Book Reviews

Honey Mead Murder (Honey Bear Cosy Mysteries 1) by Dahlia Donovan

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Barb on 21-September-2023

Book Blurb

Get ready for a charmingly quirky romance with a twist of murder mystery in Honey Mead Murder!

Follow the heart-warming story of George Bernard Sheth, a devoted pug and bee lover, who has been secretly crushing on a local mead brewer. But when a customer dies during a mead tasting, Murphy Baird, the brewer, finds himself at the centre of a police investigation.

As the two navigate the murder mystery, they find themselves falling deeper in love, all while trying to stay alive long enough for their first date. With meddling friends and unexpected plot twists, "Honey Mead Murder" is a must-read for anyone who loves a good MM romance and a thrilling mystery.

Book Review

What a great story! This was reminiscent of the books I loved in my late teens and early twenties when I first discovered mysteries. And, in my opinion, those with a hint of romance between two amateur sleuths are the best.


Cozy (or cosy in the UK) is the perfect word to describe the feelings this story evokes. Set in the countryside of a small village in Scotland, it brings an air of authenticity due to the village and its inhabitants, many of whom are quite the characters. My only negative comment is that it’s a pity none of the men sported a kilt. Hah. Just kidding.


The two main characters, Murphy and George, are well-rounded, sharp, sweet, and complement each other’s personalities perfectly. The focus here is on the mystery more than on the romance, and yet readers can easily see these men are destined for a happy future together.


A whodunnit with the victim murdered by someone who dropped dry ice in his drink in a roomful of people that included his wife, his brother, and his attorney, this provided so much fun as I made a clumsy attempt to solve the mystery—and failed. Honestly, this story was a refreshing change from the fast-paced, guns-and-gore mysteries that seemed to dominate my reading shelves for the past few years. I will most definitely mark any future books in the series as wish list choices.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 128 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-September-2023
Price $3.99 ebook, $14.00 paperback
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