Gregory Ashe takes us on an adventurous ride with his latest release The Keeper Of Bees. Hazard And Somerset: A Union Of Swords.
This is a novel following two main characters, Emery Hazard and John-Henry Somerset as they navigate their relationship and work through their struggles and emotional turmoil.
The story started back with the first book titled Pretty Pretty Boys: A Hazard And Somerset Mystery. We followed Gregory Ashe as he started us on a Journey. We read along as he developed the characters. We fell in love with their quarks, cheered as they worked through their differences, and felt the devastation when they experienced betrayal.
Emery Hazard, big brooding and built rock-solid, quick-witted, highly intelligent, and practical. The man takes shit from no one, he calls it as he sees it. His idea of fun is watching documentaries, listening to NPR radio, and reading statistical analyses. Emery Hazard is learning patience and slowly enjoying their circle of friends. He is dealing with some pretty serious issues on his own. He is in over his head and in the process, he is taking his frustration out on John-Henry. Hazard left the Wahredua Police Department and began work as a private investigator under the agency name Astraea.
John-Henry is the all-American golden boy next door. Blond beautiful and covered in tattoos from his college years. John-Henry is smooth, and he can calm any situation down with his smile. He loves reality tv, action movies, and leaving his socks lying around the house. He took the path of marrying his high school sweetheart, had a baby (Evie), and deep down knew something just wasn’t right. The missing piece of his puzzle was Emery Hazard. They are head over heels in love. John-Henry is Working through his own issues and is frustrated with his current situation. He works on the police force and is pushed to solve the murder of a friend. He is forced to deal with a new police chief who is a hateful, loud and on a serious power trip. The new chief has tasked John-Henry to be his cheerleader, to smooth out the wrinkles in his department.
Together the men work to catch the keeper of bees. A psychotic person who enjoys tormenting Hazard only because he views him as a worthy opponent. Hazard and Somerset work together and are forced to take a look at the people they call friends. They ask themselves, is it possible that they have allowed a deranged psychotic killer to be in their lives?
After reading The keeper Of Bees, my advice to anyone purchasing this book is to buckle up, you are in for an incredible ride. When reading this story, Gregory leads you to the edge. He takes you through the emotions. Gregory doesn’t just tell you the story or show you, he makes you feel It. I found myself smiling, laughing, crying, and angry all while reading The Keeper Of Bees.
I love how we have a front and center view into the lives of two men as they manage and sometimes stumble through their lives and relationship. Relationships are hard. I enjoyed how Gregory portrayed the characters. They have issues, and they have problems with each other. He did a beautiful job showing us that relationships are not perfect, they require work. Hazard and Somers are working hard, and you can see how much they have improved in The Keeper of Bees.
If you are new to the Hazard and Somerset series, I suggest you begin at Pretty Pretty Boys and go in order. You will enjoy each and every single book. If you have followed Gregory and have purchased his books, then please leave a comment and let us know what you enjoyed about The Keeper of Bees.
This is an amazing ending to the Union Of Swords series.
Below I have listed the Hazard and Somerset Mysteries series in order.
1. PRETTY PRETTY BOYS
3. PATERNITY CASE
4. GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
5. REASONABLE DOUBT
6. CRIMINAL PAST
1. THE RATIONAL FACULTY
2. POLICE BRUTALITY
3. TRANSACTIONAL DYNAMICS
5. THE KEEPER OF BEES
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