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The Bee's Kiss by Barbara Cleverly
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The Bee's Kiss by Barbara Cleverly is the 5th book of the Joe Sandilands mystery series set in 1926 London. The setting is my only disappointment - I loved the earlier books set in India. But plenty of intrigue challenges Joe in this case, even though he's in his native country. A woman is bludgeoned to death in her hotel room, on the night she attended a big banquet. Dame Beatrice founded the Wrens, and lived the high life - sexy clothes, multiple lovers. Scotland Yard (Joe) is called in to discreetly investigate. Joe is surprised and pleased to find Detective Sergeant Bill Armitage was at the hotel, scouting for cat burglars during the event. Joe and Bill shared war experiences. Joe is dismayed that his brilliant sidekick Constable Tilly Westthorpe does not get along with Bill, at all. Tilly had also attended the banquet. Joe is forced by his superiors to trim his team to 2. He picks Bill; of course that irritates Tilly.

Soon after Joe and Bill begin investigating, orders come from higher-ups to drop the case. Joe does not like it one bit. He very carefully continues investigating. Many possible suspects emerge as he learns more about Beatrice's life. Understanding how subplots relate to the murder, and why authorities close the case, requires lessons in British history and politics (helpfully supplied as Joe's musings on the case). Plot twists provide interesting surprises.
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June 22, 2019 – Shelved
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April 12, 2020 – Finished Reading

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