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Beeline to Trouble
Queen Bee Mystery #4
Hannah Reed

Berkley Prime Crime
Dec 2012/ ISBN 978-0-425-25180-5
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Story Fischer is a small town shop owner and a beekeeper extraordinaire. She is also very loyal to her family and friends. So when her sister, Holly, falls apart at the thought of dealing with her husband’s business associates visiting, Story agrees to help her. She not only assists with meal planning and preparation, she agrees to have the staff come tour her property and beehives.

Some of the visitors are bee-yond disagreeable, and Story regrets how the day has gone since she first took off her beekeepers gear to listen to Holly’s problems. When a member of the visiting staff turns up dead and Story finds herself the person-of-interest in the case, she’s about ready to throw in the towel.

Yet Story is plucky and smart, and vows to gather evidence with the intensity she uses to gather honey from the hives. She’s not going to the big house for a crime she didn’t commit!

I’ve had the pleasure of reading this series from the very beginning, and have to say that Hannah Reed is one of my favorite authors. (She also writes as Deb Baker.) I love how she shares knowledge about Wisconsin and about beekeeping without being professorial. The books are down-to-earth and peppered with realistic characters and unique situations.

If you are interested in a small town mystery with a cast of interesting characters and a twisty turny mystery, you will love this book. It’s a top-notch mystery with a lot of local buzz about it.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mind Your Own Beeswax #2
Plan Bee #3
Beeline to Trouble #4

Reviewed 2013