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When Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds theres something much more sinister When Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there’s something much more sinister sandwiched between the home-made Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts … But murder isn’t the only thing on Gemma’s mind: there’s the desperate house-hunting that’s going nowhere, the freaky kitchen explosions at her quaint English tearoom and an offer from her handsome detective boyfriend that she can’t refuse! With things about to reach boiling point, can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?


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When Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds theres something much more sinister When Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there’s something much more sinister sandwiched between the home-made Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts … But murder isn’t the only thing on Gemma’s mind: there’s the desperate house-hunting that’s going nowhere, the freaky kitchen explosions at her quaint English tearoom and an offer from her handsome detective boyfriend that she can’t refuse! With things about to reach boiling point, can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

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  1. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . In the fourth volume of this series, Gemma's high-society mother decides that Emma's mongrel cat should be entered into competition since he is so darn cute. There is a lot of anxiety among the owners of the contestants and before long one of the most hateful people around dies right in front of them after eating what they all ate. The shy and timid daughter is devastated over her mother's death. Others were not as saddened. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this excellent cozy mystery . In the fourth volume of this series, Gemma's high-society mother decides that Emma's mongrel cat should be entered into competition since he is so darn cute. There is a lot of anxiety among the owners of the contestants and before long one of the most hateful people around dies right in front of them after eating what they all ate. The shy and timid daughter is devastated over her mother's death. Others were not as saddened. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this excellent cozy mystery series by H. Y. Hanna. Gemma Rose, the main character, recently returned to Oxford and opened a tea shop, saying goodbye to the corporate world she had been engrossed in for the previous eight years. Let the fun begin! Oxford Tearoom Mysteries is the prime example of a formula many cozy mysteries seem to contain. It includes a woman sleuth, small pet, two love interests - one of which is a detective with the local police department that makes her blood hum and her heart pitter patter, interfering mother, and her own little tea shop. When Gemma's meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. But murder isn't the only thing on Gemma's mind: there's the desperate house-hunting that's going nowhere, the freaky kitchen explosions at her quaint English tearoom and an offer from her handsome detective boyfriend that she can't refuse! This is a clean and wholesome read that is able to stand on its own, although the reader might glean additional insight by reading the series in order.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Till Death Do Us Tart by H.Y.Hanna is the 4th book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, is talked into entering her cat Muesli in a local cat show and when another competitor drops dead from a supposed heart condition, Gemma and her friends are convinced that the lady had been murdered and investigate. I loved this book, and especially the descriptive writing which makes me want to visit Oxford. The mystery was interesting and I loved that Gemma had Till Death Do Us Tart by H.Y.Hanna is the 4th book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, is talked into entering her cat Muesli in a local cat show and when another competitor drops dead from a supposed heart condition, Gemma and her friends are convinced that the lady had been murdered and investigate. I loved this book, and especially the descriptive writing which makes me want to visit Oxford. The mystery was interesting and I loved that Gemma had moved in with her boyfriend but was disappointed when she decided to find a place of her own. A wonderful series with fun characters and beautiful scenery thet keeps you wanting more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    In the latest tale from Cotswolds, we find Muesli getting ready to enter the Cotswold Cat Fancy Show. Gemma's Mother is determined to enter Muesli. Gemma and Delvin's plans to spend a weekend together go awry when Delvin has to work at special police task. Gemma goes to the cat show only to find Delvin there. One of the contestants collapse and dies. Her Doctor announced she has dead of a heart attack and Delvin feels there is no reason for ,a police investigation. However, Gemma and the Biddies In the latest tale from Cotswolds, we find Muesli getting ready to enter the Cotswold Cat Fancy Show. Gemma's Mother is determined to enter Muesli. Gemma and Delvin's plans to spend a weekend together go awry when Delvin has to work at special police task. Gemma goes to the cat show only to find Delvin there. One of the contestants collapse and dies. Her Doctor announced she has dead of a heart attack and Delvin feels there is no reason for ,a police investigation. However, Gemma