"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty & a murder - yes, please!"
When an American tourist is murdered in her quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, Gemma must solve the mystery with the help of the nosy Old Biddies and a mischievous little feline named Muesli. But between her bossy, matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love as a handsome CID detective, Gemma soon has her hands full and her head spinning!
Murder is bad for business, especially when customers think your scones are more deadly than delicious. With the body count rising and her tearoom going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?
"A Scone to Die For" earns 5/5 Traditional Scones with a Pot of Tea!
After a reevaluation of life and career, Gemma Rose quits her high paying job in Sydney and returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe, England, to open up a tearoom. The Little Stables Tearoom just starting to gain a regular clientele offering scones and cream, sticky toffee pudding, and pots of English and Earl Gray tea, also hosts many tourists who come to explore Oxford and the Cotswold countryside with a desire to experience a proper English Tea. But, when the nasty American who had caused a ‘kerfuffle’ in the tearoom the day before ends up dead in the courtyard with a scone stuffed down his throat, Gemma takes it upon herself to investigate.
Dealing with four old biddies, a bossy mother, a missing cat, former college boyfriend now investigating detective, and another dead body, Gemma uncovers several possible suspects, questionable alibis, stern warnings from the police, and more than one mystery to ponder. The tearoom is suffering and Gemma needs to find a solution quickly. She heads into Oxford visiting her alma mater, local pubs, and even finds herself fibbing a bit to get the key evidence needed to solve the murder before she loses her tearoom or becomes the next victim.
The narrator Pearl Hewitt is ‘Absolutely Fabulous!’ Her British accent is the perfect dialect for Gemma’s educated manner, and the tone changes helped add a bit to the other characters: proper English for the ‘old biddies’ and Oxford Dons, street English for the pub owner and some questionable villagers, and the change she mastered for the Americans. She gave me more than a few giggles when referring to some purely British idiosyncrasies…even murder sounds great with an English accent.
I loved this audiobook version…LOVED IT! And having the eBook, too, I had the luxury of following along at times. H.Y. Hanna kept me engaged with a truly delightful story with more than a few quirky characters, provided marvelous descriptions of the village that I almost felt like an ex-pat residing alongside the locals, and gave me a bit of a lesson in Oxford etiquette. With a few unforeseen twists and a reference to my favorite detective dramas—Morse and Midsommer Murders—I was hooked! In the back of the eBook/Print version definitions for some of the British vocabulary are provided along with a recipe for the Traditional English Scones.