Four Puddings and a Funeral

Four Puddings and a Funeral is book 6 in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series (but can be read as a stand-alone), and it’s another clever murder mystery with entertaining characters, keenly placed red herrings, relationship troubles, a mischievous little tabby cat named Muesli, an inquisitive little hedgehog, and more Oxford University insight.

Here’s a peek at what happens……

Gemma Rose, owner of the Little Stables Tearoom, is excited to be catering a funeral reception for the late Rex Clifford at the Parish Hall. It will mean greater business opportunities in the future. While setting up for the event, she overhears Rex’s daughter, Rachel, angrily lamenting about being excluded from her father’s will. She accuses his widow, Adele Clifford, nearly twenty years Rex’s junior and married to him for a mere three months prior to his death, of somehow being responsible for her exclusion from the will.  When Adele keels over after sampling a variety of puddings at the reception, and one of Gemma’s dear friends is suspected of murdering her, Gemma takes it upon herself to investigate.  What she finds is that there are secrets within the family, and she’s determined to get answers. But the truth is, she could use a few answers herself about the blond woman who’s been seen on numerous occasions with her boyfriend, Devlin. There’s been trouble in paradise for the couple, mainly because Gemma continually nags Devlin, trying to force him to impress her snobbish, posh mother with precise manners and distinct social etiquette, and it’s becoming rather exasperating for the poor man. Can Gemma solve the murder mystery, save her friend and mend her relationship before it’s too late?

How author, H.Y. Hanna, manages to weave these intricate tales and then churn them out in such quick succession is beyond comprehension. But seriously, if you haven’t tried this series yet, you’re missing out. Four Puddings and a Funeral is an excellent cozy mystery, and Pearl Hewitt, the audio narrator, is exceptional. I’ve enjoyed every book in the series up to this one, and look forward to book 7, Another One Bites the Crust.  Highly recommended.

Thank you, H.Y. Hanna, for a complimentary download of Four Puddings and a Funeral. In exchange, I have provided an honest and unbiased review.

Have you read any books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series?

Have a lovely day!!

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35 thoughts on “Four Puddings and a Funeral

    • I love those English cozy cottages too, Diana.

      Aw, thanks. If thrillers are your thing, cozy mysteries may be too tame for you. But I like many of them because I learn new things. In the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series the author exposes us to different cultures and nationalities, and we learn a lot about Oxford University because she attended the school. I’ve learned about different kinds of poisons—how they are made or grow, and how they affect humans. Stuff like that is very interesting to me, and HY Hanna does a great job of creating good Murder Mystery scenarios. A good cozy mystery is very enjoyable. 😊

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    • The prequel was actually my least favorite, and I enjoyed the first book in the series, but they get increasingly better as the series moves forward. I listen to them and the audio narrator really enhances the stories. I look forward to each new release.
      Thanks for commenting Carla. 😉

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    • This series is a favorite, Noriko. The author attended Oxford University and I enjoy learning little tidbits about the area in this series. And the mysteries are always astounding. I love her writing.
      Thanks for stopping by. 💕

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    • You’re welcome, Laura. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and they get better and better with each new installment. Book 5 is my favorite thus far, but they’re all great. If you decide to try them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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