Thank you Jill and joffesbooks for giving me the opportunity to appear on the blog tour for The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles
The book is published by Joffe Books and released on the 22nd May 2017
A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.
Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives.
Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the murderer to justice.
A crime mystery with a streak of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the underbelly of a sleepy Cornish village
The book starts off great with a beekeeper called Alice and her friend finding her dead husband’s finger in her flower garden. Instead of informing the police she convinces her friend that they need to hide it until the Monday as she doesn’t want to ruin a market at the weekend as she needs to sell her honey. On the Saturday morning she turns up at the market but her friend doesn’t so Alice then phones the police regarding her disappearance but not about the dead husband.
Her friend’s car is then found in the sea after being driven off a cliff and the police suspect foul play.
The story then cuts between Alice and the police officer responsible for investigating her friend’s murder.
I felt the story flowed really well and it also didn’t feel rushed like some stories can. The story also isn’t a gritty murder mystery more a light hearted story withpeople being killed along the way. It definitely isn’t a whodunit as I worked it out very early on but more of a why they dunnit, if that is such a thing.
Overall I would give the book 5 stars and can’t wait to read more from the author.
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About the Author
After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now