From the back of the book: Summer is approaching in the picturesque town of Moraine, Wisconsin, but when a hive of Story Fischer's bees leads her straight into the middle of a murder investigation, the result is anything but sunny....
Story has her hands full with her successful local market; her Queen Bee Honey business; and new maybe boyfriend, Hunter Wallace, but being abandoned by a hive looking for better digs puts the busy beekeeper in a bad mood. While Story looks for the hive, the rest of Moraine is searching for Lauren Krrigan, a woman with a checkered past whose return has the whole town buzzing.
When both Lauren and a gun go missing, everyone assumes the worst. The situation gets sticky when Lauren and another town resident turn up dead in the woods---exactly wehre Story was searching for her bees. When it comes to murder investigations, Story just can't seem to mind her own beeswax. But this time, sticking her nose into the swarm just might get her stung.....
Sometimes I am leery of liking a first in a new series too much. I worry the same about those as I do about liking a TV show too much. I just know that show will get cancelled if I fall for the story, characters, etc. (if only that worked on all those 'reality' shows).
I fell hard for the first in the Queen Bee series, BUZZ OFF ( http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/2010/12/buzz-off-queen-bee-mystery-hannah-reed.html), which got me even more into taking care of the bees on our property as well as eating more honey.
There are recipes in the back of the book and a list of flowering plants to add to your garden to coax more bees to your landscape.
Even better was revisiting Story and the group of friendly and not-so-friendly characters in town. Hannah writes the best characters that make me 'grrrrr' when they show up in the mystery. I dig that.
Story gets aggravated at her sister who helps when she wants within reason, has an interestingly *argh* relationship with her mother, loves her sweet odd grandmother to pieces, would love to take a bat to the flat side of the hateful realtor who had the affair with Story's ex and is always interfering with all things Story and the pewp-cranium bully of a police chief who has it in for Story. I feel the aggravation and head-buttin' coming through the pages. That's what keeps me turning the pages in one sitting as much as the fab mystery of who the killer is.
Visit Hannah Reed: http://www.queenbeemystery.com/ and fall in love with the series, too.
Five honey beans......