Beewitched (Queen Bee Mystery Series #5)

Beewitched (Queen Bee Mystery Series #5)

by Hannah Reed

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Beewitched (Queen Bee Mystery Series #5) by Hannah Reed

The latest Queen Bee Mystery in a series that's "a sweet treat for cozy mystery fans." (Fresh Fiction)

Beekeeper Story Fischer has stocked the shelves of her market, The Wild Clover, in preparation for the influx of produce-crazy tourists about to invade Moraine, Wisconsin. In fact, with the apple cider and caramel apple stand on Main Street and the corn maze out at Country Delight Farm, the whole town is ready for the swarm.

But when a self-proclaimed witch moves into town, the neighbors are all abuzz with questions. Is the quirky newcomer a good witch or a bad one? Story thinks Dyanna Crane is perfectly nice, albeit a little eccentric. But after an entire coven shows up for a new moon ritual—and one of the witches ends up dead in the corn maze—Story must comb through both fact and fiction, before anyone else is murdered under the cover of magic…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425261613
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Queen Bee Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hannah Reed lives on a high ridge in southern Wisconsin in a community much like the one she writes about. She is busy writing the next book in the Queen Bee mystery series (Beeline to Trouble, Plan Bee, Mind Your Own Beeswax, Buzz Off).

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“Action, adventure, a touch of romance, and a cast of delightful honey of a tale.”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries

“Reed’s story is first-rate, her characters appealing—Story’s imperfections make her particularly authentic—and the beekeeping and small-town angles are refreshingly different.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The death of a beekeeper makes for an absolute honey of a read in this engaging and well-written mystery. Story Fischer is a sharp and resilient amateur sleuth, and Hannah Reed sweeps us into her world with skillful and loving detail.”—Cleo Coyle, national bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

“Will appeal to readers who like Joanne Fluke and other cozy writers for recipes, the small-town setting, and a sense of community.”—Library Journal

