I have just discovered a delightful new cozy mystery series, and I have a feeling it is going to become a favorite. The Queen Bee mystery series by Hannah Reed is set in the little town of Moraine, Wisconsin. In the first novel, Story Fischer, a newly divorced young woman, is intent on making a success of her local business ventures, The Wild Clover market as well as the Queen Bee Honey beekeeping enterprise she is learning to run with her business partner and mentor, veteran beekeeper Manny Chapman. Life seems to be looking up for Story, until she finds the dead body of her mentor. While everyone believes he was stung to death by his own bees, Story is sure this is not the case, and sets out to prove her theory that wasps were the culprit. Then she discovers a second body and her ex-husband is accused of the murder. Story begins to suspect that the two deaths may be connected, and suddenly finds herself in the dangerous situation of trying to find a clever killer. Story is a likeable if rather klutzy protagonist, and I look forward to reading the next two books in the series. Lots of beekeeping information is included, as well as recipes, many of which feature honey as an ingredient.
As someone who would like to keep bees some time in the near future, this series couldn't have come along at a better time! Be sure to check out the cute video introduction to the first Queen Bee novel: