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Posted August 4, 2010
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A Queen Bee Mystery
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
Release Date September 7, 2010
Berkley Prime Crime
Set in the fictional town of Moraine, Wisconsin, Story Fischer is gearing up for National Honey Month (September). Her messy divorce is final. Her store, The Wild Clover, is very successful and is the only local grocery. It is a truly unique mercantile, as the building was formerly a church, complete with stained glass windows. She also works with her friend and mentor, Manny, who is teaching her all he knows about the honey business. They have harvested their honey and stock various honey products on The Wild Clover's shelves and on shelves in stores throughout the county. Everything seems pretty sunny in Story's life.
But it doesn't take long before things start to get sticky.
Her mentor is found dead, in front of his beehives, totally covered in bees and honey. The police and the entire town believes Manny was killed by his bees. Story tries to explain the difference between honeybee stings and wasp or yellow jacket stings, but no one will listen. The local Realtor, a crazy woman named Lori, wants all the bees killed including Story's bees.
While Story is working hard to save all the bees, another body is found in the Oconomowoc River, and this time the evidence points directly at Story's ex-husband. Yes, he is a jerk, thinks he's God's gift to women, and a "buzzkill," but not a murderer. Story shifts into high gear to save her bees, her business and even her ex. Honey may be sweet, but this mystery is anything but sweet. Story will be busy as a bee to untangle this mess and trying to keep herself from getting stung in the process.
I loved this book for so many reasons:
* The subject matter is truly unique. I have never read a mystery with bees as the theme.
* The characters are a hoot, or should I say a buzz since we are dealing will bees. Their humorous quips can be a sharp as a sting, and P.P. Patty will have you laughing out loud. You will come to love the entire hive.
* The mystery is solidly written, many twists and turns and will keep you guessing until the very end.
* This book is set in Wisconsin, my home territory. If Moraine was a real town, I could be shopping in Story's store or canoeing on the Oconomowoc River in about 45 minutes.
* Included in the book are some wonderful recipes.
* Why is my review written using bullet points, you will have to read the book to find out.
Seriously though Hannah Reed has written a truly extraordinary debut to start this brand new series. It is one guilty pleasure I am honored to have. I love to read what she writes and cannot wait to the next installment to this honey of a series.
Be sure to visit the Official Website for the Queen Bee Mystery Series.
You can also pre-order your own copy today here or at any online or brick and mortar book store of your choice. There will continue to be a lot of BUZZ about this book now and long time after it's actual release date of September 7th. It is the perfect book to celebrate National Honey Month, which is right around the corner.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author.. 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."
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Posted October 12, 2010
The colourful cover of "Buzz Off" caught my eye a week ago. After reading the blurb on the back cover I knew it was for me. I love mysteries AND honey so the combination was a delight. I could not put the book down all week. With great characters, beautiful descriptions of Moraine and the surrounding area, together with a clever and fun plot, plus a dash of sweet romance, "Buzz Off" is a terrific gem. I also learned more about honey bees than I ever knew before. I cannot wait for the next Queen Bee Mystery! In the meantime, I'll be trying out some of the delicious looking recipes thoughtfully included at the back of the book.
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Posted July 11, 2010
In Moraine, Wisconsin Story Fischer feels pretty good that her divorce from her cheating husband Clay is finalized. The owner of the Wild Clover grocery, she celebrates her new single life sharing champagne with her customers and a special one day sale of all goods. However, her idyllic day ends when her beekeeping mentor Manny Chapman, owner of the Queen bee Honey, dies from a swarm of yellow jackets.
The townsfolk and Manny's wife Grace assume his honey bees killed him. They want his bees and that of Story's out of the county before someone else is hurt. Story refuses as she wants to go into the homey making business. Grace sells Manny's hive to Gerald Smith who is nowhere to be found. Hunter Wallace, who is interested in Story, accompanies her on a ride looking for her raft. When she looks inside she sees the murdered body of her former husband's girlfriend. Clay is arrested, but Story believes the rat is not a killer and the two deaths are linked. Searching for Manny's hives, Story begins to put the puzzle together while the killer watches her do so waiting for the right moment to strike again.
Buzz Off is a sparkling debut that enables the reader to see the down side of small town living when something bad happens as the insular population reacts in what seems a genuine cause and effect. Story is spunky as she tries new things especially to earn a better lifestyle yet careful not to alienate her eccentric neighbors. Readers will enjoy a taste of honey as Hannah Reed provides a delicious amateur sleuth mystery.
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I actually LEARNED something I didn't know about bees when reading this book. It's a fun, interesting mystery and Hannah Reed makes it a quick page-turner, building the suspense chapter by chapter. A truly enjoyable read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 9, 2013
Story Fischer has been hooked on beekeeping, thanks to her friend and mentor Manny. When he is killed, it's a devastating blow to Story. Then a mystery person buys his bees and Manny's journal is missing. Things aren't adding up...
