💜💜💜💜💜 THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. Gemma Rose has realized her dream of owning and operating a tearoom. Having abandoned her lucrative job and comfortable lifestyle in Sydney, Australia, and pouring every last dollar into the Little Stables Tearoom in Meadowford on Smythe, Gemma finds herself back in Oxford, England, living with her parents until the tearoom is fully established and she can afford a place of her own. The tearoom’s delicious scones are a hit with the locals, and things are falling into place very nicely for Gemma until a former customer, the pesky American tourist who caused a scene there, is found murdered in the courtyard adjoining the tearoom, A scone shoved down the man’s throat causing him to choke. Suddenly Gemma’s perfect little venture has taken a turn for the worst. Little Stables went from a thriving establishment to an empty one thanks to the media’s coverage and insinuation that Gemma’s scones killed the man. If the culprit isn’t apprehended soon, and the truth revealed, Gemma will be ruined and her dream will go up in smoke. Gemma must do a little sleuthing on her own to regain the Little Stable’s good reputation, not to mention her livelihood. With unsolicited help from the old biddies, all hope might not be lost after all.
A Scone to Die For is one of my favorite cozies. The setting of a tearoom near Oxford, England was delightful, and the mystery was realistic, entertaining and satisfying. There wasn’t an inordinate number of characters to keep up with, which was great, and yet I still wasn’t able to figure out who killed the American tourist. The four old biddies who seem to be recurring characters in this series are fun, cute and comical. A nice addition to the story. I LOVED this book, and if you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, you will too. Highly recommended.