H.F. Heard – A Taste for Honey (1941)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #127
Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge #10
TBR #111
Date Finished: November 3, 2018

A very private man moves to a small English village and tries to avoid human contact. His only attempt at interaction is to buy honey from a local couple, the wife of which soon turns up dead of bee stings. Another local beekeeper, a somewhat familiar-seeming figure, begins an investigation into this new deadly bee species, with our private man acting as his Watson.

This Sherlock Holmes pastiche was not at all what I was expecting from this mystery, which has been on my TBR pile for many years. Mr. Mycroft, as he presents himself, has all the deductive abilities of his inspiration, while our narrator character is as thickheaded and annoying as Watson. This isn’t a whodunit, as the killer is clear to all, but the thrill is in the hunt, and the fun is in the Holmesian touches.

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