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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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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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A Delightful Mystery Set at a Talent Show

In <strong>The Dough Must Go On</strong> by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose has been hired to cater the From Pleb to Celeb talent show, which is taking place in Oxford. To her surprise, the four Old Biddies, plus a friend, have entered the contest as a "granny band" named the Pussy Puffs. Backstage, Gemma encounters plenty of personal drama and conflict, especially with one contestant, Laura King, determined to stir up trouble. The night of the semifinals, the puppeteer's cat, who is part of the act, goes missing, so Gemma takes her own cat, Muesli, for the woman to use. But as Gemma looks for the performer, she comes upon the body of Laura King, who must have been murdered in the previous ten minutes. With Gemma's boyfriend, Detective Instructor Devlin O'Connor, in charge of the case, Gemma finds herself mixed up in the investigation.

<strong>The Dough Must Go On</strong> is book nine in the Oxford Tea Room series and shows that Hanna has not lost any of her momentum in writing these books. The mystery plot is interesting, with the creative backdrop of the dysfunctional talent show adding extra flavor. As usual, the Old Biddies change their opinions of the murderer every next scene, adding to the fun of the book. The characters in the book are fun, each having a unique personality. They are not particularly round characters, but their natures have creative features. Gemma's prim and humorous mother plays a larger role than usual, giving the book an extra touch of flair. And of course, the Old Biddies never cease to delight.

I have enjoyed all the books in this series, but one strength of this book in particular is the extra humor found in it. The Old Biddies prove even funnier than usual, and I laughed especially hard at the scene in which they drag Gemma into a sex shop, where they loudly comment on the strange items they find.

The audio edition of this book is performed by Pearl Hewitt, who continues to bring the series to life. She depicts each character with an individual flavor that makes each one seem unique. I especially love Hewitt's depiction of the mews of Muesli, giving real personality to the cat.

I had a great experience listening to <strong>The Dough Must Go On</strong>. I was excited to see that the latest book in the series was available on audio, and I was not disappointed. The book has a great plot and creative characters filled with humor. I give this book five stars!

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Earns 5+/5 Granny Bands...Entertaining, Engaging!

H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery series is my absolute all-time favorite, and her newest ninth book does not disappoint taking her wonderful characters into reality television. The Little Stables Tearoom has been hired to cater for the “From Pleb to Celeb” reality talent show which will definitely improve the bottom line and maybe facilitate some raises and vacations, but the “Four Biddies” as contestants? That is worth seeing up close. But Gemma’s behind-the-scenes perspective leads her to witness squabbles, accusations, hair pulling, and…murder! Once again Gemma and her octogenarian sidekicks sift through a plethora of suspects and motives, but don't forget magic acts, a surprise judge, Muesli on stage, and enough peril for all. Enriching her signature first-person narrative with Gemma’s inner thoughts and descriptions, Hanna pens delightfully entertaining banter with the “Four Biddies” continue to make me laugh at their antics. I also enjoy the interactions between Gemma and her parents and her realistic attention to the various personalities creates an almost eavesdropping sense for the reader. It was so entertaining, and well worth revisiting with the audio format.

I am an eager fan of H.Y. Hanna’s audio versions and always ready to revisit her stories, especially when it's my favorite narrator Pearl Hewitt at the microphone. Pearl’s marvelous artistry goes way beyond the traditional reading by providing the perfect voice for Gemma, four distinctly different dialects for the “Biddies,” and a sly, if not a bit devilish, “meow” from Muesli. All female narrators find challenge with mimicking the male voice, but Pearl did more than a satisfactory job. She enriches H. Y. Hanna’s story portraying the tone, emotion, and personalities for great entertainment. Like I always say, “Murder seems better with an English accent!”, especially when it's Pearl Hewitt!

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  • M. King
  • New Hampshire, USA
  • 01-01-19

Whole Series Awesome

Vreat, lighthearted mystery that's all entertainment! Have all 9 books and hope there will be more to come!

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Charming cozy mystery. Loved it.

Make a cuppa and enjoy the behind-the-scenes murder at a tv talent show. HY Hannah has done it again. And the narration brings the characters to life including Muesli and Misty.

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Pay out the dough for this book

I really enjoyed this story and think it is my favourite in the series. I just love the idea of a granny band. It is such a original idea for a story line that I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting.
The murder was original and I don't think you will find that method of killing in another book. The characters were fun and had you laughing at all there antics. Just a really good story that you can play again.

Once again the narrator was excellent and really brings the characters to life.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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This story has what it takes

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.

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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.