). Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate; author tour.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
"Stunning . . . unforgettable."
-- Cleveland Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH Plain Dealer ) --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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I'm a hobbyist beekeeper, and even though I'm not an expert on the subject the information on beekeeping in Milk and Honey is way off target. Without giving anything away, a 2-year-old child is found wandering around alone in a residential development, and what appears at first to be a rash on her arms leads Decker and other detectives to two families of beekeepers near L.A.
At one point in the novel one of the characters, by banging on the hives, gets the honeybees from a number of different hives to fly out, join together and chase Pete Decker and his partner. The bees are described as flying out and coalescing in a big swarm that chase the detectives. This is ridiculous. Bees simply don't act that way. The only bees that might possibly act that way are Africanized bees, which were not in California in any numbers when this novel was written in 1990. Also, the bees are sometimes describing as "biting." Bees don't bite; the worker bees sting.
There are many other little things in the novel that show Kellerman didn't do much if any research on beekeeping. First, I've rarely heard a beekeeper refer to a "honey farm." For one thing, in California in particular much of the money in beekeeping is in renting hives for pollination for almond growers and for growers of other nut and fruit trees; selling honey is often just a sideline to the real money in pollination and in selling nucs, live bees and queens to other beekeepers. For another, the professional beekeepers in the book are described as always wearing veils and gloves. Even very experienced beekeepers often do wear veils, because bees can fly into the orifices in one's face -- eyes, nose, mouth and eyes -- and sometimes other protective gear, but many if not most pros don't use gloves because it makes it more difficult for the beekeeper to work with hives without accidentally killing bees if their hands are covered in thick gloves.
These are just a few of the bee facts in this novel that don't ring true to anyone who has spent time around bees or who has researched them.
I understand that is a mystery novel, not a book on beekeeping, but the lack of good research in this area makes me wonder about in what other areas the research may be weak.
I had never read Faye Kellerman books, but will start looking into them if the carrier of p.o. gentlemen Decker I found the book very exciting and will certainly follow this author again.
Viet Nam, which scarred both their lives, more so, Abel as he could'n live and did not choose to, atter losing his leg. I have read 90% of the book and hop to finish it today.
Have always heard of Faye Kellerman books, mow will be looking for them again,
Peter stumbles upon a two year old little girl & he and Marge comb the neighborhood to see if anyone can identify her. Although Patty Bingham hesitates, she says no, but she suspects who the girl's father is. Since the girl has various bee stings, they search out bee farms and that's where they meet the Darcys -- a large family with the grandpa, grandma, the sons & wives & children & unmarried children. Katie is the little girl's name and she has witnessed a gruesome scene of murder.
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