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Cotswolds tearoom owner Gemma Rose is excited to join the May Day celebrations in Oxford...until the beautiful spring morning ends in murder. Now, she's embroiled in a deadly mystery - with four nosy old ladies determined to help in the sleuthing! Before she knows it, Gemma finds herself stalking a Russian "princess" and keeping up with the Old Biddies in Krav Maga class, while still trying to serve delicious cakes and buttery scones at her quaint English tearoom.

And that's just the start of her worries: there's her little tabby cat, Muesli, who is causing havoc at the local nursing home...and what should she do with the creepy plants that her mother keeps buying for her new cottage?

But the mystery that's really bothering Gemma is her boyfriend's odd behavior. Devlin O'Connor has always been enigmatic, but, recently, the handsome CID detective has been strangely distant and evasive. Could he be lying to her? But why?

©2016 H.Y. Hanna (P)2017 H.Y. Hanna

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I love this series

Another great adventure for Gemma and the 'Old Biddies.' This is one of the better books in the series. What I love most about The Tearoom Mysteries is that they are so funny. I love the humour; in this installment the Old Biddies doing Krav Maga provided plenty of light relief. Muesli also has his fair share of excitement and I couldn't help but laugh at his antics at the nursing home.
On a romantic note Gemma is worried about her relationship with Devlin as he works non stop and acts strangely around her. This story line kept the romance interesting for me. Lincoln, one of my favourite side characters, makes an appearance in this episode as well.
The mystery was fun but complex and it had me eagerly following the clues along with Gemma who seemed to be doing a better job of investigating than the police.


I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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Just my cup of tea

This is the 5th Oxford tea room murder mystery and I have listened to all 5 now and really enjoyed the series, I think this one was my favourite for a number of reasons. The biggest one is picturing a group of four little old ladies taking self defence lesson in order to be able to go under cover and questions suspects.. oh and to take on any bad guys that are lurking around Oxford. Very funny. As well as the antics of Mussel the playful cat that gets let lose in a care home, can she find another clue to help Gemma unmask the murder or just cause more embarrassment to her owner.

There was also a number of suspects to keep you guessing until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series so I can catch up with what seems like old friends.

The narrator was very good and made a good job of giving some of the characters a Russian accent. Well to my untrained ear anyway.

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Wonderful yet again

I am really enjoying relaxing and listening to these stories. Jemma Trying to help much to Devlin's dismay. Being a lady who has looks after many cats I relate to Museli and her antics. Pearl brings the book to life.

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H Y HANNA

I HAVE ENJOYED THIS BOOK
FUNNY AND SERIOUS WELL TOLD, NARRATED WELL. WILL READ MORE

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Turning Englishness into squeezy cheese

For a book written in 2018, there is language in here that comes straight out of the middle ages. There is something forced and unauthentic generally about the language of the book, the "forced" artificial Englishness. It's like someone has tried to turn quintessential Englishness into squeezy cheese and is forcing it down your throat. I googled the author and found her to be American.Try it yourself.

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Great tale of murder and mystery.

Great tale of murder and mystery and love affairs. With comedy and Witt all put together to make a good read.

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Love these little books

Cute story. Interesting characters. The old biddies are definitely the best - the stars of the show. They interfere as we would all like to; and have no shame.

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very good

I liked this book and previous ones as well :)
Nothing to complain. Looking forward for next one!

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Banal

Unable to finish it, have tried to persevere with these books, but the writing is getting worse, stuff of fluff and nonsense.

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Another good yarn!

I do enjoy these books. The narrator is very good. However at some point I wasn't sure which decade it was set in. Drainpipe jeans! Haven't heard that since early 80's. They would wear skinny jeans of course, especially Jemma who is in her 20's.

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  • Christina
  • 02-12-17

I love this series, BUT...

This is one of my favorite series all around. The narration brings all the characters to life, and I especially love the "old biddies."

However, Jemma was exceptionally annoying in this book. She was a jealous clingy girlfriend, acting insecure the whole book long. She over analyzes every single move her boyfriend makes. In one scene she decides to call Devlin and see if he's free. When she can't get ahold of him she decides to pack up her cat, an overnight bag & show up unannounced at his house. She acts like a slightly crazy jealous girl, going back & forth in her mind if Devlin is cheating on her. It's exhausting.. I could have used way less of that.

Otherwise I love this series & the rest of it is incredibly enjoyable to listen to!

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  • catwoman1a
  • 08-08-18

Another Fun Mystery

Gemma's day ends in murder and the old biddies are very interested in helping to solve it and are getting in the way. Even sweet little Muesli is getting into trouble. What is going on here!! Everyone is giving Gemma problems. And is this the end for Gemma and her boyfriend? Why is he avoiding her? I just love all the characters in these stories. They are lively and full of mystery and fun. You just know that if you visit the Tearoom and surrounding town, you are going to love talking to them all. And Pearl Hunter, the narrator, just makes these characters and stories come alive with her reading. She makes it sound so charming.

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  • Nancy
  • 06-11-19

Delightful Fun Joyful Most Entertaining!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutly LOVE these stories!!!! I hope H. Y. Hanna never stops writing this series!!!
Pearl Hewitt is the most gifted narrator I have EVER listened to!!!!!
Simply Amazing how she makes every character come alive I actually see them! Her little laughs , her feelings"grrr"when she's fed up with her Mother or frustrated. The old "biddies" and EVERY Character she does is Real and Visual!!!!!! I have Never enjoyed a series of stories as I have these. I go back and listen to many scenes that are so Amazingly funny...It's better each time I see them!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!! You have brought Sunshine and laughter into my life more than anything else has in years!! H. Y. Hanna you are truly the most giffted enjoyable writter I have ever enjoyed!!! I love Muesli! I adore cats. You have captured every essence of any cat I've ever known. Again Thank You!!!!

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  • Siobhan
  • 25-06-19

Impatient

I’m getting tired of the very slow pace of the romance between Gemma and Devlin. It’s an underlying aggravation throughout the whole story. Let’s get on with it.

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  • cdo
  • 16-04-20

Spoiled Russian Princess

These Hanna Mysteries are just the thing when wanting a light cozy British tale. This is especially true for me while at home during the the Covid-19 lockdown when a fun story with all the usual Tea Room characters are involved. I look forward to book six.

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  • M. Kenny
  • 24-03-20

Charming Series, But Not Without Issues

I have listened to the prior four books and the prequel as well. This series charming and lighthearted and the narration really makes this series amazing.

However, the lead character (Gemma) is not just a flawed character — she’s obnoxious and often unlikeable. I wish the Old Biddies and Meusli the cat were the focus of this series and Gemma were a side character who owns the tea room the Biddies meet in. The romance between Gemma and the detective is tired and uninteresting — especially since Gemma acts like she is a teenager rather than someone approaching 30. If Gemma behaved like an adult, a lot of the tedious aspects of this series would melt away. Unfortunately, I don’t think we will get that kind of character development.

Aside from Gemma, this series is so much fun. I look forward to the next installment even if I have to endure the terrible romance and Gemma’s churlish behavior.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-21

very good

as always, the narrator was very good. the story was great with its twist and turns. kept you wondering where the story was going.

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  • Montez
  • 03-11-20

Fun and light

I live reading these books. They are charming and a light read. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Lindsay Goblirsch
  • 30-10-20

Love this mystery series

I really enjoyed this book. I like how the characters are developing. This series a good series to relax to.

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  • Mary
  • 25-02-20

Great Book!

Great read. Good story by a great author.. The narrator does a great job of bringing the story alive. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a good mysyery.