Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me to take part on the Blog Tour for THE BEEKEEPER by Stewart Giles
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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHT AND REVIEW
I have been so looking forward to reading this book and although it is a murder mystery it made me smile over and over again. I couldn’t help it, I just took to Alice Green, the beekeeper, from the start. I really don’t think there is much of a mystery to the killer it is more of a journey to discover why rather than who.
Alice just wants to plod along, look after her bees, her very dodgy pet jackdaw and make a steady living. She has managed on her own for the last 10 years quite nicely thank you and she certainly won’t have anything upsetting the balance, no sir! This book is set in Cornwall and it has that steady feel with it, not a slow plot but a feeling that this crime and some that follow will be solved locally. I really loved all the suspects that were considered and the reasons behind the suspicions of guilt.
I particularly took to one of the police working the case, Detective Harriet Taylor, who had transferred from Edinburgh. I liked her independent thinking and unusual friendship that she created with straight talking Alice. I think it boarders on more of a cosy mystery rather than a dark thriller but I found it an enjoyable and entertaining book with no over the top violence in it. A book to lay back and enjoy rather than hide behind the sofa.
The book also has a glossary of English Slang for any USA readers, which is a great idea.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.