Saturday, February 16, 2013

Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh

I gratefully received Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh from Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for an honest review.

In this novel, we meet Albert Honig, an elderly beekeeper. Albert is rather obsessed with his bees and for many years has not had a much of a life outside of his hives. When his former friend and neighbor, Claire, is brutally murdered, Albert finds himself recounting his history with Claire to the detective investigating the case. In the course of the investigation, Albert will come to realize many truths about Claire and, also, himself.

This insomniac's opinion:

I truly love learning about new things. Beekeeping certainly isn't one of my passions, but is something that I do find mildly fascinating. In this novel, each chapter begins with a definition of a word or term pertaining to bees or the keeping of bees. Of course, the word or the definition of the word often heralded to what was about to happen in the chapter. I found this to be charming. However, at least half of this book talked about beekeeping and not always did it pertain to the underlying story of Albert and Claire. There is only so much about beekeeping that can hold my interest.

I did love the story of Albert and Claire, but it was lacking substance. I didn't quite feel that their relationship was important enough for an entire book. What I did love about the book was Peggy Hesketh's writing. It was written in such a descriptive manner that I could taste the honey and smell the orange grove. I read the book in one evening and did very much enjoy the story.

Worth staying up all night for?

I don't know if I would lose sleep over it, but I did enjoy it.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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