Saturday, February 13, 2021

Death Bee Comes Her (An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery #1)

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Death Bee Comes Her is the first book in a new small-town cozy mystery series by Nancy Coco. Released 26th Jan 2021 by Kensington, it's 320 pages and is available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats.

This is the first of a new series of "small town" shop cozies from a veteran author. For fans of the genre, this one ticks all the boxes including a punny title, recipes, clean language, non-gory murder, a likable female sleuth, a foreshadowed slow-burn romantic interest, and a cat "sidekick" who helps her solve the mystery. If it is, admittedly, trope-y and formulaic, it also has everything that fans of these series (including me) love. The pacing is good and doesn't drag. The dialogue can be a bit over the top and unnaturally stilted occasionally, but all in all, it's a fun and undemanding read with a satisfying denouement (a touch of the melodramatic), and resolution. There are some continuity problems, but nothing that won't likely get ironed out in the next book or two.

Three and a half stars. A promising start for a new series.  

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes. 

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