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The Beekeeper's Secret by Sally Fernandez
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The Beekeeper’s Secret
By Sally Fernandez

An advance copy review

In the breakthrough character of Maxine Ford from her novel Climatized, Sally Fernandez has done it again!

Taken by the parallel of Basil Rathbone’s Holmes going head to head with George Zucco’s Moriarty, Max (Holmes) once again crosses swords with her elusive adversary, the director of the Consortium (Moriarty), as the POTUS (Mycroft Holmes) warns of impending danger at her personal Reichenbach Falls.

And the similarities to Conan-Doyle’s renowned sleuth don’t end there.

From the outset of this next chapter in the Max Ford saga, we find Max (some time after the events chronicled in Climataized) seeking the assistance of “Old Mr. Jim Beam” to drown her inactivity (instead of a seven-percent solution of cocaine). She needed to take her mind off recent tragedies that robbed her of the people closest to her, particularly Noble Bishop and Jackson Monroe. Though unprepared to launch into a new investigation, a midnight phone call from another friend carried news of another death, another friend and United States senator, of a suspected heart attack.

Her investigation takes Max (and her new partner, a former CIA agent named Sam) from the interior jungles of the Amazon to an apiary in New Mexico. To help her connect the disparate series of random dots, Max engages the aid of her former lover and head of the POTUS’ secret service detail, Jake Stanton. But the closer she and Sam get to doing so, they’re warned off the case. Max doesn’t do well at all when people tell her to back off, especially when it involves the deaths of numerous physicians known for using homeopathic methods, an unobtrusive beekeeper stung to death by the bees he kept, and conspiracies involving the FDA, big PhRMA,… and one of two people in the world who once knew her as Claudia Irving, her brother and chief assassin for the Consortium, Daniel.

Twists and turns abound as Fernandez precisely knits facts with imagination to entertain and to educate in a genuine page-turner too irresistible to put down. And though the story is fictitious, the evidence laid bare is eye-opening, provocative and factual. The author treats us to a disquieting synopsis of how corruption at the highest levels can, and most likely is, operating near the periphery of our very own government. Call it Deep State if you like, but Sally Fernandez’ fiction has a disturbing way of ripping facts from current events to solidify our suspicions that more is going on than we will ever be told by self-proclaimed authority.
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Reading Progress

2018 – Started Reading
February 14, 2018 – Finished Reading
March 9, 2018 – Shelved

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