Author: H.Y. Hanna
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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.
The cat named Muesli. That's the main reason I chose to read this book. Let me start by saying that I love cozy mysteries. Actually, I love everything cozy, especially at this time of year. For me, the thing with cozy mysteries is that I know the answer to the mystery halfway through the book but I don't mind because the story is extremely comforting. I needed a break from the heavy - Shakespeare and Tolstoy who have become my close friends over Spring and Summer. The story takes place in a tearoom with the best sticky toffee pudding in Oxford. The main character runs her small tea business, tries to deal with importuning mother, wants to have a fresh start a second life chance. And then she finds a dead body and starts her own investigation. Oh, and her ex is back in town (so there's some romantic background to this book as well). It's an easy, cozy read. And the fact that I only moved to the UK 2 months ago only made my experience with this book more pleasant and atmospheric.
"I'd opened three weeks ago, just at the beginning of October and the start of Michaelmas Term (a fancy name for the first term in the school year; hey, this is Oxford - at least it wasn't in Latin)"
"Muesli, I'm going to kill you! No, I don't have an abnormal hatred of cereals. Muesli is a cat and, like all cats, she delights in doing the exact opposite of what you want."
"How like an Englishman to make an understatement about everything. A brutal murder was reduced to 'the bit of unpleasantness'. I suppose the British newspapers reported the sinking of Titanic as a 'regrettable excursion'."