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The Mousse Wonderful Time of Year

Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 10
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 10
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

Tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose is looking forward to a holiday filled with delicious Yuletide treats, time with friends and family, and maybe even a "white Christmas" in Oxford. But when she's snowed in at a country manor, she finds herself stumbling on a puzzling murder, complete with a body in the library, a house full of suspects, and a trail of mysterious footprints!

Luckily, the nosy old Biddies are on hand to help, not to mention her cheeky tabby cat Muesli. Add in some carol singing, Christmas baking, and flannel underwear, and Gemma's stocking is bursting at the seams. 

Can she solve this festive whodunnit in time to enjoy the most wonderful time of year?

©2019 H.Y. Hanna (P)2019 H.Y. Hanna

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wonderful

A lovely, mystery, series with quirky characters, a likeable heroine and a clever cat. This one is set at Christmas but it will be enjoyable at any time of the year. The story is reminiscent of an old fashioned house party murder mysteries of Agatha Christie ilk.
I loved it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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The mousse wonderful book of the year

I enjoyed this book. I read the book and loved it so jumped at the chance to get the audio book version, so glad I did because it was just as good as I remembered it. The mystery was good but it is the family gathering for the Christmas day lunch which was so memorable and I still chuckled even though I knew was going to happen.
Gemma is asked to cater for a children's Christmas party at a grand estate, along with her cat Muesli .The pair us surprised when the old biddies turn up as the the entertainment in the form of signing carols. But non of them was prepared for the prodigal son to be murdered on the very night he returns from the dead. Worse still is the fact that with a heavy snow storm set in for the night they all get trapped in the house with a killer. With Devlin away visiting his mum for Christmas Gemma falls under investigation when officer Pratt finally turns up. Leaving Gemma and the old biddies no choice but to to investigate, even if there help is seen as more meddling than helping.
I think this is one of Peral Hewitts better performance and think she did an excellent job of spreading the magical cheer around in this book.
I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Anpother good one

This series continues to enchant and entertain. Not a dud among them, so far, and this one is no exception. Plus, Pearl Hewitt's marvelous narration adds to the experience.

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Exasperation Limit Reached

I quite enjoyed the first few of these. They are easy, demand nothing of the listener and were relaxing. I should have stopped when she started getting on my nerves really. Does anyone actually believe she once held down a high-powered job? She's totally exasperating.

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Not one of the best

I think this was just to be a little Christmas story so I shouldn't expect much. Story was rather dull. Started off ok but just sort of faded. I didn't try to guess the perpetrator. Personal stuff and ending obvious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-19

Perfect Holiday Cozy. er...Purrfect

I had read the Kindle version and scooped up this Audible version. Same excellent story and great characters but with the addition of the amazing Narrator who brings the characters and Muesli to life made it a different yet equally enjoyable read. I had a choked up moment near the end when a certain shelter cat appeared. Thank you both for a wonderful holiday entertainment.

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  • Mercy Phalen
  • 14-12-19

Great book for the holidays!

I am glad that a new book if this serie was released. It is my favorite cozy mystery series. I loved how Jemma has grown and is more confident in her detective skills and the old biddies participation made the book more fun. It was perfect.

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  • MEF
  • 14-03-20

The Mousse Wonderful Time Of the Year.

I loved this book!! It always amazes me how Gemma comes up with the killer. She goes through 3 or 4 different people before she finally gets it right. The amazing Old Biddies are always in the thick of things and somehow manage to get a few things right. And the 🐱 always is in the thick of things and makes me smile every time she meows. This is the 10 book in this series that I have read and I thought this was the best. Looking forward to reading more of this series. Love the Audible books the most especially the narrator.

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  • BlueEyedGirl
  • 04-03-20

Always a pleasure!

This series just gets better and better! The mystery, the desserts, the fun and interesting characters... I can’t get enough of HY Hanna’s Oxford Tea Room Mystery series!! In addition to the lovely novels themselves, she couldn’t have found a better narrator than Pearl Hewitt, whose accent and tone set the stage perfectly for this series to come alive in the most comforting and delightful way!! And, as a lover of Christmas, I particularly enjoyed this addition to the series. And this book gives me hope for more romance in the next installment! <<crossing fingers!!>>

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 27-01-20

Delightful story full of holiday mischief!

The Mousse Wonderful Time of the Year is a delightful Christmas story full of holiday spirit and mischief. It is the 10th book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series by H.Y. Hanna, which features Gemma Rose as the owner of an adorable tearoom in a tiny Cotswolds village near Oxford University.

