September 2015, Kensington, 298 pages, Paperback & Ebook, Review copy
Content: murder, humour,
Summary from Kensington
From peacekeeper to beekeeper…
After an injury forced her to leave the police department, Abigail Mackenzie started a second career as a farmer. Raising chickens, harvesting honey from her bee colony, and growing heirloom vegetables on her farmette in the beautiful Bay Area town of Las Flores, Abby has embraced all the benefits of a peaceful life.
But when she attempts to deliver her trademark honey to local pastry chef Jean-Louis Bonheur and finds him dead in his shop, her old investigative instincts kick in. After the coroner rules the death a suicide, the chef’s handsome French-Canadian brother insists on hiring Abby to find out who really killed Jean-Louis.
With the patience of a farmer and the industriousness of a bee, Abby sorts through a swarm of suspects, including the chef’s landlord, his protégé, an eccentric homeless woman, loan sharks, and a brawny biker. But as she closes in on the truth, she’ll need more than her beekeeper suit to protect her from a killer’s sting…
If you hadn't already guessed from the title, bees are involved in this light hearted murder read. I find them fascinating creatures, no least becuase I like honey, so I enjoyed learning more about beekeeping. It's obvious that a former police officer will never lose the observational skills and sixth sense for trouble, which lands Abby in danger a lot.
Despite the moments of high stakes and high peril this read is full of laughs. I felt like I'd known Abby and her friends for more than 1 book, they have both everyday issues and issues that are unique to Abby's life which I hope I never face, but I was somehow able to relate to them too. She likes to do things for herself, but is able to work in a team when needs must. I'm eager to read more about her life! There wasn't anything in particular that meant a not perfect grade, it just didn't reach it.
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