Sunday, March 8, 2020

What's It Like To Be An Amateur Sleuth - A Honey of a Time

By Wren Johnson, the Oregon Honeycomb Mystery Series

Hi all, I didn't set out to be an amateur sleuth. I set out to run the best bee/honey shop on the Oregon coast with all handmade, locally-sourced bee products.

Then things got a bit out of hand when my cat Everett and I discovered a dead woman on the shore. So I found myself and my Aunt Eloise embroiled in an investigation. Office Jim Hampton, a handsome Paul Newman lookalike, made my aunt the prime suspect and I knew I had to do some detecting of my own.

Fortunately, I had my best friend Porsche and my aunt to help keep my shop, "Let It Bee" going while I chased down clues to discover a web of lies in our small town of Oceanview. Sleuthing without police backup is very dangerous and even my cat Everett was not safe from a desperate killer. Luckily I was able to save Everett and gather enough clues to solve the case. But it wasn't easy.

Would I recommend hunting down clues to find a killer? Not at all. As Jim keeps telling me it's very dangerous work. Desperate killers are not afraid to do you harm should you get too close to finding out their secret. That said, would I do it again? Absolutely if someone I loved were accused, become a person of interest or worse, find themselves dead.

Let me ask you, knowing the dangers, what would it take for you to turn to amateur sleuthing?
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28 comments:

  1. Knowing how police departments are lot of times under staffed and over worked would lead me to amateur sleuthing if it was a loved one or dear friend that was falsely accused. It would proper to hand any information over to the authorities for sure. However, if they didn't act on move in that direction, I might be forced to set out to find out for myself. In such a case, there are advantages and disadvantages of going alone. Being alone means not having to keep up with some one else. The only one you have to worry about making a noise or keeping quiet is yourself. However, going it with a buddy means you each have the other's back covered. Thankfully, I've never been in this situation, but I can see where it "could" happen.

    Thank you for the chance to win a book! LOVE your books! Each one ends up on my TBR list as soon as I hear about it anxiously waiting for the opportunity to read it. Love everything about DEATH BEE COMES HER from the gorgeous cover, the wonderful the storyline, and highlighting the all important bee.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Hi Kay, Thanks! I think I would go it alone too-

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  2. I would love to try my hand at sleuthing. I think I would for my family.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I don’t think I’d do any sleuthing.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. I would like to do sleuthing for sure as it would be important to determine what happened. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. This would be an opportunity for righting wrongs which is vital and no matter what I would want to influence the outcome. I could not stand by and watch and do nothing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. If one of my pets was in peril :-) (or anyone I loved) Glad you saved Everett!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I am too - Save the Cat!! LOL. I would never let anyone hurt a pet.

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  7. I would like to do some sleuthing if given the opportunity. "Death Bee Comes Her" sounds like a great new series, looking forward to reading the book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I would if it meant clearing my name or someone close to me. I'm also a big believer in justice and would want to see that the person was held responsible.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Alicia, I agree, justice should always be rightfully served.

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  9. Maybe if it was for a friend or family member I'd start sleuthing.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  10. If a case involved me or someone I loved, I would want to help discover the truth! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  11. If it was a family member or a friend I would want to do some sleuthing. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  12. I think I would do it if someone I cared about was accused of the crime. Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. As a wife and mother I feel like an amateur slueth. Each day I need to find out what each of my family members needs are and what they are doing. Is it something I feel is parent approved and safe or is it something I'd disapprove. Thanks for the insight into being an amateur slueth. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Yes, someone near and dear might be just the motivation I need to act.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. If it was family, yes I would resort to sleuthing to help them, or get them justice. I've seen shows like 60 minutes and have read articles where a case has gone cold, or no real/ dead end leads and the person's mother or sister or family member have taken to sleuthing on their own. Thanks, nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  16. I like this post. What a wonderful book cover. This sounds like a great book. If someone hurt a loved one...well all I can say is Heaven Help Them. My sister and I have both been told that we are momma tigers if gotten on the wrong side of things. I would rely on my common sense and all I have learned over the years about people.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  17. I’d like to believe I could but it would depend on the situation...lol. I don’t move as agile and fast as when I was younger

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  18. Oops forgot the email.....LaFonRC(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. I would do it to help my family or a close friend if they needed my help. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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