In this book, Gemma’s little tearoom is asked to cater tea and cookies for a children’s party at a large mansion. Due to a winter storm, Gemma and a few others are invited to spend the night. As she has a habit of doing, Gemma discovers the dead body of one of the family’s estranged relatives in the library. She then proceeds to solve the mystery of who did it, despite the assistance of the Old Biddies (four octogenarians who frequent Gemma's tea room).

Pearl Hewitt did a wonderful job narrating this audiobook. She provides varying voices for all male and female characters, as well as animals. Pearl shows enthusiasm and excitement in her narrations, which is perfect for a comedic cozy mystery like this one. I really hope other listeners discover what a gem this series is!

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  • Elizabeth Gilliam
  • 24-01-20

Wonderful book

Great story, great voice! Love how the story gives you clues to help you determine the guilty party.

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 22-01-20

Earns 5+/5 Mince Pies...Proper English Fun!

I always challenge readers to become listeners having myself become a fan of audiobooks. I love being read to; it’s relaxing and often frees me up to better multitask those boring household chores. I am mesmerized by narrators who go beyond a traditional reading performance to include accents and dialects, age and gender tones, squeaks and squeals, and a wide range of emotions. That’s why I absolutely love Pearl Hewitt who is the resident narrator in the world of H.Y. Hanna’s work.

Of course, It’s H.Y. Hanna’s story that takes center stage with the tenth book in her Oxford Tearoom Mystery...the perfect holiday cozy! “The Mousse Wonderful Time of the Year” is a well-written drama putting a spotlight on “Me, too” issues starting with an awkward chance encounter between Gemma and a handsome stranger. Later Gemma discovers the stranger is Ned Morecombe, the long-lost son of Sir Hugh Morecombe. His return solicits more anger than joy from family since a rewriting of Sir Hugh’s will may come next. Stormy circumstances strand Gemma in the company of several angry Morecombe relatives, but it’s Ned’s dead body in the library that causes the most discomfort. Matters are made worse by the animosity she receives from the detective-in-charge including being labeled a person of interest. Although briefly on my radar and dismissed, Gemma reveals the solution in her best Miss Marple manner. The proper English Christmas lunch with Gemma’s family, inebriated Uncle Ronnie, and what I saw as nicely depicted American cousins was delightful fun plagued with uninvited guests, accidents, and a stand-off with Muesli. Excellent story cozy fans cannot miss!

Pearl Hewitt is my favorite narrator and here she has used her voice artistry to greatly enrich my enjoyment with a delightful tone in her voice and performing well the emotions and different personalities. She manages well the challenge of performing several British accents and dialects, a group of delightful Americans, more than a hand full of male characters, and Muesli’s “Meow.” I so enjoyed the emotions she performed throughout all the chaos, breaking and entering with the “Four Biddies,” and the “everything goes wrong” Christmas lunch. Her inebriated Uncle Ronny is my favorite! The whole experience was very entertaining! The one item missing in the audio version is the recipe for a proper Christmas Mince Pie...so pick up the print or eBook to make sure you have this special holiday treat!

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  • patricia
  • 19-01-20

good story

I enjoyed the story very nice Christmas mystery not the regular characters in the new edition look forward to our next book

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  • GL
  • 16-01-20

Good read.

Love the series. The characters are very entertaining. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • cstardancer
  • 13-01-20

Whodunit Christmas Confection

The tenth book in the Oxford Tearoom series has everything I'm looking for in a cozy mystery: good plotting, credible motives, engaging setting, humor and romance. This book has a bonus feature of also being a Christmas murder mystery ... my favorite seasonal genre. As usual, Pearl Hewitt does a good job with the marration. Having a Christmas whodunit to listen to while I cooked and decorated for Christmas was an added pleasure.

As a fan of H.Y. Hanna's books, I've become very familiar with the repeat characters, and I've come to expect the antics of the characters called the Old Biddies. The funniest scene of this book, though, is a debacle wrought by incidental characters and is very reminiscent of National Lampoon Christmas Vacation.

The heroine, Gemma Rose, was more reluctant in her role of amateur sleuth, which I appreciated. There wasn't the customary implication of police incompetence and absurd motive for interference. In fact, when the methods of the police were discussed, it was obvious they'd pursued a thorough investigation. Gemma was successful in ultimately identifying the murderer through a combination of happenstance encounters and her excellent memory and observational skills. I found this very satisfying, as the plot didn't strain credulity. As usual in Hanna's mysteries, there were ample red herrings, also built on logical plot lines.

All told, The Mousse Wonderful Time of the Year is a very pleasurable cozy mystery.

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