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by Nancy Coco
Kensington, January 2021
291 pages
ISBN: 1496727029

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Oceanview Oregon is getting ready for the week-long Halloweentown extravaganza as one morning, Wren Johnson, owner of Let It Bee, is walking her cat, Everett. As they're checking out the beach, Everett pulls on his leash and leads Wren to find the body of a woman clutching a label from one of Wren's lip balms.

Police officer Jim Hampton is suspicious of Wren, especially since lip balm killed Agnes Snow and a label for her product was found in the dead women's grasp. Also, it turns out that Wren's Aunt Eloise and Agnes were competitive rivals ever since grammar school. Then, the police show up with a search warrant for Let It Bee and haul off over a third of the products in the store, a major blow to Wren's sales.

Since Wren's store is just starting to enjoy good sales, this setback forces Wren and her sales manager, Porsche, to begin looking for suspects and motives. Aunt Eloise reports that, according to rumors, the very married Agnes was having an affair.

Two members of the garden club engaged in an attempt to unseat Agnes as head of the local organization. Weekly payments from a local man to Agnes every week led the amateur sleuths to suspect the dead woman guilty of blackmail. As the duo pursues clues, Wren is identified by a witness as having confronted Agnes before finding her body on the beach. Then a picture of a dead cat hanging from a noose is pinned to the back door of Wren's store.

DEATH BEE COMES HER is the first Oregon Honeycomb Mystery by Nancy Coco. The setting for this series involves all things relating to bees and Ms. Coco sprinkles a fair amount of information on the subject throughout the story. The author writes a captivating story with interesting characters. The pace is steady. Naturally, Everett contributes to the solution. A charming read.

Ruth Castleberry has worked as an investigator for Pinkerton's, a city desk assistant on the Charlotte News, free-lance writer, marketing/business strategy consultant, competitive intelligence practitioner and digital marketing consultant.

Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry, November 2020

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