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A sinister phone call in the middle of the night throws tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, straight into the heart of a new murder mystery - this time with her friend, Seth, arrested as the key suspect! The mysterious killing in the cloisters of an old Oxford college points to a bitter feud within the University - but Gemma finds unexpected clues popping up in her tiny Cotswolds village.

Meanwhile, her love life is in turmoil as Gemma struggles to decide between eminent doctor, Lincoln Green, and sexy CID detective, Devlin O'Connor...whilst her quaint English tearoom is in hot water as she struggles to find a new baking chef.

With her exasperating mother and her mischievous little tabby cat, Muesli, driving her nutty as a fruitcake - and the nosy Old Biddies at her heels - Gemma must crack her toughest case yet if she is to save her friend from a life behind bars.

©2016 H.Y. Hanna (P)2017 H.Y. Hanna

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It should have been called 2 down, fun to go.

If you are attracted to the cover than you should get this book. As its just like the cover picture, fun, cosy,light hearted murder mystery with a loveable cat.

This is the 3rd Gemma Rose, Oxford tea room mystery and its just like meeting up with old friends, as many of the loveable characters from the previous books have a part in helping Gemma clear her friend Seth's name when he is accused of killing an Oxford Professor.
You don't need to have listened or read the previous books as each book has an ending but in my opinion it helps make them more enjoyable. The old ladies (a group of 4 customers from the tea room) play a bigger part in this story as Gemma' s mum is away on holiday, (adding all sort of problems in its self as, she is the cook in Gemma' s tea room.) but she still manages to have you laughing out loud.

The narrator is very good and its an easy listen.

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Another excellent audiobook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend, in fact I would recommend the whole series. The stories are full of humour, intrigue, romance and murder, with the delightful background of a traditional english tea room.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Two Down, Bun to Go?

I found poor Cassie's attempt at baking very funny, from the mixer "blowing up" in the kitchen to her failed baking attempts.

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

Pearl Hewitt's repertoire of character voices is more diverse in this book, I actually liked her voicing of the homeless person Owen.

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

I would have liked to listen to this book in one go, but limiting myself to a an hour or two a day makes it something to look forward to.

Any additional comments?

I have really enjoyed listening to this book (this is the second time I have listened to it and I have also read the ebook). The descriptions of Oxford brings back memories of when I was a student. The "old biddies" are as meddlesome as usual and Museli is up to mischief again.

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Good!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this third instalment in the series. Gemma is embroiled in another escapade after her friend, Seth, is accused of a murder at Oxford University. The Old Biddies are also on hand to help along the investigation. It is a quick read and the mystery kept me turning the pages.
I enjoy Lincoln's role as a rival for Gemma's affections but I like him too much to see him to get too romantically attached to her. Devlin is her one true love.
I felt that the book lacked some of the spark and humour that I enjoyed so much in the first two. Gemma's hilarious mother is away on holiday for much of the story and I missed the extra light-heartedness that she brings. Hopefully we will see more of her in book 4.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Beatrice
  • 14-05-17

Very Entertaining

I really enjoy this series. The story is fresh and entertaining. There is lots of suspense and drama. The romance does not over shadow the mystery. These books are like candy for the brain.

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  • Pat Kuhn
  • 08-05-17

Two Down,bun to Go

I am really loving hearing the books after having read them! The performance was wonderful!

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  • Jan M
  • 26-04-17

I loved it

This was the first book by H.Y. Hanna that I have listened to. I thought that Pearl Hewitt did an exceptionally good job with her performance of the various characters. I would classify this listen as a cozy mystery to me instead of nail bitter. I enjoyed the story. I especially loved the kitty antics and the way they were performed. Pearl Hewitt is very talented. This book is part of a series and I found it to be a good standalone. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it.

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  • Paulette Peterson
  • 07-06-18

Another Enjoyable Story

I do enjoy listening to the story and listen more than once. Though I enjoy all the characters, I am beginning to find Gemma’s mother almost intolerable and the old biddies foolish with their false pride, where they think they are above the law and what is prudent. I do enjoy the humor that is involved with the old biddies but I do not like how they are protrayed as being stupid and foolishly reckless. Stupid as in that they know better but refuse to use what they have learned in life. At their age and with all that they have experienced in their lives, they must have developed some kind of wisdom and prudence. Gemma’s mother is a prejudice airhead, who emotionally abuses Gemma. It makes me feel sick inside to hear the continual abuse to Gemma by her mother. My husband has begun listening a little and when I comment on Gemma’s mother and the old biddies he reminds me that this is just a story and not real life. I would like less of Gemma’s mother or her abuse in the story. It is a bit distracting for me.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 06-11-17

Another Fun Oxford Tea Shop Mystery

H.Y. Hanna produces another fun cozy mystery in Two Down, Bun to Go. Gemma Rose has now owned her tea room in Oxford for four months, and it is proving a big success. But one night she gets a call from her close friend Seth, one of the youngest senior professors in Oxford, begging her to sneak to his particular college, evading the police, to retrieve a letter that he had left in the pigeon hole of another professor in the anger of the moment. Gemma does as he begs, but it doesn't take long before she learns that the professor, with whom Seth had a very public fight, was found stabbed and Seth discovered standing over the body. Naturally he gets arrested.

