A Scone to Die For

A Scone to Die For FIRST IN A NEW SERIES When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom she suddenly finds herself apron deep in a mystery involving long buried secrets fro

  • Title: A Scone to Die For
  • Author: H.Y. Hanna
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • FIRST IN A NEW SERIES When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose s quaint Oxfordshire 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 the village not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat namedFIRST IN A NEW SERIES When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose s quaint Oxfordshire 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 the 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 Traditional English scone recipe included

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    1. This is the first book I read in 2016 and it was really a great start to my reading list in the new year. Usually I do not like reading books written in first person as I have read several and I just can't connect. However, although A Scone to Die For was written in first person, I found myself connecting to the story and was captivated throughout the whole story.The story in set in Oxford, England. I loved Hanna's description of the village. I could just picture it in my head and made me wish I [...]

    2. This is the perfect recipe for a very funny murder mystery. H. Y. Hanna took a generous helping of characters, I loved the little old ladies. Added a belly full of laughs. My favourite character has to be Gemma's mum, who made me cringe and laugh all at the same time, and of course Muesli the cat. With a good dose of eye candy, in the way of the tasty detective and doctor. She then whisked them all together to be devoured at leisure. It all works beautifully. Gemma has lived up to everyone else' [...]

    3. I received a review copy in exchange for an honest reviewA Scone to Die for caught my attention while I was browsing on netgalley. The cute cover and the interesting blurb made me think this would be a book I enjoyed. I had a lot of fun reading A Scone to Die for and I really enjoyed this book. A Scone to Die For is about main character Gemma who opens her own tearoom and not long after the opening an American tourist get's killed with one of her scones in his mouth and Gemma get's entangled in [...]

    4. This is the first book I've read by this author and I absolutely loved it. Gemma is such a likeable and believable character that I think other readers will enjoy this story.The author vividly describes the surroundings, the delectable treats offered in the tea room and so much more.When Gemma returns to her hometown of Meadowford-on-Smythe to open a tea shop, her biggest fear is living in her parents home once again. While her mother is busy finding Gemma a new beau, Gemma is busy trying to boo [...]

    5. 5 starsHuge thanks to H.Y. Hanna, Wisheart Publishing and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.I really do love me some cosy mysteries (I know, I know, I say that most of the time when I read a cosy!), this one was fun because it's the first one I've read that's set in the U.K.I enjoyed the slang used as I use it, some of them not for a while but I've used them on occasion.I enjoyed the characters, the mystery was fun (as fun as murder can be), Museli was adorable and reminds [...]

    6. First in the Oxford Tearoom mystery series and the first Kindle book I’ve read, this is a light and fun cosy mystery. This was free on . Our “heroine” twenty-nine-year-old Gemma Rose has returned home to Oxford giving up a corporate career in Sydney to start afresh, her own tearoom in the village of Meadowford-on-Smythe where she grew up. Her childhood friend Cassie is working with her and they’ve hired a local Fletcher as their chef, and he doesn’t come to work without his cat Museli [...]

    7. Author and narrator made for a humorous,laugh out loud, easy listening experience. So enjoyable when narrator coughs, giggles, stutters and acts out the authors words.

    8. I did not receive a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I paid money for it to ensure a fair review.I didn't think this was going to be my cup of perfectly brewed Earl Grey tea and I was right. I'll be honest, this isn't usually the sort of thing I would try and read. There's no violence, no spaceships, no killer clowns, no zombies, but I'm trying to read different things in order to hit my reading goal for this year. The reviews were good (more on that later) and it was only a quid (you [...]

    9. Delightful and Delicious! This story of second chances was a fun easy read for a wet rainy afternoon and it provided some smiles while brightening my day.Gemma has returned to her home just outside of Oxford to open up a Tearoom – a big step away from all she has done since graduating from university. She has Fletcher to bake delicious goodies, her friend Cassie to assist with service and all seems to be going well until she finds a body in the courtyard of her business. The writing is excelle [...]

    10. I absolutely loved this book! This is one of, if not THE, best cozy mystery I have read. The descriptions of places and people are fantastic. As I read the story I could picture being there, sitting in the tearoom, or in the University. The characters are developed really well. The relationships are explored and explained characters aren't popping in for the sake of needing a character. (I love the descriptions of the exasperation that Gemma has with her mom and always forgetting her ipad passwo [...]

    11. This is a fantastic book. It has humor, romance, mystery and a cat. I was laughing or smiling as I read it.The characters are developed and catch your attention at once. I consider them new friends. I was a little disappointed that Muelisa had only a minor part in the book. Her escape scene was delightful. Gemma is giving up her security for her dream. Her Mom is another terrific person. The homicide inspector is unusual and I feel he is a great addition.The 4 Biddies add much humor. The backgro [...]

    12. Judging from all the 5 star ratings for this book I am in a minority in not really liking it. Gemma the main character gives up her high flyng career in Australia to run a tea shop in the Cotswolds. Definitely an English cozy it is an easy read but I failed to engage with any of the characters and was unconvinced by the plot. It is obviously intended as the first of series but I don’t think I will be reading any more.

