Trouble swarms around beekeeper Abigail Mackenzie (Murder of a Queen Bee, 2016, etc.) as she tries to discover who shot her faithful friend and her friend’s faithless husband.
Although she swears she’s happy as a pig in mud out at her Henny Penny Farmette, ex-cop Abigail can’t seem to keep out of the way of the police as they investigate the shootings of Jake Winston and Paola Varela in a sedan outside Jake’s family winery just as the couple was about to celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows. Jake was killed and his wife severely injured in the attack. Police Chief Bob Allen threatens severe penalties if Abby doesn’t leave the sleuthing to those still on the force. But his threats don’t stop her from pestering veteran Sgt. Otto Nowicki or newcomer Lt. Sinclair, trying to find out about their latest leads. She even gets on her best friend Kat Petrovsky’s wrong side by asking too much about an ongoing investigation. But as the police focus more and more on Paola’s brother, Emilio, Abby feels she has to act. Serial philanderer Jake had plenty of women—and their families—angry with him. If only Abby can find out who might have been killing mad she may be able to save Emilio and spare her friend still more heartache.
More moth than bee, Lester’s third floats all over the landscape before settling on a target. Interrogations, pie recipes, aphorisms, and disturbingly detailed accounts of bee copulation all vie for the reader’s attention.