Abigail Mackenzie was a strong, independent police officer working for a micro managing power hungry boss. He would string her along with promises of promotion but after seven years she was still a beat cop. She enjoyed knowing the people in her community. When an injury finally made her choose retirement, Abby stayed in the area, retreating to a neglected farm and her chickens and bees.
Early one morning when she is delivering honey in town she discovers the body of a pastry chef who has not been accepted by everyone in town.
When the police chief rules it suicide, the handsome, moody yet sexy brother of the chef hires Abby to look into the death.
Abby agrees that there is more to the death. As she investigates there are plenty of people who wish she would mind her own business. The book is filled with characters we will appreciate spending time with in future books. The mechanics of the murder itself could have been more precise. I liked that Abby fought her attraction to her client for as long as she could and that someone else seems to be interested in her, complicating things.
At the beginning of each chapter are tips and advice, with recipes included to tempt us. I did receive the book in exchange for an honest review.