Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Spotlight: Beeline to Murder

I missed Monday's post, thanks to a busy and tiring weekend, but I think I'm back on track now. With an easy one--a spotlight tour stop for a new mystery. I want to read this one, but it didn't work out to do it in time for the tour (note: I far prefer to read and review, in order to give my readers some input. But sometimes it just doesn't work out!).  So...take a look at...

cover beeline to murder A Beeline to Murder
(A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery)

New Cozy Mystery Series
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617739095

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!

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

Purchase Links:
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What the Critics are Saying:

Beeline to Murder
by Meera Lester

With a tight plot, and a strong cast of characters, A BEELINE TO MURDER held my attention and captured my imagination.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

I enjoy meeting a character for the first time who is strong and smart…Her strength shines throughout this story.~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
Lots of drama, romance, action and suspects.

A Beeline to Murder will have you buzzing with excitement as you open this debut story. The characters are charming , witty and fun and the story line is so strong that you will feel like you are part of it from the start. 
~Shelley’s Book Case​
This debut mystery novel has so many wonderful elements that keep cozy readers coming back for more.
~Laura’s Interests

This was an engaging read, giving us a realistic look at the day to day life of a farmer… 
~Musings and Ramblings

And, of course, a Rafflecopter Drawing for a free print copy of the book!

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Tour Participants
October 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews –  Review
October 8 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
October 9 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Interview
October 9 – readalot – Review
October 10 – Laura’s Interests – Review
October 11 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
October 12 – Musings and Ramblings – Review
October 13 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
October 14 – The Ninja Librarian – Review
October 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
October 16 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview
October 16 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight
October 17 – Book Babble – Review
October 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
October 19 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review
October 20 – Girl with Book Lungs – Review

Great Escapes tours


  1. Hi Rebecca - this looks like an interesting cozy mystery ... and bees have minds of their own. Cheers Hilary

    1. I don't know much about bees, but I do think the book looks interesting (really, I only sign up to review books I think I'll like!).

  2. When you start a new book, do you have all the characters in place and an ending planned, or does it come to you as you write?

    1. I'm guessing this was meant as a comment on the writing -process post, but I can't move it, so I'll answer here :) I have done it both ways, but am moving more and more to a planned story. Minor characters will always get invented as needed, but I do like to know the major players pretty well, and knowing the ending is a big help, especially with a mystery! I don't forget, though, hearing I think it was J.A. Jance saying at the Tucson Festival of Books a couple of years ago that she was nearly done writing one of her books when she realized that the one she had pegged as the perp didn't do it. That would certainly lead to a convincing red herring! And it serves as a reminder that anyone can be surprised in the writing.


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