    13. This is a fun 'cozy' mystery. Gemma Rose is an Oxford grad who has given up her high powered career 'down under' and returned to Oxford to fulfill her dream to open a tea shop. Her mother can't seem to fathom her decision and is trying to find her either a husband or a 'real job'. Her action is further complicated when an 'ugly American' causes problems and subsequently ends up dead on her patio; now her dream might be over before it can start. Her college BF is now an Oxford detective inspector [...]

    14. I really loved it: the mystery is intriguing, charachters are funny and well described, and i liked the Oxford setting.Muesli got me at her first appearance.It's addictive!

    15. A Scone to Die For by C.Y. Hanna is the first book in the Oxford Tearoom mystery series. An obnoxious customer is found dead outside the tea room having been choked by a scone. New owner Gemma Rose investigates as it is affecting her business. A nice start to the series. I loved the setting and the characters and the elderly sleuths added some humour. It was interesting to read about some of the Oxford customs and traditions. Overall a pleasant and very enjoyable book.

    16. I always love discovering talented new authors. H.Y. Hanna definitely fits the bill. A Scone to Die For is a delightfully clever British cozy mystery set against the fascinating backdrop of Oxford.Gemma Rose has made her dream of owning a teashop a reality. The business is slowly growing a reputation amongst locals and tourists for delicious baked goods - especially scones. Not all customers are pleasant, however, and one particularly abrasive American ends up dead outside her shop, a scone shov [...]

    17. Award-winning author HY Hanna serves up a treat for cosy mystery fans with A Scone to Die For. Book 1 in her new series The Oxford Tea Room Room Mysteries will have readers asking for 'More, please'. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first murder with an unlikely weapon to the final surprise revelation of 'whodunit'. Hanna is an accomplished writer better known for her romances, romantic suspense and popular children's series, The Big Honey Dog Mysteries. In this foray into a new genre, she deftl [...]

    18. I received a ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.A Scone to Die For by H. Y. Hanna is the first book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. I loved this book, it was a fast, fun book with a good twist and turn mystery. I read this book in one sitting, because I didn't want to put it down. Gemma returns home to Oxford England after living away for 8 years. She gave up a high paying corporate job working in Australia to return home and open a Tearoom. Cassie, her best friend, helps with serving cust [...]

    19. I loved this book. Gemma is a great lead character. There is a great assortment of fellow characters, including her parents, I love her technologically clueless Mom!, and I am in love with the little cat Muesli, who reminds me of my own little cat. It was a good solid start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next book! As a cozy goes it was very well written, with excellent descriptions, and made me feel like I was right there in Oxford with Gemma and crew. I look forward to more from [...]

    20. First in a new series, and one that I'm sure I'm going to enjoy as long as it continues. The main character, Gemma, is very personable, as are all the supporting characters. Her technologically clueless mother is hilarious, as are the four old ladies who think they are all Agatha Christie.The story is very well-written and nicely paced. The plot kept me guessing as to the killer until the very end. I enjoyed every minute spent reading it.There are British spellings and British language usage in [...]

    21. I absolutely loved this book about Gemma and her adventure opening a new tea shop in the town she grew up in. The author pulled me in from the very beginning and had me staying up late into the night. There are so many twists and turns and fun characters to love. I did not solve the murder until it was revealed. She had me guessing at every turn. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

    22. A Scone to Die for is between a 3.5-4. Suprises as well as some disappointments. Most of the characters are likable, a few annoyed me. Fun and humor when the old bitties get involved in the case.I will eventually continue the series.

    23. Gemma Rose is home in Oxford after eight years in Australia, working her way up the corporate ladder. She finally decided the corporate ladder wasn't for her, sold her flat, quit her job, and went home to Oxford to buy a tea room. She's hired her best friend, as well as a local handyman who, it turns out, is also a fantastic baker. Things are starting to go really well, even with the hassles that go with being in food service and hospitality.Such as the really arrogant, hostile American tourist, [...]

    24. Gemma Rose is starting over again. After turning her back on a lucrative career in Australia, she has returned home to England to follow her dream and open a tea room near Oxford University.The tea room is starting to get popular and Gemma couldn't be happier until a loud and rude American visits the tea room and makes an ugly scene. The next morning Gemma shows up to work and finds the "offensive" customer dead at one of the tea room's outside tables. Things get difficult when Gemma learns the [...]

    25. If I were to do a study abroad, my top choices would be the colleges at Oxford, so A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna, set just outside Oxford, gives a little tour of this academic paradise. Gemma Rose has returned after eight years climbing the corporate ladder in Australia when she sells up everything and returns home to Oxford to open up a tea shop with the best pastries in the area. An American shows up for tea and lives true to the American boorish reputation, holding against Gemma and her sh [...]

    26. Loved this so much more than the prequel, which, at the time I read it, felt a little stilted at times. This one, I felt, had a great flow to the writing, a very good plot, humor (or humour), and characters I could relate to. Loved the setting of Oxford, both the university and surroundings. Loved the addition of the four wanna-be senior sleuths. A big plus for those who want or need it is a "Glossary of British Terms" at the very end, as well as "Special Terms Used in Oxford University". And a [...]

    27. An easy read cozy mystery that had a few twists and some very interesting characters. I do love gossipy old women. They make a good cozy story. I love the recipe at the end and intend to try those scones for real. Thank you

    28. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy from a new author for me. Set in Oxford, so a picturesque background, check. Likeable characters, check. Intriguing mystery, check and check! Met all of my expectations for a cozy mystery!

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