Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco takes us to Oceanview, Oregon where Wren Johnson owns Let It Bee, a unique honey boutique. Wren and her Havana Brown cat, Everett are walking along the beach one morning when they discover Agnes Snow. She is dead with the label of one of Wren’s lip balms in her hand. Agnes and Wren’s Aunt Eloise have been craft rivals for many years. Wren is at the top of Officer Jim Hampton’s suspect list when it is uncovered that the lip balm did the deed. Wren is worried how this investigation will affect her business especially with half her inventory confiscated as evidence. Wren needs to prove her innocence, but she needs to bee wary. Someone is not happy with her sleuthing. Can Wren clear her name and save her fledgling business?
Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco is the debut of An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery series. I enjoyed this delightful new cozy from beginning to end. Wren Johnson has a unique honey boutique called Let It Bee in Oceanview, Oregon. There is an actual beehive in her store behind glass. Wren has a variety of products in her shop from candy to lip balm to lotions. I loved the description of her shop and could envision it in my mind. I like Wren who owns (well, as much as you can “own” a cat) Everett, a Havana Brown cat. She walks him about town on a leash and harness. Wren talks to Everett and he seems to understand what Wren is saying with appropriate responses (a clever kitty). It is adorable. Oceanview has a weeklong festival called Halloweentown. It is an extravaganza with everyone dressing up and handing out candy to the kids. I enjoyed Wren’s clever costumes. I happen to be a fan of the Halloweentown movies. The author took the time to set the stage for this book and the series with her descriptions of the town and its residents. The mystery was interesting, and I liked following Wren as she combed for clues. There is plenty of action and good clues. I like how the mystery was laid out. While I was able to identify the evil doer easily, it did not take away from my enjoyment of this honey of a whodunit. Death Bee Comes Her is a charming cozy mystery with a chatty cat, healthy honey, a pestilent poison, scrumptious candy, and creative crafts.
Death Bee Comes Her is available from Amazon*. You can find Nancy Coco's other novels here. The next A Candy-Coated Mystery is Here Comes the Fudge which releases September 28. Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review. Tomorrow is a double feature (which means Kris double booked herself). I am a stop on the Celebrate Lit Tour for Endless Mercy by Tracie Peterson & Kimberly Woodhouse. I am also a stop on the Just Read Tour for Star Struck in Willow Falls by Pat Nichols. I hope that you have a fulfilling day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
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