Four Puddings and a Funeral (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 6)
Book 6, Oxford Tearoom Mysteries
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Business is going well at Gemma Rose’s quaint English teashop and she’s delighted about her first big catering job at a local village funeral… until the day ends with a second body and one of the Old Biddies accused of murder! Now the resourceful tearoom sleuth must find out which delicious pudding contained the deadly arsenic—and who might have wanted the wealthy widow dead…
But Gemma has other troubles to contend with, from her naughty cat, Muesli, running loose in her tearoom to an unexpected hedgehog guest in her home—and that’s before the all-important “meet the parents” dinner with her handsome detective boyfriend turns into a total disaster!
With so many things on her plate, can Gemma solve the mystery in time to catch the murderer or will she come to a sticky end?
(* Sticky Toffee Pudding 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)
“Four Puddings and a Funeral” earns 5/5 Sticky Toffee Puddings!
Set outside Oxford, England, in the tiny Cotswold village of Meadowford on Smythe, Gemma Rose has opened up the quintessential image of ‘Olde England,’ The Little Stables Tearoom. Currently she has expanded into catering with her first function the funeral reception of Rex Clifford. His wife, dubbed a ‘floozy’ by his daughter, has inherited the entire estate, and hard feelings about this suspicious change in the will has made this somber event…murdurously tense. Everyone is delighted with Gemma’s food, but all goes sour when the widow coughs, sputters, and collapses…another murder? Gemma is back at the center of an investigation, but her CID boyfriend takes a back seat to an incompetent Detective ‘Pratt.’ Then there’s a long lost heir from China, one of the “Old Biddies” is a person of interest, a little hedgehog causes trouble, and everyone enjoys a few boxes of enchanting chocolates from Tillyhenge—a delightful reference to Hanna’s new series “Bewitched by Chocolate.” All this and murder, too?
You can start here, there, or anywhere in the series and still be very entertained. H.Y. Hanna sixth novel does not disappoint providing fans engaging entertainment with which newbies, too, will be just as thrilled. The signature drama pops up from the “Old Biddies” putting Gemma in a ‘sticky wicket,’ and how many daughters can identify with Gemma’s frustration over her mother’s meddling in her love life? Everyone gets entangled in the mysteries; even the reader has the opportunity to sort through clues and suspect list. However, like Agatha Christie herself, the solutions are left to the end for a glorious reveal which often has someone in peril. The story has given me more than a few giggles when referring to some purely British idiosyncrasies, but, don't worry about any British references because a “Glossary of British Terms” is provided to boast your Anglophile nature. Hsin-Yi also includes a lesson in British desserts, too. I learned that ‘Pudding’ can be a generic name for a dessert, as well as the dessert itself…so my favorite pudding is pudding, of course! Hanna also knows that many of us ‘cozi-holics’ love a little treat with our reading adventures, so she adds an excellent, easy-to-follow recipe to each of her novels which is actually part of the story. This story has Sticky Toffee Pudding…pudding, again! Not only is this series entertaining, but delicious as well!
Surprise! Being a big fan of the audiobooks, I was delightfully surprised to find myself hearing Pearl Hewitt marvelous voice in my head…fun!
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Cozy
- Published: Jul 01, 2017
- Publisher: H.Y. Hanna
- Seller: H.Y. Hanna
- Print Length: 344 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 6, Oxford Tearoom Mysteries