and the Biddies feel she was murdered. Gemma spends most of her time trying to get an autopsy. In the meantime, she and Muesli moved into Delvin's flat in order get away from her Mother's manipulations. Another plus to this fantastic series. My thanks to the author for my free copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Till Death Do Us Tart earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake! I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitts voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just wont leave Gemma alone. Introducing us “Till Death Do Us Tart” earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake! I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitt’s voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just won’t leave Gemma alone. Introducing us to all the interests and conflicts we first find Gemma Rose really looking forward to her weekend getaway with boyfriend Devlin O’Connor, and when he calls putting his job as CID Detective first, she is crushed…well, more like livid. He explains his chances at a someday promotion may improve by accepting the extra shift; ’agri-crime’ is a big concern, especially when the most recent victim is a multi-billionaire Hollywood actor. Now, what is Gemma going to do with a free weekend? Her only invitation for the weekend is from her mother who suggests she join her at the village fête and attend The Cotswolds Cat Fancy Club Show—populated by an entertaining community of quirky, if not intense, characters. Her mother is entering Muesli, a moggie (a cat without pedigree), and believes that the judges will overlook her jumble of breeds and just “fall in love with her.” Well, things go from bad to worse to worst in typical, delightful, and most entertaining H.Y. Hanna fashion! Amusements, arts and crafts, competition, threats, and murder. I love it! Once again Hanna has penned a wonderful mystery to engage your inner “Sherlock” with lots of suspects and motives to examine sprinkled with more than a few misleads and questionable alibis making this story very engaging until the big reveal at the end keeps you turning the pages. This time Gemma’s investigation leads her to rely on her mother and the “Old Biddies” as a marvelous dynamic between these generations has developed over the series. Gemma’s romantic entanglement with CID Detective causes some frustration, but it is fun to follow how they are navigating their relationship in and around murder investigations. And the Victoria Sponge Cake? You get the recipe to try it yourself, sans the murder! “Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review This series continues to impress me and it's one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I am always excited when the next book arrives as I know I am in for a great read. Till Death Do Us Tart was another enjoyable book in this series. The author shakes things up again and in this book we start out with a normal death instead of a murder and Gemma, the Old Biddies and Gemma's mom think there might be more to it and suspect murder. It's also a I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review This series continues to impress me and it's one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I am always excited when the next book arrives as I know I am in for a great read. Till Death Do Us Tart was another enjoyable book in this series. The author shakes things up again and in this book we start out with a normal death instead of a murder and Gemma, the Old Biddies and Gemma's mom think there might be more to it and suspect murder. It's also a poison murder mystery, just like book 2 and for some reason I really like it as it adds something different to the mystery. This was such an exciting mystery. I totally understood why the police wasn't calling it a murder yet as there was no real proof and Gemma tries to stay away, but she just can't let a murderer get away with murder if she can stop it. So she gets involved trying to find out if this was a murder or not. And I actually suspected who was the murderer, I kept going around with a few suspects and when one turned out to be red herring another scene suddenly made me think I knew who the murderer was and I was right. It was fun to actually guess the murderer right for a change. Although I hadn't ruled out some of the other suspects, this was my main suspect. There are some well done red herrings and we find out more about some of the characters involved in the whole process. This book kept my attention the whole time and I just wanted to keep reading. There's a lot of focus on the mystery, but besides that the characters really make this book shine. In this book we see more of characters we already know like Gemma, Gemma her mom, Muesli, Lincoln, Seth, Cassie, Devlin and more. And we meet some new characters as well and it's a delight seeing all these characters interact. Some fun side characters and possible suspects are introduced in this book like Mary the daughter or the murdered person, a gardener and a crazy cat lady to name a few. And besides that this book also has a fun setting with Oxford and Gemma her tearoom is the small village close to Oxford. I like Gemma, although she can be a bit too stubborn for her own good, she keeps insisting it is murder even with little evidence to support her claim. But I also admire how she kept working on this as she believed strongly in it and wouldn't let it go until she was sure. And Muesli has some great scenes again in this book. Gemma her mom teams up with the old Biddies who help try and convince everyone the person has been murdered. It's a fun