Honey, mead, and death threats.

Title: Honey Mead Murder
Series: Honey Bear Cosy Mysteries, #1
Genre: Gay Cozy Mystery
Release Date: September 21, 2023
Publisher: Tangled Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design

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George Bernard Sheth loves his pug and his bees. People? Not so much. He spends his days in his garden and with his beehives. Since moving to Dufftown, Scotland, several years earlier, all the honey he produces goes to a local mead brewer he’s had a crush on. 

Murphy Baird loves the entire process of brewing from start to finish. He particularly likes spending time with his honey provider. All of his mead is served at the pub attached to his brewery. 

With the help of meddling friends, the two have been plodding their way towards a first date. However, it all goes pear-shaped when a customer dies under suspicious circumstances in the middle of a mead tasting. Murphy soon finds himself in the crosshairs of a police inquiry almost immediately. 

They find themselves in the middle of a burgeoning romance while navigating a confusing murder mystery. 

Can they avoid death threats and arrest long enough to make it to their first date? 

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For six years, Murphy had run Honey Bear Brewery. It had been a play on his nickname of Paddington, earned during his brief stint in the military, owing to his surname of Baird and his tall, stocky build. His dark brown hair and scruffy beard certainly didn’t help put people off the comparison.   

His grumbly stubbornness came from both his Irish and Scottish sides. His ma had always claimed he bore more than a passing resemblance to his great-granddad Murphy. She’d been so proud when he’d decided to continue the family tradition of running a brewery. 

For the first two years, Murphy had gone with simple ales. But then, he’d developed a close friendship with a local beekeeper, George Sheth. The younger man had been struggling to sell his honey. 

His pride and joy. 

Inspired by George, Murphy had decided to begin experimenting with family recipes. Something from his Scottish side. His da had a collection of mead ones that dated back a century or more. It had taken some trial and error to get everything right, but his brewery and the small pub attached to it were doing well six years later. 

“Well? Did you finally ask our playwright out?” 

“Tea.” Murphy shook his head at their teasing grin. “It’s George Bernard Sheth. Not Shaw. Plus his ma’s Scottish, not Irish, and his dad’s from India, so I highly doubt either of them are related to a famed Irish playwright.” 

“Must you take all the joy out of my play on names and words? Besides if they didn’t want anyone to make the connection, why name him George Bernard? Fine, fine. Well? Did you ask him out?” 

“He’s named for his ma, Georgie, and I think a great-uncle. And no, I… couldn’t ask him out.” 


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Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress.  Dahlia is an autistic who prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters.  She has found great happiness with her husband, her tiny dog Bacon, and her collection of books and video games.   

Dahlia has worked over the years as a teacher, insurance adjuster, and even had a brief stint as the pianist in a band–very brief, like three weeks. She uses her experiences as a TCK travelling around the world during the first twenty-years of her life to add spice to her stories.

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