Abigail Mackenzie pushed back an errant curl of reddish-gold hair and reached across the lace cloth that covered the patio table. She lifted a corner of the bread from the bite-size tea sandwich, and grimaced. The bread had dried out, and the lettuce clinging to the mayonnaise had gone as limp as a rag in a wash bucket. If the egg salad filling had gone bad, it would be the final straw. Pretty much everything that could go wrong on this day had.
Abby locked eyes with her blond, blue-eyed friend Katerina Petrovsky, her former partner on the Las Flores police force in Northern California. Swatting a fly and stewing with frustration, Abby finally broke the silence. “Don’t say it, Kat. She’s not going to show, is she?”
Although it was the hottest day so far in April, Abby’s farmette was at is apogee. The gardens never looked lovelier. But for Abby, it had been raining cow patties from heaven. The intimate luncheon for Fiona Mary Sullivan, who had wanted to talk to Abby as soon as possible about a delicate police matter, had gone from perfect to perfectly awful in the intervening hours between noon and two when Fiona had failed to show.
Hours passed as tempers flared. Finally, unable stave off hunger pains any longer, Kat lunged at the tea sandwiches and groused over their flat taste. The tea, too, became a point of contention—“too tepid,” Kat had complained.
Their arguing continued as Kat continued munching on sandwiches and cake. Finally, Kat’s cell rang with the sound of shots being fired. Sergeant Otto Nowicki was calling with a request for Kat to do an ID of a body the forestry department had found in a burning car registered to Fiona Mary Sullivan. It looked like their friend wouldn’t be showing up for lunch. Not now. Not ever.
You can read more about Abby in The Murder of a Queen Bee, the second book in the “Henny Penny Farmette” mystery series.
All abuzz about murder . . .
Former police officer Abigail Mackenzie has made a fresh start as a beekeeper and farmer in picturesque Las Flores, California—but she never suspected her new hometown would prove to be a hive of criminal activity.
When Abby invites her free-spirited friend, Fiona Mary Ryan, owner of Ancient Wisdom Botanicals, to her farmette for lunch, she never imagines that Fiona’s no-show will lead to a murder investigation.
Only hours after their lunch date, Fiona’s body is found in a burning car in what at first appears to be a tragic accident. But after the coroner’s report is issued, it’s clear she was dead before being placed in the vehicle. Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a murder. But who—and why?
Driven by her loyalty to her friend, and her deeply ingrained skills as a trained investigator, Abby sorts through suspects—who seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Speculating that Fiona’s herbal business might hold the key to motive, Abby isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to smoke out a killer . . .
Includes farming tips and delicious recipes!
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About the author
Meera Lester is the author of the Henny Penny Farmette series of cozy mysteries featuring protagonist Abigail Mackenzie, an ex-cop who has turned to farming as a second career after a career-ending injury to her shooting hand. Meera lives on the real Henny Penny Farmette in the San Francisco Bay Area where she blogs about her life of keeping bees and chickens and growing heirloom vegetables, berries, and fruits. She blogs from www.hennypennyfarmette.com and less frequently from www.meeralester.com. Her newest novel is The Murder Of A Queen Bee, out from Kensington Publishing in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. It is preceded by her debut novel, A Beeline To Murder. Watch for her forthcoming Hive Of Homicides, due out September 2017.
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