Thursday, October 8, 2015

Blog Tour: A Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From peacekeeper to beekeeper…

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!

My Review

Abigail Mackenzie is enjoying her new career as a farmer, but it seems like she can’t totally stay away from her previous career with the police. As she delivers honey to the local pastry chef, she finds him dead. The medical coroner rules it a suicide but Abby doesn’t buy it. The chef’s brother hires her to investigate and find out what really caused the chef’s death.

Abby is a great investigator who never gives up. I enjoy meeting a character for the first time who is strong and smart. Sometimes new characters take time to develop, but not Abby. Her strength shines throughout this story. She even gets a little romance in her life.

The secondary characters are well written, quirky characters who will make you laugh. Abby’s best friend, Kat, is a cop in charge of the investigation. Her relationship with Kat is a nice addition to this storyline.

Overall, this is a fast paced story that leaves wondering what’s next for Abby.

For reading challenges:
2015 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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 at

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  1. A Beeline to Murder sounds like a fun read! I have it on my TBR list. :)

  2. Sounds like such a great debut! I like that Abby is such a good character right away.

  3. Sounds like a strong debut and a good read.

  4. I've been seeing this book out in the blogs, and I'm very intrigued. I am interested in the "bee" them, and hope to read it soon.

  5. A Beeline to Murder sounds like a book I'll love reading. The reviews I've been reading on this book are great. I'm adding it to my TBR list.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great book!

  7. I love adding a new author to my list of books to read. Thanks for the introduction.

  8. I love the cover of the book, and it sounds like a really good read. I keep wanting to read another cozy, but I just haven't had time yet. I'll be done with all my review/tour commitments in a few months and am going to be more choosy. I want more time to just read what I feel like at any given time.

  9. A combination farmer and detective, sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Sometimes a quick, easy read is just what the doctor ordered.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  11. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It sounds like a good one. bookaunt at outlook dot com

  12. oh a fast paced cozy? will have to look at this one

  13. This sounds like a good book. The bees are an interesting approach.

  14. This sounds like a really fun book!

  15. This sounds good! I love when the character has an investigative back ground and I'm intrigued by the farm aspect.


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