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  • Apple Strudel Alibi

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

When Gemma’s romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it’s not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria’s historic capital. A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel, and the Old Biddies are determined to sniff out the killer. Is it the bitter hotel owner nursing a grudge? The critic’s jealous mistress wanting revenge? Or even the American horse trainer who seems inexplicably nervous around the police? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holiday fun with a twist

  • By April Goldman on 08-20-18

This story was a little weak

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Sorry to say, this story was not up to par with the creativity and energy that was put in the previous stories. The antics that the old biddies got Gema into were not humorous but kinda worn. I avoided animal mysteries because I don't like them, so I was a little disappointed to find the cat with a brain to solve the crime in this story. I think H. Y. Hanna has run out of steam on the series. Pearl Hewitt is still marvelous in her performance and I enjoy listening to her. I will keep the book but may not buy the next one, if there will be a next one, because I am not interested in animal mysteries. Thank you H. Y. Hanna for the books that I have enjoyed in this series. I wish you well.

  • Dressed to Kilt

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Winter is leaving the residents of Glenkillen snowbound, but Eden isn't about to let the weather dampen her spirits. With only a little time left in Scotland, she's determined to make the most of it - starting with attending a fancy whisky tasting with local looker Leith Cameron. But her classy date turns into a major party foul after a woman is found drowned in one of the vats of alcohol. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By Beatrice on 06-23-18

I Like This One The Best

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Is this series a trilogy? Is this the last book? I ask because it answered the question of Eden Elliot’s father and Eden is leaving Scotland. I like that she is not getting together with Leif, I prefer Inspector Jamison. If there are more books in this series, I am interested but the Leif’s voice definitely need to be improved.

  • Who Moved My Goat Cheese?

  • Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep.... With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors - from the farmer's market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instance Fan

  • By JennsPage on 05-17-18

Enjoyable First Book of the Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

At first, I had a hard time getting past the narrator because it felt like she spoke so fast. I even slowed the speed to .75, but it was a bit annoying. I almost was going to stop and return the book but I was really interested in how the story would play out since I grew up with goats and other animals on a small farm. I eventually got used to the narrator’s way is speaking and she did the other voices well. The villain in the story was obvious from the beginning and what twists there were in the story were very mild or flat but over all it ended being an enjoyable story. I plan to get the next book.

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  • Hooked on Ewe

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

It's early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it's in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen. For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm, a fundraiser for the hospice, and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be going well until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member's yarn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m loving this series

  • By Dawn on 05-09-18

Liked it better than the first

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Although I wasn't going to get the next book because of the male voices, I did try it again. I liked this book better. The male voices didn't seem as awful as the first book but Leif's voice still did not improve. I do like the mystery and characters much better this time. I will be looking forward to the third book.

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  • Another One Bites the Crust

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Oxford summer balls are one of the highlights of the calendar and tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose is looking forward to taking a break and slipping into something gorgeous for the evening. But when the night ends with a celebrity chef murdered by his own whisk, Gemma finds herself plunged into a new mystery - and the nosy Old Biddies keen to help with the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Light

  • By Beatrice on 06-10-18

Signs of improving relationships

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The mysteries in this series are always enjoyable to follow as the suspects are eliminated. However, Gemma’s personal relationships with her mother and love/lust interest had been sources of irritation. This book has given me a sign of hope that Gemma can mature, develop a “backbone “, and grow out of her teenage romantic fantasies of what love is. After living away from home for eight years, Gemma should had developed some depth in her personality and character, some strength in herself as a person. Besides, she is 30! She should be developing deeper, meaningful relationships. She still depends on everyone else to do everything for her. Cassie, her best friend, is practically running her business and providing all the ideas for her business to improve and grow. Why isn’t Cassie a partner? I would like to see Devlin and Emma become a team in investigating the mysteries where they compliment and supplement each other’s efforts. I would like to see a deeper, more meaningful, and trusting relationship develop between them. That means respect and honesty as basic qualities in their relationship. Gamma can still be respectful to her mother and not allow her mother to manipulate her. Enough said. I loved the side story Mrs. Purdy, Meusli, and Custard. Very touching. I also enjoyed the humor with Gemma and Devlin’s mother during the morning tea at Gemma’s parents’ home. Can’t forget Pearl Hewitt. Without her, these stories would not be so wonderfully enjoyable. Bravo Pearl!

