Review: Two Down, Bun to Go


Two Down, Bun to Go by H.Y. Hanna My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Professor Quentin Barrow is found dead, stabbed to death with an Egyptian Dagger. Gemma’s former Oxford chum and still good friend, Seth Browning, is charged with the murder. Seth was seen arguing with professor Barrow before the body was discovered. A staunch advocate for the homeless and other such causes, Seth was getting pushback from the professor regarding a piece of college donated property that would have benefited the homeless. Barrow’s pompous, elitist attitude disgusted Seth, and his repulsion for the man was evident. Gemma knows her friend could not have committed the murder, although she must admit his current odd, uncharacteristic and mysterious behavior is quite alarming. But how can she prove his innocence when there is so much circumstantial evidence pointing to Seth? With the help of handsome CID Detective and former boyfriend, Devlin O’Connor, contending beau, Lincoln Green, and the meddlesome but lovable Old Biddies, Gemma uncovers a slew of others who might have killed the unpopular professor. The question is, which one of them actually did?

I don’t know how H.Y. Hanna manages it, but each successive book in her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series is better than the last. Don’t let the whimsical, cute little cover fool you. They rival other renowned and beloved writers of British mysteries hands down. Her characters’ magnetic personalities captivate; from the endearing to the villainous, they’re all equally entertaining. The way in which she describes her mother’s witty charms and hapless adventures, the antics of the Old Biddies, and little Muesli the cat, never fails to elicit chuckles. The plot moves along effortlessly as the reader is immersed in English life and subtly educated about the peculiarities and uniqueness of the University of Oxfordβ€”a real treat and added bonus.

Read it, you’ll LOVE it. And if you want an even greater experience, do yourself a favor and listen to the audio version. The narrator does a stupendous job of bringing the characters to life. Very, very highly recommended.

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Review: All-Butter ShortDead

All-Butter ShortDead
All-Butter ShortDead by H.Y. Hanna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ I enjoyed this prequel to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. It’s a novella that takes us back to how Gemma Rose started up her tearoom in Oxford. We first meet some of the recurring characters that appear in the series including Gemma’s best friend Cassie, her baker, Fletcher, the old biddies, and mischievous cat, Muesli. Since I consider myself an Anglophile, the setting was very much to my liking, and I appreciated envisioning Oxford and the Cotswolds. There was a murder mystery that I thought I’d solved which involved Gemma and a mysterious woman she met on the flight from Australia to England, but I was wrong. The author did a nice job with the whodunnit, and I was surprised by the identity of the true culprit. Since the book is quite short, being a novella, there isn’t a whole lot of development, but it’s just right as a lead-in to the books that follow. I’m looking forward to reading the others in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, you’ll enjoy All-Butter ShortDead.

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