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All-Butter ShortDead (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, #0.5) (edição: 2016)

de H. Y. Hanna

Séries: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries (prequel)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:All-Butter ShortDead (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, #0.5)
Autores:H. Y. Hanna
Informação:Wisheart Press (2016), Kindle Edition, 200 pages
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This is the prequel to the Oxford Tearoom Mystery. I absolutely love the covers of this series, they are very eye-catching which was what drew me in the first place. This is a short stand alone story about Gemma Rose moving back to Oxford, England from Australia. She has given up her job, home etc and planned to return to Oxford to open a Tearoom with her friend. Unfortunately, it did not go smoothly.

On the plane home, Gemma sits with Jenn and strikes up a conversation. When they deplane, Gemma realizes that Jenn has left her scarf, caught between the seats. Remembering where she is staying, Gemma contacts her and makes plans to get the scarf to her. AFter a few drinks in the hotel bar, Gemma takes Jenn up to her room, goes back down to find her handbag, and returns it to her. The next morning she received a call from the police that Jenn has been murdered. Being the last person to see her alive means she is a suspect. When her loan for the tearoom is threatened, she gets herself involved with the investigation along with the four old biddies from town.

The characters in Oxford are a hoot, especially the old biddies, one of which is constantly trying to clean off smudges from Gemma using spit on her finger. Her mother is another character that I hope we see more of, they give Gemma more dimension as we see her interactions with them. The baker she has hired will also add much to the series as it goes on. I love the setting of Oxford and the descriptions given are enough to add character but not bog down the novel.

Along with the mystery, there is humour thrown in. I did not guess who the culprit was so that bodes well for this series. This was a fun read and I am looking forward to the series. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, especially if you like the English setting.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
The plot is common to the cozy mystery series. A woman, Gemma, gives up a professional well-paying profession to become a proprietor of an Oxford tearoom. A murder happens and it is up to Gemma and four local villagers to find the murderer. Considering Gemma’s professional experiences, she is naive and blunders through her relationships with others. It is a good start to the series, but needs editing to strengthen the plots and pacing.

I received this book through a random giveaway. Although encouraged as a courtesy to provide feedback, I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. ( )
  bemislibrary | Oct 29, 2017 |
It's a wonderful, sunny, funny and bubbling book All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 0) by H.Y. Hanna and published by Wisheart Press.

At first what attracted me the most was the cover, beautiful, surely sunny and enthusiastic, with an inviting smiling cat that seems to ask to the reader: "Do you want to read this story where am I in? It's great," a teapot, a little pile of books, a slice of cake, scones and biscuits, a fuming cup of tea with a biscuit on it, and behind these elements, Oxford.

I wasn't wrong.

What I love the most of this book, I have still finished to read it, it is the freshness of the narration and the writing-style.
There are no boring times, substantially it's the perfect book everyone wish to dream plenty of funny adventures lived by the protagonist able to make the difference, without forgetting humorous treats and unforgettable characters like the Old Billies, four friends of Gemma's mom able to make the difference in the big problem Gemma would have fall once back home.

The story is this one.
Gemma is back from Sydney Australia.
She decides to give up with her old life for starting a tea room in UK, Oxford precisely.
During the long flight, close to her a lady, Jenn Murray. Gemma tries to make friendship with the lady, one day is long spent in solitude and without chats, killing the time indispensable. Jenna is confused, she doesn't want to answer her questions and love to drink a lot of alcohol.

Once they arrive, Gemma notices that the lady forgot her scarf on the airplane. OK she thought grabbing it, she would have called her later. She knew where she would have spent her holidays: at a very good and prestigious realities in Cotswold. Gemma in the while is welcomed by all her mom's old friends, including her baby-sitter, by her old schoolmates and she is back to her old life.

The evening of the restitution of the scarf, Jenn is assassinated.

Gemma will be the one who, firstly, will be suspected and the bank doesn't want to give her anymore the money for opening her tea room considering the reputation discovered thanks to some newspapers. Maybe Gemma was the lover of Jenn. Maybe Jenn was assassinated for jealousy.