cast of characters and I am amazed at how easy it is to remember who everyone is, the author writes the characters in such a way that they all have a distinct personality. The romance sub plot takes another turn in this book. Gemma has firmly chosen, so there is no more half love triangle, which I liked. And we even see how the other guy is doing and we meet someone who is hopefully a new love interest for him. The romance is really only a side plot and there are very few scenes that actually focus on it, but it's fun to see things develop in every book. there are some big changes when it comes to the romance in this book. And the epilogue makes me excited for the next book and how this latest development will impact Gemma her life! To summarize: If you love a good mystery I strongly would recommend this series. I really enjoyed this book and it's one of my favorite cozy mystery series so far! It had an exciting murder mystery where at first it seems the victim died of natural causes. It's a poison murder mystery which I really enjoyed. And I actually managed to guess who was the murderer! It was fun to guess it right for a change. This book has a wonderful group of characters, some familiar and some new ones we meet in this book. And ofcourse Muesli, Gemma her cat, makes some fun appearances. There also are some interesting developments on the romance side and the epilogue makes me curious for next book. All in all another great book in this series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    An enjoyable mystery! Gemma and Devlin are officially a couple again--finally! They are just too adorable for words, even though they did have a bit of angst in this book. I like that they recognized that they should slow their relationship down a bit, which is such a nice contrast to a lot of the insta-love that I have been reading lately. The mystery was enjoyable, but I will admit that I guessed the killer's identity pretty early on. This book also seemed a bit light on action/suspense An enjoyable mystery! Gemma and Devlin are officially a couple again--finally! They are just too adorable for words, even though they did have a bit of angst in this book. I like that they recognized that they should slow their relationship down a bit, which is such a nice contrast to a lot of the insta-love that I have been reading lately. The mystery was enjoyable, but I will admit that I guessed the killer's identity pretty early on. This book also seemed a bit light on action/suspense compared to the other installments, which I found a little disappointing. I also would have liked a bit more of Seth and Cassie in this story, since I love the dynamic of their friendship. Overall, I did like this book, although I'll admit it wasn't my favorite series. I do love the series overall and can't wait for more! **I receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All of my opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This series just keeps getting better and better. A real cozy delight. This book has Gemma with many issues to deal with. Finding a place to live, kitchen issues at the tea shop, Muesli in a cat show at the village fair, and a death at the aforementioned cat show. Her and the Old Biddies (along with her mother) have to convince Devlin that it was murder. This story involved all the characters I have grown to love. As this series continues I enjoy even more the vivid and well written descriptions. I This series just keeps getting better and better. A real cozy delight. This book has Gemma with many issues to deal with. Finding a place to live, kitchen issues at the tea shop, Muesli in a cat show at the village fair, and a death at the aforementioned cat show. Her and the Old Biddies (along with her mother) have to convince Devlin that it was murder. This story involved all the characters I have grown to love. As this series continues I enjoy even more the vivid and well written descriptions. I did not guess the whodunit. I look forward to the next book in the series. I was provided an ARC by the publisher for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Till Death Do Us Tart earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake! I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitts voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just wont leave Gemma alone. Once again “Till Death Do Us Tart” earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake! I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitt’s voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just won’t leave Gemma alone. Once again Hanna has penned a wonderful mystery to engage your inner “Sherlock” with lots of suspects and motives to examine, and Pearl Hewitt has enriched the whole experience with her voice artistry. From Gemma to her mother, the Old Biddies, and varying ages one discovers the vast variety of English accents. We are treated with an extraordinary narration that highlights each character's personality, emotion, and tone that reading to yourself can not compare. Pearl even does a clever job with the 'fur friends' from Museli's "Meorrw" to the high-strung Siamese's "MAAAA-OOOWWW, and changing her tone for the few male characters that round out her talent. She is marvelous! I highly recommend the series in any format, but the audiobook is an incredible experience...humorous, cringe-filled, and nail-biting are all magnified by Pearl Hewitt's excellent voice talent. “Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    British Cozy, takes place in Oxford and a nearby village. Gemma attends a village fete with her mother and a nasty aristocrat exhibiting a Persian