Excerpt from Death by a Honey Bee

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

The bright cheery cover of this cozy mystery attracted my attention. It has been an interesting read so far! Death by a Honey Bee is a Josiah Reynolds Mystery by Abigail Keam.

As I worked my honeybees, I wondered what Richard’s death would have cost me had I really been guilty of murdering him. It probably would have been cheaper just to confess and go to trial.

Abigail Keam, Death by a Honey Bee


The Josiah Reynolds series is not just another formulated mystery series. They are not cozy or fuzzy, but they do try to be humorous and witty. Sometimes they succeed. Each novel/novella has a stand-alone mystery, but the stories are also about the continuing life saga of a middle-aged Southern woman as she faces many serious obstacles. Josiah faces the world with sarcastic humor and a number of quirky, oddball friends that can only be found in the Southern town of Lexington, the heart of the Kentucky horse country. Some mysteries end with a bang, some are not solved at all and the first one ends with a cliff hanger, but they always entertain in the sassy, humorous and suspenseful world as Josiah goes about sleuthing. The Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series is just like fried chicken . . . finger-licking good! Add some sweet tea and a piece of chocolate pecan pie with a scoop of ice-cream and you got yourself some tasty reading.


Josiah Reynolds is a beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the Farmers’ Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her beeyard, only to discover that the victim is her nemesis.

The police are calling the brutal death murder and Josiah is the number one suspect! Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the lush Bluegrass horse country. Fighting an unknown enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum mansions, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a land that keeps its secrets well.

Death By A HoneyBee is the first of an episodic series and as such ends in a cliff-hanger which is crucial to the rest of the series. Attached to HoneyBee is a bonus chapter from Death By Drowning which continues our heroine’s story in linear time. I hope you enjoy reading Death By A HoneyBee as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It was a labor of love.


  1. I couldn’t resist the cover or the title. I got this a couple of weeks ago and plan to enjoy reading it by the pool soon. I feel it should be read outdoors:)

    My TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/04/14/teasers-tuesdays-110-shelf-life-the-publicist-book-two/

  2. I like the humorous elements, though I gotta wonder what it did cost.

  3. This does sound good, I do like a bit of sardonic humour in my reading – great teaser. Thanks for visiting my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/first-chapter-first-paragraph-april-14/comment-page-1/#comment-12080

  4. I do love a good cozy mystery….and bees intrigue me. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  5. Wow. That’s enough of a great teaser to spark my interest! Great post!

  6. Sound like an intersecting mystery. I don’t read modern day mysteries. Hope you enjoy.
    My TT:

  7. This sounds like a really interesting read!

  8. I like the title – sounds like a good one. A bit lighter than my read this week!

    Thank you for coming by mine from Trail of Broken Wings

  9. This sounds fun! I enjoy cozy mysteries, and it’s been awhile since I’ve read one. Thanks for visiting my TT today!

Leave a Reply to dogearedpurpose Cancel reply

Featured Book(s)

He Never Forgot

He Never Forgot

(Book #9) When Ben Burton hired Zachary Goldman to help him to find the house he lived in before he was adopted, Zachary had no idea it would turn into a murder case. But as Ben’s fragmented memories start to fall into place, Zachary is driven to right past wrongs and bring the perpetrator to justice. But Ben is not the only one who remembers what happened.
Find out more
She Wore Mourning

She Wore Mourning

Private Investigator Zachary Goldman’s life isn’t all roses, but he tries to put his own shattered life behind him to investigate the death of five-year-old Declan Bond.

Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.

Find out more

Featured Posts