This is a fun series. Story is a great character. She gets stung, gets skunked, and still figures out who killed her friend. The mystery kept me guessing till the end. It had some good twists and a great group of characters. This series is one of the "musts" if you like cozies. It will puzzle you, make you smile, and make you want to read the next one. I really enjoy the recipes and the neat info on beekeeping. I can't wait until the next one comes out!
Posted September 13, 2013
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What makes for a good cozy?
* A liable and fun main character
* Kooky characters * an annoying character or two * a good looking man
* twists and turns * A surprise ending* A dead body or two* Bullet pointsYou get all this and more in this delightful start of the Queen Bee Series.
Posted April 1, 2013
I have been recommending and sharing this book with all of my friends. I am a beekeeper and love reading a mystery series that includes my interest. This series reads like MURDER SHE WROTE, but with a younger leading lady. Pretty awesome. Easy to get into this book and stay interested. The characters become quickly familiar to you and like close friends that you want to encourage as they move through the developing story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2012
Not a big fan of mysteries, but this first book was a very nice surprise, a delight even. Well written, excellent character, setting and plot development! Pulled me in,kept my interest. Had me laughing and nodding my head at the similarities of those in my life and the characters in the book. We all know people like that! Too fun! Went on to read the other 2 books...loved them too! Not contrived or nasty, well written. The apiary and recipe aspects are a nice touch too. Not your typical mysteries. Can't wait for the other books in the series that are coming. Highly recommend these books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 17, 2011
I can't believe this is the first book of a series. Within a few chapters you feel like you've known these characters a long time. A delightful book. Wish I could move to Moraine! Can't wait to read the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2011
Loved this first book. It has a nice cast of characters with interesting personal history. Fun and easy to follow but keeps you guessing until the end. I've already added her next book in the series to my summer reading list. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2011
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-- I love a cozy mystery to relax with, and when it gives me not only an interesting whodunit but something new I can learn about, I always feel like I hit a jackpot. Hannah Reed has done just that with her new series. Story Fischer is celebrating her divorce from her skirt-chasing now ex-husband, Clay Lane by having a one-day sale on everything in her store, The Wild Clover, and offering champagne. She is also celebrating the kick-off campaign for September National Honey Month. Story has been learning beekeeping from her mentor, Manny Chapman, and she is now the proud owner of two strong beehives. Manny has studied and kept a journal on every aspect of honeybees and is the owner operator of the strongest, most productive honey farm in Wisconsin. Buzz Off is told in first person by Story. Her celebration is interrupted suddenly with the news that Manny is unconscious and may be dead. The police and paramedics can't tell because he is covered with bees and they can't get at him. They need Story to get the bees away. She can not believe he would be killed by honeybees, especially when they have a lot of honey to take back to their hives, but she does notice yellow-jackets among the bees which definitely could do the deed. Unfortunately, nobody believes her. We are now at the crux of the mystery. Story believes it is murder, everyone else thinks the bees killed him and the town, led by the overzealous wife of the town chairman, is out to get Storey's bees. Moraine is a very small town, more like a neighborhood. As such, readers might think there would be no way for secrets to be kept, but readers, you would be wrong. This town abounds with secrets, even with a very informed but oft mistaken gossip queen in their midst. Hannah Reed has peopled the book with a melange of quirky characters in this small town. The story flows well, the research done by Hannah is excellent, I suspect from her obvious care and knowledge that she is also a beekeeper when she isn't writing. In fact, being around the hives is probably conducive to writing, a music of its own. More character-driven than not, this series promises to be flat out fun, murders aside. I found this book enjoyable, descriptive, and the feel of the book is well-defined. Readers may feel they have been dropped into the story and become a part of it. The crimes are well-plotted and the solutions hinted at remain well-hidden. The heroine is flawed just enough to feel comfortable with, no perfect specimen of femininity here, and she is no slouch under attack, but she is very entertaining. A good beginning to this series, I know I will be following it wherever it takes me. Recipes included.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2011
Hannah Reed's Buzz Off is a beeautiful mix of humor, intrigue and murder in small town Wisconsin. The characters are well-defined as is their interpersonal relationships. Hannah had captured small town life in her depictions of rumor-mongering,nosy neighbors and serious conclusion-jumping, not to mention leaving door unlocked because everybody knows everybody.
Although I know nothing about the beekeeping business, Hannah's descriptions lead me to believe tat she spent hours researching or has a business of her own. The shop Story owns sosunds to me like a delightful mix of eclectic items. Just what a customer wants. The employees are equally eclectic. Carrie Ann is the typical employee with issues to solve leading her to be a sometime royal pain. The Craig twins are too good to be true.
Hunter and Ben, the K-9 team are lucious while adding a romantic outlet for Story.
He mother must have been a Queen Bee in a former life, flitting around, trying to run Story's life and constantly comparing her to her quiet less interesting sister.
All in all, the title may lead the reader to stay away with its conotation, but she would be remiss if she didn't ignore it and dig in.