Another One Bites The Crust
Book 7, Oxford Tearoom Mysteries
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Champagne and ball gowns, fairy lights and music… Oxford summer balls are one of the highlights of the calendar and tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose is looking forward to taking a break and slipping into something gorgeous for the evening. But when the night ends with a celebrity chef murdered by his own whisk, Gemma finds herself plunged into a new mystery—and the nosy Old Biddies keen to help with the investigation!
But trouble is also brewing at her quaint Cotswolds tearoom: between fighting claims that she’s serving “fake” custard tarts and stopping her little tabby, Muesli, from being catnapped, Gemma has her hands full—and that’s before she has to fend off an amorous Italian. To top it all, her boyfriend Devlin’s mother is coming to visit and Gemma is anxious to make a good impression… although Mrs O’Connor isn’t quite what she expected!
With so much going on, it’s a recipe for disaster—but with a bit of help from her mother, Gemma might just solve the case… and live to bake another day.
(** English custard tart recipe at the end of the story!)
This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: humorous culinary cozy mysteries, cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery
OXFORD TEAROOM MYSTERIES
A Scone To Die For (Book 1)
Tea with Milk and Murder (Book 2)
Two Down, Bun To Go (Book 3)
Till Death Do Us Tart (Book 4)
Muffins and Mourning Tea (Book 5)
Four Puddings and a Funeral (Book 6)
Another One Bites The Crust (Book 7)
Apple Strudel Alibi (Book 8)
The Dough Must Go On (Book 9)
A Wonderful Oxford Mystery
I began Another One Bites the Crust with a sigh of happiness as I was once again joining Gemma, Cassie, the Old Biddies, Gemma’s mother, Devlin and other wonderfully written characters for an adventure at Oxford. When Gemma stumbles across the body of celebrity chef Josh McDermott at Oxford’s Boscobel College during the Summer Ball, she once again finds herself right in the center of a murder mystery. Gemma has her hands full trying to stop the Old Biddies from their unconventional methods of investigating, finding suspects (there are several), all the while running her Little Stables Tearoom in Meadowford-on-Smythe and getting ready to meet boyfriend Devlin’s unconventional mother.
I had a hard time putting down this book, and the mystery of who killed Josh McDermott was well-written and kept me guessing until the very end. The characters are so real and relatable, and many semm like old friends to me. I love reading about Oxford, and H.Y. Hanna captures both the University with all of its Colleges and the town beautifully. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Another One Bites the Crust can definitely be read as a standalone, but the Oxford Tearoom Mystery books that proceed it are a delight, and I recommend every single one of them with pleasure and withour reservation.
Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own.
“Another One Bites the Crust” earns 5+/5 Dozens of Egg Custard Tarts…Sinisterly Delicious!
Ok, so a diet of Chelsea buns, sticky toffee pudding, and Victoria sponge wasn’t the best idea, but Gemma Rose still needs to find a Cinderella-inspired ball gown that fits. No fall back “little black dress” will do for the annual Oxford ball. But despite dietary choices, the fashion dilemma, and a doily explosion courtesy of the “Old Biddies,” the tearoom has been doing very well including a recent blog review raving about “The Little Stables” custard tarts and comparing them to those created by celebrity TV chef Josh McDermott. WOW! Here we go with another marvelous H.Y. Hanna page turner to enjoy. It is a big ‘coup’ to be compared to such a brilliant chef, but McDermott turns out not to be a cordial mentor-style personality…the accusations of recipe stealing and using McDermott’s name for self promotion, women scorned, competing chefs, and then…murder. Yeah with a big fist pump! H.Y. Hanna, has ‘baked up' another clever murder mystery supporting the idea ‘Karma’ exists…at least in literature, but with enough twists and turns, and ample motives and suspects to a final reveal, with Gemma often in peril, to challenge and delight anyone’s inner amateur detective. Her characters, albiet well developed, continue to grow and entertain, Gemma’s and Devlin’s romance may be derailed, and Muesli always there to ‘meorrw’ in some bother all to create a marvelous story topped off with your own easy-to-follow recipe for Egg Custard Tarts! Yummm!
I am a self-proclaimed Anglophile which explains one of the reasons I’ve become such a big fan of H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, and as a matter of fact, also her Bewitched by Chocolate series which is set in the Cotswolds. With each book we are treated to a variety of typical British words, but we’re not left to our own devices or need to Google since she provides a Glossary of British Terms along with special terms used in Oxford University. But, it is fascinating and informative to also be treated to some typical or traditional British tearoom culture from the perfect pot of tea to the best tea sandwiches to serve. In this story Hanna gives us an excellent understanding of scones in England vs the United States, how clotted cream is made, and addressing the debate over whether scones should be slathered first with jam (Cornwall-style) or first with clotted cream (known as Devonshire cream tea). Either way they are best accompanied by a pot of tea.
"Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Cozy
- Published: Oct 21, 2017
- Publisher: H.Y. Hanna
- Seller: H.Y. Hanna
- Print Length: 322 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 7, Oxford Tearoom Mysteries