Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Mind Your Own Beeswax - 2nd in the Queen Bee Mystery series
Author: Hannah Reed
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Moraine, Wisconsin
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Hannah's Website/Blog: www.hannahreedbooks.com
Story Fischer’s bees sometimes give her a run for her money. When a swarm leaves the hive looking for new digs, the bees lead her into a murder investigation and might make her the prime suspect. Story doesn’t have time for this murder nonsense. She’s got a business to run, a honey business she’s starting up and a new boyfriend to care for. So when the pros tell her to leave it be, she can’t help herself. She jumps right into the investigation (off the record) and starts trying to find the murderer, too. All of this while a second murder occurs. Will Story discover more than she bargained for her investigation? Sometimes, if you poke your nose into the wrong hive, you might get stung.
Story is quite the multi-tasking over-achiever. She’s got the local market, her Queen Bee Honey business and a new boyfriend, sort of, in Sheriff Hunter Wallace. She also has a meddling mother, a sister who is her not-so-silent business partner, and ex-husband who ran off with another woman and his real estate agent who lives to get a good dig in against Story.
I really liked Story from the start. She’s got some great business savvy and is a real go-getter. I kept wishing I could really go to her store and check out all the regional items she offered. Hunter is quiet and doesn’t pressure Story. He seems to care for her a lot, but he was hard to read. I’m still not totally sure they will be together for the long haul, but several times, his badge and his devotion was worth its weight in gold. Story has a knack for getting into some sticky situations and Hunter helps out a few times.
Trying to solve a double murder is harder than it looks. And with a new twist looming around each corner, I began to despair that we’d never find the killer. Thankfully, Story isn’t willing to let go. And while it lands her in yet another sticky situation, I kept rooting for the good guys to win. It sounds like Story has a knack for helping find murders and I look for her to return soon in an action-packed, dramatic tale of Story being Queen Bee in another sticky situation.
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