This is the second (and for me at least, eagerly-awaited) book in the Oregon Honeycomb mysteries by Nancy Coco who also writes the Candy-Coated series set on Mackinac Island, as well as having written some other cozy series under Nancy J. Parra and Nell Hampton. (Her Nancy J. Parra Goodreads page contains the most info which is why I didn’t even link the Nell Hampton page.)
This book is an exclusive Barnes & Noble edition until 3/29/22. (Not an affiliate link; just here for your convenience).
PLEASE NOTE FOR 2022: Since this book’s making its entrance to the Amazon market, it’s no longer a B&N exclusive, so I wanted to be sure everyone knew that. I’m just recycling this blog post.
My Goodreads review:
A Matter of Hive and Death by Nancy CoCo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this visit with Wren, Aunt Eloise and Porsche, not to mention Jim who Wren might be letting get a bit closer. She kind of annoyed at me times when she’d get mad at Jim just for doing his job and not being able to share info with her. But I loved her passion for the bees and the cats her aunt loves so much. Wren, Eloise and Porsche make good sleuth buddies, and I did have to hand it to Wren for asking Jim to come along on trips that otherwise could have been dangerous.
I had no idea whodunit and was totally surprised at the reveal. There was a side mystery as well, and that perp didn’t surprise me much at all, lol. I got the biggest kick out of Aunt Eloise holding her rifle over a perp and not budging until Jim got his gun drawn and held on the person. She cracks me up, and I just love her character!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC paperback from Kensington Publishing, and my opinions are my own.
2022 note: I’d read this originally back in 2021, but a quick reread for NetGalley this year since the book publishes to Amazon later this month, March 29, 2022. I’m using the same blog post from 2021 though. I don’t think I could’ve said anything more ’cause it was great both times.