All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries)

All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries)

by H.Y. Hanna

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BN ID: 2940153318653
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Publication date: 07/29/2016
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 178,234
File size: 314 KB

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All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the mystery and the characters! Look forward to more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good cozy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books set in the English's a cozy book...Gemma and her friends are fun!!! I wish Nook offered the rest of this series.......waiting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good cosy read with a nice cup of tea. Quite enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice read for a lazy summer day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining light reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok I liked it.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: All-Butter ShortDead - Prequel - Oxford Tearoom Mystery Book 0.5 Author: H. Y. Hanna Publisher: 8-1-2016 Published: 7-28-2017 Pages: 204 Genre: Mystery & Thriller Sub-Genre: Suspense, Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Crafts & Hobbies ISBN: 9780994527288 ASIN: B01JAI3EFK Reviewed For H. Y. Hannah & Myself Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars My Review: I admit the cover is what caught my eye. Then the mention of a cat had my "Yes, please!" reply in the bag. Then I read this delightful read over the course of a few hours. The characters were engaging and well developed. I found the story to move at a quick pace with no lagging dialog or superfluous scenes. H. Y. Hanna's Oxford Tearoom Mysteries are as well thought out and planned as her "Big Honey Dog" Young reader series (which I admit I adored.) She has taken the time to build up her stories and characters so that they become real to her readers. I gave "All-Butter Shortdead" a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future. I hope you will check out some of her books and enjoy them as much as I did. My rating of "All-Butter ShortDead - Prequel - Oxford Tearoom Mystery Book 0" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the prequel to a new series and can't wait to find the rest. Takes place around Oxford University . Great characters and the description of villages, people, customs and of course the food are wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cozy mystery was a quick read and a decent mystery. I liked the characters and the setting was wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to read the rest
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short of a story but it was good
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
True mystery lovers beware. Writing style leaves room for improvement. Gemma leaves a bit to be desired as a main character. For most of the book she is whiny and self-pitying. Even when she finally attaches her British "stiff upper lip" and hatches a plan I find her hard to like. I admit the second level of my dislike for her stems from her treatment of Muesli and Fletcher. [I love all animals equally though some may consider me a "cat person" you would find me gushing over a dog, horse, cow, deer, tiger, etc. just as much. So her unabashed disdain for the little grey tabby annoyed me.] The two best parts of the story for me involved Gemma's acquisition of her antique bicycle and "the biddies." Mable and her friends reminded me of Hyacinth Bucket, Miss Marple, and Mrs. Figg all wrapped into one or rather 4. The scene where they search the "incident room" is hilarious! My favorite quote from that scene... "'Oh bother...I haven't got my glasses,' said Florence, holding a witness statement at arm's length and squinting at the small words on the paper. 'Can you read that, Glenda dear?' Glenda peered owlishly at the paper. 'Can you hold it a bit farther away?'" On the bright side, the murder did not happen on page 2. However, the treatment of the red herring was outlandish and obvious. I am currently reading the "glimpse" of book one that appears at the end of this one, but don't see myself continuing when I get to the end of it even with the promise of a traditional English scone recipe. Overall it was an easy read and kind of interesting (the part about Oxford was cool). I don't think I wasted any time or brain cells reading it, just don't feel compelled to read the series further.
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Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
Cute! The characters were likable and the twist at the end was unexpected.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
