Death By Theft
Death By Theft: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
by Abigail Keam
About Death by Theft
Death By Theft: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
19th in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Worker Bee Press (October 30, 2023)
Number of Pages ~200
ASIN : B0BVJSY15M
Josiah is happy for her pals Lady Elsmere and Shaneika Mary Todd when broodmare Jean Harlow gives birth to a male foal sired by Comanche. The owners of both horses have high hopes the foal will become a stakes winner—maybe even win the Kentucky Derby. The foal has a broad chest, indicating significant lung capacity—important for winning races, but just like his daddy, the foal is ebony with a bad attitude.
Josiah and Shaneika visit dam Jean Harlow early one morning and are shocked to find the prized foal is missing. They frantically search Lady Elsmere’s and Josiah’s farms without success. It’s urgent they find the foal fast as he is not yet weaned and is too young to be separated from his mother. Who would snatch the feisty foal from his mother’s care? And equally important, why?
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Death By Bridle
Death By Bourbon
Death By Lotto
Death by Chocolate
Death by Haunting
Death By Derby
Death By Design
Death By Malice
Death By Drama
Death By Stalking
Death By Deceit
Death By Magic
Death By Shock
Death By Chance
Death By Poison
Death By Greed
Death By Theft
About Abigail Keam
Abigail Keam is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author who writes the Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series about a Southern beekeeper turned amateur female sleuth. Besides loving history, Kentucky bourbon, and chocolate, Abigail loves honeybees and for many years made her living by selling honey at a farmers’ market like her protagonist, Josiah Reynolds. She is an award-winning beekeeper who has won many honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair including the Barbara Horn Award, which is given to beekeepers who rate a perfect 100 in a honey competition.
Miss Abigail has taken her knowledge of beekeeping to create a fictional beekeeping protagonist, Josiah Reynolds, who solves mysteries in the Bluegrass. While Miss Abigail’s novels are for enjoyment, she discusses the importance of a local sustainable food economy and land management for honeybees and other creatures.
She currently lives on the Kentucky River in a metal house with her husband and various critters. She still has honeybees.
Q&A With the Author
What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Hello, I am Abigail Keam and I live in the Bluegrass, where bourbon is cured in oak barrels, the aristocrats live in antebellum mansions with Corinthian columns, and the Thoroughbred is king. Kentucky has been called the dark and bloody ground. It has been fought over by Native American tribes, Europeans vying for land, Civil War soldiers battling for supremacy, run-of-the- mill bandits, and crooks. It is a land where the dark, rich earth keeps its secrets well. How can I not be inspired by its culture, its history, and its people? History’s footpath is everywhere.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love the relationships between Josiah and her friends.
A Southern mystery would not be complete without eccentric friends, tea and bourbon escapades, and who-dunnit murders. There is Lady Elsmere, who married an English lord and came back to live at a horse farm after her husband died. Josiah’s criminal lawyer, Shaneika Mary Todd, who is the descendant of the Todd family as in Mary Todd Lincoln. Let us not forget the gorgeous Matt Garth, who is desired by Josiah, but alas, she is too old for him.
And then there is Josiah’s complicated relationship her daughter, Asa. There is a fraught relationship there. Asa is a difficulty and secretive woman. Josiah sometimes wonders if Asa is a sociopath. However, it is Asa who is brought in to solve the case of Lady Elsmere’s missing foal – Last Chance. As Asa put it to Josiah, “Sometimes a cowboy in a white hat isn’t enough. Sometimes, a dark knight is needed.”
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
The next book in the Josiah Reynolds Mysteries is Death By Betrayal.
Josiah is looking forward to the county fair coming up soon. She comes across a battered tin box with a bunch of yellowed 3x5 note cards with her mother’s old recipes. Nobody could make apple walnut cake like her mother. By golly, Josiah decides to make her mother’s cake and enter it in this year’s fair. It’s sure to be a winner.
She makes a sample, asking Hunter and his new farm assistant, Palley, to try a slice. When the farm helper hears it’s for the fair, the young man tells Josiah about the demolition derby each year. Ever since Palley received his license, he has been waiting to be old enough to compete in the derby. The only problem is he needs an old beater of a car to get running and enter in the derby.
Josiah tells Palley he is welcome to use an old jalopy that’s been gathering dust in an unused shed on her property. Everyone’s excited about going to the fair to see if the old beater car comes out a winner—until the trunk pops open to reveal—you guessed it—a body. Whose body is it? How did it get there? Josiah’s on the trail of murder again.
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
I will be writing Death By Betrayal: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery and Murder Under A Honey Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery where real people and events are woven into the story. I will have a new store on my website plus new audio books for fans. I will also be having Christmas subscription boxes for sale. You can learn about all these fascinating projects by going to https://www.abigailkeam.com/
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Support authors by purchasing their books and leaving reviews. Authors need to know that you support their efforts. Authors need to be read! So, get a nice cup of tea, a comfy place to rest, and read for an hour or two. What could be better?
Official Site http://www.abigailkeam.com/
2010 Gold Medal Award from Readers’ Favorite for Death By A HoneyBee
2011 Gold Medal Award from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Drowning
2011 USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist for Death By Drowning
2011 USA BOOK NEWS-Best Books List of 2011 as a Finalist for Death By A HoneyBee
2017 Finalist from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Design
2019 Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Stalking
2019 Top 10 Mystery Novels from Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A Blue Moon2
2019 Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite for Death By Stalking: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
2019 Top 10 Mystery Novels from Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A Blue Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery
2020 Imadjinn Award for Best Mystery – Death By Stalking: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery
2022 Finalist in Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist for Best Historical Category – Murder Under A Full Moon
2022 Finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Historical Category – Murder Under A New Moon
2022 Death By Chance: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist for Best Cozy Mystery
2022 Top Ten Mystery Novel by Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A Bridal Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery
2022 Top Ten Mystery Novel by Kings River Life Magazine for Murder Under A British Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Mystery
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