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The Murder of a Queen Bee (A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery) Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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About the Author
Meera Lester is the author of the first Henny Penny mystery, A Beeline to Murder, and nearly two dozen nonfiction books. She is the proprietress of the real Henny Penny Farmette, located in the San Francisco Bay area. While raising chickens and honeybees, she draws on her life with her animals and gardens 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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Hours after Fiona was a no show to the scheduled lunch her body is found in a burned out car in what looks to have been a horrific accident. But what the medical examiner finds is a bit shocking, it was obvious that Fiona had already been dead before the fire, Abby is immediately drawn into the investigation out of loyalty to her friend.
The Murder of a Queen Bee sounds like the exact kind of cozy mystery that I should have absolutely loved to read. The idea that the main character was once a police officer was very appealing since sometimes I just can't get behind a character getting involved in solving a murder who had no previous experience.
Unfortunately though it didn't take long to find that this book just really wasn't my cup of tea. The story often gets a bit overly descriptive to the point it became a tedious read that feels more like I'm being taught about every little detail than enjoying a fictional whodunnit. But also another thing I found a bit frustrating was between each chapter it jumps into recipes and tips that just completely broke up any flow of the story for me. As much as that seems like a great addition I would personally prefer it be held off until the end.
Overall, just not my cup a tea I'm afraid. A bit too detailed narrative and wasn't a fan of the formatting with some added extras.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love this new series by Meera Lester. I enjoy reading books that provide the reader with a very interesting mystery and gives me a chance to learn something new about gardening and other aspects of farming. This series fills the bill, each chapter has a quote from the Henny Penny Farmette dealing with either some aspect of gardening or beekeeping.
Abigail Mackenzie, having been injured in the line-of-duty with the Las Flores PD, has left the police department and has gotten a little farm where she raises vegetables and bees. She has settled in well to her farming activities and is enjoying her new life.
When her friend, Fiona Ryan is found dead in her car, the police consider it a case of suicide, but Abby and her former partner on the police force, Katerina, don’t share that view. As Abby begins to look into Fiona’s death she is drawn to commune outside of town, where there is a possibility of drug dealing being done there. Also helping Abby is Jack Sullivan, Fiona’s brother.
In addition to having to deal with her farmette and the investigation, Abby also has to deal with the reappearance of Clay Calhoun, her former boyfriend who see,s to think that they can just pick up where they were.
A wonderful new series with an entertaining cast of characters.
Recipes are also included in the book.
Will be watching for the next book in this series.
This is the first time I have read anything by Meera Lester and The Murder of a Queen Bee was very good.
Abby Macenzie has gone from police officer to farmer and beekeeper. She may have quit being a police office, but when a good friend of hers, Fiona Mary Ryan, doesn't show up for lunch, Abby knows something isn't right.
Saddened and shocked by the death of her friend, Abby sets out to ask questions, after all, who better than an ex-cop to dig into a mystery.
Unraveling the truth proves pointless at times, but she refuses to give up.
The other twist to the story is Abby's old flame Clay. It seems he left a year ago and suddenly turns back up, leaving Abby a bit dumbfounded. When Abby teams up with Fiona's brother Jack during the investigation, she begins to doubt her relationship with Clay.
I enjoyed this book and the author has really created a cast of great characters. I didn't like Clay, but I do like Jack, maybe something will spark between them. Her friend, Kat, is still a police officer and plays a good role with Abby. Their different personalities make the book entertaining.
I look forward to going back and reading the first book in the series.
This story has a cult, a drug dealer, a pain in the @ss police chief, multiple suspects...and yes...a love interest or three.
Abby's ex pops up during her desperate search for clues, just as narcissistic as ever, clueless about her wants or needs, he never even noticed the shot out bedroom window, before he finally left to chase after another female.
However Jack, Fiona's brother is more than supportive and the two grow closer as they deal with the aftermath of Fiona's death and the investigation they both doggedly pursue.
I received an advance copy free for my honest opinion.
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Author: Meera Lester
Publisher: Kensington Books
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