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Beewitched 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is a continuing mystery series about a young woman that raises bees, and owns a shop specializing in honey products. she also solves mysteries. this serires has characters that are interesting, plots that will hold your interest, and some romance. i won't describe the story, but i will say that these stories are very much worth grabbing onto. i love them.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Author Hannah Reed delivers with her latest book in the Queen Bee mystery series, Beewitched. Witches and bees and honey... oh my! Reed has a little magic up her sleeve in this one and readers will love the addition of several witchy secondary characters. It's almost tourist season in Moraine, Wisconsin and Story Fischer is ready for it. Fans of the series with love the over-the-top humor and comical situations and new readers will fall in love with the small town setting. Beewitched might just bespell readers into reading it again and again. What I liked: I have always enjoyed the premise of this series. Story is not only the owner of the local market, The Wild Clover, but also keeps bee's and there is always a lot of information about beekeeping, from how to start a hive to details about honey production. I think that behind the scenes look at a hobby than can actually sell, is what makes this series so popular. Along with the realism of the small town setting and the authors great sense of humor it all adds up to great series based on an interesting profession or hobby. Story is a great heroine as well. She knows what she wants and how to get it. I liked the fact that she isn't skeptical of her new neighbor who is a self-proclaimed witch. She just goes with the flow and gives Dyanna the benefit of the doubt. Of course when one of Dyanna's coven members ends up dead, Story can't help but wonder if it was magic or just plain old revenge. I think Reed does a great job of making Story so easy to relate to. She can be very inquisitive, almost too curious and very forthright and clear about what she thinks, she is a great cozy heroine. The humor has always been one of the things that drew me to this series. Reed knows what readers will find funny. Story's neighbor Patty provides a ton of comic relief especially in this book. Murder can be a really heavy subject, so a good dose of humor lightens the mood and gives the reader a breather from some of the more gruesome details of a murder. When an author understands humor is makes for a great read and Reed has it in the bag. I enjoyed the witch angle a lot. It certainly took the series in an unexpected direction with this book and I thought Reed pulled if off well. The misconceptions about Story's new neighbor, had some townspeople paranoid. But when one witch ends up dead, it's up to Story to figure out whodunit. I thought the mystery elements were well written and believable. That's exactly how my neighbors would react to a witch in the neighborhood. Story is so good at getting to the truth. What I didn't like: Though I enjoyed all of the details surrounding Story's mother's wedding. I was still a little baffled at why the author chooses to completely leave Story out of the planning. Her sis is the wedding planner, but Story has no real role until the big day. I could feel Story's pain at the slight she was experiencing, but that's one of those things that is the author's perspective. Other's might like that part, me, not so much. Bottom Line: I love the bee keeping aspects of the book as well as the magical aspects in this one. Reed certainly knows how to add a little piazz to town, just throw in some witches and no telling what might happen. The humor had me in stitches and readers will love the small town charm of Moraine and the camaraderie of the townsfolk.
dj57 More than 1 year ago
I loved all the books in this series. It's fun to spend time with these characters. What a great ending!
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
A character’s continuing development is one of the interesting aspects of following a series. Protagonist Story Fischer in author Hannah Reed’s Queen Bee Mystery series is one such character. In BEEWITCHED, the latest installment in the series, Reed continues to evolve Story giving readers new glimpses into her character and psychic not seen before. At the same time, new readers aren’t left in the dark lacking information from prior escapades. Life is going along fairly smoothly for Story when a new neighbor moves into her ex-husband’s house next door. Story finds Dyanna Crane nice although a bit different since she’s a self-proclaimed witch. Meanwhile Story’s other neighbor, Patty, believes Dyanna already has Story under a spell. The whole town is abuzz waiting on the produce-crazy tourists to come. Story is all prepared at her grocery store, The Wild Clover, and with her honey stock from her swarm of bees. What the town isn’t ready for is Dyanna’s entire coven showing up for a new moon ritual. When one of the witches is found dead in the corn maze out at Country Delight Farm, it’s up to Story to find the killer and calm the situation. Story has to discover what the real motive behind the killing was – magic or revenge. Reed’s characters are well-developed, likable and realistic. The interaction of the friends and family members is typical and portrays real issues readers can relate to. The secondary characters are amusing and add depth to the story. BEEWITCHED moves at a steady pace holding the reader’s attention from beginning to end. Reed smoothly blends suspense and intrigue with moments of romance while adding just the right amount of humor for a well-balanced story. There are twists and turns with a few surprises along the way. In addition, the story is filled with vivid and comprehensive information about bees, their activities and honey producing, but doesn’t overwhelm the plot. Reed also expertly portrays the small town atmosphere and the closeness of those living there. BEEWITCHED is a charming cozy murder mystery that will keep you guessing who the killer really is and have you laughing at the antics of Story and her friends. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Moraine, Wisconsin. Home of Story Fischer’s market, The Wild Clover, and the Country Delight Farm. Tourists flock to the area for apple cider, caramel apples, Story’s honey products and the Country Delight Farm’s corn maze. There is also a new resident moving to town. Dyanna Crane has moved in next door to Story and Hunter. She seems nice enough but when the neighbors find out she is a witch and the rest of her coven arrives to work their magic to protect Dyanna’s new home from evil spirits things start to spiral out of control. Police Chief Johnny Jay shows up to shut the ritual down and send the witches on their way not knowing they just happen to be camping out at the Country Delight Farm. In the morning one of the witches is found dead in the corn maze. Evil is definitely lurking and Story is ready to comb through all the clues to catch the killer. Dollycas’s Thoughts I was totally Beewitched by this story. There was so much going on. In addition to the witch invasion Story’s mom is getting married and is a total Bridezilla. She has kept Story out of any of the planning. Her other daughter, Holly, is her wedding planner and Story’s only job is show up at the wedding and wear the hideous dress her mother has picked out for the bridesmaids. While this truly has hurt Story’s feeling she has enough on her plate to keep her busy. Business at the store has been good. Her mother has been to busy with wedding plans to create her usual havoc there. Then there all these witches in town. Even one named Tabitha. Both Hunter and Johnny Jay tell Story to keep her nose out of the investigation but she just can’t and she does have a way of getting information out of people. Hannah Reed has written a wonderful story. The fact that this fictional town is almost in my backyard just sweetens the mystery. References to actual places always makes me smile. The characters could be my neighbors. Even P.P. Patty. Oh my word, she was so over the top in this story. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. You will not believe what she does!! Reasons to read Hannah Reed Mysteries: Awesome characters Wonderful setting Smart and witty dialogue Captivating mystery Fantastic humor Fun and entertaining You cannot go wrong with any of her stories. She is the Queen Bee of Cozy Mysteries!!!!
