After an injury forced her to leave the police department, Abigail Mackenzie started a second career as a farmer. Raising chickens, harvesting honey from her bee colony, and growing heirloom vegetables on her farmette in the beautiful Bay Area town of Las Flores, Abby has embraced all the benefits of a peaceful life.
But when she attempts to deliver her trademark honey to local pastry chef Jean-Louis Bonheur and finds him dead in his shop, her old investigative instincts kick in. After the coroner rules the death a suicide, the chef’s handsome French-Canadian brother insists on hiring Abby to find out who really killed Jean-Louis.
With the patience of a farmer and the industriousness of a bee, Abby sorts through a swarm of suspects, including the chef’s landlord, his protégé, an eccentric homeless woman, loan sharks, and a brawny biker. But as she closes in on the truth, she’ll need more than her beekeeper suit to protect her from a killer’s sting…
Includes farming tips and delicious recipes!
I love cozy mystery genre! I love books set in the countryside, on a farm! I love book with recipe! I love books with animals! I love books where the protagonist is not a detective but she likes to investigate in place of police! How could I not love this book? It 's a beautiful and brilliant start to a series. Abigail has begun a new life. She can no longer work in the police department and so decided to devote herself to a farm and especially to her beloved bees. She produces a honey really good and becomes the official supplier for the pastry chef in the town, Jean-Louis Bonheur. During a delivery she finds him dead. Police believe it is a suicide and archives the case. But the instinct of Abby suggests that it does not. The brother of the pastry thinks like her and hires her to investigate the murder. It will not be easy for Abby to continue the investigation and take care of the farm. I really liked Abigail, is a great character. She has been able to start again from scratch and create a successful business without giving up her dreams. She is really strong and independent. I also liked her friendship with Kat, an old colleague of police, are very close and can always count on each other. Start each chapter with a quote from "Henry Penny Farmette Almanac", and end with a recipe or advice regarding the activities in a farm, has made reading more appealing. It's a fun and entertaining mystery that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The plot is tight and intricate, with some twists, a good pace and charming characters. I look forward to reading another adventure of Abby I received an advance reader edition of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About The Author –
Meera Lester is the author of nearly two dozen nonfiction books and the proprietress of the real Henny Penny Farmette, located in the San Francisco Bay area in Concord, California. Meera co-founded Writers Connection, a Bay Area organization of writers and publishing professional. Readers can visit her blog athennypennyfarmette.com.