This is a paranormal crime novel with lots of plot twists and suspenseful moments. It kept me guessing until the very end. This book could be a bit triggering, although I think the subject matter was handled sensitively. I felt like the characters were less developed than I hoped for and there were a lot of characters to keep track of. it got a little repetitive at times but overall it was an interesting read.
Randy Fletcher and his boyfriend, Ben, are living a nice quiet life on Honeybee Lake in the small town of Murray, New Hampshire. He feels safe here and finds solace after getting out of an abusive relationship. While out enjoying the beauty of the lake Ben discovers a dead body. When the body is later identified as his ex-boyfriend Randy doesn’t want to believe it. How can that be his ex when his ex was supposed to have died a few years prior? When he is arrested for murder he doesn’t know what to do or who to call. His sister Mandy steps in and calls the last person Randy wants to see. Will he refuse the help and take his chances or will he accept the help and hopefully beat this charge? When Mandy hears the news about Randy she drops everything to prove her brothers innocence. But when her sister-in-law who can communicate with the dead points the finger at Randy who is she to believe? Will they be able to find the culprit before Randy has the book thrown at him?
This is the second book in the Shadow of a Doubt series. Just like with the first book in the series, Rebecca Remains, the main characters keep you invested. I have come to enjoy books by this author very much. Due to some of the content talked about in this book I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 18. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. I can’t wait to see what the author has up her sleeve.
Due 5/7 Murder at Honeybee Lake (Shadow of a Doubt #2) by Jessica Akien Hall
This is another great series by Akien-Hall. She knows how to bring the stories to life. Her characters seem to come to life and I love that.
Mandy is an author who writes romance. Her wife Emily is supportive of the work. When she gets a disturbing phone call from her brother things get freaky. The quote I chose for Mandy is: “Well, it’s not like pre-baby Tessa, but you know how it is. She’s got her hands full. And now that Tommy’s back to work I bet she’s even more exhausted.”
Randy is finding himself after a horrible past relationship. When his boyfriend finds a dead body things go south. When things point back to him his sister steps in. The quote I chose for Randy is: “Of course. I love you Benjamin Davis. Everything is going to be alright. Don’t you worry.”
Highly recommended for Paranormal Crime lovers.
This is a book which is only for those over 18 due to the triggers it contains within.
Randy Fletcher is a best selling author of children’s horror novels and is celebrating the anniversary of his boyfriend Ben moving in with him as a couple together in a boat on Honeybee Lake, or at least they were until a knocking sound on the outside of the boat annoys Randy enough that he convinces Ben to have a look, however, when he finds a dead body attached to a rope underneath the dock, their plans are immediately forgotten and the police are called. Randy doesn’t want to believe what he is hearing but Ben’s reaction to the situation convinces him it must be true, so as they wait for the cops to show up, they go back down to the lake and support each other but they end up arguing, especially when Ben hides their relationship from the cops by saying that he is just a friend, it doesn’t help when the cop is dismissive of the whole situation and state that they can’t see as it is too dark and that they will have to come back in the morning to confirm it instead. Ben is stunned by their nonchalance and ends up taking it all out on Randy when all he wants to do is help, they manage to talk it through and spend the rest of the evening trying to forget about the body in the lake.
The next day the cops come back to the house and have the same bad attitude as the day before, but one is eventually convinced to get into the lake and take a look, when they do, it is confirmed that there is a dead body and that it is a crime scene so they have to call in a team to remove it, while they are doing that, they send Randy and Ben back up to the house to wait, but not before another argument. Meanwhile, Mandy Blake is having snuggles with her daughter when the phone rings and her wife brings it to her saying it is her brother Randy and he sounds awful and when he tells her what is happening at his house, her first thought is to go there and support him and Ben, but he delays that telling her there is nothing she can do, he just needed to talk to someone about it all, so she asks her sister in law Tessa if she has heard anything from Randy, but being busy herself, Mandy isn’t surprised when she doesn’t get an answer until later on. Five hours later and the body is on its way to the morgue but with no further information about who the person is, apart from it looks like they have been there a while, so with nothing else they can do, Randy and Ben try to take their minds off it and decide to try and get some sleep.
