Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mini Book Review: All-Butter ShortDead (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries 0.5) by H.Y. Hanna

Title: All-Butter ShortDead (Oxford Tearoom Mystery 0.5)
Author: H.Y. Hanna
Genres: Mystery| Cozy
Print length: 200 pages
Publisher: Wisheart Press
Publication date: August 1, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Format: e-galley
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Gemma ditches her high-flying job and returns to Oxford to follow her dream: opening a traditional English tearoom serving warm buttery scones with jam and clotted cream... Only problem is--murder is the first thing on the menu and Gemma is the key suspect! And the only people Gemma can turn to for help are four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village - not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli. Who was the mysterious woman Gemma met on the flight back from Australia and why was she murdered? Now Gemma must find the killer, solve the mystery and clear her name if she's to have her cake--and serve it too. 
This PREQUEL to the OXFORD TEAROOM MYSTERIES includes BONUS CHAPTERS FROM "A SCONE TO DIE FOR" (BOOK 1). It is slightly shorter than the rest of the series - which are all full length novels - and can be read as a standalone, before or after any other book in the series. Goodreads
To force myself to write more (without adding additional time and effort to my schedule), I've decided to post the occasional mini review. I won't be going in-depth into the plot and characters, but I will give my general opinion and a rating. 

My Review: This book was a perfectly short and sweet introduction to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, something I'm hoping to remedy immediately. Although the mystery involves Gemma making some incredible leaps in logic, I was still satisfied with the ending. The setting is charming, the characters and premise are very fun, and I love the Old Biddies Brigade. Can't wait to read more of their adventures.

Rating: 4/5


  1. Thank you so much taking the time to read and review my book! :-) I'm so pleased you enjoyed it - it's always fascinating to hear readers' thoughts about the stories and characters. Oh, and yes - the Old Biddies are a fan favourite. You should see what they get up to in the rest of the series - ha! ha! ;-)

    Best wishes,
    (H.Y. Hanna)

  2. After reading your post, I downloaded this one from Amazon. I'm looking forward to starting it, as this seems like a series with lots of elements to enjoy.