Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Review on October 15, 2015

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beeline to murder

A Beeline to Murder (A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery)
New Cozy Mystery Series
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617739095


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…

Includes farming tips and delicious recipes!


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I think this is going to be an interesting new series. Abby is a former police officer turned farmer. When Abby finds her friend Chef Jean-Louis dead in his bakery, she can’t believe it is suicide and sets out to prove the police wrong.

This book read like it was further in the series than book 1, there wasn’t a lot of back story at the beginning, you read about it as the book progressed which is what I normally see in later books in a series, enough back story to remind you of how the series was set up without rehashing the whole thing.

The killer was sort of easy to figure out once you got about 1/2 way through if you pick up on a few clues, but you don’t really know why until further on in the book. The up side is that Abby isn’t put into a predicament with the killer at the end but is able to help the police find the true killers.

The book has recipes and hints about raising bees and a few other tidbits that are interesting related to farming/gardening.  Maybe one day I’ll try a tip or two!

Overall we give this 4 paws up and look forward to more in the series.


About The Author 

meeralesterMeera 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 in Concord, California.  Meera co-founded Writers Connection, a Bay Area organization of writers and publishing professional.


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