Wednesday 20 April 2016

Two Down, Bun To Go (Oxford Tearoom Mystery #3) by H.Y. Hanna (2016)

Publisher's Summary


A sinister phone call in the middle of the night throws tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, straight into the heart of a new murder mystery--this time with her friend, Seth, arrested as the key suspect! The grisly killing in the cloisters of an old Oxford college points to a bitter feud within the University--but Gemma finds unexpected clues popping up in her tiny Cotswolds village.

Meanwhile, her love life is in turmoil as Gemma struggles to decide between eminent doctor, Lincoln Green, and sexy CID detective, Devlin O'Connor... whilst her quaint English tearoom is in hot water as she struggles to find a new baking chef.

With her exasperating mother and her mischievous little tabby cat, Muesli, driving her nutty as a fruitcake--and the nosy Old Biddies at her heels--Gemma must crack her toughest case yet if she is to save her friend from a life behind bars.
** Traditional English Chelsea Bun recipe at the end of the story!

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

My Review 

I enjoyed this third instalment in the series. Gemma is embroiled in another escapade after her friend, Seth, is accused of a murder at Oxford University. The Old Biddies are also on hand to help along the investigation. It is a quick read and the mystery kept me turning the pages.
I enjoy Lincoln's role as a rival for Gemma's affections but I like him too much to see him to get too romantically attached to her. Devlin is her one true love. 
I felt that the book lacked some of the spark and humour that I enjoyed so much in the first two. Gemma's hilarious mother is away on holiday for much of the story and I missed the extra light heartedness that she brings. Hopefully we will see more of her in book 4.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Two Down Bun To Go is available from Amazon

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