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The Killing Bee

(The fourth book in the Jacob Burns Mystery series)
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Greetings, potential readers! The Killing Bee was previously published by Signet; it's book #4 in the Jacob Burns mystery series. Book #1, Breakfast at Madeline's, received the Malice Domestic Award.


Controversy abounds at the public elementary school where Jacob and Andrea Burns send their two sons. Somebody's cheating on the standardized tests. The principal wants to fire the new fifth grade teacher. Ambitious parents are frantic to get their kids into the gifted and talent program. The school psychologist is way too eager to label kids ADD. All of these frustrations literally come to a head when the principal gets fatally bashed in the skull with a spelling bee trophy.

Praise for The Killing Bee and the Jacob Burns Mysteries

"Witten delights with his charming characters, especially Burns himself." - Publishers Weekly

"A success. Fast...lighthearted... Witten presents his characters and plot twists in a straightforward and believable manner." - Albany Times-Union

"Matt Witten returns with another mystery featuring stay-at-home dad Jacob Burns. This is a delightfully refreshing series, and this installment does not disappoint. The Killing Bee is a very satisfying cozy read - good characters, good plot, well-timed action." - Reviewing the Evidence

"Interesting characters, a substantial plot, and a subtle sense of humor." - The Mystery News

"An enjoyable cozy with well-drawn characters." - The Charlotte Austin Review

"The perfect escape... The Killing Bee is a fast, witty, thoroughly engrossing novel that I was sorry to see end. This one is a keeper!" - Murder Express

"Charming, witty and irresistible read. Jacob Burns is a welcome addition to crime fiction." - Don Winslow, author of Savages

"A winner. Mystery fans are going to love this guy." - Laura Lippman, author of The Most Dangerous Thing

"Jacob Burns is a wise-cracking, write-at-home dad with a nose for trouble. While solving mysterious deaths in Saratoga Springs, he manages to see into the heart of his community with a great deal of humor and tenderness." -- Sujata Massey, Agatha Award-winning author of the Rei Shimura mysteries

Genre: Mystery

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