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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 there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the homemade 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?

©2016 H.Y. Hanna (P)2017 H.Y. Hanna

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Another fun read in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries.
The identity of the killer was a real mystery and kept me guessing until the end.
All my favourite characters make an appearance and Gemma and Devlin's relationship motors along at a nice sedate pace. I love how the writer brings Muesli, the cat, into the main story line as well. A cat show was a completely different setting for a murder.
I liked that Devlin was working on another case at the same time. He had a high profile agri crime case to solve and I felt that it could have had more of an impact on the story than merely facilitating an official reason for his presence at a village fete. There wasn't much of a resolution to the crimes he was investigating and I thought it would have been more interesting if the Gemma's murder investigation had been connected more. I would have liked Gemma to have faced some danger along the way or to have crossed paths with Devlin's criminal gang to add a little bit of excitement.

A nice, charming mystery with humour. I would recommend this series.

I voluntarily received a review copy

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Another enjoyable audiobook featuring Muesli

If you could sum up Till Death Do Us Tart in three words, what would they be?

Light-hearted, intriguing, enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gemma's mother, she is so funny (although she doesn't realise it).

Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favourite?

Gemma.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to listen to the book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed listening to this series of audio books. The characters are brought alive by the narrator, Pearl Hewitt, and although there are several obvious suspects, the actual murderer usually is surprising.

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Cosy little murder

I enjoy the Oxford tea room murder mysteries as there is always a lot of suspects in each book. However I feel the performance let this book down which is a shame, as I think Pearl Hewitt has down an excellent job in previous book,the voice for one of the main suspect was just annoying and grated but other that it was a nice little mystery with lots of clues ot help you work out who the murder was.

I enjoyed Mussel (Gemma's cat) playing a bigger part and it is quite often her antics that make you laugh. Although my dog wasn't to happy with all the cat meowing in this book.

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  • Beatrice
  • 21-06-17

Fun and Enjoyable

This is another enjoyable book in this series. I enjoyed reading about the adventures of Gemma and her friends. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Delia
  • 19-06-17

Love this series

Fun series with engaging characters and humor. I can't wait for this he next one!

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  • The Nana
  • 17-07-17

Good mystery

I enjoyed this book especially the narration. My only pet peeve is the meow sounds of the cats

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  • Pat Kuhn
  • 09-07-17

Till Death do us Tart

I do love the Oxford Tea Room stories. Hearing the stories brings them to life and the performance is excellent! I would recommend these to all the "cozy mystery " lovers!

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  • BARBJ
  • 07-07-17

Love , love, love this series!

What did you love best about Till Death Do Us Tart?

I love how the relationships between the characters keeps developing with each instalment. It was nice to see my old favourites including, of course, Gemma's Mom and the Old Biddies back again. Oh, and of COURSE...Muesli too! There were a lot of great suspects and I kept wondering, how did the murder happen.

What other book might you compare Till Death Do Us Tart to and why?

I am a new fan of Sherlock Holmes and have been listening to the complete works on Audible, I love how both series are UK based.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I think Pearl does an amazing job of stepping right back into the characters where she left them in the previous books. How she keeps all the voices straight from each other I can only imagine. I've also listened to her on a few P O Dixon stories and those were great too, a ride in time back to Mr. Darcy's age. Her voice is great both as more formal or more informal, depends on the book and characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The antics of Gemma's mom's match making ways and descriptions of a 'crazy cat ladies' home really made me smile :)

Any additional comments?

If you haven't checked out this series yet, please do. I've read a lot of books on my Kindle and Audible and without a great author and great voice performance, a lot is lost. Both these ladies are top notch in my book so I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did! Enjoy!

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own.

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  • seashell
  • 26-06-17

A perfect road trip listen!

I loved this 4th entry in the Oxford tearoom series. They just keep getting better and better!
Pearl Hewitt does a fabulous job with the different voices, and her accent and voice are lovely to listen to. As always, the ensemble of multi-faceted characters in the story kept me guessing till the end.
H. Y. Hanna has created a charming little world in the Cotswolds that I wish I could visit, and filled it with interesting people that I wish I could meet. And an adorable cat named Muesli will capture your heart!
if you enjoy clean, cozy and fun mysteries, give this one a listen. I highly recommend this series!
My only complaint is that the recipe at the end of the story is not included in the audio version. it would be great if Pearl Hewitt could read that as well.

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  • catwoman1a
  • 12-04-18

Murder Done Right

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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  • stlblue1
  • 04-02-18

Great series

I find these books easy and fun to listen to. The characters have wonderful personalities and the narrator really knows how to bring them out. If you have never listened to the series before, you can still listen to this book and enjoy it but I would recommend listening to all of them because they are very good.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 31-10-17

The best trip to Oxford yet!

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.

Fortunately (or, in some people’s opinions, unfortunately), Dame Claire’s doctor, a man long past his prime, is on the scene and signs the death certificate, citing a heart attack. But Gemma’s mother and the Old Biddies, four ladies who like to poke their noses into everything and seek crime everywhere, start to find little pieces of evidence of murder, which they add up to determine foul play. However, Gemma’s boyfriend, Detective Inspector Devlin O’Connor, refuses to consider the possibility of homicide, causing conflict between the couple, who have newly moved in together. And each new piece of evidence points to a different person.

This book is so far the best book in the Oxford Tea Room series. It sets up a creative mystery, especially in creating a plausible scenario for the civilians to get involved in the case. That is the challenge for writers of cozy mysteries, since detection should normally be left up to professionals, and it usually seems a stretch usually to show an inept professional. In this case, Devlin is still allowed to be a good detective, while Gemma and her mother, along with the Old Biddies, are able to poke around on their own. I really enjoyed the plot, which kept me guessing, with clues sending me guessing first one direction and then another. But the conclusion was also very satisfying.

I really love the narration of Pearl Hewitt. She adds so much energy and joy to her reading that the book takes on a lot of pleasure in listening to it. I especially love her voicing of Muesli and other cats Gemma encounters. She sounds so realistic, and we even get the sense of the attitude of the cats as they mew.

I really enjoyed Til Death Do Us Tart. This series is a real delight, and this book so far is my favorite. But I must issue a warning: After reading this book, I had to go out and buy some scones because the book got me salivating for pastries! I would have preferred the Victoria sponge cake, but since that was not an option, I selected the scones. I really recommend this book and give it five stars!

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 22-10-17

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.