January 26, 2016

Death by a Honeybee #Cozy #Mystery by Abigail Keam

Josiah Reynolds is a beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the Farmers' Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her beeyard, only to discover that the victim is her nemesis. 
The police are calling the brutal death murder and Josiah is the number one suspect! Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the lush Bluegrass horse country. Fighting an unknown enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum mansions, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a land that keeps its secrets well.

Death by a HoneyBee
Josiah Reynolds Mysteries Book 1
Print Length: 223 pages 
Published by: Worker Bee Press

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

The Book Excerpt

“Are you . . . are you suggesting murder?” I sputtered. To even say the word tasted bitter.

“Do you have any proof that my client killed Mr. Pidgeon . . . or even that this is a murder?” questioned Ms. Todd.

“I never uttered the word murder.” O’nan turned to Goetz. “Did you ever say this was a murder?”

“Nope. Just a friendly inquiry.”

Ms. Todd threw her legal pad into her briefcase and slapped it shut. “You guys are just on a fishing trip. Either tell us something concrete or we’re walking.” She stared at them.

They both returned scathing looks but were mum.

“Just as I thought,” she retorted. She abruptly stood, grabbing her briefcase and me, propelling us both toward the door. “Gentlemen, we are done here.”

Matt trotted after us along the scuffed yellow floor line pointing the way out of the building. It wasn’t until we were several blocks away from the police station that Ms. Todd turned her fury upon me. “You are not to have any contact with anyone in law enforcement. I mean it. You should have told me that you came to blows with Richard Pidgeon! I went in there blind. Didn’t I tell you not to play me?”

I wasn’t brought up with such a jaded attitude. Innocent people were . . . well, innocent. I wasn’t thinking clearly, but I did hear Ms. Todd say to Matt, “Take her home and make sure that she doesn’t talk to them again without me. I will make some calls. See what’s going on.”

And with that, Shaneika Mary Todd was gone.

Matt returned me to my booth space only to discover that my van had been towed. I broke into tears.

About Abigail Keam

Ms. Keam is an award-winning mystery writer of the Josiah Reynolds mysteries. She also an accomplished beekeeper and has won 16 honey awards from the Kentucky State Fair.

She lives in a metal house overlooking the Kentucky River with her husband and various animals. Ms. Keam is available for workshops, presentations, talks and lectures on beekeeping and writing.

Death By A HoneyBee, her first mystery novel, won a Gold Medal Award from Reader’s Favorite in 2010. It was on Amazon’s top 100 book list for Women’s Literature and Women Sleuths for March 2012 and February 2013.


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