  • Four Puddings and a Funeral

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Business is going well at Gemma Rose’s quaint English teashop, and she's delighted about her first big catering job at a local village funeral...until the day ends with a second body and one of the Old Biddies accused of murder! Now, the resourceful tearoom sleuth must find out which delicious pudding contained the deadly arsenic - and who might have wanted the wealthy widow dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another clever, thoroughly enjoyable mystery

  • By Laurie I on 04-20-18

Love the hedgehog!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I always enjoy the mystery, red herrings, and most of the characters. I still can't figure out who did it until the end, then I say, "Oh yeah, now I see the subtle clues." I thought the story of Pricklebum was so cute and the caring of the wild life was a very neat touch. I still find Gemma's mother to be a continual source of irritation and emotional abuse and the lack of faith and support from Gemma for Devlin before and during the "meet the parents " dinner still indicates to me that what she feels for Devlin is only an immature version of being "in lust". There still is no sign of any solid foundation as to why she feels she is in love with Devlin except that she has this excited feeling in her stomach when she sees his blue eyes. DUH! Gemma needs to grow up!
I was glad when Mabel got arrested because I thought this would finally be a humbling experience for her and that she would realize that she is not above the law and superior to everyone. It would be nice to see a bit of gentle humanity in Mabel once in awhile. Again, my husband says that this is just fiction and not real life but Pearl Hewitt makes it so real with her wonderful talent of narrating that it becomes real life as you listen. Pearl Hewitt speaks NOT reads so it seems so real. I give the series five star because I just enjoy the mystery and how it all unfolds, despite the distractions of Gemma's relationships with her mother and Devlin.

  • Muffins and Mourning Tea

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

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

Love the story but NOT the mother!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

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!

  • 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 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

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

Lot of Red Herrings

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Interesting storyline that has lots of red herrings with great clues leading to them but I think I have finally figured who is going to be the murderer. I’m going to test my theory on the next story. I am beginning to realize that Gemma is prone to wild imaginations and get carried away trying to prove them but she is only partly correct. The relationship between Gemma and Devlin seems to be an unstable one because of Gemma’s lack of consideration for Devlin’s professional position and respect for him. Shouldn't’ love and respect go together, it shouldn’t be only about emotions. Again Pearl Hewitt is wonderful with all the voices and narration. Love listening to her.

  • 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 335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Down,bun to Go

  • By Pat Kuhn on 05-08-17

Another Enjoyable Story

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I do enjoy listening to the story and listen more than once. Though I enjoy all the characters, I am beginning to find Gemma’s mother almost intolerable and the old biddies foolish with their false pride, where they think they are above the law and what is prudent. I do enjoy the humor that is involved with the old biddies but I do not like how they are protrayed as being stupid and foolishly reckless. Stupid as in that they know better but refuse to use what they have learned in life. At their age and with all that they have experienced in their lives, they must have developed some kind of wisdom and prudence. Gemma’s mother is a prejudice airhead, who emotionally abuses Gemma. It makes me feel sick inside to hear the continual abuse to Gemma by her mother. My husband has begun listening a little and when I comment on Gemma’s mother and the old biddies he reminds me that this is just a story and not real life. I would like less of Gemma’s mother or her abuse in the story. It is a bit distracting for me.

  • Tea with Milk and Murder

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie's new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O'Connor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute series

  • By Lesley G on 05-16-17

Becoming my favorite cozy mystery series

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I like everything about this series. The story line with the many suspects, the characters, the humor, and an ending that I have not yet been able to predict. The narrator is so easy to listen to and understand with a British accent. Her voice is soft and pleasant unlike other narrators using a British accent, who have harsh and shrilly voices. She is marvelous with all the different voices so well done. The only irritation is Gemma's mother. I sure hope she softens up and not be so selfish, manipulative, and insensitive to Gemma. Otherwise, I really enjoy this series.