in a cat show is poisoned while eating the sponge cake she and her daughter brought. Gemma tries to convince her boyfriend Devlin that it is murder but the elderly doctor says she had a heart condition and her death was due to heart attack. Thinking it is time she moved out on her own, Gemma looks at a number of dismal flats until her detective British Cozy, takes place in Oxford and a nearby village. Gemma attends a village fete with her mother and a nasty aristocrat exhibiting a Persian in a cat show is poisoned while eating the sponge cake she and her daughter brought. Gemma tries to convince her boyfriend Devlin that it is murder but the elderly doctor says she had a heart condition and her death was due to heart attack. Thinking it is time she moved out on her own, Gemma looks at a number of dismal flats until her detective boyfriend asks her to come live with him in his spacious, converted barn. Little things get on her nerves and she is offended when Devlin asks her not to leave her clothes piled on a chair beside the bed. She tells him that for now she needs her own space (had been living with her parents). Although this is a tearoom mystery, little of the action takes place in the tearoom. For a business owner, Gemma seems to have a lot of free time. One delightful aspect of this book is the group of 4 feisty old ladies referred to as The Old Biddies. Although individual names are mentioned, they are always referred to by their collective name and seem to be everywhere and into everthing, like a Greek Chorus. Seeking information, they do not hesitate crawling through a window while a friend distracts the maid at the front door.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Book 4 and I want more Another terrific book in this series! I am devouring these so fast, I can only hope brand new titles are released soon!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    Till Death Do Us Tart is the adorable fourth entry in the fun Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. Gemma Rose is the proprietor of a tearoom near Oxford, and business has picked up enough that she has even added catering to her offerings. She had planned to take the weekend off to spend with her boyfriend, Detective Inspector Devlin OConnor, but he is called away at the last minute by his boss to work an agri-crime case. With the shop closed, Gemma really has no excuse not to go to the village fete. Till Death Do Us Tart is the adorable fourth entry in the fun Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. Gemma Rose is the proprietor of a tearoom near Oxford, and business has picked up enough that she has even added catering to her offerings. She had planned to take the weekend off to spend with her boyfriend, Detective Inspector Devlin O’Connor, but he is called away at the last minute by his boss to work an agri-crime case. With the shop closed, Gemma really has no excuse not to go to the village fete. Her mother has entered lovable cat Muesli in the Cotswold’s Cat Fancy Club Show, even though he is not a pure bred cat. There are plenty of colorful characters at the cat show, including domineering Dame Eccleston who promptly keels over just as the judges start making their rounds. Her doctor proclaims her death due to natural causes, but rumors begin circulating and things do not add up. The “Old Biddies” are convinced that Eccleston was murdered, and they draw Gemma’s mother into the investigation. Gemma eventually agrees, and together they investigate to convince Devlin that it was foul play. I recently discovered the Oxford Tearoom series, and it is a delight. The English village is just the right setting for these tea-centric books. And the recipe included at the end for Victoria Sponge makes my mouth water. Hanna has created a nice group of characters that are fairly well developed (there is always room for growth) and varied. I appreciate that Gemma is a level-headed, “normal” person. She is sometimes a bit rash in her actions, but it is because she has a great sense for justice. Her mother is annoying in the way that most mothers are. She means well but is oblivious. The four elderly ladies who comprise the “Old Biddies” are fun and are indeed busy bodies. Cassie makes a nice sidekick, and Devlin is a good foil to Gemma’s impulsiveness. The story flows well, and the mystery itself is strong. All of the suspects and their motivations are valid, and I kept changing my mind about whodunit until shortly before Gemma figured it all out. The murder weapon is clever. Dame Eccleston made a great victim, and she was so unpleasant that it was hard to feel bad about her death. Does that make me a bad person? I really enjoyed Till Death Do Us Tart and recommend it to any cozy reader, especially those who enjoy an English setting and a loveable cat. **I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinions.**

