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The Beekeeper

(DC Harriet Taylor #1)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  951 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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
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Published May 22nd 2017 by Joffe Books
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Louise Wilson
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alice Green keeps bees in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She has been friends with her neighbour Milly Lancaster for over 40 years. Alice's husband walked out on her10 years ago and she has. Not seen him since.

Alice sells the honey from her bees at the monthly market and Milly makes cakes and biscuits. Milly does not turn up for the market and Alice is worried about her. She goes to check on Milly on her way home. Milly is not there but her baking is laid out ready to be boxed up. Alice
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Joanna Park
3.5 stars. This review can also be found at
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The Beekeeper is an interesting mystery that is quite easy to read as it is fast flowing and there is always something happening or being discovered which makes the book difficult to put down.

I really liked the main character Alice, the Beekeeper, who is a fantastic character really kookie and entertaining. I enjoyed reading about her exploits throughout the book and discovering more about her. Her hobby of beek
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Elaine Tomasso
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books, a police procedural featuring DC Harriet Taylor set in Cornwall.

Harriet interviews Alice Green when she reports her friend, Millie, missing and is the only one to take Alice's fears seriously. When Millie's car is found foul play is suspected and Harriet is determined to protect Alice and find the culprit but Alice is keeping secrets.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Beekeeper which kept me on my toes. I was never sure initially if I was interpreting what
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Heather Fineisen
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a charming detective mystery that was a bit disappointing. The why's were not satisfactorily answered. The character development was strong and favorable. Overall, a good read with a high potential that was not met.

Copy provided by publisher and NetGalley.
Sarah
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading 'Trotterdown', which consists of the three books in the Detective Harriet Taylor series.
Book 1: The Beekeeper
Book 2: The Perfect Murder
Book 3: The Backpacker
I have just finished The Beekeeper, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
DC Harriet Taylor is a new member of the Police force down in Trotterdown, the South West of England - having moved from Edinburgh in the hope of a fresh start and to help her to forget her tragic past.
I think that all of the characters are believable, som
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Shalini
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is quite different Alice is a beekeeper who sells the honey at the monthly market where Milly sells cakes and biscuits till one day Milly does not appear. The investigation starts here at the helm of Detective Harriet.
Harriet makes a great main character with her forthright attitude and her determination. It was nice to see her grow into her character and gain confidence as the book is read. The story has an undercurrent of dark humour running through which uplifts the book.
Some part
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Sue Wallace
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles.
Milly Lancaster is missing. Her friend Alice Green has her missing. DC Harriet Taylor and her team are investigating. Milly car had gone over the cliff with her in it. She was murdered. But by who? Can Harriet find the out who murdered her and why?
Fantastic read with brilliant characters. I really liked Alice and Harriet. They were my favourite characters. The bodies kept coming but I couldn't think who could have murdered them. They were all connected somehow. Fu
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Books 'n' All  Promotions
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant book. The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing, with an enormous amount of skill, and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.

This is possibly the funniest thriller I have ever read. Stewart has a dark sense of humour that comes through in the book which brings a totally unique perspective to the story. I found it very intriguing. I suspected who the killer was at the beginning but what you have learned from reading thrillers
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Susan Hampson
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-reads
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
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Crittermom
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Beekeeper is a solid British police procedural that will readily appeal to fans of Midsommer Murders and the like.  DC Harriet Taylor transferred to Polgarrow from Edinburgh after the death of her husband.  The sleepy Cornish village has little crime, and until now a handful of burglaries have been the extent of Taylor’s experience.

Alice Green is an elderly beekeeper, happily living alone after being abandoned by her promiscuous husband.  Her best friend lives next door.  But the day after a
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Kerrie
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was tempted to classify this easy read as a cozy, although there are 3 rather ghastly murders: 3 elderly people who were part of a wedding party 40 years earlier are murdered within a week. The beekeeper Alice Green is the only one left standing.

When the local police can't solve the first murder in good time a "crack" team of outsiders with a rather pompous DI at the helm move in and come to a conclusion in double quick time. But even as they are celebrating Harriet Taylor proves them wrong.

Th
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Sheila Howes
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would highly recommend this to people who are fans of Midsomer Murders. A full review will follow on my blog on Sunday 28th May. I took a point off as I worked out the WHOdunnit, but not the WHYdunnit!
Joyce
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars

Alice Green whose husband left her ten years earlier enjoys the company of her pet jackdaw. Alice discovers what appears to be the body of her husband buried in her garden. She decides to cover it up – just until Monday – of course. Alice appears to be a thoroughly unlikeable woman.

Parts of Stanley keep coming up out of the dirt; a rain and then a fox digs him partially up. When her friend and neighbor Milly goes missing and her car is found having gone over a cliff, the tension mounts.