Which is the truth?

Thanks also to the old friends of her mom, a panic attack, a cup of tea and some biscuits, Gemma will discover a truth no one would have suspected of.


Brilliant, quick, plenty of humor and good sense, very well written, few characters and all very focused, nice and funny, a great suggestion for your reading.


I thank Netgalley for this book! ( )
  Anna_Maria_Polidori | Sep 6, 2017 |
STORY-LINE ALL-BUTTER SHORTDEAD BY H.Y. HANNA:

Gemma's headed back home to England in All-Butter ShortDead. Giving up a high paying job in Australia, Gemma's decided to open a tearoom in Oxford. Flying home, she meets Jenn Murray, a fellow passenger, on the 24 hour flight. Jenn and Gemma strike up a conversation and become friendly during the flight; Gemma finds Jenn's scarf tucked in the arm of her seat. Gemma contacts Jenn's hotel to let her know she has her scarf. Returning the scarf, Gemma decides to stay and have a drink with Jenn, leaving late; she helped a slightly drunk Jenn to her room.

When Jenn's found dead in her hotel bathroom, the CID's looking into foul play and Gemma's their prime suspect. Gemma's the last person to see Jenna alive. With four noisy old ladies to help her, Gemma must find the real killer. My cozy mystery book review of All-Butter ShortDead follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING DEVELOPMENT:

With writing so vivid and descriptive, I could clearly picture Jenn in my mind's eye. The descriptions of Oxford were so vivid I could see each quaint building and the sorry state of the building where she planned to open, The Little Stables Tearoom. However, there maybe a snag, as a second tempting offer came in from a Chinese corporation wanting to turn this 500-year-old building into a tacky tourist trap. Then of course, after the awful expose′ in the newspaper, who in their right mind would give Gemma a loan; I could feel Gemma's indignation at the turn of events.

The Old Biddies, so dubbed by Gemma, were a hoot! Friends of her mother, I laughed and laughed at their conversations with Gemma. Andrew Manning, a guest at the hotel, thinks more of himself than anyone else does. He made a play for Jenn earlier and he's obviously upset the night of the murder, but why? Gemma's observations about Andrew were so funny. Then we have Gemma's mother and her I-Tap; at first I thought it was a stove, you know, like a Tappan Range you find in America. Hanna filled this story with funny quips and snarks making All-Butter ShortDead a fun read.

Murder's not funny, but the ensuing investigation by Gemma and The Old Biddies will make the reader laugh. Of course, what's a cozy mystery without a murder victim? In this case, it happens to be Jenn, Gemma's new friend. Hanna skillfully crafted Gemma's despair and frustration with the situation and police. Endowing The Old Biddies with common sense, investigative sneakiness, and a "go for it" attitude, which transferred to Gemma with either amazement or horror. Depending on what the Old Biddies had done at the time, she was either amazed or horrified.

Hanna skillfully developed her characters and the pace's perfect for the length of the book; just fast enough for relaxed reading. I found I couldn't put the book down. Revealing the killer at the last possible moment, Hanna held the identity close to her chest. What a surprise, I think I yelled "what"! The plot held my attention from the first pages as Hanna skillfully wove all the plot threads together.

Between the snips, snarks, The Old Biddies, and Gemma, All-Butter ShortDead's a wonderfully entertaining cozy mystery book. Hanna must have a wonderful sense of humor and she had the skill to transfer that humor to her stories. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.

ALL-BUTTER SHORTDEAD RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4

FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:

In addition, I borrowed this book from Kindle Unlimited and received this book from the author. I chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest cozy mystery book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. No one influenced my voluntary cozy mystery book review. ( )
  vera_mallard | Aug 14, 2017 |
All-Butter ShortDead by H.Y. Hanna is a prequel to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. Gemma finds herself in deep water when she is accused of murder.

This was a quick and interesting read. This prequel gives us an insight to Gemma and her plans for her future. ( )
  feeroberts64 | Jun 2, 2017 |
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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.

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