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    H.Y. Hanna's Tearoom series is a wonderful read set in Oxfordshire, England. This is the 4th book in this series and Gemma and the old Biddies are back again. Since Gemma returned from Australia and opened her tearoom, it seems like murder has been served with a cup of tea. Muesli, Gemma's beautiful little cat is entered in the cat show at the local village faire by Gemma's mother. Although Muesli does not have a pedigree her mother feels she will win the show. However, no ribbons were awarded H.Y. Hanna's Tearoom series is a wonderful read set in Oxfordshire, England. This is the 4th book in this series and Gemma and the old Biddies are back again. Since Gemma returned from Australia and opened her tearoom, it seems like murder has been served with a cup of tea. Muesli, Gemma's beautiful little cat is entered in the cat show at the local village faire by Gemma's mother. Although Muesli does not have a pedigree her mother feels she will win the show. However, no ribbons were awarded that day when Gemma's neighbor. Dame Claire. at the cat show is believed to have been struck by a heart attach prior to judging. When a pill is found in the Dame's hand, with belief it is her heart medicine, the mystery begins. Gemma must now convince her boyfriend, Devlin, who is on the police force that there is foul play. Grab a cup of tea, a warm blanket and comfortable chair and enjoy another wonderful story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is another hit for author H.Y. Hanna. I love this series and look forward to each new installment. This author has a terrific writing style that flows and combines humor with mystery. The characters are well developed at this point in the series, but there is still plenty of room for each to grow, both personally and professionally. All of your favorites are back and once again the "Old Biddies" are out to solve a murder that only they believe is a murder. This time around they involve This is another hit for author H.Y. Hanna. I love this series and look forward to each new installment. This author has a terrific writing style that flows and combines humor with mystery. The characters are well developed at this point in the series, but there is still plenty of room for each to grow, both personally and professionally. All of your favorites are back and once again the "Old Biddies" are out to solve a murder that only they believe is a murder. This time around they involve Gemma's mom and bring her into the group. Gemma and Devlin's relationship takes as step forward but I like how the author has written this part of their romance. The mystery is terrific. The author provides us with plenty of suspects, motives, twists and turns until the reveal of the killer's identity. I did figure out who committed the crime but I did so along with Gemma. This has fast become one of my favorite series, with wonderful writing, great British charm, humor, mystery and characters that are starting to become like old friends. If you haven't tried this series yet I would encourage you to pick up the first book and give it a try. I don't believe you will be disappointed. I was provided an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    First of all I wish to thank H. Y. Hanna for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Well this series is just simply super, from the stunning art work on the covers that always feature super sleuth Muesli the cat, to the wonderful tasty Oxford Tearoom Mysteries inside ready to be devoured at leisure. These novels are cosy murder mysteries that are " purrfect" to curl up with any time. Each of the books, there are 4, can be read as standard alone novels, but l would First of all I wish to thank H. Y. Hanna for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Well this series is just simply super, from the stunning art work on the covers that always feature super sleuth Muesli the cat, to the wonderful tasty Oxford Tearoom Mysteries inside ready to be devoured at leisure. These novels are cosy murder mysteries that are " purrfect" to curl up with any time. Each of the books, there are 4, can be read as standard alone novels, but l would hate to think I had to leave a book out. Gemma is blooming, the tearoom is always busy, she is in love and always ready to solve a mystery. Gemma is the owner of the Oxford Tearooms and the main character in the series. She certainly has the knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and closely on her tail are four old biddies that help out in the Tearooms and do a little investigating on the side too. It can become quite competitive as to who will solve the mystery first which makes for one very funny and entertaining novel. I smiled when I got this book, I laughed when I read it and I giggled when I thought about it when I had finished reading. Mint!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Incredibly done with this series. Up until this book, despite finding all of the characters unlikeable, dense, condescending, bigoted, silly, etc., at least the mysteries were decent. This one, however, was so obvious from the introduction of the killer that I found myself skimming most of the book. I continually ask myself how a 30 year old woman could have possibly been a successful executive when she can't seem to make a decision about ANYTHING without her cat! And I'm sorry, but Devlin is Incredibly done with this series. Up until this book, despite finding all of the characters unlikeable, dense, condescending, bigoted, silly, etc., at least the mysteries were decent. This one, however, was so obvious from the introduction of the killer that I found myself skimming most of the book. I continually ask myself how a 30 year old woman could have possibly been a successful executive when she can't seem to make a decision about ANYTHING without her cat! And I'm sorry, but Devlin is SOOOO in love with her (for years and years) but he talks to her like she's an idiot. He tells her to stay out of the cases but he can't seem to solve one without her. Makes you wonder how he got to be the "top inspector" while she was in Australia. I smell a rat there. (view spoiler)[ To not even acknowledge that the coroner was confirming all of the things Gemma was telling him like it was the first time he was hearing it from an oracle AND that she pursued the case at Gemma's request DESPITE Devlin refusing to pursue was BEYOND ridiculous. