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Champagne and ball gowns, fairy lights, and music...

Oxford summer balls are one of the highlights of the calendar and tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose is looking forward to taking a break and slipping into something gorgeous for the evening. But when the night ends with a celebrity chef murdered by his own whisk, Gemma finds herself plunged into a new mystery - and the nosy Old Biddies keen to help with the investigation! 

But trouble is also brewing at her quaint Cotswolds tearoom: Between fighting claims that she’s serving “fake” custard tarts and stopping her little tabby, Muesli, from being catnapped, Gemma has her hands full - and that’s before she has to fend off an amorous Italian. To top it all, her boyfriend Devlin’s mother is coming to visit, and Gemma is anxious to make a good impression...although Mrs O’Connor isn’t quite what she expected!

With so much going on, it’s a recipe for disaster - but with a bit of help from her mother, Gemma might just solve the case...and live to bake another day.

©2017 H.Y. Hanna (P)2018 H.Y. Hanna

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  • Beatrice
  • 10-06-18

Fun and Light

This is another entertaining book in a fun light cozy mystery series. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Cindy Bowles
  • 01-07-18

Another Winner

I love this series of books and the Pearl Hewitt is amazing as the narrator...you won't be disappointed in this..another winner!

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 28-06-18

One of the best Oxford Tea Room books yet!

In <strong>Another One Bites the Crust</strong> by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose, owner of Little Stables Tearoom and girlfriend to Devlin O'Connor, Detective Inspector of the Oxford CID, attends the annual ball celebrating the end of the school year at Boscobel College. Usually this small college's ball has a small attendance, but this year tickets are selling like wildfire because Josh McDermott, the school's famous television chef alumnus, will be attending and holding a live demonstration of his cooking. Glenda, one of the Old Biddies who poke their nose into everything and help out in the tearoom, begs Gemma to get Josh's autograph, since she knew him when they attended Oxford together. But when Gemma first tries his hotel, where she and her friends go for drinks at the Morse Bar before the ball, Gemma overhears an argument between Josh and Leann Fitch, his ex- girlfriend, who is furious at the loss of their relationship. Now is not a good time to try to get that autograph.

At the ball, Gemma leaves her best friend, Cassie, in the quieu to get in to the cooking demonstration and goes to the college porter to leave the stuffed animals their dates won for them. Wanting to try a second time to get Josh's autograph for Glenda, Gemma takes a shortcut to get to the dining hall, where the demonstration is to take place. She sees Josh's manager, Jerry Wallace, who earlier dared to accuse Gemma of stealing Josh's custard recipe, and a fellow woman on Josh's production team leave the dining hall before sneaking into the room herself in search of the famous chef. However, Gemma will never get her autograph, as Josh lies dead in the corner.

Thus, poor Devlin doesn't get to enjoy his night off, as he gets dragged into investigating the death, which soon becomes apparent as a murder. Someone rewired Josh's electric whisk to electrocute him as soon as he turned it on. Gemma and the Old Biddies naturally determine to poke their noses into the case, but other than one incident at the cooking workshop taken over by Josh's competitor, Antonio Casa, Gemma manages to keep the senior ladies from illegal snooping this time. But still she works hard to locate the truth.

I had a highly enjoyable time listening to <strong>Another One Bites the Crust</strong>, which is part of a series I have thoroughly come to enjoy. I love being whisked away from my bed to the old town of Oxford and given a mysterious plot filled with twists and turns in addition. The mystery plot kept me guessing throughout. Further, I loved getting to make another visit to Oxford and see all the sights of the colleges and local landmarks.

I had a fun time as Gemma keeps having run-ins with her senior customer, Mrs. Purdy, who keeps trying to sneak away with Gemma's cat, Muesli. Muesli reminds Mrs. Purdy of her cat who recently died, so the older lady really wants Muesli to replace her own cat and even tries to get out of the tearoom with a squirming purse more than once.

I also thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to Devlin's mother, a party girl even at 45. She calls Gemma both drunk and high in the middle of one night, and Gemma has to sneak her into Devlin's home after picking her up. The next day, Devlin and Ms. O'Connor attend a tea at Gemma's mother's house, in which a marijuana cigarette falls out of Ms. O'Connor's purse. Gemma hides it in the cushions, but soon her mother finds it and wonders what it is, so Gemma claims it is a new form of sachet. This leads to a humorous scene with all the upper crust women passing the cigarette around to each other, sniffing it, and asking where they can purchase their own sachets.

