Even if you're off-duty, it can be hard to ignore a murder, especially when you find out your own gun is the murder weapon. Police Inspector Simona Tavianello is just trying to enjoy a little holiday with her husband in a picturesque Italian valley, but when she stumbles upon a dead engineer from a controversial agricultural research center, Simona has no choice but to dive headfirst into a complicated and mysterious conflict between the powerful research center and radical environmentalists. The Sudden Disappearance of the Worker Bees, performed with an enjoyable enthusiasm from Karen White, is a thrilling mystery that will have listeners buzzing with excitement until the very end.
"Its very real seductiveness lies in its ironic description of issues that are secondary to the investigation." - Le Monde. On vacation with her husband in an idyllic Italian valley, Police Inspector Simona Tavianello stops at the local beekeeper's shop to buy some honey, where she finds a body lying in the entrance. Simona tries to avoid involvement - she is, after all, off-duty. But when she realizes that the murder weapon is her own gun, what can she do but take charge?
The victim was an engineer at the controversial agricultural research center for Sacropiano, a biotechnology company accused of developing pesticides that are making the bees in the region disappear. At the same time Simona found the body, the local beekeepers were nearby organizing a militant sit-in to protest the company's practices. And found on the floor near the corpse was a tract entitled, "The Bee Revolution."
Simona Tavianello's investigation gets her caught between the radical environmentalists and the powerful industrialists who are allied with the police. That would be complication enough, but she also needs to deal with the wounded ego of Cacabonda, the local police officer, who is officially in charge of the investigation. With her sharp humor and spot-on observations of current events in Italy, can Tavianello not only solve the murder, but also discover the intriguing reason behind the disappearance of the bees?