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Till Death Do Us Tart Audiobook

Till Death Do Us Tart: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4

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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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    Inishowen Cailin 29/06/2017
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    "Entertaining"
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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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  • Beatrice
    Houston, TX, United States
    21/06/17
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Delia
    MORGANTOWN, WV, United States
    19/06/17
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    "Love this series"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pat Kuhn
    09/07/17
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BARBJ
    07/07/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • seashell
    26/06/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
    Los Angeles, CA United States
    31/10/17
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    "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
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    "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.

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  • Christina
    11/10/17
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    "Each book keeps getting better!"

    Everything about this series is just so well done. The plot is well thought out, realistic & the mystery is a tough case to crack. The characters are dynamic, 3 dimensional, and lovable. And the narration brings it all perfectly to life. Pearl Hewitt captures the essence of each character, including the "meows" for Muesli! Jemma is the friend I think we all wish we had in real life, and I'm completely invested in her life. That's the hallmark of a beautifully written series. Do yourself a favor & read this now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie Turner
    12/09/17
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    "Series gets better and better "
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. It is seriously one of my favourite cozy series, and Pearl Hewitt brings the characters to life. I really enjoy the narration and look forward to each new book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't want to give anything away. But I love how every time I listen to one of these books, it's like visiting old friends. The characters are really wonderful and narration is just perfect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if I can pick a favourite scene, but I do love the Old Biddies. They really do steal the show, and provide lots of great moments!


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

    This book, as with all of the previous books, have provided me with many hours of good times and truly laugh out loud moments.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories have just enough red herrings and twists to keep you guessing until the very end. Characters are fun, quirky, and very well developed. If you haven't tried out any of the books in the series, I suggest you start! It's everything you want in a great cozy. Looking forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheri O'Neill
    Ladys Island, SC
    05/09/17
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    "My favorite of the series so far!"
    What made the experience of listening to Till Death Do Us Tart the most enjoyable?

    I truly enjoy listening to the narrator, she makes the story come to life for me. I enjoy doing needlework and listen to audible books while I am doing my needlework. I feel like I'm in England, in that quaint little village helping solve the crime.


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

    The Agatha raisin series


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

    Yes, she's splendid!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh I have no


    Any additional comments?

    For those that have been enjoying the series, I suggest keeping up with it. It's fantastic! Book we get more and more of an idea of the characters their flaws the things that make them tick and their good points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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