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Gemma may have been frustrated by not being able to get away for the weekend with Devlin but she keeps busy with a cat show to attend with Muesli and her mother. Well, at the show someone diesbut is it from normal causes or could it have been murder? With Gemma and the Old Biddies believing it is murder they are back on the hunt to find out who the murderer might be. In addition to the mystery to be solved Gemma is looking for a new home to rent, dealing with her mothers shenanigans, taking care Gemma may have been frustrated by not being able to get away for the weekend with Devlin but she keeps busy with a cat show to attend with Muesli and her mother. Well, at the show someone dies…but is it from normal causes or could it have been murder? With Gemma and the Old Biddies believing it is murder they are back on the hunt to find out who the murderer might be. In addition to the mystery to be solved Gemma is looking for a new home to rent, dealing with her mother’s shenanigans, taking care of her shop, interacting with her friends and continuing her relationship with Devlin. This was a fun, interesting and very enjoyable addition to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries and I look forward to finding out what will happen next – in Tea with Milk and Murder. Thank you to the author for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 Stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited, says # of 5 but actually, obviously, there is a prequel so that means whichever # of 6, for prequel plus 5 books. The supposed background is someone who is supposed to have been born and raised in England, and at some point went to Australia. The problems start with that; the character/book talks/narrates as neither an Aussie nor a Brit, and there were way too many times where this was obvious to anyone who has even watched enough 'Brit tele' of any kind, and should be even more Kindle Unlimited, says # of 5 but actually, obviously, there is a prequel so that means whichever # of 6, for prequel plus 5 books. The supposed background is someone who is supposed to have been born and raised in England, and at some point went to Australia. The problems start with that; the character/book talks/narrates as neither an Aussie nor a Brit, and there were way too many times where this was obvious to anyone who has even watched enough 'Brit tele' of any kind, and should be even more so to someone who had supposedly actually researched for a book. The characters and stories in general are one dimensional and in a couple or more cases wasn't even clear whether a murder got solved and/or by who it was done. I always finish a book, and review it; these were painful to do so.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    This was a well written story as usual, well defined characters, a strong story line, and an entertaining read. My only problem with the story is Ms. Hanna hit on one of my pet peeves. The girlfriend of the lead detective has NO business setting in on the interrogation of a possible suspect, a formal or informal one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Traci Otte

    As per usual, H.Y. Hanna has delivered another absolutely delightful book! I do think that this one could be read on its own, like all of her books in this series, but you will have much more fun if you read them all in order. Even though there's a murder (or two) in each book, the tone is really lighthearted and fun. I love the interactions between the characters (is it wrong that I see Gemma's mother as Bridget Jones's mother from the movies?), how playful and expressive Musli the cat is, and As per usual, H.Y. Hanna has delivered another absolutely delightful book! I do think that this one could be read on its own, like all of her books in this series, but you will have much more fun if you read them all in order. Even though there's a murder (or two) in each book, the tone is really lighthearted and fun. I love the interactions between the characters (is it wrong that I see Gemma's mother as Bridget Jones's mother from the movies?), how playful and expressive Musli the cat is, and how we're kept guessing on whodunit until the end. Right along with Gemma I'm making suppositions and assumptions, but I will say I figured this one out before she did. :) We Americans get to learn so much about Oxford and the surrounding area in these books, and I'm picking up more British slang. I love that the author adds explanations of Oxford life and definitions of British terms at the end of every book. So readers of her series can walk around calling people "gormless", and folks won't know they're being insulted. The recipe included in this book is Victoria sponge cake. This series really has made me wish I was a baker, but it's probably best that I'm not because I'm actively working on losing weight. I'm not calling it a diet - diets don't work for me. I'm actively choosing to watch what I eat, and if a fellow Oxford Tearoom Mysteries reader came at me with a slice of Victoria sponge cake, I'd watch it quickly disappear off of my plate.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Belleguelle

