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A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1 Audiobook

A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty, and a murder - yes, please!"

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past.

Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?

©2016 H.Y. Hanna (P)2016 H.Y. Hanna

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  • Eddie Lynn
    The Ozarks, USA
    1/10/16
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    "Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery"

    I have been listening to a lot of cozy mysteries lately. Often they are silly, bumbling, and light entertainment. This is a REAL cozy mystery. Good character development as well as a well structured plot. Narration was very good. I enjoyed it, will definitely buy more in this series. I don't know why they illustrated the cover in such a silly style, it takes away from the quality of this book. Good lesson here for me, don't judge a book by its' cover... no, wait, I think I've heard that somewhere before... thanks Mom.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen C.
    13/09/16
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    "Perfect With A Cup of Tea! Just Perfect!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, I am highly recommending this audiobook to all my friends. It is a delightful journey from the engaging storyline to the quirky characters, from the descriptions of the little Meadowford-on-Smythe village to Oxford University, from more than a few suspects to more than a few mysteries to ponder. This story has me hooked and eager to continue the journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1?

    The most memorable moments came as Gemma reflected on the thoughts and memories of her past relationship with DI Devlin O'Conner...the passion, the quiet, the regrets. We all had those college relationships and first loves, and for her the possibility of reigniting those feelings is an intriguing direction I look forward to see how it is addressed in the series.


    What does Pearl Hewitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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 the Oxford Dons, street English for the pub owner and some questionable villagers, and the change she mastered for the Americans. She kept me engaged, giggling at the British tone I so enjoy...even murder sounds great with an English accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was very moved by how Gemma was looked after by so many of her friends and family. Even when her mother drove her crazy with comments about her change in career not worthy of an Oxford education, Mabel shared advice for keeping regular, Glenda remarked a man who is good at 'dancing' is also..., Cassie pointed out the dangers, and DI O'Conner scolded her, their motives were to protect her...showing their love and friendship.


    Any additional comments?

    No Spoilers! But, the final solution to the mystery was not expected, and I choked back a tear when all was revealed. H.Y. Hanna gave a twist that often is not part of the 'cozy mystery' formula. But it was the right decision. I really LOVED this book, and am inviting Pearl over for tea and scones and...will you read book 2 to me?
    SCONES!
    The Traditional English Scone method is described in the audiobook as Gemma tries her hand at Fletcher's recipe, but in the eBook/print the recipe is included.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • C. Fowler
    Aspen, Colorado
    4/10/16
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    "A Cozy Mystery You Don't Want to Miss"
    Where does A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was excellent -- the narrator captured the voices perfectly, and that is such a fine line to walk because we all have pre-conceived notions of what the characters sound like.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was kept on the edge of my seat because I was really rooting for Gemma to catch the murderer, and I loved how the Old Biddies would push her into investigating. At the same time, I was worried that the murderer might think that Gemma knew too much and would go after her.


    Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

    Oh goodness, they were all so good, but she really nailed Gemma -- I was really impressed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I didn't want to miss anything, like the lovely descriptions of Oxford and Gemma's relationships -- I wanted to savor the story. However, toward the end, you couldn't have gotten me to hand over the headphones!


    Any additional comments?

    This Oxford Tearoom Mystery was truly delightful. Gemma is a lovely protagonist, the setting in Oxford is wonderful, and each friend and character comes to life and you come to care for most of them. I highly recommend this book and the rest in the series, they are truly brilliant!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sherry H.
    Windsor, CT
    13/09/16
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    "Fantastic reading of a Fabulous book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book and listened to the entire book and I loved both. I don't know that I would say that the audio was better, but I think I appreciated the book even more because of the way Pearl Hewitt performed the reading.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was engaging and had enough consistency to make it believable, yet plenty of information and clues that were discovered along the way to make it interesting. I loved the humor and the cast of characters and the way they all contributed to the plot line throughout the book.


    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    I liked that Pearl Hewitt was able to alter her voice enough so that different characters were discernible throughout her performance. It was not stiff at all and she had plenty of color in her voice that kept my attention throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book and all of the others in the series. I'm looking forward to listening to the next one in the series on audio.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    Littlerock, CA, United States
    27/09/16
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    "Nice start to a new series"

    This was a nice start to a new series. The characters were well developed and believable. Pearl Hewitt brought the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nana
    24/09/16
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    "Better on Audible"

    I had this book as an upload to Kindle and could not finish it. The audio version was so much better since hearing it read with the British inflection made it a really enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice
    Houston, TX, United States
    18/09/16
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    "Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover"

    Based on the cover of this book, I didn't think I would like it. However, I took a chance and I'm glad I did, This is a light cozy mystery but it's not just fluff. The characters are engaging and realistic. The plot was believable and well written with a bit of humor. This was a fun cozy mystery and I look forward to listening to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lizzystick
    United States
    20/03/17
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    "Umm...After reading the reviews I expected more"

    I am a fan of Agatha Raisin , Flavia de luce and other "Cozy mysteries" but I just never connected with the main character ; she was not as mischievous,interesting or as flawed as I expected. (she's no Agatha Raisin). Never once did I laugh out loud or gasp. Also was not that intrigued by the mystery and did not like the solution to the mystery either. The narrator was fine but she made the thirty year old main character seem older. I may eventually try the next in the series to see if this was just a scene setter and if the storylines improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BARBJ
    9/03/17
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    "Love this series!"
    Where does A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    “I was given a free copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.” I have purchased all the books in this series for my Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them so I was excited to have the opportunity to try the Audible format. I loved the way the book was truly brought to life in the Audible format. I loved the narrator's ability to take on all the different personas in the book. The spoken word truly enhanced the story. In other audio books I listen to, often my mind wanders and I have to rewind at times. Not so with this book!

