Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Quintessentially British Treat

Oxford Tearoom Mystery, Book 7
H. Y. Hanna
Wisheart Press
October 19, 2017

    I am so happy that I discovered The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries and #7 does not disappoint. It's time for the summer ball in Oxford, and Gemma is looking forward to a chance to dress up for the evening and enjoying time out with her CID Inspector boyfriend, Devlin O'Connor. The ball they are attending is featuring an old alumni, celebrity chef Josh McDermott. The four nosy Old Biddies, Gemma's unpaid "help" at the Tearoom are all aflutter about his return, but not everyone is pleased. That becomes clear when Gemma stumbles over Josh's dead body. Since the four Old Biddies consider themselves great sleuths, Gemma is once again drawn into keeping them under control and out of the notice of Devlin. It is all complicated by a visit from Devlin's decidedly unconventional mother, who could not be more different from Gemma's oh-so-proper mum.

Another One Bites the Crust is almost as good as a visit to Oxford in summer with its descriptions of life among the "dreaming spires." The mystery is full of twists, but the real charm lies in the characters we have come to love over the course of the series, and the mouth-watering treats that Dora, the Tearoom Baker, produces. This one includes a recipe for custard tarts, a quintessentially British classic. I am looking forward to the next visit with Gemma and friends. I received an advance digital copy from the author. The opinions are my own.

RATING- 4 Stars

RATING- 4 Stars


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