The audio edition of this book is performed by Pearl Hewitt, an effective narrator who truly makes this series come alive. With a young- sounding voice, Hewitt fully embodies the character of the almost-30 Gemma, who narrates the book in the first person. However, she sounds perfect in the roles of the Old Biddies, giving them voices that sound realistic for the nosy senior citizen ladies. She even mews for Muesli in a realistic manner. Hewitt also effectively voices both Gemma's and Devlin's mothers, giving Mrs. Rose an upper crust, snobbish accent and Ms. O'Connor a party girl voice. This becomes especially impressive when Gemma gets a call from Devlin's mother while she is partying and both drunk and high. I find this audio performance highly enjoyable and a lot of fun.

I highly enjoyed <strong>Another One Bites the Crust</strong>, which kept my attention throughout and didn't let me turn the book off. It had a really interesting solution and great details to the mystery. The characters are a lot of fun to spend time with, as each one seems truly alive. I definitely recommend this book and give it five stars.

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  • Tina L.
  • 25-06-18

best ever!

loved this story as well as the others. this book leaves you anxious for more of the day and life if Gemma:)

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  • Mercy Phalen
  • 23-06-18

Funny and Entertaining

I like that Jemma and her mother are growing and accepting Devlin's mother. The mystery and Jemma's skills to find the murderer never disappoint. I really enjoyed the book.

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  • seashell
  • 21-06-18

Another delectable mystery!

H.Y. Hanna has done it again! Another One Bites the Crust is a fun, cozy mystery that will transport you to that most charming of settings, the Cotswolds. Having read the six previous books in the series, Gemma Rose and the rest of the characters have become friends that I feel I know well. I enjoyed meeting a new addition to the quirky cast - Keeley, mother of Gemma's boyfriend, who definitely added a unique dimension to the story.
Mystery, murder, and a healthy dose of humor all combine to make this book very enjoyable. There are many laugh out loud moments, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. The descriptions of the goodies served in the Little Stables Tearoom made my mouth water!
The narrator, Pearl Hewitt, has an excellent reading voice that makes listening to the audiobook a great pleasure. She is adept at giving each character his or her own voice, bringing out their personalities very clearly. She is also outstanding at doing different accents.
With each book, we get to know the characters a little bit more. I enjoyed seeing Devlin, Gemma's boyfriend, show his more vulnerable side. However, I didn't like it that Gemma lied to him at one point. She had good intentions, I know, but I believe truth is paramount, and I wish she could have resolved the situation with honesty. This is the reason I gave the story four stars instead of five.
But overall, I enjoyed it very much, and look forward to my next visit to the Cotswolds!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • April Goldman
  • 14-06-18

Engaging and so much fun!

I am really enjoying the narrator for this series. She really does bring the characters to life.
The story was really a fun listen. Entertaining with just enough mystery to keep you guessing as to who the killer is and why and how they did it. The old biddies and Gemma' s antics are funny and keep you wondering what they will find themselves into next.I loved Gemma interacting with Devlin's mom and having her enter the series brought Devlin' s character quirks into a new perspective.And if course the story wouldn't be complete without Muslei! The story characters are all so relatable and the story itself so well written its easy to fall into this world and look forward to the next series.
Disclosure
I was sent a review copy of this book by the author.All the above opinions are my own.

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  • Julie
  • 13-06-18

Another great book!

This is book 7, in the Oxford tearoom mysteries and they are still as enjoyable and funny as book one.

This book sees Gemma investigating the murder of a celebrity chief. With the help from the usual suspects 'the old biddies' and Cassie even helps out in this book, coming up with suspects and clues. So plenty to keep you guessing. The inclusion of Devlin's mother added to the fun and games and I hope we see more of her.

The narrator was very good. Making it an easy ennoble book to listen to.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Paulette Peterson
  • 12-06-18

Signs of improving relationships

The mysteries in this series are always enjoyable to follow as the suspects are eliminated. However, Gemma’s personal relationships with her mother and love/lust interest had been sources of irritation. This book has given me a sign of hope that Gemma can mature, develop a “backbone “, and grow out of her teenage romantic fantasies of what love is. After living away from home for eight years, Gemma should had developed some depth in her personality and character, some strength in herself as a person. Besides, she is 30! She should be developing deeper, meaningful relationships. She still depends on everyone else to do everything for her. Cassie, her best friend, is practically running her business and providing all the ideas for her business to improve and grow. Why isn’t Cassie a partner? I would like to see Devlin and Emma become a team in investigating the mysteries where they compliment and supplement each other’s efforts. I would like to see a deeper, more meaningful, and trusting relationship develop between them. That means respect and honesty as basic qualities in their relationship. Gamma can still be respectful to her mother and not allow her mother to manipulate her. Enough said. I loved the side story Mrs. Purdy, Meusli, and Custard. Very touching. I also enjoyed the humor with Gemma and Devlin’s mother during the morning tea at Gemma’s parents’ home. Can’t forget Pearl Hewitt. Without her, these stories would not be so wonderfully enjoyable. Bravo Pearl!