Finalist in the USA BOOK NEWS Best Book List of 2011. Josiah Reynolds, a
former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social
position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor
finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a
full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey
at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when
a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim
is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is
murder and Josiah is their number one suspect. She is determined to find
out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is
twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a
African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically
prominent Lexington family. Josiah s powerful but secretive daughter
pops in and out of her mother s life, pulling strings to protect her
mother from danger. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass,
Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in
Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of
Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum plantation houses,
Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets
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Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her friend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.
What could go wrong? Everything!
Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!
Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater.
Josiah Reynolds opened her front door to find her neighbor, Sandy Sloan, clutching her little dog, Georgie. “Hi Josiah. Sorry to bother you. Can you keep my dog for a couple of days while I check on my mother? She’s ill and needs help.”
Josiah reluctantly said yes, not because she didn’t want to take care of the animal. She had plenty of room for a little dog like Georgie. She was reluctant because she knew Sandy’s mother couldn’t possibly be ill. Her mother was, in fact, dead.
Josiah knew this because she had attended the woman’s funeral.
Why would Sandy tell such a lie? And a stupid lie at that. Was Sandy trying to signal she was in distress and needed help? Josiah had no way of knowing that in four hours, Sandy would disappear from the face of the earth, and no one–not even Josiah–would be able to find her.