A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.
Beatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world of the halcyon 19th century, a time when the last dark corners of the map were being sketched out and travel still possessed a kind of magic.
One night in Switzerland, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix’s show. This larger-than-life English gentleman, reputed to have a voracious appetite for female conquests, is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon called The Ox.
Beatrix flees that night to join the Colonel, and the two of them make a narrow escape—Beatrix from her abusive ringleader, the Colonel from a freshly-made cuckold. Beatrix, feeling the Colonel may have the answers to her problems, pledges to help him catch the criminal he seeks in exchange for passage on his magnificent balloon.
The criminal seeks a precious figurine, The Blue Star Sphinx, but he’s not alone. The Sphinx’s immense value has also drawn the attention of the world’s most deadly treasure hunters. A murder in Antwerp begins a path of mystery that leads all the way to the most isolated island on Earth.
What dangers await the Colonel and the acrobat?
My Favourite Quotes:
“A line of beacons with one broken link – the dark house, the one showing signs of disuse and waste. What had happened there? A hard and fast tragedy that had shocked the community, or the slow and quiet kind none ever spoke of?”
“I disliked him immediately. Perhaps unfair, but a strong instinct upon meeting a stranger is ignored at one’s own peril. I had experienced a reaction just as powerful, in the obverse value, upon first seeing the dandelion fellow.”
“The Colonel gave a staccato laugh as her poured his coffee. ‘Why, Bee! Tea is for the indecisive, hard pressed to take a position on which way to comb their hair in the morning. A more apathetic beverage is hard to come across. Coffee begs you to take it somewhere new. A welcome travelling partner, an astute mind sharpener, and a trustworthy enema you can set your watch to.'”
*** I will force myself to stop at three as this book was rich with great quotes! ***
I feel as though The Colonel and the Bee was a great recipe to delight the reader. In my mind it went a little something like this:
Take one floral eccentric Colonel with a bit of a mystery spice,
One high-flying Acrobat with multiple hidden talents,
Add two Soul mates whose friendship make the taste all the more sweet.
Mix in one Police Super Indent with suspect motives, and
Make sure to stir in multiple destinations with just a pinch of a secret treasure hunt.
Mix all the ingredients in a four-story house attached to a hot air balloon, and
Bake for approximately 400 pages.
The results are one adventure that will continue to keep you hooked bite after bite, until you have scraped the bottom and can hardly believe you have finished the entire thing!
Like any great recipe Patrick Canning’s The Colonel and the Bee was filled with all the right aspects to make it a literary treat!
I heart The Colonel and the Bee this much:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!
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***Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review***