Mandy is still trying to get her head around what Randy told her over the phone and has a bad feeling about the whole situation, which is confirmed when she sees a bunch of missed calls and messages saying Randy has been taken in for questioning, Randy is waiting for her there in an interrogation room when two men in suits enter and start demanding that he tells them what is going on so that they can get on with their day, but when he clearly states multiple times that he has no idea what they are talking about, they reveal the identity of the body and Randy is completely taken aback and decides to ask for a lawyer before they go any further with their questions. When they leave and Mandy comes in, all the emotions he has been holding spill out when he tells her he has just found out that it is someone from his past better left forgotten and she is as dumbfounded as he is. They leave together and after everyone has returned home, this is when Tessa calls back, this is when she decides to communicate with the victim and see if they can help figure out what happened. When things take a turn for the worse and evidence is collected, fingers are pointed and confusion, temptation and betrayal reign, will Randy, Mandy and Tessa be able to unravel the mystery of the body found in Honeybee Lake, or will the past come back to haunt them all with deadly consequences? This is a triller with a paranormal twist which keeps you guessing all the way through, as you try to figure it all out as you go along the journey with them.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
I swear all the best books have an author as the main character, maybe it’s because authors are so good at writing them having some serious first-hand experience of that stuff. Either way, I loved this read and I loved the main character. Once again Aiken-Hall writes brilliantly, keeping you gripping the edge of your seat all the way through. And can I just say that I adore the paranormal mystery genre, not enough books in it me thinks – or maybe there are, and I am just blind. But I’ve got to say I love it; it marries two of my favourite things and it’s just amazing.
As previously stated, Randy Fletcher (got to love that name) is a writer and is looking to take his relationship with his boyfriend Ben to the next level. What better place to do this than a quiet lake called Honeybee, where he feels at peace? But a massive spanner gets thrown in the works in the form of a body being discovered and things that Randy thought were safely in his past, rear their ugly little heads and threatens to derail the quiet peace and happiness that he has found. Mandy, his sister, drops everything to help her brother, but even her loyalties are put to the ultimate test when the evidence severely implicates him. Get ready for some major twists and turns that will keep you guessing.
Obviously, this has crossover from the previous books in the series with favourite characters making their appearance, but I don’t think you have to have read them to enjoy this, because this makes a super standalone that anyone who loves the paranormal and enjoys a good mystery should sink their teeth into. Also got to adore a good twist and this book does it nicely. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this paranormal crime story. It is book 2 in the Shadow of A Doubt series. It can be read alone but if you read the first book you will already know the main characters.
In this story we follow Randy and Ben. After getting together they start to settle into their new life on Honeybee Lake. Things are good until a dead body turns up underneath the Dock of their home. Who is it and what is it doing under there?
Once the body is identified Randy is the prime suspect and is arrested for murder. While he is in prison he suffers homaphobic abuse but with the help of his sister Mandy and his lawyer father can he get out of prison.
While Randy is inside Ben leaves. Turns his back and runs? Is Ben guilty of committing the murder?
With Mandy trying to solve the murder and clear her brothers name she turns to their friend Tessa for help. Tessa is able to speak and connect to spirits so can she connect with this person to find out the truth?
The Book is full of twists and turns that leep you guessing and all the way through it points to the murderer being either Ben or Randy but you never know who.
Aiken-Hall truly is a master at crafting a suspense filled page turner. This book stayed true to what I’ve come to expect – great character development, excellent plot pacing, and riveting suspense. I was kept guessing until the end. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
This was such a an awesome follow up to a Rebecca Remains. Even though you don’t have to read it first I definitely recommend it. This was a great read to follow Randy’s story. I couldn’t wait to find out what really happened at the lake! You definitely don’t see the twist coming in this interesting suspense read. I will definitely be reading more from Jessica Aiken-Hall!
Murder at Honeybee Lake is the 2nd book in the Shadow of Doubt series by Jessica Aiken-Hall. I liked the first book better, as it was more intense, but this book was very good too. They should be read in order, as there are a lot of overlapping characters, without much background given. This book focuses on Randy Fletcher, who came to the rescue in book one, taking care of Tessa. This book is full of suspense from the very beginning. Randy and his boyfriend Ben are swimming in the lake outside their house, when they find a dead body. Everything gets tangled up, and Randy is soon in quite a pickle. His life is thrown upside down, and soon it is difficult to determine what is good and what is bad. I was glad to have the book be a true mystery, with the truth not being revealed until the end. I love how all the characters are connected in a mysterious way that are slowly discovered. Highly recommend this series, and cant wait to read more by the author.
Reviewed by @way2gosmartguy
Murder at Honeybee Lake is an enticing crime novel with paranormal elements. It’s the second in Jessica Aiken-Hall’s Shadow of a Doubt series and can be read as a standalone or enjoyed alongside the first book.
Randy and Ben’s world is turned upside down when they find a body underneath the dock at their lakeside property. At first it seems like homophobic cops are their biggest problem, until the evidence starts pointing to Randy as the culprit. Their found family is convinced of Randy’s innocence but will have to fight to prove it, and to look after Randy and Ben.
This is a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what had really happened, and why. There are plenty of developments along the way that kept me on the edge of my seat.
There are some great side characters in this book as well. I particularly liked Dora, the nurse who befriends Randy. She’s such a warm, caring character and was a point of light in an otherwise dark book.
I’d recommend this to fans of paranormal mysteries. If you want a story where the ghost gets involved in solving their own murder, this is the book for you! It gets five stars from me.
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