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Another One Bites the Crust

Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 7
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 7
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Champagne and ball gowns, fairy lights, and music...

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! 

But trouble is also brewing at her quaint Cotswolds tearoom: Between fighting claims that she’s serving “fake” custard tarts and stopping her little tabby, Muesli, from being catnapped, Gemma has her hands full - and that’s before she has to fend off an amorous Italian. To top it all, her boyfriend Devlin’s mother is coming to visit, and Gemma is anxious to make a good impression...although Mrs O’Connor isn’t quite what she expected!

With so much going on, it’s a recipe for disaster - but with a bit of help from her mother, Gemma might just solve the case...and live to bake another day.

©2017 H.Y. Hanna (P)2018 H.Y. Hanna

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5+/5 Dozens of Custard Tarts…Sinisterly Delicious!

H. Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mysteries are at the top of my favorite list, and WOW! here we go with another marvelous page turner to enjoy. The Little Stables tearoom received a rave review comparing their custard tarts to those created by a celebrity TV chef. It is a big ‘coup’ and not bad for their bottom line, but the chef turns out not to be a cordial mentor-style personality with accusations of recipe stealing and using his name for self promotion. Complications arise with women scorned, competing chefs, and then…murder. H.Y. Hanna, has ‘baked up' another clever murder mystery supporting the idea ‘Karma’ exists…at least in literature, but with enough twists and turns, and ample motives and suspects to a final reveal, with Gemma often in peril. Characters, albiet well developed, continue to grow and entertain, Gemma’s and Devlin’s romance may be derailed, and Muesli is always there to ‘meorrw’ in some bother. All of this is topped off with an informative Glossary of British Terms, fascinating banter about British tearoom culture, an excellent understanding of scones in England vs the United States, how clotted cream is made, addressing the debate over whether scones should be slathered first with jam (Cornwall-style) or first with clotted cream (known as Devonshire cream tea), and an easy-to-follow recipe for Egg Custard Tarts!

It's H. Y. Hanna’s story, entertaining and engaging on many “delicious” levels, that has made me a loyal fan, but it's Pearl Hewitt’s voice artistry that makes the audio version my favorite way to enjoy Hanna’s work. Pearl’s talent as a narrator greatly enhances the experience going well beyond the traditional reading style. Her American and various British accents from educated to quirk, female to male, thirty-something to octogenarians illustrate well each character’s personality, as well as offering an emotion and tone to enrich the story. Even the occasional meows of an anxious Muesli. With football season starting and the heat too high to head outside, I am fine…I have Pearl Hewitt reading H. Y. Hanna to keep me company!

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-10-18

Fun and Light

This is another entertaining book in a fun light cozy mystery series. I look forward to the next book.

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this made me laugh out loud

Totally enjoyed this story. Laced with sparkling humor. The story and narration were great. Truly wonderful book.

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Best Charming Cozy Mystery!

Another One Bites the Crust is an entertaining seventh book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series and my new personal favorite. What I like most about H.Y. Hanna’s stories are they are well written with likable characters and the mysteries are plausible with enough red herrings so as not to spoil the endings.

Oxford Tearoom Mysteries features Gemma Rose who is a struggling owner of an adorable tearoom in a tiny Cotswolds village near Oxford University. This installment begins when Gemma and her friends are star struck when Oxford University hosts a celebrity chef event and her little tea shop is asked to cater the event. When Gemma discovers one of the celebrities dead in the prep area, her own life is soon in jeopardy.

Also in this book is a slight case of cat-napping, as well as a few fun chapter’s involving Devlin’s mom who is a bit of a new age free spirit. And of course, the village’s four nosy octogenarians are back and hilarious as usual. This series is pure brain candy and you can easily listen to one book in a few days.

Pearl Hewitt did a fantastic job narrating, providing varying voices for all characters. Pearl narrates with enthusiasm and excitement, which is perfect for such an engaging cozy mystery series. Brava!

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Great read, great series, highly recommend!

Another One Bites the Crust, my fifteenth read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna & the seventh in the Oxford Tearoom mysteries. An enjoyable cozy mystery. My wife & I have taken to listening to the books together. We love the narrator’s British accent; we're so impressed with the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Pearl Hewitt, especially her oh so cute animal sounds. Cozy Mystery/romance, captivating primary characters, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Now that I've finished 2 of H.Y. Hanna's series, The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries & Bewitched by Chocolate I'll have to return to the English Cottage Garden Mysteries. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018)

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fun addition

I really enjoy this series, this book was fun with the addition on a real life actor whom we know and love in the story. I really enjoyed this book and was bummed when it came to an end so fast.

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Pearl Hewitt made this absolutely come alive!

What a fun book! I have the audio version and thoroughly enjoyed Pearl Hewitt’s narration. The voices were recognizable throughout and she does a very creditable cat as well. I smiled every time I heard her meow. This is part of a book series but it is definitely stand alone. I truly enjoyed the characters and the mystery was very well executed. I think I should always listen to mysteries in audio format as it’s too difficult to skip to the end to find out who did it so you can sleep! Well done H Y Hanna, this is a well written and enjoyable book

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a fun listen!

very enjoyable. this story kept my interest all they way through. a nice blend of humor mystery and suspense.

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Great stories

Love these stories and Pearl Hewitt's reading voice. If you enjoy English mysteries then you have found some of the best

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Another One Bites the Dust

Another adventure for Gemma. What does she do with her usual challenges, her mother and the biddies. Added to this are celebrity chiefs and meeting her boyfriend ‘s mother. Come see how Gemma comes through. A fun adventure for all

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  • Carôle
  • 09-03-18

Gemma Rose - <sigh>

I can't explicitly explain why Gemma Rose rubs me up the wrong way sometimes, because the example I would give is a spoiler. However, why, when Devlin goes to the trouble to detail exactly what needs to be done before a suspect is confronted, does she Immediately go and confront said subject!!! Sigh. It's irritating and extremely annoying!

A great plot, but an annoying central character on occasion.

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  • melissa
  • 10-11-19

Another great book

Another great read. Gemma helps to solve another mystery murder and gets to know her boyfriend a little better.

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  • Katerina
  • 06-01-19

love

I just love the entire series, mixture of comedy, drama, mystery and crime, whilst keeping it detailed and light. really impressed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-13-19

H Y Hanna does it again

Another excellent novel by this author. Twists and turns throughout. Can't wait to read the next one....