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Buzz Off (Queen Bee Mystery Series #1)

Buzz Off (Queen Bee Mystery Series #1)

4.2 52
by Hannah Reed

After her mentor in the honey business is found suspiciously stung to death in his apiary, beekeeper Story Fischer must sort through a swarm of suspects, including her ex-husband.


After her mentor in the honey business is found suspiciously stung to death in his apiary, beekeeper Story Fischer must sort through a swarm of suspects, including her ex-husband.

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Library Journal
Story Fischer is celebrating her divorce when her mentor and beekeeper friend dies from an apparent bee attack. Then her ex-husband's girlfriend is murdered, and Story has to find who is guilty because she is the primary suspect. VERDICT This debut is just a tad contrived but will appeal to readers who like Joanne Fluke and other cozy writers for recipes, the small-town setting, and a sense of community.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Queen Bee Mystery Series , #1
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Buzz Off (Queen Bee Mystery Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story dragged. The bullets were boring and a very poor writing style. If it was not free you are paying too much.
TuppenceLK More than 1 year ago
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.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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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Thanks!!! That event is so awful for me...... it is so tedious
widoRose More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learned a lot about bees. Fast moving and very entertaining.
JiM01 More than 1 year ago
Was enjoying it until the language showed up on the pages. Why can't authors just tell a good story without it! So frustrating!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the book. I plan to read more of her books. The only problem were the plot twists. I could see them coming.
Linda-D More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
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.
BridgetteIsABookworm More than 1 year ago
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.
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DCinAZ More than 1 year ago
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!
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Very interesting characters. Good read
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sharno22 More than 1 year ago
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.
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