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The Dough Must Go On

Oxford Tearoom Mystery Series, Book 9
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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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, her workaholic boyfriend - and even a mouse invader at her tearoom!

With things heating up in the contest and so many suspects in the running, can Gemma catch the killer before the curtain falls?

©2018 H.Y. Hanna (P)2018 H.Y. Hanna

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I am a fan

I've previously read all the books in this series, and have them listened as they became available on Audible. I love the atmosphere provided by Pearl Hewitt's narration.

The characters are vivid and believable ... except perhaps for the comic Old Biddies, which as a senior citizen myself I find epitomize a cliche I find annoying. I have to admit that they often lend humorous complications that provide clues toward solving the mystery. The plot is suitably complex, with plenty of red herrings. There are both funny and dramatic scenes, and one of the most startling methods of murder yet.

I continue to hope for romance for Seth, and I wish there were more of the attractive Inspector, Devlin in this one. However, the mystery was good, and the premise of backstage competition in the modern reality show "From Pleb to Celeb" was interesting and entertaining. That's the heart of this installment of a favorite cozy series.

A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own.

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Good read, good series

My sixth read/ listen from author H.Y. Hanna. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I absolutely loved Paerl Hewitt, the British accented narrator who adds greatly to the listening enjoyment with her wide variety of entertaining voices & inflections. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Always Gorgeous!

Power listened to this book. I love this series. Can't wait for the next one.

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Very cute and entertaining except for one thing.

This author has taken throat clearing to a new level and it's totally unneeded and quite weird. Everyone's constantly doing it. Why????? And it's in her other books too. must be an epidemic.

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The Dough Must Go On

Gemma Gets the job to cater for a TV talent competition. Where the competition is so fierce and the production crew encourage this for great TV. When one of the contestants is murdered Gemma looks for answers. Things get complicated as always by her mother, who ends up as one of the judges and also the “granny band” is there also. So come see how Gemma helps Devlin solve this one

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A charming cozy

The big flaw in this story is that the person who was murdered is extremely unlikeable. It’s hard to feel a deep desire for answers when she’s so awful, so I didn’t really get invested in solving the crime. Otherwise it’s well written, charming & well narrated too!

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fantastic

once again H.Y. Hanna has entertained us with another wonderful story. the characters are so real and the storyline is so original. love this series. please more:)

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Another great mystery!!

Gemma Rose gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a wealthy talent show creator, Monty Gibbs, chooses her Little Stables Tearoom to provide the daily catering for his show, From Pleb to Celeb.
A menagerie of contestants ranging from the talented to the eccentric, eager to get their chance at fame, are practicing their talents in preparation for their big chance at winning the show.
Gemma isn’t too keen on the show’s creator. She’s figured out that behind his magnanimous facade is an ambitious businessman more interested in sensationalism than the welfare of his contestants. He’s even resorted to embellishing their backgrounds and exploiting them for the benefit of ratings. And although some may have checkered pasts, Gemma is adamant that it’s no reason to take advantage of them. So when one of the contestants is found dead behind the stage, Gemma wonders just how far Monty Gibbs might go to advance his show. Or might there be some other killer lurking amongst them?
H.Y. Hanna has done it again. I was thoroughly entertained by The Dough Must Go On. The “old biddies” characters are always comical....
“The police are as effective as a chocolate teapot.”— Old Biddies
One of the highlights of this series is revisiting some of my favorite characters. Gemma’s geeky friend, Seth, always teaches some interesting scientific fact or lesson that enlightens me. And Gemma’s uppity but harmless, sweet mother is a great character whose appearance in the books always makes me happy. These Oxford Tearoom Mysteries never fail to provide a hilarious scene or three, and I can count on a great mystery and a top-notch narrating performance from the inimitable Pearl Hewitt. The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series.

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  • BARBJ
  • Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
  • 01-23-19

Another fun story, a great listen!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the latest instalment in the Oxford Tearoom Series, the TV program made for an interesting storyline. I loved how Gemma's Mom was woven into the story, and of course Muesli and the Old Biddies too! Hope Gemma decides to keep the mouse as a pet for future books! I can't see what this cast of characters is up to next, I'm a definite fan of this series!

I'm a big fan of Audible and listen on my 1 hour commute from the suburbs. The time passes quickly while I enjoy the series. I really appreciate the narrator Pearl's ability to bring Ms. Hanna's characters to life. The range of voices for the cast of characters boggles my mind! How does she keep them all straight? Anyway, a great listen and great read too if you are like me and aren't too many steps away from your Kindle.

Disclosure: A review copy of this audiobook was sent to me by the author. All of the above opinions are my own.

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Another fun "Oxford Tearoom" mystery

Gemma and her friends are back, this time in the unique setting of a reality TV talent show. The murder is most unusual, and suspects abound.
All my favorite characters, along with a few new ones, play a part in the story. As always, there are many laugh out loud moments, as well as plenty of suspense. I enjoy the fact that pets generally play a part in the stories, and I found the pets' involvement in the talent show particularly entertaining.
H.Y. Hanna has a way of blending murder, mystery, humor, and just a little romance, that keeps me listening to the end.
The reader, Pearl Hewitt, makes listening a pleasure. She is able to give each character a unique voice, and jumps back and forth between accents effortlessly.
There were a couple of "adult situations" in this book that I didn't enjoy. Wikipedia gives this definition of cozy mysteries: "Cozy mysteries..... are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously......" and this book does fall within those parameters.
That being said, while the book was well written, the mystery intriguing, and the characters enjoyable, this would not be my favorite of the series.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Jackie Davies
  • 01-19-19

A really feel good story!

I have loved all of this series of stories and book 9 was no exception. Lovely.