Personal Reading Recommendations – Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh

Another personal reading recommendation from Edinburgh libraries.

This time it was Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh. I seem to have read a few bee-themed novels this year, and enjoyed them all. *

Albert Honig was taught bee-keeping by his father when he was a child, and has continued to keep and care for bees all his life. His neighbours, sisters Claire and Hilda Straussmann, are found murdered in their house. As Albert helps the police detective with his inquiries, he looks back over his life, his relationship with the Straussmann family, and what he has learned about bees. Each chapter begins with a nugget of information about bees which is related to that part of the plot.

This is a very slow book. Albert, although a nice man, rambles on in the way people who have worked with elderly people will be familiar with. He takes forever to get to the point and many of his maunderings seem unrelated to the matters at hand. As the book progresses though, you see that Albert is giving us all the information we need to work out who killed the sisters, as he works it out for himself.

I enjoyed this book very much.

*The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell, and The Bees by Laline Paull.

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