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.Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy CoCo
Series: An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery #1
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on January 26th, 2021
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A BALMY WAY TO GO
With her Let It Bee honey boutique buzzing along nicely, life is as sweet as nectar for Wren Johnson—until she takes a morning walk along the Pacific beach with her Havana Brown cat, Everett, and stumbles upon the body of Agnes Snow, the cranky queen of the local craft fairs, stiff as driftwood. More unfortunate? Clutched in the victim’s fist is a label from Wren’s homemade beeswax-and-honey lip balm. Which makes Officer Jim Hampton focus his dreamy-blue Paul Newman eyes on Wren as suspect number one.
With fabulous feline support from Everett, Wren must comb the town for clues and clear her name before someone else gets stung.
Praise For Nancy Coco and Her Candy-Coated Mysteries
“A puzzling series of crimes . . . plenty of suspects and mouthwatering recipes.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Memorable characters, a charming locale, and a satisfying mystery.”—Barbara Allan
“It’s probably best not to read this while you’re too hungry, as the fudge recipes may send you right to the kitchen.” —The Oakland Tribune
Here is what I thought
This was the first book in a new series and I thought it was a decent start.
Wren owns a shop that specializes in Bee byproducts and even has the bee hives inside her shop for her shoppers to look at. Wren’s aunt and Agnes Stone are pretty big crafting competitors and so when Wren runs across the body of Agnes and she is clutching the label from one of Wren’s lip balms, she becomes suspect number one.
Wren decides she is going to try and figure out who actually done it since she knows she didn’t do it and the police don’t seem to be interested in finding anyone else right at that moment. The cop Jim doesn’t want her snooping around, especially when some other things happens that makes it seem like she could be harmed.
It seems there are several people that were not on great terms with Agnes and could have a reason for wanting her dead. It also seems that someone is not wanting Wren snooping which gets Wren in more trouble with the law.
Overall, I liked Wren but I think she was a little bit of a pain with her snooping when Jim would tell her not too. He was trying to protect her, as was her lawyer, who also told her to stay home, but she kept going out and getting herself in trouble or making herself look even more like the bad guy. I liked both the cop and the lawyer probably more than I liked Wren.
I did think the mystery in this one was a bit different and kind of sad once you find out the reason. It also had a bit of a twist at the end that was cool.
I liked it, but I will have to try the next one to see if it becomes a series I want to continue. Sometimes with cozies you have to try more than one book to really get into the characters and town, etc.