Till Death Do Us Tart (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 4)
Book 4, Oxford Tearoom Mysteries
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When Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder.
And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the home-made Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts ...
But murder isn't the only thing on Gemma's mind: there's the desperate house-hunting that's going nowhere, the freaky kitchen explosions at her quaint English tearoom and an offer from her handsome detective boyfriend that she can't refuse!
With things about to reach boiling point, can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?
(* Traditional Victoria sponge cake recipe included!)
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)
“Till Death Do Us Tart” earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake!
I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitt’s voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just won’t leave Gemma alone.
Introducing us to all the interests and conflicts we first find Gemma Rose really looking forward to her weekend getaway with boyfriend Devlin O’Connor, and when he calls putting his job as CID Detective first, she is crushed…well, more like livid. He explains his chances at a someday promotion may improve by accepting the extra shift; ’agri-crime’ is a big concern, especially when the most recent victim is a multi-billionaire Hollywood actor. Now, what is Gemma going to do with a free weekend? Her only invitation for the weekend is from her mother who suggests she join her at the village fête and attend The Cotswolds Cat Fancy Club Show—populated by an entertaining community of quirky, if not intense, characters. Her mother is entering Muesli, a moggie (a cat without pedigree), and believes that the judges will overlook her jumble of breeds and just “fall in love with her.” Well, things go from bad to worse to worst in typical, delightful, and most entertaining H.Y. Hanna fashion! Amusements, arts and crafts, competition, threats, and murder. I love it!
Once again Hanna has penned a wonderful mystery to engage your inner “Sherlock” with lots of suspects and motives to examine sprinkled with more than a few misleads and questionable alibis making this story very engaging until the big reveal at the end keeps you turning the pages. This time Gemma’s investigation leads her to rely on her mother and the “Old Biddies” as a marvelous dynamic between these generations has developed over the series. Gemma’s romantic entanglement with CID Detective causes some frustration, but it is fun to follow how they are navigating their relationship in and around murder investigations. And the Victoria Sponge Cake? You get the recipe to try it yourself, sans the murder!
Pearl Hewitt has enriched the whole experience with her voice artistry. From Gemma to her mother, the Old Biddies, and varying ages one discovers the vast variety of English accents. We are treated with an extraordinary narration that highlights each character's personality, emotion, and tone that reading to yourself can not compare. Pearl even does a clever job with the 'fur friends' from Museli's "Meorrw" to the high-strung Siamese's "MAAAA-OOOWWW, and changing her tone for the few male characters that round out her talent. She is marvelous! I highly recommend the series in any format, but the audiobook is an incredible experience...humorous, cringe-filled, and nail-biting are all magnified by Pearl Hewitt's excellent voice talent.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Cozy
- Published: Jul 01, 2017
- Publisher: H.Y. Hanna
- Seller: H.Y. Hanna
- Print Length: 378 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 4, Oxford Tearoom Mysteries