Cassie, Gemma's best friend and employee in her tea room, desperately begs Gemma to use her influence over Devlin O'Connor, the man Gemma once turned down in marriage due to her parents' social pressures but who now is a detective with the CID. Risking her first date with him since her return to England after eight years in Australia, Gemma tries to pressure Devlin to help out her friend, raising his ire. What a terrible end to a first date! Since Gemma is certain that Seth is innocent, she goes out on her own to fond the truth.

One of the great strengths of this series is the great characters. Gemma shows real humanity, though her snooping does go beyond what seems normal for a regular person. Her mother is positively delightful, with a new addiction to Internet shopping. She goes off on a last-minute trip to Indonesia that she got a good deal on online, calling Gemma at 2am for help with haggling over a fishing boat ride. There is a question of Gemma's love interest. Will she choose Devlin, her first love but with whom she always seems to fight when they are together, or Lincoln, the nice doctor her parents are pushing at her? And finally, there are "The Old Biddies," a group of four women who come to the tea room every day and eagerly find their own ways to snoop into each mystery.

I appreciated the running topic of homelessness found in this book, in particular the way so many are seniors who once held jobs but whose pensions don't fully provide for them. In addition, it brings up the way that so many homeless have strong ties to their pets, but so many housing projects don't allow animals. This causes many to be forced to choose between a home and their fur family.

I continue to love the narration of Pearl Hewitt in the audio edition. She helps to bring out the fun of the book and its humorous moments. I really enjoyed her depiction of the scene when Gemma's cat, Muesli, gets into the walls of the house through a vent, causing the fire department to drill holes in the walls to try to get him loose, only for Muesli to jump out of another vent. The scene was fun as it was, but Hewitt's performance really brings the scene to life.

I really enjoyed Two Down, Bun to Go, just as I have loved the previous two books. It has an interesting mystery with plenty of red herrings and terrific characters. I give it five stars!

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  • Christina
  • 30-09-17

Another perfect cozy!

Okay so, I love this series! However, I could use way less of Cassie. I find her to be suchhhh an annoying character. In books prior she was barely in it, but she plays a larger role this time around. Her inability to bake the simplest cake without ruining it or almost burning down the tea house isn't comical, it's just grating. I could definitely use way less Cassie!

However, this series is just SO good, that thankfully even Cassie couldn't ruin it. That's because Jemma is such an adorable and strong heroine that leads this story with her humor and inquisitive nature. The story and plot line is so well written, it will keep you guessing straight to the end. And there's no shortage of laughs & feel good moments all around

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  • Gael
  • 12-09-17

please soften the car sounds, love the cat

Love the cats and subjects, characters. nice serues, new gab. love your narrator! mire, please.

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  • catwoman1a
  • 07-09-17

A Really Fun Mystery

Another wonderful mystery by HY Hanna. The characters are so human that you feel you know them. First, there's Muesli, that intelligent little cat. Gemma, who owns the tearoom and is a good mystery investigator. Gemma's mother, who just loves to aggravate Gemma (and don't we all know someone like this?). And I can't say enough about the old biddies. They just tickle me. There are twists and turns for this mystery that kept me guessing. I just love this series. I think it's really fun. And Pearl Hewitt, the narrator, is just perfect.

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  • Katie Turner
  • 26-06-17

Another Great Installment

If you could sum up Two Down, Bun to Go in three words, what would they be?

Fun delicious mystery

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

As usual, there are lots of red herrings and twists to keep you guessing!

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

I don't have a favourite to be honest, I think Pearl Hewitt does an outstanding job bringing all of these wonderful characters to life

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

As with all of the books in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, there are lots of great laugh out loud moments with the interactions with the characters. I don't want to give anything away at all, so you need to go and check it out yourself!

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read or listened to any of the books within this series, you are truly missing out. Do yourself a huge favour and start the series, you will lot be disappointed! Each installment has everything a great cozy should. They just keep getting better and better!

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  • Amy
  • 16-06-17

Awesome Read

Loved this book! It was exciting and fun to follow as long as Gemma and the old biddies figure out who done it!!