Take the Honey and Run (A Bee Keeping Mystery #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the A Bee Keeping Mystery series.


The town is all abuzz when a murder occurs in Jennie Marts’ debut cozy mystery, perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Amanda Flower.

As a successful mystery author, Bailey Briggs writes about murder, but nothing prepares her for actually discovering the dead body of the founder of her hometown of Humble Hills, Colorado. Bailey grew up at Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch and was raised by her beekeeping grandmother, Blossom Briggs, aka Granny Bee, and her two eccentric sisters, Aster and Marigold—which is why she drops everything to come home and help Granny Bee after a bad fall.

A broken foot doesn’t stop her grandmother from ruling The Hive, her granny’s book club, or continuing to prepare and package her bee-inspired products. But when Bailey's grandmother’s infamous "Honey I'm Home" hot spiced honey turns out to “bee” the murder weapon and her granny is now the prime suspect, Bailey has no choice but to use her fictional detective skills to help solve the murder and "smoke out" the real culprit.

With the help of Bailey’s witty bestie, a pair of meddling aunts, the feisty members of The Hive, and her computer-savvy daughter, this amateur sleuth is determined to solve the case. A malicious attack and an ominous threat reveal that someone wants Bailey to butt out of the investigation, but there’s no way she’s backing down. She must use her skills to uncover the truth and catch the clever culprit before her grandmother ends up bee-hind bars.

About the Author

Jennie Marts is a USA Today bestselling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. She loves genre-mashups, and her books range from western romance to cozy mysteries but all have the charm and appeal of quirky small-town life. Living out her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado, she’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends. 

Praise For…

Praise for Take the Honey and Run:
“[A] well-done series ‘bee-ginning.’”
Kirkus Reviews

“A ‘couldn’t put down’ cozy read.”
Kings River Life Magazine

“Perfect for anyone who loves a sweet, cozy murder mystery complete with delicious recipes at the end.”
Seattle Book Review, 5-star review

“Stylish, compelling, and highly imaginative. I love that Jennie Marts has ratcheted up the action to keep the rest of us cozy authors on our toes!”
—Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries

“A honey of a cozy mystery filled with secrets, friendship . . . And a bee-fuddling murder that will keep you guessing.”
—Diane A.S. Stuckart, New York Times bestselling author of cozy mysteries

“A delicious new series you’ll want to devour!”
—Leslie Langtry, USA Today bestselling author of the Merry Wrath Mystery series

“As irresistible as a spoonful of honey, Take the Honey and Run charmed me from page one all the way to the twisty conclusion. Jennie Marts' humor and warmth are on full display in this sweet, suspenseful mystery. I loved the intergenerational friendships, smalltown mischief, family secrets, and hints of romance. Bring on the next installment—with an extra slice of honey cake, please!”
—Alicia Bessette, bestselling author of Smile Beach Murder and Murder on Mustang Beach

“You’ll love this hive of charming, feisty women and delight in the tasty way they catch more thieves with honey.”
—Elle Brooke White, author of the Finn Family Farm Mystery series
Product Details
ISBN: 9781639103072
ISBN-10: 1639103074
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A Bee Keeping Mystery