I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester
Series: , #1
Published by Kensington Pages: 394
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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!
Abigail Mackenzie pushed the trowel deep into the soft, loamy earth where she had been planting lavender from gallon pots.
What I thought of this book
This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to start in on book two.
Abby used to be a cop, but after having to have surgery on her thumb and things not going so well wit it she quit and bought a farmette. She is working really hard to get it prepared to make her a bit of income. One of the things she has on her farm are bees and she has been selling the honey to Jean-Louis a baker in town.
He gets angry if she is late on a delivery so she was hurrying up to get to his store and that is when she finds his dead body. Who would want to kill the chef? Yes, he had some anger issues but he was a nice man, he gave coffee and pastries to the homeless, etc. It looks as if he might have killed himself by hanging but Abby isn’t buying it.
When the chief declares it a suicide Jean-Louis’s brother Phillippe hires her to look into it. She could use the money but can she afford the time away from her farmette. She decides that she liked Jean-Louis to much to not want to find his killer.
In a town who doesn’t seem to be too fond of gay people, there could be a lot of suspects, but one starts to stand out after her and Phillippe as they go through Jean-Louis’s personal items and put together his life.
I liked Abby, she has taken on the chore of a farmette and has embraced it as her new life, but a part of her still likes crime fighting. Her girlfriend Kat, who is a policewoman in town that she use to work with, thinks that Abby needs a life. I like Kat as well, she was fun.
I thought it was a good start to a series and I am curious about how the next one will go. I am interested in learning more about Abby, Kate and her neighbor Lucas as well as others in town. It has a good mystery, even though I figured out who the killer might be it took me a while.
If you’re a cozy fan then I think you will enjoy this one.