D
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Linda
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Linda by: Joffee Books
I have never read any novels by this author but when Joffe books asked me to read and review this one, I was quite intrigued by the title. I have something of a fascination with beekeeping so thought that this would be right up my street. Sadly, apart from the little old lady being a beekeeper, there isn’t very much about keeping bees in this novel. However, this is a fascinating and somewhat quaint little story about three pensioners being murdered in a week in a small Cornish fishing village – ...more
Misfits farm
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lighthearted detective read with twists and turns. Alice keeps bees as well as something under the Hollyhocks. Her best friend suddenly disappears and the local force now have more activity than they have ever had on their hands along with a possible shark attack. Three older residents dead within a few days. This is a well written novel and as you can guess from the description is done with a sense of humour. Alice is a wonderful character that you can see in your mind’s eye. A slightly eccen ...more
Plodabout
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Mandie
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you just looked at the title of this book and did not read any of the blurb you could be forgiven for thinking that this book will be quite nice and gentle… after all what could possibly be sinister about a beekeeper??? Yes on the face of it at the start Alice seems like a nice old lady who looks after bees and makes honey to sell at the local markets and has a pet jackdaw that she rescued. And that’s where the nice ends. Alice has a secret that ends up setting of a chain of events that rippl ...more
Elizabeth Burton
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the things I have come to dislike about police procedurals by US authors is the obsession with serial killers. It’s gotten a little better in recent years, but given the unassailable fact most people are killed by someone they know, the whole serial killer schtick has gotten really old.
It’s not a spoiler to say Mr. Giles’s quirky novel set in Cornwall avoids that obsession beautifully, because the joy of this book isn’t solving the problem but watching the characters struggle with puzzles
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Denise Zendel
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elderly people in the English town of Trotterwood are dropping dead, and not from natural causes. DC Harriet Taylor, a Scottish transplant, catches the case. She’s unfortunately partnered with an oaf of a man who is found of liquor and generally dismissive and condescending to her and everyone else who isn’t him. Harriet has to work through being the new kid on the block and sticking to her guns when everyone else is telling her to go one way, but she knows that way is wrong, to solve the case.

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Joyce
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars

Alice Green whose husband left her ten years earlier enjoys the company of her pet jackdaw. Alice discovers what appears to be the body of her husband buried in her garden. She decides to cover it up – just until Monday – of course. Alice appears to be a thoroughly unlikeable woman.

Parts of Stanley keep coming up out of the dirt; a rain and then a fox digs him partially up. When her friend and neighbor Milly goes missing and her car is found having gone over a cliff, the tension mounts.

D
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Alyson Read
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book featuring DC Harriet Taylor and what an excellent start to a series! In the sleepy Cornish village of Polgarrow elderly beekeeper Alice Green makes a gruesome discovery under the hollyhocks in her garden and decides that covering it up might be the best course of action - just short term of course. Alice lives alone after her husband finally left her for good, and only really has one friend, Milly Lancaster, who lives close by and whom she has know since she was a girl. Th ...more
Emmie
4.5 stars.

Blurb, since I see there isn't one on Goodreads:

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She lives with her pet jackdaw in a beautiful cottage not far from the sea. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears . . .

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transf
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Mary
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I had really mixed feelings on this book so had to give it a few days to let it soak in. I felt the writing was good and I enjoyed the lead character, Detective Harriet Taylor, and her background story. But I kept thinking from the very beginning that I knew the "who-done-it." Of course, because of the tag line on the title (a gripping crime mystery with a dark twist), I knew it couldn't be that simple and that something dark and twisty was coming. Because the writing was good and I just love a ...more
Gillian
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meet Alice Green she's The Beekeeper she makes honey to sell at market with her friend and neighbour Milly Lancaster who sold her baking products. The two had been friends for a long time Milly was Alice's Maid of honour when she married Stanley 40 years previously.
They were there for each other when Millys husband died then when Alice's husband Stanley disappeared about 10 years ago.
Milly was helping Alice get her honey packed for market the next day when she left the two agreed they'd see ea
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Kerrie
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended to me as a lightish read, a cozy, and that is really how I found it.

Three elderly people who were part of a wedding party forty years before all die within the space of a week. And, even though I had my suspicions, the plot kept me guessing almost to the end. The detective, Harriet Taylor is an interesting character, and extra tension arises when she is included in the investigative team when a group of "experts" descend from Exeter because the local team are apparently not
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Jennifer
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
The storyline and cover intrigued me enough to give this a whirl but it was honestly very tough to read. Unfortunately I couldn't get through it and lost interest 1/4 of the way through. The first chapter was great but from there the pace was either too slow or jumped back and forth in time enough to leave me confused. Some characters were speaking in first person yet at other times it switched to third person. At different points I thought I'd missed parts of the story and had to re-read to mak ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, I didn't want to put it down. A cozy mystery with fairly gruesome killings, likeable characters and a dollop of humor.
Alice Green, the elderly beekeeper, is an interesting and likeable character and the book starts with her finding a body in her flower garden as she's tending her beehives.
DC Harriet Taylor has just moved to Cornwall from Edinburgh, after the death of her husband. As the body count grows and she meets up with Alice more and more often, they becoming friends.
I real
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Debbie
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any books by this author, I had no preconceptions of what the book would be like. Although it is interesting and intriguing in parts. I have to say that within the first two chapters I had guessed who the killer was. Now it could just be I read so many of these books I have a nose for the baddies, or it could be that I am a syndical and slightly mistrusting person at times, but it slightly spoilt the book for me to be able to guess it straight away. Having said that, it is well w ...more
Pippa
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weak
This is my first by Stewart Giles and I bought all three in the series at the same time for £0.99. I’m relieved I did not pay more because the police officers seem dull witted, naive and unprofessional. The plot is unworkable and the ending rather abrupt. It is a bit like those Sunday afternoon old TV crime shows with creaky plots and predictable endings, something to fall asleep in front of after a good lunch. I had the text to speech bot read it to me while I got on with other things, I don’t ...more
Andrew
I liked the light-hearted style of writing in this short crime thriller.

It has a fictional setting in rural Cornwall.

This is a short book, which I read in a day. The story-line is pacey and I found it quite engaging.

There are a few twists in the tale, and a few red herrings, as one would expect from the genre.

The question I ask myself is; would I read other books by Stewart Giles? The answer is yes.

My thanks to Netgalley and Joffe Books for a copy in return for this review.

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