A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1)

A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1)

by H.Y. Hanna

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BN ID: 2940154330050
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 123,233
File size: 461 KB

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A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the twists and turns in the story from beginning to end. Enough suspects, each with a different motive to keep you guessing until the end. Thank you for sharing the meaning of the different words, and of course, the receipe for the scones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read in this series and I enjoyed it immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to Gemma's next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story. However, it was not heavy on being British. Every so often something would pop up and I had to stop and think about it being British.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful read with a surprising twist at the end. Can’t wait to read book two in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in Oxford University and the closest village, easy read, cute cast of regulars. Didn't figure out the culprit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book , a wonderful look at British life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read for a lazy weekend afternoon. Characters are so likable, and the plot keeps you guessing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read! I really haven't read much since college and this book reminded me of why I used to enjoy reading so much. Light-hearted yet gripping at times, I very much enjoyed every line of this fun mystery novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bland. No real emotion in book.
MaryMagdalene More than 1 year ago
Our heroine, Gemma, has just left a successful but stressful corporate career in Australia, to return to her roots in Cotswold, a small English village near Oxford University, where life moves at a slower but more leisurely pace. She opens a quaint little tearoom (which has been her lifelong dream), and hires just two people: her friend Cassie as a waitress, and Fletcher, a local man who is a magnificent chef in spite of never having studied in a culinary school. Gemma is slowly building up her business, with locals and tourists alike coming to her little tearoom, until one morning an obnoxious American tourist is found dead in the outdoor area of her tearoom. Things become chaotic from then on, and with so many rumors floating around, people begin to avoid her tearoom. If the murder isn't solved soon, she may lose the little tearoom she loves so much, so she begins to investigate on her own and is able to find some information about some long-hidden secrets at the University, that will help the police solve the crime. There is also a budding romance between the heroine and the handsome policeman who solves the case, but this is something that's expected, since it happens in almost every cozy mystery, so I won't dwell on it. The one thing you can be sure of is that you will not figure out who the murderer is until the very end. And I mean, literally, the very end of the book. I was completely taken by surprise. And by the way, Muesli, the cute cat on the cover, doesn't feature very much in this story, but it becomes obvious at the end that Muesli will become a more integral part of Gemma's future adventures. I'm looking forward to more of Gemma and Muesli in Ms. Hanna's future books. As a bonus, for those of you who like to cook, you'll find a Traditional English Scone recipe at the end of the book. Enjoy! I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I am glad to say I loved this story and all its characters, and am very happy to be able to give it five stars.
embam1969 More than 1 year ago
You will love this book. The detail of the characters and location are fantastic. I totally love this series and cannot wait to read the second book. Started with book number 6 in this series. Immediately went back and started from the first book and will continue with all of them until they are finished. Highly recommend this book and author to everyone. Her writing style is both thorough and fun. You cannot help but feel like you know the characters well and understand how they think. You will enjoy this book.
JoselynS More than 1 year ago
Excellent cozy mystery, I love the cat Muesli and the old biddies , I look forward to the characters developing. It is the sort of book you want to curl up on the sofa with a hot drink and enjoy. I look forward to reading the next book.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Its a fun and enjoyable cozy mystery with an intriguing mystery that kept me guessing till the end. The mystery was handled well and it felt realistic how Gemma got involved and how the policy handled things. I liked main character Gemma and could relate to her as I have my own business too. Gemma was a likeable character, although her jealousy and accusations when it came to her ex did bother me a bit. There is a hint of romance and two potential love interest, but not much more yet in this book. I liked the small town UK setting and the tearoom and the quirky characters. All in all this was a great cozy mystery and I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Delightful and Delicious! This story of second chances was a fun easy read for a wet rainy afternoon and it provided some smiles while brightening my day. Gemma has returned to her home just outside of Oxford to open up a Tearoom – a big step away from all she has done since graduating from university. She has Fletcher to bake delicious goodies, her friend Cassie to assist with service and all seems to be going well until she finds a body in the courtyard of her business. The writing is excellent, the story is well plotted, the characters and their interactions with one another are interesting, the descriptions perfection and the overall story entertaining. I believe this series has a GREAT future! This is a story that will be enjoyed by adults but is also one that I believe older teens would enjoy and it could be read by a family together. Thank you to the author for the copy of this book to read and review!
CozyLoverSLA More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic cozy series!! It has all the best ingredients, murder, English location, and a cute cat. What more could you want? It is hard to put down, and you can't wait to start the next one...And her Mom wants to help her in matching her up. Enjoy. You won't regret it.
KarenAnnie More than 1 year ago
This is a charming mystery, including a cat for cat lovers. The heroine owns an English tea room, and part of the book is set at Oxford University, so that's very interesting. Also the details about baking. I wish the heroine weren't quite so spineless about her ex-boyfriend, who comes across as an arrogant creep sure she still has feelings for him.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“A Scone to Die For” earns 5/5 Traditional Scones with a Pot of Tea! After a reevaluation of life and career, Gemma Rose quits her high paying job in Sydney and returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe, England, to open up a tearoom. The Little Stables Tearoom just starting to gain a regular clientele offering scones and cream, sticky toffee pudding, and pots of English and Earl Gray tea, also hosts many tourists who come to explore Oxford and the Cotswold countryside with a desire to experience a proper English Tea. But, when the nasty American who had caused a ‘kerfuffle’ in the tearoom the day before ends up dead in the courtyard with a scone stuffed down his throat, Gemma takes it upon herself to investigate. Dealing with four old biddies, a bossy mother, a missing cat, former college boyfriend now investigating detective, and another dead body, Gemma uncovers several possible suspects, questionable alibis, stern warnings from the police, and more than one mystery to ponder. The tearoom is suffering and Gemma needs to find a solution quickly. She heads into Oxford visiting her alma mater, local pubs, and even finds herself fibbing a bit to get the key evidence needed to solve the murder before she loses her tearoom or becomes the next victim. The narrator Pearl Hewitt is ‘Absolutely Fabulous!’ Her British accent is the perfect dialect for Gemma’s educated manner, and the tone changes helped add a bit to the other characters: proper English for the ‘old biddies’ and Oxford Dons, street English for the pub owner and some questionable villagers, and the change she mastered for the Americans. She gave me more than a few giggles when referring to some purely British idiosyncrasies…even murder sounds great with an English accent. I loved this audiobook version…LOVED IT! And having the eBook, too, I had the luxury of following along at times. H.Y. Hanna kept me engaged with a truly delightful story with more than a few quirky characters, provided marvelous descriptions of the village that I almost felt like an ex-pat residing alongside the locals, and gave me a bit of a lesson in Oxford etiquette. With a few unforeseen twists and a reference to my favorite detective dramas—Morse and Midsommer Murders—I was hooked! In the back of the eBook/Print version definitions for some of the British vocabulary are provided along with a recipe for the Traditional English Scones.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Gemma Rose is starting over again. After turning her back on a lucrative career in Australia, she has returned home to England to follow her dream and open a tea room near Oxford University. The tea room is starting to get popular and Gemma couldn't be happier until a loud and rude American visits the tea room and makes an ugly scene. The next morning Gemma shows up to work and finds the "offensive" customer dead at one of the tea room's outside tables. Things get difficult when Gemma learns the lead detective is Devlin O'Conner, the only man she has ever loved. And when the police close the tea room for the weekend, Gemma decides to do a little investigating on her own. When a second body is found, the American's widow jumps to the head of Gemma's suspect list. But who else might have had a motive and what is the connection, if any, between the murders? This is definitely a well-written fast-paced mystery.