Book Review: A Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester

August 24, 2015 1 Bullet Review, Book Review 0

Book Review: A Beeline to Murder by Meera LesterA Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester
Series: Henny Penny Farmette Mystery #1
Published by Kensington on September 29, 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Publisher via NetGalley
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!


A Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester is the first book in her Henny Penny Farmette Mystery series. With legions of inconsistencies this book ended up being a clear DNF for me.

In full disclosure about my DNF policy and reviews I want to start off by saying that I did read more than 50% of this book. I persevered through with brute force, but after hitting the over 50% mark I decided life was just too short to finish this book. Honestly, one of the reasons I picked up this book was the beekeeping aspect. This is close to home for me, as we keep bees in real life. I was curious to see how the author incorporated it into her story. The beekeeping was actually well written, but everything else was a mess of inconsistencies and confusion and the worst thing is, I don’t even blame the author. BETA readers and editors should have been all over these issues, but apparently not.

The inconsistencies jumped from everything to where characters were from, magical downpours, being attracted to everyone, bits of information that added nothing to the story and timeline issues. Oh, and magical smells – example – your character cannot smoke a cigarette and then 2 seconds later smell like “high notes of mint and basil counterbalanced with a woodsy undertone and a hint of musk”. Do you want to know what he would smell like? A FUCKING CIGARETTE! I also become annoyed with bits of very detailed information provided via characters that either did not fit that character or just added absolutely nothing to the story. Every word and bit of information should serve a purpose and fit the character providing the information. You cannot set your character to be a farmer that is not big on girly things and then give me an entire paragraph having  her describe what year her perfume was made in. It just doesn’t fit. Nothing in this story worked for me and although I felt the overall story had some substance, the execution did not even come close to being something I could ever recommend.

I did not nit-pick this book either. There was a ton of little things I let go, mostly due to the fact that cozy mysteries tend to have some of these elements – even though they are inaccurate – they make for a better story. I don’t want to sit her and list all of things that were inconsistent or made absolutely NO sense about A Beeline to Murder, so I am just going to leave this review with one last thought. This was not for me. I didn’t just not like it, It was a chore to read at all and the biggest mystery was not the mystery you would expect. It is the 1,000 unintended mysteries that made me close the book for good.

I rate A Beeline to Murder 1 out of 5 Bullets!

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I received A Beeline to Murder directly from the publisher for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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