Title: A Scone to Die For
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mystery #1
Author: H.Y. Hanna
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Published Date: January 22, 2016
Genre: Humor, Mystery & Thrillers
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
I received this title from Netgalley and the Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Netgalley)
When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past.
Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective.
But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?
I really liked this book. Which is how most cozy’s are for me. Nothing to dislike, but they never really wow me. Most of the time they are just really nice diversions from reality.
A Scone to Die for by H.Y. Hanna is pretty much in the same boat. It was a quick read (I was able to finish it in two sittings), and all the characters were for the most part likeable. You don’t really get much from any of the supporting characters, except filler. Gemma is pretty much front and center the whole time. Which is okay, I liked her. I wish there was a little more substance to the rest of the characters, especially Gemma’s mother. That was an avenue that could have been explored a little better! The mother is very annoying and could also be very hilarious.
The mystery regarding the deaths was okay. There isn’t much to say about it. The twists were nice, I wasn’t expecting the second body or who the murderer actually was at the end; however. The end really lacked any excitement, it was over so quickly, and was honestly very much an anticlimactic scene. However, I did have an aha moment when all the evidence finally caught up, and we discovered who the murderer was, though I really don’t see how we could have EVER saw that coming.
There is a hint of a love triangle, I am weary of that; however I like Devlin O’Connor for the most part, he is an old boyfriend, where we are constantly hinted towards an ugly breakup but never actually get any information on it! That was kind of annoying! The second love interest is a man, I honestly already forgot his name, whom she was set up with by her mother. They have a commonality in that their mothers are annoying and overbearing; we don’t get much info on him at all, in fact he is only in the book twice, and the second time is to call to see if she is okay (after her brush with almost death) and to ask her to dinner. Hmmm…
Anyway, I think this was a very nice first installment to the series. I feel adequately introduced to Gemma and her sleuthing; however I do hope that in the second book the supporting characters are explored a little more.