Positively Perfect Prequel You’re on a long plane flight and leery about engaging other passengers, but it would pass the time, and when one leaves a beautiful scarf behind, you question whether to get involved. In the affirmative, you may gain a delightful friend; in the negative, you might get dragged into a murder investigation. Gemma Rose has returned home to Meadowford-on-Smythe, applied for what appears to be a done-deal bank loan, and is eager to get started on the renovations of the fifteenth century Tudor-style building for her “Little Stables Tearoom.” However, circumstances have turned into a ‘monkey wrench’ in her dream machine. Gemma delivers the lost scarf to Jenn Murray making a new friend in the process. However, Jenn’s indulgence in several double vodka martinis has Gemma also assisting to get her safely to her hotel room. When Jenn ends up dead, Gemma’s time line of that night is in question, and the nature of her relationship with the victim is closely scrutinized by the police and the tabloid press, Gemma is horrified when she becomes a serious ‘person of interest.’ Gemma cannot let a police investigation focus unfairly on her and neither do the “Old Biddies.” The four octogenarians, long-time residents, and busy bodies of Meadowford-on-Smythe decide to provide their “just get nosy, and ask questions” style. Sneaking around, reviewing confidential police files, and making a nuisance of themselves helps Gemma discover valuable evidence to solve the murder. However, she is on a tight schedule to solve the crime quickly before her dream of having the Tearoom is gone…forever. I LOVED this prequel! It is shorter with 200 pages (16 chapters), but does not short the reader on having a delightful experience. Since most fans have read the other full-length novels, going back in time is an entertaining look into Gemma’s first arrival home and getting ready to embark on her new venture with the tearoom. For those just starting off on the Oxford Tearoom Mystery journey, the prequel is a great place to get introductions to Gemma, her BFF Cassie, her mother (OMG, her mother!), the ‘Old Biddies” (stewed prunes and all), and the engaging style of H.Y. Hanna. The only thing missing in this book is a recipe…how do I make traditional English shortbread biscuits—rich and crumbly?
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the prequel to the Oxford Tearoom Mystery. I absolutely love the covers of this series, they are very eye-catching which was what drew me in the first place. This is a short stand alone story about Gemma Rose moving back to Oxford, England from Australia. She has given up her job, home etc and planned to return to Oxford to open a Tearoom with her friend. Unfortunately, it did not go smoothly. On the plane home, Gemma sits with Jenn and strikes up a conversation. When they deplane, Gemma realizes that Jenn has left her scarf, caught between the seats. Remembering where she is staying, Gemma contacts her and makes plans to get the scarf to her. AFter a few drinks in the hotel bar, Gemma takes Jenn up to her room, goes back down to find her handbag, and returns it to her. The next morning she received a call from the police that Jenn has been murdered. Being the last person to see her alive means she is a suspect. When her loan for the tearoom is threatened, she gets herself involved with the investigation along with the four old biddies from town. The characters in Oxford are a hoot, especially the old biddies, one of which is constantly trying to clean off smudges from Gemma using spit on her finger. Her mother is another character that I hope we see more of, they give Gemma more dimension as we see her interactions with them. The baker she has hired will also add much to the series as it goes on. I love the setting of Oxford and the descriptions given are enough to add character but not bog down the novel. Along with the mystery, there is humour thrown in. I did not guess who the culprit was so that bodes well for this series. This was a fun read and I am looking forward to the series. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, especially if you like the English setting. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. After graduating from Oxford University, Gemma Rose moved to Australia. She wanted to make a life for herself, and cut the apron strings. Eight years later, she quit her corporate executive job to fulfill her lifelong dream. She plans to open an authentic English tea room with real English tea and traditional tea foods. To do this, she must return home in England. On the flight home, she meets Jenn Murray who is going to England on holiday? Jenn is very vague as to her plans. When she is found murdered in her hotel room, the chief detective, Inspector Glenn makes it quite clear that his primary focus is on Gemma. Due to a newspaper article about the investigation, the bank is hesitant to loan her the money needed to open her tea room. Gemma also learns that a Chinese firm is looking to purchase the same building she has her eye on! With Inspector Glenn retiring in a month, he does not want to leave any cases open, especially a murder case. Gemma has very little time, if she hopes to prove her innocence. Where will she find help? It is apparent that she cannot depend on the police, since she seems to be the main (only) suspect! Will Gemma be able to prove her innocence? Or is she doomed?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quickly felt like slogging through mud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why no so not get!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!