    After not having enjoyed the last book in the series quite as much, I really felt that HY Hanna was back on form with Till Death Do Us Tart. What could be more quintessentially English than a village fete? Then to have a death there, right before Gemma's very eyes, was perfect. Ms Hanna has really established all the main characters and the tearoom setting now, and opening the pages of any book in this series is like meeting up with old friends again. As always, the Old Biddies and Gemma's mother After not having enjoyed the last book in the series quite as much, I really felt that HY Hanna was back on form with Till Death Do Us Tart. What could be more quintessentially English than a village fete? Then to have a death there, right before Gemma's very eyes, was perfect. Ms Hanna has really established all the main characters and the tearoom setting now, and opening the pages of any book in this series is like meeting up with old friends again. As always, the Old Biddies and Gemma's mother are hilarious, causing mayhem, but also, frustratingly for Gemma and Devlin, helping to solve the mystery. Gemma and Devlin's romance is on track, mainly. Who wouldn't want to have the delicious Devlin as their (book) boyfriend? And Muesli is as adorable as ever, and as much a character as any of the humans. I felt that all the protagonists who were part of the mystery side of the story were particularly well done. There were a variety of characters who all appeared as suspects at various times. The storyline was excellent, and I thought that the murder method was both ingenious and interesting. I'm now looking forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing what Gemma and friends find themselves embroiled in next time. I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In Til Death Do Us Tart by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose heads to the local fete in Oxfordshire, as her mother has entered Gemmas cat, Muesli, into the Cotswolds Cat Fancy Club Show. There she meets various cat snobs, each of whom thinks her breed of cat is the only worthwhile breed. Then, Gemmas mother runs into her friend, Audrey, who is on the committee to organize the fete. Audrey introduces the Roses to her close friend from school days, Dame Claire Eckleston, a domineering woman who rides In Til Death Do Us Tart by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose heads to the local fete in Oxfordshire, as her mother has entered Gemma’s cat, Muesli, into the Cotswolds Cat Fancy Club Show. There she meets various cat snobs, each of whom thinks her breed of cat is the only worthwhile breed. Then, Gemma’s mother runs into her friend, Audrey, who is on the committee to organize the fete. Audrey introduces the Roses to her close friend from school days, Dame Claire Eckleston, a domineering woman who rides roughshod over everyone, especially her daughter, Mary, who, though 25, seems like a child. As Audrey takes up a collection of donations for the cakes and jams stall, Mary produces two delectable Victoria sponge cakes. However, Dame Claire demands that Mary donate only one cake because she intends to eat one herself. Mary pleads in vain with her mother not to eat the cake, since Dame Claire’s doctor has warned her against such foods because of her bad heart. So Mary serves the cake all around to those nearby. A few minutes later, Dame Claire has fallen over dead. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A stronger installment in the cozy series, TART showcases its author's clear inspiration for her latest cozy series. Many glorious garden descriptions pop up throughout this story, and the actual murderer is a dangerous flower hiding among the lilies. As usual feline Muesli starts trouble just by being a cat, this time out by participating in a snobby moggie contest. Someone dies - always such an unlikable character so they aren't missed - and the old biddies push our heroine Gemma into A stronger installment in the cozy series, TART showcases its author's clear inspiration for her latest cozy series. Many glorious garden descriptions pop up throughout this story, and the actual murderer is a dangerous flower hiding among the lilies. As usual feline Muesli starts trouble just by being a cat, this time out by participating in a snobby moggie contest. Someone dies - always such an unlikable character so they aren't missed - and the old biddies push our heroine Gemma into investigating in spite of the advice of her boyfriend Devlin the detective. I found this mystery more tightly constructed, deeper themes of mother-daughter bonds and adult trials (such as romantic relationships) rising up to be explored. Plot ends were tied up neatly, while others woven to lead into new adventures. Hanna demonstrates her gentle care in mystery construction with each new outing. I look forward to sampling her two other series, especially since Hanna casts more mischievous cats in the clever companion role.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    First, I want to mention how much I like the cover art for this book. I think the silhouette of the village is very unique, and the cover alone had me eager to find out more about the book. Aside from a couple of minor things in the story that I didn't care for, such as the alibi of one of the suspects in particular, I really enjoyed this cozy mystery book. Muesli the cat, the "old biddies" and the delicious food (complete with a recipe in the back of the book) were a few of my favorite First, I want to mention how much I like the cover art for this book. I think the silhouette of the village is very unique, and the cover alone had me eager to find out more about the book. Aside from a couple of minor things in the story that I didn't care for, such as the alibi of one of the suspects in particular, I really enjoyed this cozy mystery book. Muesli the cat, the "old biddies" and the delicious food (complete with a recipe in the back of the book) were a few of my favorite elements. With a number of suspects, I was kept guessing who the