At the engagement party for her best friend, Matt, and the novelist, Meriah Caldwell, Josiah Reynolds sees socialite, Addison Dewitt, take a sip of bourbon, go into fits and then die. The police, and just about everyone else, call it a heart attack, but Josiah feels the whole situation is ‘icky.’ She can only get Lady June Elsmere and Meriah to believe her, so the three of them take it upon themselves to smoke the killer out.
While she’s dealing with this new mystery, Josiah also has to cope with strange behavior from Jake, who seems to be back in her life, partly, and the even stranger behavior of her daughter, Asa, who is up to something but keeping Josiah in the dark.
The fourth book in the Josiah Reynolds series by Abigail Keam, Death by Bourbon, has our Kentucky beekeeper again neck-deep in someone else’s business, business of the fatal kind. While not as tense as the earlier novels, and with a somewhat disappointing ending (I won’t spoil the book for you by revealing it), it is still as entertaining as ever. Josiah is developing as a character, and we learn more about Kentucky’s dark and bloody history in the snippets inserted, which, unlike most data dumps, actually relate to the action being described.
Josiah is not your usual heroine, but one you’ll find it impossible not to like.
I received this book as a gift.
I give Keam four stars for this one.