It’s appropriate that BUZZ OFF is being released Sept. 7 during National Honey Month as this is a honey of a tale.
Story Fischer has returned to her hometown of Moraine, Wisconsin, where she owns and operates The Wild Clover, the only grocery store in the small town. She has also taken an interest in beekeeping.
While Story is celebrating her divorce from her womanizing husband, Clay Lane, her beekeeper mentor Manny Chapman is found dead covered in bees. The authorities come for Story because she’s the only one who can remove the bees from Manny’s body.
Story realizes Manny wasn’t killed by the bees, but by yellow jackets. However, no one will listen to her, especially Police Chief Johnny Jay who has a serious dislike for her something to do with prom night. Now most of the town wants the bees destroyed, including Story’s hives.
Story’s determined to prove Manny wasn’t killed by his bees. Before she has a chance to save Manny’s bees, Story finds the body of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend dead in her kayak. Story has to find the killer before she winds up in jail and her bees are destroyed.
Author Hannah Reed has developed a cast of colorful characters to help/hinder Story in her endeavors. That includes her sister, Holly, who has too much time on her hands and talks in text.
Story is a delightful character you can’t help but love. Her knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time will keep you entertained. There’s enough action and adventure to keep you in suspense, with a hint of romance, and enough zany characters to have you laughing out loud.
An added bonus is all of the wonderful and useful information about bees and honey author Hannah Reed has included, as well as honey-based recipes. After reading BUZZ OFF you’ll never look at a bee the same way again.
Story Fischer is one protagonist that will stick with you because she can be sweet as honey and as tenacious as her bees guarding their hive.
Hannah Reed’s website is www.queenbeemystery.com
Hannah Reed is the pen name of author Deb Baker who can be found at www.debbakerbooks.com
Buzz Off by Hannah Reed, A Queen Bee Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-425-23642-0, Paperback, 336 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author and publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.