Till Death Do Us Tart (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 4)

Till Death Do Us Tart (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 4)

by H.Y. Hanna

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BN ID: 2940154686119
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 55,671
File size: 457 KB

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Till Death Do Us Tart (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“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. Audio Only “Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, all of the above opinions are my own.”
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!
JoselynS More than 1 year ago
A cosy crime classic. This book has Gemma with many issues to deal with. Finding a place to live, kitchen issues at the tea shop, Muesli in a cat show at the village fair, and a death at the cat show. Gemma and the Old Biddies (along with her mother) have to convince Devlin that it was murder. This story involved all the characters I have grown to love. Superbly entertaining, probably the best in the series so far - and that is very high praise as they are all excellent.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
If you love a good mystery I strongly would recommend this series. I really enjoyed this book and it's one of my favorite cozy mystery series so far! It had an exciting murder mystery where at first it seems the victim died of natural causes. It's a poison murder mystery which I really enjoyed. And I actually managed to guess who was the murderer! It was fun to guess it right for a change. This book has a wonderful group of characters, some familiar and some new ones we meet in this book. And ofcourse Muesli, Gemma her cat, makes some fun appearances. There also are some interesting developments on the romance side and the epilogue makes me curious for next book. All in all another great book in this series!
CozyLoverSLA More than 1 year ago
There is nothing not to love in this cozy series. They are fantastic! I can't imagine a better way to spend a weekend, then curled up with a cup of tea, and all of the books in the series. The only bad part is that there are no scones from Gemma and Cassie...but be advised you should have something to have with that tea...you will be wanting something. An excellent cozy series, without a doubt, buy them all.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Rather than getting to spend time with Gemma, Devlin is called in to work on a special project. There have been a number of thefts from neighboring farms, one of which belongs to Julian Greco, a famous actor and gentlemen farmer. Julian is also a friend of Devlin’s Superintendent and has asked specifically for Devlin to head the task force to investigate and stop the thefts. Since Gemma cannot spend the weekend with Devlin and she can’t open the tearoom because she gave her staff the weekend off, her mother has the perfect solution. She will ask Gemma to help get Muesli ready to compete in a cat show. Since Muesli is of mixed heritage, Gemma is uncertain about that plan, but she agrees to do it to please her mother. At the cat show pavilion, which is set up on the village green, they find Muesli positioned between 2 Siamese cats and a Persian. The owner of the Siamese is a painfully thin and extremely nervous Theresa Bell. Theresa keeps insisting that someone is trying to poison her and her cats. The Persian is is owned by Dame Clare Eccleston, a large woman who is tall and quite rude. As the competition progresses, Dame Eccleston begins looking very uncomfortable. She is flushed and uneasy, with beads of sweat standing out on her forehead. When she falls to the ground, she is soon declared dead. Dr. Foster was called in and ascribed her death due to a heart attack, attributing it to her excess weight and general poor health. Gemma, on the other hand is not sure. Of course the “Old Biddies” as Gemma affectionately calls the 4 elderly ladies who frequent her tea room, get involved, and pull Gemma’s mother into their investigation. They feel certain that Dame Eccleston was murdered. A few days later, Gemma went to check on Mary, Dame Eccleston's daughter and learned that her mother had received threatening letters that were never reported to the police. Was the lady’s death really due to natural causes? Of did Dr. Foster jump to the easy conclusion? Gemma finds that Dame Eccleston made many enemies during her life, but would any of them go to the extreme of murder? Can Gemma, Devlin, and the Old Biddies find the answer before anyone else is harmed? Complex and believable characters, fast plot with lots of twists and turns.
PeggyRMI More than 1 year ago
This is another hit for author H.Y. Hanna. I love this series and look forward to each new installment. This author has a terrific writing style that flows and combines humor with mystery. The characters are well developed at this point in the series, but there is still plenty of room for each to grow, both personally and professionally. All of your favorites are back and once again the "Old Biddies" are out to solve a murder that only they believe is a murder. This time around they involve Gemma's mom and bring her into the group. Gemma and Devlin's relationship takes as step forward but I like how the author has written this part of their romance. The mystery is terrific. The author provides us with plenty of suspects, motives, twists and turns until the reveal of the killer's identity. I did figure out who committed the crime but I did so along with Gemma. This has fast become one of my favorite series, with wonderful writing, great British charm, humor, mystery and characters that are starting to become like old friends. If you haven't tried this series yet I would encourage you to pick up the first book and give it a try. I don't believe you will be disappointed.