Here it is, June’s Books & Broads Book Club choice, Death By A Honey Bee by Abigail Keam. Getting closer to this month, eh, Dear Bloggites?
Death by a Honey Bee (A Josiah Reynolds Mystery) by Abigail Keam was a fun read. The author wrote the book in an easy to follow flow with fun, quirky characters. The story is about a beekeeper, Josiah Reynolds, who finds her rival dead with his head stuck in one of her bee hives on her property. While the man died of a heart attack, the cops felt there was foul play afoot and their primary suspect was Josiah.
To clear her name, Josiah partners with her assistant, Matt, and begins her own investigation into the death of her rival. All the characters in the novel were written with fun individual personalities and Josiah’s dry sense of humor and no-nonsense attitude kept the reading interesting. This novel is the first in a series and the first mystery novel written by Abigail Keam. Unlike many series novels, Death by a Honey Bee can be read as a stand-alone book which I like.
The only two minor issues I have (well one minor and one pet peeve of mine) with this novel is the ending was predictable as to whodunit and it was written in the first person (I hate that). I know, some novels are better in the first person and I will one day write a novel in the first person and have to eat crow, but it is an annoyance of mine. I don’t like being in the mind of each character so intimately that I cannot utilize my own imagination when reading a book in the third person.
Okay, off my high horse before I fall and break a toe, overall, I really did enjoy this book and how the author wrote it. I was immediately interested in the novel as soon as I started reading because of the quirkiness of the main character. I will probably go and get the rest of the novels in this series because of my OCD and not being able to just stop when I KNOW there are other books to this series, but also because I did enjoy this storyline and the author’s way of writing.
I give Death By A Honey Bee by Abigail Keam 4 out of 5 Bookmarks. If you are looking for an easy, fun read with a little mystery, I recommend you go get this book. Smooches!