culprit was until the end. This was the first book in the series that I have read and I look forward to reading the rest of them. Thank you to Goodreads for my free copy to read and review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    4.5 stars. Till Death Do Us Tart is another entertaining instalment in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. H.Y. Hanna delivers yet another solid mystery, infused with intellect and wit that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Her audio narrator for the series, Pearl Hewitt, is outstanding. Her portrayal of the characters' emotionsastonishment, exasperation, horror, chagrin, further enhances the story. Her impersonations can't be beat, from the old biddies, to the maid at Eccleston House, 4.5 stars. Till Death Do Us Tart is another entertaining instalment in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. H.Y. Hanna delivers yet another solid mystery, infused with intellect and wit that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Her audio narrator for the series, Pearl Hewitt, is outstanding. Her portrayal of the characters' emotions—astonishment, exasperation, horror, chagrin, further enhances the story. Her impersonations can't be beat, from the old biddies, to the maid at Eccleston House, and even Muesli the cat, are some of the best I've ever heard. An intrinsic quality that serves this series well. If you enjoy well-crafted British cozy mysteries, you'll love Till Death Do Us Tart. And for those who like listening to audiobooks, this one is a winner.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nmedlin43att.Net

    Death and the Tearoom I have been reading this series and have never been disappointed. Ms. Hanna is a great writer in her ability to develop a storyline and weave it throughout the book with interesting characters. These individuals are never dull, yet at no point do they give away the ending. I love the way Gemma and Devlin's romance leaves you a little frustrated as it is a little bit off and on, not so immediately HEA. You will also enjoy the Tearoom receipts at the end of the stories. If only Death and the Tearoom I have been reading this series and have never been disappointed. Ms. Hanna is a great writer in her ability to develop a storyline and weave it throughout the book with interesting characters. These individuals are never dull, yet at no point do they give away the ending. I love the way Gemma and Devlin's romance leaves you a little frustrated as it is a little bit off and on, not so immediately HEA. You will also enjoy the Tearoom receipts at the end of the stories. If only I could make them! (I wish I could bake!) I am sure that you will find them as enjoyable as I do, so do try the first one and read through the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    Till Death Do Us Tart, my thirteenth read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna & the fourth in the Oxford Tearoom mysteries. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the narrators British accent; I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Pearl Hewitt, especially her oh so cute animal sounds. Cozy mystery/romance, captivating primary character, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good Till Death Do Us Tart, my thirteenth read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna & the fourth in the Oxford Tearoom mysteries. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the narrator’s British accent; I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Pearl Hewitt, especially her oh so cute animal sounds. Cozy mystery/romance, captivating primary character, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rory

    It's a cute little story, as all these books are. It was not my favourite, but maybe because I have read too many in a row. I felt there was too much descriptive narrative each time someone was a suspect. That moment where someone unravels the case and explains how the murder etc was done. But this was several times over and it felt a bit forced. And not enough of the old biddies this time. They are my favourite. They are great. But still enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Sacks

    Continually well done Another superbly done book in the Oxford Tearoom series. So often, I feel like series become worse as they go along. Maybe the mystery part is okay, but characters seem to become so stereotypical and stagnant. Not with this author Hanna! Not only are the mysteries involving, but also the characters grow and evolve, esp main character Gemma. The Oxford/Cotswold setting ads another interesting dimension.

  29. 4 out of 5

    pam laporte

    A who did it ? Gemma and her Mom take muesli to a cat show. One woman says someone tried to kill her. Another is a snob who has a precious cat. Her and her daughter share a cake she made and the mom falls dead. Doctor rules a heart attack but there are a few strange clues that suggest murder. Who done it. The list of suspects is getting longer. Henna and Revlon are having a few problems too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Gemma's sweet cat, Muesli, is entered in the local fair's cat show. Of course, there is murder involved, and of course, the Old Biddies have their opinion. This series is so much fun and it is involving with lovely settings and fantastic characters. HY Hanna writes such lovely stories and I look forward to each and every one. I know that I've said this before, but Pearl Hewitt brings a voice to these stories that is perfect and really makes the stories come alive.

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