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Fifteen-year-old Marnie Doyle and her kid sister Kelly harbor a little secret: Their mom and dad are buried in the back garden of their Glasgow home. Fearing foster care more than other possible consequences, the pair have concocted a somewhat shoddy ruse to protect themselves, but the solicitude of a lonely gay neighbor threatens to bring down the entire charade. Told by the sister in alternate first-person chapters, The Death of Bees grabs us first with the promise of suspense, then keeps us rapt with its strong characterizations. (P.S. The Scotsman hailed this debut fiction as "warm without being cozy, explicit without being shocking, and emotive without being schmaltzy....a powerful coming-of-age tale."