    Afternoon Tea and Kitties, two of my favourites things, so I was sold when Amazon listed this book as a suggestion. I have found HY Hanna is great at building her characters and it was nice to revisit book 1 in this, the first series of hers that I had read. The locations are interesting, I've never been to Oxford but feel like I am beginning to know it. I love the kitty Muesli and how she weaves her way into Gemma's heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old biddies are a fave, I love their spunk.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for Book 3 to be available in the Audible format, and the rest of the series to :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PammieJoCozyQueen
    25/02/17
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    "Wonderful new cozy series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I think both the print and audio version are very good. There's no reason not to enjoy both!I love to read print books but it's nice sometimes to listen to a good cozy when you're busy doing something else.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1?

    I thought the closet scene with the old buddies was quite funny. Of course at the beginning when Gemma was trying to catch Muesli in the tea room was hilarious. Anyone who is a cat owner will feel her pain.


    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    She was excellent reading Gemma. I thought she captured her spirit and character very well which really brought the character to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. I only turned it off the first day because I just had to. I stayed up late to finish it all the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this audio. I can't wait to curl up with my own cup of tea & listen to Tea With Milk and Murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • pollyanne
    27/10/16
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    "Cosy, mystery with everything you could want."

    I am a big fan of miss Marple and Agatha Rasin books so I really enjoyed this! Apart from having all the usual themes of a cosy murder mystery, it genuinely kept me guessing.Just gutted tgerey are no more in this series on audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy Swanson
    4/03/17
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    "Boring and tedious"

    Far too much inane detail. I stuck it out to chapter 4 but could not listed any longer. I am amazed at how much can be written about so little. I had high hopes for this series of books and I am sadly disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Verity
    7/12/16
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    "Really, really bad. Unoriginal and almost no characterisation"

    I was really disappointed in this; I really like the cosy mystery genre but this was a very poor example.

    It was very generic, full of cliches, the plot was both guessable and hung on some very unoriginal ideas including… [Spoiler alert] the clocks going back. This is one of the most tired plot hooks ever.

    The character descriptions are almost all situational; there is almost nothing about who these people ARE. You get a couple of weak characteristics per person, just openly stated, and most of the characters are simple cliches: for example the nagging posh mother.

    I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone, if you're looking for a fun cosy mystery, this isn't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Leigh on Sea, United Kingdom
    20/11/16
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    "Sooooooooooo Sloooooooowwwwwwwwwwww"
    Would you try another book written by H. Y. Hanna or narrated by Pearl Hewitt?

    Probably not


    What will your next listen be?

    Don't know yet


    How could the performance have been better?

    the story needs to get a move on....I gave up on it.


    What character would you cut from A Scone To Die For Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Gee
    Isle of Man, UK
    3/11/16
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    "Great story and narrator"

    Can't wait for the next in the series to be done. Really enjoyed this till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/10/16
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    "An excellent story line, keeps you guessing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. The storyline keeps you guessing as to who the murderer is until the end. The narrator, Pearl Hewitt is just right for the characters and brings them to life. Throughout the story you're piecing together the clues just like Gemma and the 'old biddies', and are sure that you know who the murderer is, only to have your guesses proven wrong.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are all so believable and the antics that the 'old biddies' get up to are hilarious. Gemma's mother is forever forgetting her password for her iPad, and keeps phoning Gemma up to remind her what it is, which is quite funny, if very annoying for Gemma.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Gemma goes in search of her scarf at Gloucester College, only to find the 'old biddies' there, listening to an interview between the Detective Inspector and a suspect. With the door about to open, five eavesdroppers need to find a hiding place.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think where Gemma, a 'dog person', has taken Muesli to a Rescue centre to have her rehomed, and realises that she actually loves the little cat.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy in exchange for a honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inishowen Cailín
    19/09/16
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    "A brilliantly penned mystery with lots of humour."
    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    Pearl Hewitt's performance was very easy to listen to and I loved how she performed the various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many things that I loved about this book. The author's sense of humour really shines through in this book. I don't usually find the circumstances surrounding a murder to be humorous but I couldn't help it with this one. The murder victim was discovered in the courtyard of Gemma's tearoom with one of her scones shoved in his mouth. I didn't feel too badly about him as he was such a nasty character to begin with.

    I loved that Gemma wasn't the only amateur sleuth trying to solve the murder. The 'Old Biddies' proved helpful on occasion and more often a source of hilarity. Gemma's mother is also a great, eccentric character. Between her matchmaking schemes and forever forgetting her Ipad password she injects another layer of humour into the story.

    I enjoyed the romantic subplot of the story. I'm not sure Devlin deserves to have a second chance with Gemma this early in the series so I was glad that she has other options to play with. I hope Devlin suffers a little bit before/if they end up together.
    The murder mystery itself was well thought out and had an element of suspense which I really enjoy. I also had no clue who the killer was until it was revealed in dramatic style.
    The really important and huge mystery of where Muesli the cat disappeared to also came to a timely conclusion and I was (spoiler alert!) relieved that he was okay.

    A really great, entertaining read and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.


    I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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