GoodReads Review – Death by a Honeybee

Death by a Honeybee (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries, #1)Death by a Honeybee by Abigail Keam
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did like the book, it had the right amount of humor and suspense, and the characters were likable. The fact that it is the first book in a series should have been my first clue that it probably wasn’t going to be a stand alone. Yes, the mystery is solved, but there is a secondary mystery – a sub-plot – that leaves you (the reader) standing on the edge of the cliff at the end of the book. It made me mad enough that the author couldn’t finish this book before starting the second one, that I have not even tried to get the second book, although I’m sure I’d enjoy it. So yes, I might enjoy it, but then will I have to be left hanging while the author introduces another sub-plot in book 2 so I’ll get book 3? Not going to happen. Color me harsh, but it seems to me, if the book is good enough to become a series, the author shouldn’t rely on cliff-hangers to get readers to keep going in the series. I know plenty of mystery series that don’t do this. Cheap. And it’s too bad, because like I said, the book was enjoyable enough that the author didn’t HAVE to try to trick me into reading book 2. I would have, except now I’m going to be a b*tch and not do it, because I’m being ‘forced’ into it.

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