Muffins and Mourning Tea (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 5)

Muffins and Mourning Tea (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 5)

by H.Y. Hanna

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BN ID: 2940154672259
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Publication date: 09/19/2016
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries , #5
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 82,843
File size: 453 KB

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Muffins and Mourning Tea (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“Muffin and Mourning Tea” earns 5+/5 Slices of Banoffee Pie…Murderously Delicious! What a treat, not only another delicious recipe to satisfy this Anglophile’s appetite, but also I couldn’t put down this fifth book! Only H.Y. Hanna would take us to Oxford’s May Day celebration opening up at an ungodly morning hour and giving us…murder! Always well-written we get a clear picture of Oxford through descriptions of its pathways, bridges, towers, and college gardens along with everyone’s various early morning fashions. My favorite character Gemma heads out to meet BFF Cassie to enjoy the Magdalen Choir greeting the sunrise reminiscent of their college days. Everyone, including Gemma, felt goosebumps at the final blend of joyous voices and then a commotion, shouting, someone heaved over the edge, and the splashing of water. The crowd eagerly set to applaud another Oxford tradition of jumping off the bridge and into the river below, but the Harris tweed clad boy Gemma had stood next to on the bridge floated silently, not moving, face down in the cold river…this isn’t part of the tradition! But a clever murder is always part of H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery! I’m always engaged with Hanna’s murder mystery, gathering clues, navigating twists and turns, and trying to uncover the killer before another “Gemma’s in peril” ending. My inner “Sherlock” is always delightfully challenged, but I really enjoy the well-developed characters and all their interactions. Again CID detective and boyfriend Devlin O’Conner heads the investigation, and although very good at his job, it’s effecting the budding romance between him and Gemma. Hanna has woven this drama throughout the series along with the nosy “Old Biddies” interfering with their own investigation, Muesli’s kitty behaviors causing problems, Gemma’s mother inserting herself, and BFF Cassie always there in a pinch. I love the whole world of tea and scones, friends and family, and murder and mayhem! And don’t forget sticky toffee, sliced bananas, and fresh whipped cream…yes, Banoffee Pie! Do you want a treat? Check out the audio version with the brilliant talent of Pearl Hewitt enhancing this engaging story!
JoselynS More than 1 year ago
This book is just as wonderful as the previous books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. Gemma continues to thrive as owner of The Little Stables Tearoom, and has finally moved into her own place in a lovely part of Oxford. Her mother is still part of the story, as are the Old Biddies, who are just a delight. Gemma has quite a knack for solving murders, much to the annoyance of her boyfriend, CID Inspector Devlin O'Connor, but to the delight of the Old Biddies who are always eager to help, or even convince, her to get involved. I love the vivid descriptions of Oxford University, as well as her relationship with her best friend Cassie, and of course the antics of her cat Muesli.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed returning to Oxford and Gemma her cute tearoom and see her get involved into a new murder mystery. It has all the things I enjoyed from the previous books again, we get to see more of Oxford and it's traditions, the picturesque tearoom, the great cast of characters like Gemma, the Old Biddies and Muesli that feel familiar by now and there's a great mystery that kept me guessing until I figured things out moments before Gemma did so. If you love a good cozy mystery I definitely recommend you pick up this! It's one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I am already looking forward to the next book!
CozyLoverSLA More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic entry in the Oxford Tearoom Series. You can't believe the antics that the Old Biddies can get into, but you will keep reading to see. These cozies are great, and a blast to read. Highly enjoyable. You will enjoy them and share with others. And you will read again. Thanks H Y for another great book!!
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Gemma Rose is very busy running her Little Stables Tearoom. She has also just moved into her own cottage, with stacks of cardboard boxes all around waiting to be unpacked. While attending the annual May Day celebration at Oxford, a young man is murdered. Gemma is close enough to see the man go over the side of the bridge into the river, but not close enough to see what happened before that. Gemma feels compelled to check into the death of the young man and starts talking with the people who were standing near her during the ceremony, as well as any others who may have known the young man or his friends. Gemma would love to talk to Devlin about what she has discovered regarding the death, but he seems to have no time to talk to her. While Gemma is still looking into the death of the young student, his roommate is brutally killed. Two young men from the University are murdered and Devlin is investigating another murder from across town, are they related? Is Devlin, an Oxfordshire CID Detective, really as busy as he would have Gemma believe? Why is he breaking so many dates? Is he really trying to avoid her? He does call, but the calls are always cut short with no time to just chat or talk about what Gemma has discovered regarding the two deaths on the University grounds. Will Gemma be able to get Devlin to listen? If not, will there be more murders before the case is solved? Muffins and Mourning Tea is a book that starts fast, then gets gains speed. It is hard to put down once you start it.
PeggyRMI More than 1 year ago
H.Y. Hanna has once again delivered another delightful installment in the Oxford Tea Room Mystery series. This is the 5th installment in this British themed cozy mystery series. In my opinion, each book is better the the last. This is a well written story that has a great pace, humor, mystery, a bit of romance and a great cast of characters. I love character driven cozy mysteries and the characters in this series are well developed and feel like old friends. Even the secondary characters are strong. Gemma is a wonderful character. She has grown both personally and with the business since the first book and I think has more confidence. The "Old Biddies" are back in this story and you won't believe what they are up to this time. All I will say is the Old Biddies and Krav Maga. You'll have to read the book to find out the rest. The romance between Gemma and Devlin has what may be a bit a twist down the road but nothing is resolved in this book. The mystery in this story is solid and has plenty of suspects. Ms. Hanna throws in a lot of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and I was surprised by how this mystery turned out. Once again, Gemma and the Old Biddies are at the center of helping the police solve the mystery. I will definitely be back to see what happens in the next installment. If you haven't tried this series I would suggest you give it a chance. It is a well written British cozy series filled with great characters, well developed plots and mysteries, a bit a romance and plenty of humorous moments courtesy of the "Old Biddies." I don't think you will be disappointed.