The Henny Penny Farmette Series

Farmette life is far from dull. With foxes, raccoons, and other wild predators to keep away from the chicken house, gardens that need cultivating and watering, and honeybees that need monitoring, every day on the farmette starts with chores. But when I’m not doing chores or helping my husband renovate the old house, I’m writing. The daily habit of expressing my thoughts in writing nurtures me almost more than making jam, plucking fruit to bake into pies, growing heirloom vegetables, and harvesting honey.


I am excited to share with you that the third novel in my Henny Penny Farmette series will soon be published. A HIVE OF HOMICIDES will be released 9/26/2017. Publishers Weekly featured a lovely review at:

But here is the takeaway–“Lester’s sensitive portrayal of Abby’s struggle with her wounded psyche raises this traditional mystery above the pack.” – Publishers Weekly

Final cozy mystery in Meera Lester’s three-book series




Mentioned in the Mystery Preview 2015 issue of Library Journal and featuring quotes from New York Times best-selling authors Rhys Bowen, Joanne Fluke,  and Leslie Budewitz, who is also a national best-selling series author and an attorney, A BEELINE TO MURDER (my debut novel) continues to gain new readers. Also, I very much appreciated getting a quote from dog  rescuer and the founder of Spicy Stories Save Lives, Katerina Lorenzatos Makris.



The first two novel in the series: THE MURDER OF A QUEEN BEE and A BEELINE TO MURDER.





These mysteries are published by Kensington Publishing and feature sleuth Abigail Mackenzie, former San Francisco Bay Area police officer and farmette owner, and her coterie of friends who live in Las Flores, a fictional small town south of San Francisco. The town is actually a composite of several towns where I’ve lived or spent a lot of time, for example, farming communities in Missouri, small towns in the Santa Cruz mountains, and locales north and east of the San Francisco Bay.


The beekeeping suit and gloves provide protection  against bee stings.



When I wrote A Beeline to Murder, I’d already spent over two years blogging about farmette life. Some days I felt I was writing into a black hole. Was anyone actually reading my little missives? I put a visitor counter on my website to find out. Today, hits on my Henny Penny Farmette blog approach over 1 million and I’ve built it into what they call in the publishing industry a “brand and platform.”


I hope this inspires all would-be novelists who are working on their own books and brands.


My biggest dream (and shouldn’t we always embrace our larger-than-life dreams), is to keep my series fresh and popular and ongoing. I love my readers and value the insightful feedback they provide in their reviews and comments.





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