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Title: A Matter of Hive and Death
Author: Nancy CoCo
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Page Count: 298
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
When a bee wrangler is bludgeoned, Let It Bee honey shop owner Wren Johnson makes it her beeswax to solve the crime . . .
For the picturesque town of Oceanview on the Oregon Coast, May brings blossoming fruit trees and the annual UFO festival. As Aunt Eloise tries out alien costumes on their Havana brown cat Everett, Wren is off to meet with a bee wrangler, her go-to guy for local fruit tree honey.
But when she arrives, Elias Brentwood is lying on the ground amidst destroyed hives and a swarm of angry bees. The bees didn’t kill him, a blow to the head did. As blue-eyed Officer Jim Hampton investigates and the town is invaded by its own swarm of conspiracy theorists and crackpots, Wren and Aunt Eloise decide the only way to catch the bee wrangler’s killer is to set up a sting . . .
A Matter of Hive and Death by Nancy CoCo is the second book in the cozy An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery series will feature a new mystery to be solved in each new installment so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. There will be of course character development carrying over from book to book for those who follow the series from the beginning.
Wren Johnson lives in Oceanview, Oregon near the beach in the Pacific Northwest with her Havana Brown cat, Everett. Wren owns the Let It Bee boutique that specializes in all things honey and even has a glass wall with an actual bee hive inside for customers to view. Wren would prefer spending her time running her shop instead of chasing down murderers but got the hang of it after she was accused herself.
Now Wren is busy preparing for the annual UFO festival in Oceanview with a big sale day coming up in her shop when she goes to visit Elias Brentwood. Elias is a bee keeper himself and helped train Wren before she got her hive located in her shop and now he’s Wren’s supplier of local fruit tree honey. When Wren arrives though she finds Elias on the ground and injured with his bees angry and swarming. When Elias doesn’t make it Wren is determined to find out who is behind the attack.
I really enjoyed returning to the An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery series in this second book of the series. The author has done a great job with this charming town and bringing Wren and her shop right to life where I’d love to visit, if the murder rate goes down of course! Another fun mystery with some laughs and a few twists along the way had the pages turning once again too. Looking forward to more of this series in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, Nancy Coco enjoys a good mystery. She is lucky enough to indulge her love of a good who dunnit by writing mystery series. Fun settings, quirky characters, yummy recipes and pets of all shapes and sizes fill the pages of her multiple, award-winning series. Nancy writes as Nancy Coco, Nancy J Parra and Nell Hampton. You can also find her stories in audio books and large print.
Visit her website at http://www.nancyjparra.com for more information, a list of her books and full reviews. Follow her at http://www.facebook.com/nancyjparraauthor and http://www.facebook.com/nancyjcoco .