Plan Bee by Hannah Reed is the third book in the “Queen Bee” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), January 2012

The townspeople of Moraine, Wisconsin, should be feeling festive during Harmony Festival. But when everything starts going wrong, beekeeper Story Fischer realizes that keeping honeybees is easy compared to keeping the peace.

Moraine’s annual Harmony Festival is anything but harmonious for Story Fischer. She’s lost this year’s Honey Queen crown to the town’s biggest shoplifter, her domineering mother wants Story’s beehive banned from festival, and a visiting twelve-year-old genius is wreaking havoc with his explosive experiments.

Then Story stumbles upon a dead body in the cemetery, only to have it disappear—and then reappear the most inconvenient place. When her mother begins dating the prime suspect, and the young scientist goes missing, Story is determined to get to the bottom of things. It’s up to her to make a beeline for the truth before everything in Moraine blows sky-high.

This was a good read. Story finds and loses a body only to turn up later in the worst place possible. The plot had me sticking to the pages and kept me guessing as I didn’t know which way to turn. I love the quirky characters of Moraine, the small-town feel and the non-stop action that resulted in exposing a killer. This was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this charmingly sweet series.

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