Four Puddings and a Funeral (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 6)

Four Puddings and a Funeral (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 6)

by H.Y. Hanna

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BN ID: 2940154661314
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries , #6
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 86,309
File size: 502 KB

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Four Puddings and a Funeral (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MaryMagdalene More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of H.Y. Hanna's writing, and I have read almost all the books she has written in the various series. This is the sixth book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery Series (not including the prequel). In this story we are introduced to a few new characters: a new obnoxious policeman, Detective Pratt, and two residents of the town, Rachel and Kate. There's a possibility we'll see them again in future books in this series. A very rich man in town has died, leaving his wealth to Adele, his uncouth and unscrupulous wife of only three months, instead of to his only daughter Rachel. The strange thing is that this new will had been signed at the last minute, on the very night before he died. Not surprisingly, the widow Adele is disliked by almost everyone, and on the day of the funeral, she has a seizure and dies. This would be the end of the story, except that the post-morten shows that she died from arsenic poisoning, and the only thing the woman ate were the pastries from Gemma's tearoom, which had been catered to the funeral. However, Gemma is not the suspect in this story, the sole suspect in Detective Pratt's book is Mabel, one of the old biddies, who had a running feud with Adele, and in fact served her a pastry at the funeral. The story introduces a new character, a cute little hedgehog named Pricklebum, who is cute as a button. Why do I get the feeling he will also be a recurring character in future books in this series? Muesli, Gemma's little gray tabby that causes so much mischief, didn't play a big role in this story, but we still got a chance to see him causing a bit of havoc in the tearoom, and then emerging innocently as if he were a little angel. Even if you don't like cats, you can't help but fall in love with Muesli. During the course of the story, Gemma and her boyfriend Devlin manage to clear up some misunderstandings that were keeping them emotionally distanced from each other; the murder is solved, the perpetrator is caught, and the story has a happy ending. Even though this is a series with recurring characters, the actual murders are all different, and they are all resolved by the end of the book. Each one of the books can be read as a standalone. If you like this series of mysteries, you will also love her "Bewitched by Chocolate" mystery series. Some of the characters from that series appear in this series as secondary characters, such as Caitlyn, the red-headed girl which Gemma meets several times in this story. I love this series!
embam1969 More than 1 year ago
Gemma is at it again, solving another mystery. What great fun it is to follow her as she sifts through the evidence and finds the killer. Gemma’s love interest, Devlin, adds a layer of mystery to the story as he has secrets that he keeps closely guarded. What could be better than a cat and a hedgehog and a tea room mystery, nothing that I can think of. Having Characters from Dark Witch and creamy appear in the story was a pleasant surprise. This book was totally fun and very enjoyable. Love all the books I have read by H Y Hanna and hope to follow her through the years. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
JoselynS More than 1 year ago
H.Y.Hanna's books are going from strength to strength. All the usual characters are there plus a few new ones including the obnoxious Inspector Pratt, who hopefully we will come across again in the next book. I loved the addition of Pricklebum the hedgehog and the tie-in to the characters of the new "Bewitched by Chocolate" series by this author, which was done in such a way as to present the new characters without in any way detracting from the current mystery. This is book six in the cozy mystery series and the main characters have become like friends, the antics of the "old biddies" make me laugh and I have my fingers crossed Gemma and Devlin move forward in their relationship. There is a great twist to the story which I thoroughly enjoyed. A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
This series is a lot of fun and this was another great installment. I had fun trying to figure out the mystery and one of my three suspects turned out to be correct. There were some nice twists and turns, red herrings and surprises that came to light during the investigation. And while I predicted the who right I couldn't figure out the why, so that was a nice to find out everything towards the end and have things fall on it's place. Besides the mystery there are some other side plot lines going on, which add to the book. I liked reading about Gemma her adventures in this book. I didn't care as much for the romance drama, but I did like how things got resolved at the end. All in all this was a great read and I am already looking forward to the next book!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Catering a funeral with delicious sweets should be a piece of cake but instead it turns out that someone at the funeral will be murdered. Gemma, on the scene at the time, has clues to follow up on and sets out to find the murderer. With numerous suspects (including one of the Old Biddies) to investigate, her mother still set on matchmaking, her shop to run, Muesli (the cat) stirring up trouble, tearoom health inspections, some tensions with Devlin (her boyfriend) and a recuperating hedgehog thrown into the mix this is a very entertaining cozy murder mystery. Thank you to the author for the ARC – this is my honest review.
CozyLoverSLA More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth book in the Oxford Tearoom series, and I can't wait for the next. You can't wait to get one and start, and then the when you finish you are looking to see when the next one will arrive. This is a great cozy mystery series, with all the best ingredients, British, Cat, and great characters. It feels like a family and she has let us all be a part of it. Thanks H Y , and keep them coming.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Four Puddings and a Funeral by H. Y. Hanna is the sixth book in the Oxford Tearoom series and was a delightful read. Even though I haven't had a chance to read the previous books in this series I had no problem being immersed into the mystery story. Gemma Rose is the main character and was quite likable. Although I was sad to see her being coerced by her mother into a few situations, I enjoyed her smart and independent thinking when it came to solving the murder. She is surrounded by some wonderful secondary characters that added richness to the story. I definitely will be going back to read the first books in the series. If you enjoy a true cozy mystery set in England, don't miss this one. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Little Stables Tearoom is busier than ever and Gemma Rose could not be happier. If she can just get her personal life sorted out too, she is sure everything would be grand. Gemma has her largest catering event to date. She is catering the funeral reception for Mr. Rex Clifford. Mr. Clifford passed away from an apparent heart attack the day after he changed his will leaving everything to his new bride and totally excluding his daughter. When people from the reception start dying, the new CID detective assigned to the case immediately jumps to the conclusion that one of the “old biddies” is the murderer and refuses to investigate any other possibilities. At this point, Gemma feels that she must start her own investigation to find the real killer. Did Mr. Clifford really die from a heart attack? Who is targeting the people from the reception and why? Will the new CID Officer actually notice a pattern to the deaths? Can Gemma solve the mystery before there are more people die? H.Y. Hanna has surpassed herself with this story, as she does with each successive book in this series.
PeggyRMI More than 1 year ago
This is a very charming and entertaining series and each new book just adds to the enjoyment. This is the sixth book in the series and by now these characters are like old friends. The Old Biddies are back and I just love the humor and wit they provide. Once again they are in the thick of things with one of their own as a suspect. I love Gemma. She is one of those characters that just endears herself to the reader. I am glad the author appears to have finally straightened out her relationship with Devlin. Of course, we can't forget Muesli or Gemma's mom who always provide us with some humor throughout the book. The mystery is well done in this 6th installment. I love how this author can write twists and turns that throw me off track. I thought I had figured out how the first murder was committed, but of course I was wrong about both the method and the suspect. This series always provides me with hours of enjoyment and entertainment and I never hesitate to dive right in when a new book in the series is released. If you haven't tried this author or series I would encourage you to do so. She also has a new series whose main character is introduced in this book.