domenica 7 febbraio 2016

Review & Giveaway: A Scone to Die For by by H.Y. Hanna


A Scone to Die for
by H.Y. Hanna




(Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1)
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Self-Published
• Number of Pages: 360
Not up on Amazon or B&N until January 18, 2016

Synopsis:

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?
*Traditional English scone recipe included!

My Review

An amazing British Cozy Mystery. A typical English tea room with traditional products in a British rural town within walking distance of Oxoford: how do you not love this book. A cute cover, a well-developed and intriguing plot, lovable bizarre and very funny characters make this book a real treat. An excellent debut for this new series
Gemma has just opened her tea room. She serves traditional and very delicious cake, with real English tea in the beautiful Chinese porcelain. The atmosphere is perfect and is within walking distance of the oldest English university, so it is much visited by tourists. Business is going well and she just needs money to live on her own. But an American tourist is killed in her local. With the help of some sprightly old ladies will try to solve the mystery before her activity is damaged forever. In the meantime she will also face and manage the detective Devil, her crush college.
I loved this book and once I started I could not put it down. It caused a late night and a very early morning to finish. Very useful and appreciated the recipes of Tradional English Scone at the end of the book, to try absolutely.
I recommend it to those who love cozy mysteries, especially those with typically British atmosphere.





About the Author

H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense author, who also writes sweet romance and children’s fiction. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a MSt in Social Anthropology, Hsin-Yi tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist for several years, with articles and short stories published in the UK, Australia and NZ, and has won awards for her novels, poetry, short stories and journalism. A globe-trotter all her life, Hsin-Yi has lived in a variety of cultures, from Dubai to Auckland, London to New Jersey, but is now happily settled in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and a rescue kitty named Muesli. You can learn more about her (and the real-life Muesli who inspired the cat character in the story) at: www.hyhanna.com.
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1 commento:

  1. So sorry for the belated visit but just wanted to say a big thank you for your lovely review of my book - and I'm so happy that you enjoyed it! :-) I really enjoyed reading your review and hearing your reactions to the setting and characters, I lived in Oxford for many years (well, I studied there) and it really is a beautiful, unique place so I'm delighted to be able to share it with others through my books!

    Best wishes,
    Hsin-Yi
    (H.Y. Hanna)

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