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Cotswolds tearoom owner Gemma Rose is excited to join the May Day celebrations in Oxford...until the beautiful spring morning ends in murder. Now, she's embroiled in a deadly mystery - with four nosy old ladies determined to help in the sleuthing! Before she knows it, Gemma finds herself stalking a Russian "princess" and keeping up with the Old Biddies in Krav Maga class, while still trying to serve delicious cakes and buttery scones at her quaint English tearoom.
And that's just the start of her worries: there's her little tabby cat, Muesli, who is causing havoc at the local nursing home...and what should she do with the creepy plants that her mother keeps buying for her new cottage?
But the mystery that's really bothering Gemma is her boyfriend's odd behavior. Devlin O'Connor has always been enigmatic, but, recently, the handsome CID detective has been strangely distant and evasive. Could he be lying to her? But why?
©2016 H.Y. Hanna (P)2017 H.Y. Hanna
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4 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 12-02-17

I love this series, BUT...

This is one of my favorite series all around. The narration brings all the characters to life, and I especially love the "old biddies."

However, Jemma was exceptionally annoying in this book. She was a jealous clingy girlfriend, acting insecure the whole book long. She over analyzes every single move her boyfriend makes. In one scene she decides to call Devlin and see if he's free. When she can't get ahold of him she decides to pack up her cat, an overnight bag & show up unannounced at his house. She acts like a slightly crazy jealous girl, going back & forth in her mind if Devlin is cheating on her. It's exhausting.. I could have used way less of that.

Otherwise I love this series & the rest of it is incredibly enjoyable to listen to!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paulette Peterson on 06-11-18

Love the story but NOT the mother!

I love how H. Y. Hanna's mind works in the mystery part of the story but I don't like the personal part of the story. Gemma Rose has a sharp analytical mind but is emotionally underdeveloped. She has a tendency to jump to conclusions regarding her mystery solving and her romantic interest. She seems emotionally immature but a very sweet and caring person. My impression of her relationship with Devlin is that they are really "in lust" and not in love. The attraction seems to be only physical because that's the only thing that they share with each other. There doesn't seem to be any trust between them or sharing of themselves to each other. To me, that is not a sign of love. Her relationship with her mother is lacking as well. I think when Gemma starts to mature so will her relationships with her mother and her love/lust interest. I find Gemma's mother's contribution to the story is only of an irritating distraction, which I skip forward until I don't hear her voice anymore. I can do without that kind of irritation. It really adds nothing to the story. As irritating as the old biddies are (especially Mable), they do add to the story with some humor and clues. Despite all this, I love the mystery, red herrings, and the answer.
Pearl Hewitt is so fabulous with the variations of voices and accents. She tells the story not read it and that is what makes listening to her so easy and enjoyable. She is five stars all the way!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 09-26-17

I love this series

Another great adventure for Gemma and the 'Old Biddies.' This is one of the better books in the series. What I love most about The Tearoom Mysteries is that they are so funny. I love the humour; in this installment the Old Biddies doing Krav Maga provided plenty of light relief. Muesli also has his fair share of excitement and I couldn't help but laugh at his antics at the nursing home.
On a romantic note Gemma is worried about her relationship with Devlin as he works non stop and acts strangely around her. This story line kept the romance interesting for me. Lincoln, one of my favourite side characters, makes an appearance in this episode as well.
The mystery was fun but complex and it had me eagerly following the clues along with Gemma who seemed to be doing a better job of investigating than the police.


I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 12-12-17

Just my cup of tea

This is the 5th Oxford tea room murder mystery and I have listened to all 5 now and really enjoyed the series, I think this one was my favourite for a number of reasons. The biggest one is picturing a group of four little old ladies taking self defence lesson in order to be able to go under cover and questions suspects.. oh and to take on any bad guys that are lurking around Oxford. Very funny. As well as the antics of Mussel the playful cat that gets let lose in a care home, can she find another clue to help Gemma unmask the murder or just cause more embarrassment to her owner.

There was also a number of suspects to keep you guessing until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series so I can catch up with what seems like old friends.

The narrator was very good and made a good job of giving some of the characters a Russian accent. Well to my untrained ear anyway.

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