Death By A HoneyBee 1by Abigail Keam
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Josiah Reynolds, a former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the local Farmers' Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is murder and Josiah is their number one suspect.
She is determined to find out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically prominent Lexington family. Josiah's powerful but secretive daughter pops in and out of her mother's life, pulling strings to protect her mother from danger.
Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass, Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon, and ante-bellum plantation houses, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets well.
Meet the Author
Born and bred in Kentucky, Ms. Keam graduated with Distinction from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Middle Eastern Civilization. She then went into business and kept bees as a hobby.
Retiring in 1999 after a life-threatening asthma attack, Abigail became a full-time beekeeper, launching Abigail’s which makes honey/beeswax-based natural products.
Abigail has won sixteen honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair and is also the first recipient of the Barbara Horn Award, given to those who score a perfect 100 for State Fair Beekeeping entries.
In 2004 Abigail joined a group of fellow beekeepers in a tour of South Africa to study African bees and beekeeping.
Abigail is a member of the Lexington Farmers Market, Bluegrass Beekeepers Association, the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association, National Society of Arts and Letters and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. She has been a previous member of Women in Agriculture Board and the UK Webb Archaeological Society plus the past president of the Lexington Art League, the Lexington Rape Crisis Center and Friends of the Lexington Farmers’ Market.
She lives in Fayette County on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. Death By A HoneyBee was her first mystery novel, which won a Gold Medal Award from Reader's Favorite.
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I love cozy mysteries and this was an enjoyable one. Having family from Kentucky and relatives in the Lexington area made it especially good for me. Having a lead lady character who is older and not built like Twiggy made it more interesting as most leading lady characters supposedly look like models and not real people. That makes it exceptional in my opinion. I liked the story line and the cliff hanger. Will continue on with this series.
This was a very entertaining mystery, with plenty of twists and turns and subplots. I look forward to reading about Josiah's recovery and what trouble she gets into next.