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  • Bonbons and Broomsticks

  • Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

Caitlyn is settling into life as a novice witch in an English village chocolate shop - although she's finding the hardest magic to master is making caramel sauce without burning it! When two men are murdered, and a ghostly black hound is seen haunting the countryside, the village gossips are sure dark witchcraft is to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't brush this book aside

  • By Julie on 05-18-19

Loved going back to Tillyhenge!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-19

This is the best in the series yet!
A mysterious cryptid is appearing around Tillyhenge while 2 men are found murdered! Caitlyn finds herself in the midst of discovering not only the black shook and the true murderer but more information about her mysterious past. And finally sorting out her feelings and those of the dashing Lord Fitzroy.
This book had me laughing out loud at parts and cringing along with Caitlyn at her cousin ,Pomona's, antics all while on the edge of my seat as to just how the men where murdered. Seriously my favorite book in the series and I'm eagerly awaiting the newest installment.
Disclaimer I received this copy free from the author for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Blood, Sweets and Tears

  • Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

When novice witch Caitlyn Le Fey heads to the outdoor cinema festival at a beautiful English manor, the last thing she expects is for the evening to end in murder. But when a dead man is found with fang marks in his neck and her old vampire uncle, Viktor, is arrested, Caitlyn must use all her newfound magic powers to clear his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with bite

  • By Julie on 04-17-19

Vampires and jewel theives

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-19

This story opens at an open air movie airing that ends abruptly when a body is found with all the indications of being murdered by a vampire. Caitlyn finds herself in a whirlwind of defending Uncle Vicktor ,looking for the identity of a jewel thief ,and getting lavish attention from a dashing Frenchman. This is an engrossing fast paced mystery! I adore this series and am excited for the next book.
Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book for free by the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Muffins and Mourning Tea

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series, BUT...

  • By Christina on 12-02-17

Hundreds year old rituals and a dash of murder

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Gemma hasn't heard the bells toll on May day and leaving her bed is a bit rough this year. The day takes a left turn as the bells start their rites and a man plunges off the bridge! With the help of the fantastic foursome known as the Old Biddies Gemma resumes her amateur sleuthing to discover whodunit all the while Gemma' s mom keeps gifting her plants,her kitty is having adventures and Devlin is being peculiar.
This is a great addition to the series and you won't want to stop listening!
Disclaimer : I was given a copy of this book by the author for review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Till Death Do Us Tart

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

When Oxfordshire tearoom owner Gemma Rose enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the homemade Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts! Can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Enjoyable

  • By Beatrice on 06-21-17

A competition gone too far?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Gemma's mom and the old biddies are at it again! Muesli is being her most adorable self as always this time as a contestant in a cat show. When things go astray and a not so sweet lady drops dead next to them Gemma finds herself in the midst of not only an investigation but some hard life choices.
This series is like eating potato chips. Once you start you just don't want to stop!
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for free for review. All the options above are my own.

  • No Good Tea Goes Unpunished

  • By: Bree Baker
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Iced tea shop proprietor Everly Swan lands in hot water when a wealthy groom-to-be is found dead outside her cafe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad for a second book in this series.

  • By Lynda Turpin on 04-29-19

Southern charm and mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

This series is so easy to slip into and let the hours melt away.The narrator does an incredible job bring the quirky fun series to life.
A beautiful seaside wedding turn nightmare when a murder makes the bride an instant widow. I was leapt guessing as to who actually was the murderer and was floored when the killer was made. Lots of fast paced actions,fun humor,and a touch of romance makes this story hard to stop once you get started. This series has a practical magic and Gilmore girls vibe to it that makes it so addictive. I'm really looking forward to book 3.

  • Two Down, Bun to Go

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

A sinister phone call in the middle of the night throws tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, straight into the heart of a new murder mystery - this time with her friend, Seth, arrested as the key suspect! The mysterious killing in the cloisters of an old Oxford college points to a bitter feud within the University - but Gemma finds unexpected clues popping up in her tiny Cotswolds village. Meanwhile, her love life is in turmoil as Gemma struggles to decide between eminent doctor, Lincoln Green, and sexy CID detective, Devlin O'Connor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration makes the story

  • By The Nana on 05-24-17

Gemma and the old biddies are at it again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

A frantic call from one of her best friends lands Gemma in the middle of a heated murder investigation!
This installment in the series has Gemma and her band of sleuthing grannies looking to clear Seth of murder charges. Things get even more tangled as another body is found as well as shenanigans at the tearoom when Gemms's mom and Helen go on holiday. My heart was full after Gemma found her new baker and I can't wait to see how her personality gets on with the old biddies.
I thought I had things figured out just to be shocked at the end as to who actually did the killing! I loved listening to this engaging story and was enchanted by Pearl Hewitt ' narration. She was made for this series!
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for review. All the above opinions are my own.

  • Witch Summer Night's Cream

  • Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Caitlyn is looking forward to celebrating her first Midsummer's Eve in England. But when a teenage girl is mysteriously murdered and a priceless love potion goes missing, she and her cousins are plunged into a puzzling mystery. Is the girl's death connected to the midnight bonfires at the ancient stone circle? What about the two strangers who recently visited the enchanted chocolate shop belonging to the "village witch"? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chocolate Magic plus

  • By cstardancer on 03-14-19

Fun twist on Shakespeare 's Midsummer night's drea

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is such an enchanting series! Hy Hanna does an incredible job creating characters and a world you find yourself wanting to return to over and over again.
This story to finds Caitlyn learning about the widow Mag' s chocolate sauce that has everyone heads over heels in love with. As well as a quirky historian who believes Tillyhenge is the location in Shakespeare's play. Caitlyn sees another bonfire on the hill and rushes out to investigate only to find the body of a girl from town. You are keapt guessing on the identity of the murderer and will be surprised as to who it actually is. The dashing Lord Fitzroy and Caitlyn's sassy cousin,Pomona are also featured.
This series just keeps getting better and I'm excited for the next book and getting more information about Caitlyn 's mysterious parentage.
Disclaimer : I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,466

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

  • By Cheri on 02-11-16

Can't wait to hear back to Nocturne Falls

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This was a really enjoyable fun read.The town being year round Halloween is such a fun idea!

  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,584

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Fun and enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is such a fun story of an unlikely group of people coming together to be a family. It has just the right amount of romance and a sweet ending.

  • The Dough Must Go On

  • Oxford Tearoom Mystery Series, Book 9
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Showbiz comes to Oxford in the form of Britain's hottest new talent show, and tearoom owner Gemma Rose gets a peek behind the scenes when she's asked to cater for the event. But with the Old Biddies, entering the contest as England's first "granny band", and her little tabby, Muesli, stealing the limelight, Gemma soon ends up with more than she bargained for... and that's before she comes across a frozen dead body! Now, she's on the trail of a murderer, with four nosy old ladies giving her a helping hand, while also dealing with her embarrassing mother, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am a fan

  • By cstardancer on 02-27-19

This story has what it takes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-18

This series keeps getting better!
Gamma gets a catering job for a big well known talent tv elimination show that the old biddies are contestants on as an all granny band! Gemma' s mom is a step in judge and ,of course, there is a murder to solve. The story line is really great and has me so drawn in I couldn't stop listening! I was kept guessing about who the murderer was to the very end. I excited for the next book and to see where Gamma and the old biddies get to next.
Pearl Hewitt does a phenomenal job at bringing the characters to life.
Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.The opinion above is mine.