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Muffins and Mourning Tea

Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 5
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

And that's just the start of her worries: there's her little tabby cat, Muesli, who is causing havoc at the local nursing home...and what should she do with the creepy plants that her mother keeps buying for her new cottage?

But the mystery that's really bothering Gemma is her boyfriend's odd behavior. Devlin O'Connor has always been enigmatic, but, recently, the handsome CID detective has been strangely distant and evasive. Could he be lying to her? But why?

©2016 H.Y. Hanna (P)2017 H.Y. Hanna

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I love this series, BUT...

This is one of my favorite series all around. The narration brings all the characters to life, and I especially love the "old biddies."

However, Jemma was exceptionally annoying in this book. She was a jealous clingy girlfriend, acting insecure the whole book long. She over analyzes every single move her boyfriend makes. In one scene she decides to call Devlin and see if he's free. When she can't get ahold of him she decides to pack up her cat, an overnight bag & show up unannounced at his house. She acts like a slightly crazy jealous girl, going back & forth in her mind if Devlin is cheating on her. It's exhausting.. I could have used way less of that.

Otherwise I love this series & the rest of it is incredibly enjoyable to listen to!

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Another Fun Mystery

Gemma's day ends in murder and the old biddies are very interested in helping to solve it and are getting in the way. Even sweet little Muesli is getting into trouble. What is going on here!! Everyone is giving Gemma problems. And is this the end for Gemma and her boyfriend? Why is he avoiding her? I just love all the characters in these stories. They are lively and full of mystery and fun. You just know that if you visit the Tearoom and surrounding town, you are going to love talking to them all. And Pearl Hunter, the narrator, just makes these characters and stories come alive with her reading. She makes it sound so charming.

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  • TammyR
  • Kyle, TX, United States
  • 05-07-19

The fun continues in Book 5 of this cozy series!

Book 5 adds another delightful adventure for Gemma, her cat Muesli, and the old biddies. I actually laughed out loud a few times. Pearl Hewitt continues to deliver an outstanding performance bringing all these characters to life.

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Another great installment

H.Y. Hanna has done it again, she’s crafted another great installment in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. Pearl Hewitt gives a great performance as she brings it all to life.

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I love these books!

Since listening to the first book in this series, I have enjoyed several more and will continue until there are no more. The reader is also exceptionally expressive and I enjoy her very much. I hope to find more books read by her in the future.

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Hundreds year old rituals and a dash of murder

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.

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twists and turns

great series. lots of twists and turns Pearl Hewitt does a great job at telling the story . keeps you guessing. can't wait to go to next book

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Muffins and Mourning Tea

Great book. Wonderful narration. Highly rec this and author 'a other cozy mystery audios. Worth the credit.

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Love the story but NOT the mother!

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!

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Great Series!

This is a great book; this is the fifth book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series written by H. Y. Hanna and narrated by Pearl Hewitt. 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.This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 09-26-17

I love this series

Another great adventure for Gemma and the 'Old Biddies.' This is one of the better books in the series. What I love most about The Tearoom Mysteries is that they are so funny. I love the humour; in this installment the Old Biddies doing Krav Maga provided plenty of light relief. Muesli also has his fair share of excitement and I couldn't help but laugh at his antics at the nursing home.
On a romantic note Gemma is worried about her relationship with Devlin as he works non stop and acts strangely around her. This story line kept the romance interesting for me. Lincoln, one of my favourite side characters, makes an appearance in this episode as well.
The mystery was fun but complex and it had me eagerly following the clues along with Gemma who seemed to be doing a better job of investigating than the police.


I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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  • Julie
  • 12-12-17

Just my cup of tea

This is the 5th Oxford tea room murder mystery and I have listened to all 5 now and really enjoyed the series, I think this one was my favourite for a number of reasons. The biggest one is picturing a group of four little old ladies taking self defence lesson in order to be able to go under cover and questions suspects.. oh and to take on any bad guys that are lurking around Oxford. Very funny. As well as the antics of Mussel the playful cat that gets let lose in a care home, can she find another clue to help Gemma unmask the murder or just cause more embarrassment to her owner.

There was also a number of suspects to keep you guessing until the end. I can't wait for the next book in the series so I can catch up with what seems like old friends.

The narrator was very good and made a good job of giving some of the characters a Russian accent. Well to my untrained ear anyway.

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  • Rory
  • 03-03-19

Love these little books

Cute story. Interesting characters. The old biddies are definitely the best - the stars of the show. They interfere as we would all like to; and have no shame.

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  • D.J.T
  • 02-28-19

very good

I liked this book and previous ones as well :)
Nothing to complain. Looking forward for next one!

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  • eatough1999
  • 01-10-19

Banal

Unable to finish it, have tried to persevere with these books, but the writing is getting worse, stuff of fluff and nonsense.

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  • PoppyPuppy
  • 09-21-18

Another good yarn!

I do enjoy these books. The narrator is very good. However at some point I wasn't sure which decade it was set in. Drainpipe jeans! Haven't heard that since early 80's. They would wear skinny jeans of course, especially Jemma who is in her 20's.

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  • Mr Chops
  • 09-17-17

Disappointing pedestrian chick lit

I was hoping for humour. It is certainly light hearted, but more suitable for those more interested in mother daughter relationships than I am.

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