Jnn38364 More than 1 year ago
I just love this series so when Hannah Reed sent me this book and asked me to give me to write an honest review I was thrilled! If you love a good mystery, bees, witches, murder and even a wedding, you will love this book. This book has it all, you will quickly become a part of the family cheering them on and no doubt wishing you could jump in the pages to throw a punch or two to help out the main character Story Fischer and her boyfriend Hunter as the try to solve who killed the latest victim a witch who was part of a coven of 12 witches, one of which moved in next door to Story. The need to find out who killed her before Story's mom gets married, (her mom really hates it when a dead body interfers with her plans). Pick this book up, but I must warn you when you read the book it will cast a spell on you and you will be hooked. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have about 30 pages left to find out who did it and I just can't wait to give praise to this book. It is outstanding and I believe on of the best in the series if you want a good chuckle. The characters outdo themselves. I have really enjoyed this series and love how the people develop. Can't wait for the next one. I hope Hannah Reed continues with the "Bee" series
nky_jenn More than 1 year ago
"Beewitched" is the 5th book in the Queen Bee Mystery Series. Hannah Reed's series is about Story Fisher, who owns The Wild Clover in Morraine, Wisconsin. She is also a beekeeper and produces many of her own honey products, which she sells in her store. I loved the first sentence of Chapter 1. It hooked me immediately and I couldn't wait to read more. As she has done in the past four books in this series, Story can't help herself when someone is murdered. She tries to help find the killer without stepping on her live-in boyfriend Hunter's toes. Throughout the book, Story and her family are preparing for her mother's wedding. I love the Queen Bee Mystery Series and this book had me guessing until the end about who was the murderer. I highly recommend reading this entire series. It will pull you in and you'll end up reading longer wanting to know more. This is a series that you want to read in order of release as each book begins where the last one left off. I can't wait to preorder the 6th book in this series.
ColesGodmommy More than 1 year ago
This the fifth of the Queen Bee series and one of my absolute... The story is well told... Keeps you guessing and it also puts you right in the middle of all the action... Yay us. Story is a fun personaltiy and so is Hunter..... Mom is a piece of work.... So be it.. Interesting new neighbors for sure...truth be told... The plot is fun and I learn more about Bee keeping with every book.. Thanks Hannah... You rock..
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Beewitched is the fifth book in the A Queen Bee Mystery series. It's always enjoyable to visit the folks in Moraine, WI. Patti Dwyer is up in arms as a witch has moved in on the other side of Story and is sure the neighborhood will go to hell in a handbasket. On the morning after the witches hold a ritual in the backyard, next to Story, one of the witches has been found dead from a stabbing at the Country Delight Farm, where they had been camping. So, Story with on again, off again help of Patti, she starts try and unravel the mystery of who the killer might. She feels confident that now one from Country Delight Farm is involved, even though the murdered witch was the estranged sister of farm's owner. On the lighter side, Story's mom's wedding is will be happening soon. Story is upset that her mother hasn't asked her to help in the planning, only her overly efficient sister. But this will give her more time to pursue the killer. As always, the banter between Story and Cammo Patti Dwyer is an experience by itself. Looking forward to book six.
Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
By Lisa on February 7, 2014 Format: Mass Market Paperback I'll admit, I'm brand new to the Queen Bee series. I was going to start when the first in the series came out, but always put it off for some reason. My mistake! I loved getting to meet Beekeeper Story Fischer and the cast of characters this story. I have to go back and read all of the other titles now! In BEEWITCHED Autumn has come to the town of Moraine, Wisconsin. And what goes better with Autumn than apple cider, caramel apples and corn mazes? Witches! A whole coven has moved to town and one ends of dead in the corn maze! Ms. Reed is a wonderful story teller. This book was fast paced and entertaining, with a mystery that kept me on my toes and guessing until the reveal. I loved my time spent with Story and friends and can't wait for my next visit. Lisa K. Lisa Ks Book Reviews
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Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Story Fischer is happily content with her present life: living with hunky boyfriend Hunter Wallace, keeping her beehives thriving and successfully managing her country market, The Wild Clover. So happiness aside, she gets excited when she sees a new neighbor moving into the vacant house next door. When she goes over to introduce herself, she learns that the neighbor Dyanna Crane not only is a practicing witch, but that her coven is planning to show up shortly to perform one of their rituals. All this develops into an amusing mysterious romp for Story as 1. she trespasses on the coven's meeting (in the nude no less); 2. her friend (sort of) Patti keeps trying to save her from the clutches of this evil coven; 3. one of the coven's members is murdered; 4. one of Story's own townsfolk is accused of being the murderer; and finally 5. Story's mother is getting married shortly, and her sister is the wedding planner. Can she unravel this mystery and find the real murderer while dealing with all her own personal craziness. This is the 5th book in the Queen Bee Mystery series and as always an enjoyable and fun read with interesting characters. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MelinaM More than 1 year ago
This was a very delightful book that kept me thoroughly entertained. Story is a great character who is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery at any cost. This book was filled with some quirky characters, like PP Patti. Sometimes I had to chuckle at the antics of Story and all her wonderful cohorts. The setting for this series is also great. It is a place that I would like to visit. I really liked this cozy because it kept me guessing. The killer wasn't revealed till the very end. I won't give anymore away. I just say, pick up a copy of this wonderful book when it comes out this Tuesday, February 4, you won't be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love cozy mysteries, you’ll enjoy this book. All the usual ingredients are here, deftly mixed with murder and a dash of humor. Beekeeper Story Fischer is smart, impulsive and independent (not to mention nearly as quirky as some of her neighbors and family members), and an inveterate puzzle solver - when the puzzle is murder. Was the victim stabbed in a corn maze because she was a witch, or because of her past? Visit The Wild Clover (Story's shop) to find out, and find out more about honey bees along the way.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the Queen Bee Mystery Series and my favorite so far. We have a quaint little town with some quaint characters. In this installment a coven of witches comes to town. And one of them moves in next door to our girl Story. And than things really get interesting when one of the witches is found dead. So , of course Story must find the killer. And there are 12 suspects to start with as the entire coven comes under suspicion. All the regulars from the first four books are here. You have Patti- the girl you love to hate and Lori the girl you just hate. Johnny Jay , who would love to find Story guilty of anything. There is Hunter , Story's main man. And if all this doesn't grab you- than there are the Bees- I learn a lot about them by reading this series.