A Bee Keeping Mystery Book 1
As a successful mystery author, Bailey Briggs writes about murder, but nothing prepares her for actually discovering the dead body of the founder of her hometown of Humble Hills, Colorado. Bailey grew up at Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch and was raised by her beekeeping grandmother, Blossom Briggs, aka Granny Bee, and her two eccentric sisters, Aster and Marigold—which is why she drops everything to come home and help Granny Bee after a bad fall.
A broken foot doesn’t stop her grandmother from ruling The Hive, her granny’s book club, or continuing to prepare and package her bee-inspired products. But when Bailey’s grandmother’s infamous “Honey I’m Home” hot spiced honey turns out to “bee” the murder weapon and her granny is now the prime suspect, Bailey has no choice but to use her fictional detective skills to help solve the murder and “smoke out” the real culprit.
With the help of Bailey’s witty bestie, a pair of meddling aunts, the feisty members of The Hive, and her computer-savvy daughter, this amateur sleuth is determined to solve the case. A malicious attack and an ominous threat reveal that someone wants Bailey to butt out of the investigation, but there’s no way she’s backing down. She must use her skills to uncover the truth and catch the clever culprit before her grandmother ends up bee-hind bars.
A successful mystery writer returns home to Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch with her twelve-year-old daughter, Daisy, after she received word that her Granny Bee (Blossom Briggs) broke her foot. Granny Bee’s sisters, Aster and Marigold are there and part of “The Hive,” their active book club.
It doesn’t hurt that a teenage crush is back in town, now a local sheriff. An old BFF is around and between she and Evie manage to get into a lot of trouble as they go about trying to prove the death of the mayor by honey is not Granny Bee’s fault.
Well, good luck with that!
Werner was allergic to bees and it’s not like he was a beloved member of the community. I got the feeling that Sheriff Sawyer is new to office and terribly inexperienced. The Hive quickly organizes and begins the task of solving the murder.
(It’s nice that seniors are being included in novels now, but they seem to be evolving into a standard caricature.)
Of course, Bailey is warned more than once to leave the investigation to him, but appears he is always second and allowing a civilian where none would normally be allowed. There are clues and twists. The dialogue is kicky and generational, banter between the oldsters, and there is a doggy for fun.
I loved the cover with the dog, very atmospheric connotation and must admit I stayed in the dark as to whom it might have been, even as the victim was a detestable lout, disappointed in the reveal. Guess I also expected more details regarding the honey market and descriptive details regarding the quaint little Colorado town of Humble Hills.
A nice start to a new series but hope for more complete fleshing next installment.
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author and publisher through @NetGalley that in no way influenced this review. These are my honest thoughts.
Rosepoint Rating: Three point Five Stars
Genre: Cozy Culinary Mystery, Amateur Sleuth Mysteries, Cozy Culinary Mysteries
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Print Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: July 18, 2023
Source: Publisher and NetGalley
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The Author: Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet who loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.
Her books range from western romance to cozy mysteries but they all have the charm and appeal of quirky small town life. She loves genre-mashups like adding romance to her Page Turners cozy mysteries and creating the hockey-playing cowboys in the Cowboys of Creedence. The same small town community comes to life with more animal antics in her latest Creedence Horse Rescue series. And her sassy heroines and hunky heroes carry over in her heartwarming, feel good romances from Hallmark Publishing. Take the Honey and Run is her newest cozy mystery in the A Bee Keeping Mystery series.
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