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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cozy Wednesday - Mind Your Own Beeswax by Hannah Reed

Welcome to another Cozy Wednesday, 45 degrees and rainy here today and for the last few days.  Someone has stolen Spring and I wish they would bring it back.  I may have to get one of the amateur sleuths from one of my cozies on the case to solve the mystery of Who Stole Spring in Wisconsin?

Maybe Hannah Reed can help me out, not only does she live in Wisconsin, but her Queen Bee Mystery Series is set in Wisconsin as well.  I can't wait to tell you about the second book in the series.

Cover Design
by Judith Lagerman
Cover Illustration
by Trish Cramblet
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group

A Queen Bee Mystery
2nd Book In The Series

Release Date: May 3, 2011

Story Fischer, her honeybees, her wonderful store, and bullet points are back. Only some of the honey bees are trying to escape, a whole hive empties out and leads Story to "The Lost Mile," the place where the legendary Lantern Man is said to reside. It is a little less than a mile long and had been logged at one time.  Now a road has been cut through the middle of it and young saplings of pines and maples are flourishing.  Many of the residents of Moraine, Wisconsin believe the story of the Lantern Man is just an old tale made up to keep kids away from the area as it is a place teenagers have used for parties for years.

A former resident of Moraine has also returned and gone missing so while Story is searching for her bees, the rest of the town is looking for Lauren Kerrigan.  Story finds her bees in a tree but will need help getting them back to the hive.  In the meantime she helps look for Lauren and is quite surprised when not only Lauren but another town resident are found dead almost in the exact spot in the woods where Story found her bees.

You know Story is not going to mind her own beeswax when it comes to these murder investigations.  The whole town is buzzing and she will have a honey of a time searching through a swarm of clues to solve these murders.

Not only do I love these mysteries but the characters are absolutely priceless.  Story is the perfect protagonist, Story's mother never fails to crack me up, her sister speaks in texting lingo, LOL, her grandmother is so lovable and loyal, her maybe boyfriend is a hunk and the Realtor from hell, Lori,  just adds pure delight to these stories. Plus Ben and Dinky make the story even more special.

Hannah Reed is an extraordinary writer.  This story is sharp, well written, engaging and full of excitement. This perfect cozy mystery is definitely a must read for all mystery lovers. This book is a really sweet treat and even includes some honey recipes in the back. Everyone will be buzzing about this book and you do not want to miss out on the fun.  You will be "BEE" very entertained, this is a honey of a book and a honey of a series. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a division of  Penguin Publishing . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Steve Capell said...

Thanks for your reveiw. This book really sounds interesting.

Julie P said...

So glad you liked it! I have the first book in this series on my wishlist...