I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tea with Milk and Murder by H.Y. Hanna
Published by Wisheart Press Pages: 321
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Also by this author: A Scone To Die For
NEW SERIES! While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder?
Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O’Connor. But her mother is causing havoc at Gemma’s quaint English tearoom and her best friend is furious at her snooping… and this mystery is turning out to have more twists than a chocolate pretzel!
Too late, Gemma realises that she’s could be the next item on the killer’s menu. Or will her little tabby cat, Muesli, save the day? (** Velvet Cheesecake recipe included!)
This book follows British English spelling and usage. Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Genre: humorous culinary, cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British mystery
You know your social life needs work when your first Saturday night out in months ends in murder.
What I thought of this book
It had been a while since I first visited Gemma and the gang so it took me a few minutes into the reading to get my barrens but once I did it took off and was a lot of fun.
To Gemma’s mother’s dismay, she bought a tea room and decided to do what she was passionate about instead of making the big bucks with her Oxford degree. The tea room has been doing pretty good and her friend is getting a much-deserved chance to display her art at a gallery.
The only bad thing about that is Gemma can’t stand Jon Kelsey the man who runs the gallery and is currently Cassie’s boyfriend. There is just something about him that gets on Gemma’s nerves. Then a lady shows up at the gallery exhibit and looks to be pretty drunk, she rants to Jon about some things and later ends up dead in the gallery.
This brings in Devlin who is Gemma’s ex-boyfriend who is now a detective inspector and it becomes his case. Gemma is pretty sure that it’s Jon but she thinks it might be just because she wants it to be him. The Old Biddies that think they are Agatha Christie thinks it was the bartender. It seems that Sarah wasn’t very well liked by many people. It’s a good thing Devlin doesn’t mind a bit of help solving the case.
I like Gemma, she took a whim and opened up her own place when she could be working a plush job somewhere. So I am glad to see that her tea room is starting to get popular and the people there seem to care about her well-being.
I love all the side characters as well and they seem to just work well together to bring a great story along. Gemma’s mother is obsessed with buying things online and that turns out some real fun stuff…lol. The old ladies got a chance to have fun in the tea room and help out and I think they really enjoyed that. Sometimes being retired just isn’t much fun after it’s been a few years. They liked being useful. Then there is Devlin who just sounds sexy and he is a cop to detective to boot. I like the idea of a second chance after the two characters have grown up a bit. They have changed and maybe this time it will work. Which makes me feel sorry for Lincoln cause I think he likes Gemma but he is just a friend in her eyes.
Tea with Milk and Murder was a fun second book and I was a bit surprise but then not really surprised by the killer (if that makes sense…lol). If you are a fan of cozies then I think you will like this one. Tea anyone? 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016
- Summer COYER
- TBR pile Challenge 2016