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Till Death Do Us Tart

(Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,413 ratings  ·  112 reviews
When Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there’s something much more sinister ...more
Published July 5th 2016
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✨ Gramy ✨
In the fourth volume of this series, Gemma's high-society mother decides that Emma's mongrel cat should be entered into competition since he is so darn cute. There is a lot of anxiety among the owners of the contestants and before long one of the most hateful people around dies right in front of them after eating what they all ate. The shy and timid daughter is devastated over her mother's death. Others were not as saddened.

It was a pleasant surprise to discover this excellent cozy mystery seri
Till Death Do Us Tart by H.Y.Hanna is the 4th book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. Oxfordshire tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, is talked into entering her cat Muesli in a local cat show and when another competitor drops dead from a supposed heart condition, Gemma and her friends are convinced that the lady had been murdered and investigate. I loved this book, and especially the descriptive writing which makes me want to visit Oxford. The mystery was interesting and I loved that Gemma had move ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats, arc, cozy, e-books
In the latest tale from Cotswolds, we find Muesli getting ready to enter the Cotswold Cat Fancy Show. Gemma's Mother is determined to enter Muesli. Gemma and Delvin's plans to spend a weekend together go awry when Delvin has to work at special police task. Gemma goes to the cat show only to find Delvin there. One of the contestants collapse and dies. Her Doctor announced she has dead of a heart attack and Delvin feels there is no reason for ,a police investigation. However, Gemma and the Biddies ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
“Till Death Do Us Tart” earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake!

I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitt’s voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just won’t leave Gemma alone.

I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review

This series continues to impress me and it's one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I am always excited when the next book arrives as I know I am in for a great read. Till Death Do Us Tart was another enjoyable book in this series. The author shakes things up again and in this book we start out with a normal death instead of a murder and Gemma, the Old Biddies and Gemma's mom think there might be more to it and suspect murder. It's also a
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable mystery! Gemma and Devlin are officially a couple again--finally! They are just too adorable for words, even though they did have a bit of angst in this book. I like that they recognized that they should slow their relationship down a bit, which is such a nice contrast to a lot of the insta-love that I have been reading lately.

The mystery was enjoyable, but I will admit that I guessed the killer's identity pretty early on. This book also seemed a bit light on action/suspense compare
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. A real cozy delight.
This book has Gemma with many issues to deal with. Finding a place to live, kitchen issues at the tea shop, Muesli in a cat show at the village fair, and a death at the aforementioned cat show.
Her and the Old Biddies (along with her mother) have to convince Devlin that it was murder.
This story involved all the characters I have grown to love.
As this series continues I enjoy even more the vivid and well written descriptions.
I d
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Till Death Do Us Tart” earns 5+/5 Slices of Victoria Sponge Cake!

I am such a fan of H.Y. Hanna and her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, nothing is comparable, and add Pearl Hewitt’s voice artistry and you have my all-time literary favorite. This fourth book shows us romance continues but not without its glitches, the dynamics between mothers and daughters can be both exasperating and rewarding, feline fanatics come in all sizes and temperaments, and murder just won’t leave Gemma alone.

Once again
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
British Cozy, takes place in Oxford and a nearby village.

Gemma attends a village fete with her mother and a nasty aristocrat exhibiting a Persian in a cat show is poisoned while eating the sponge cake she and her daughter brought.

Gemma tries to convince her boyfriend Devlin that it is murder but the elderly doctor says she had a heart condition and her death was due to heart attack.

Thinking it is time she moved out on her own, Gemma looks at a number of dismal flats until her detective boyfri
With her romantic weekend away cancelled, Gemma had to go along with her mother to the local village fair. Her mother had got it into her head that Muesli is to win the cat show. Of course, wherever Gemma is, there would be some kind of death. This time, the lady standing next to them at the cat show dropped dead from a heart attack. Or is it? Not according to Gemma's mother nor the Old Biddies. The police, however, have got no indication of foul play to enable them to start an investigation. Me ...more
Nancy Haddock
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 and I want more

Another terrific book in this series! I am devouring these so fast, I can only hope brand new titles are released soon!
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Till Death Do Us Tart is the adorable fourth entry in the fun Oxford Tearoom Mystery series.

Gemma Rose is the proprietor of a tearoom near Oxford, and business has picked up enough that she has even added catering to her offerings. She had planned to take the weekend off to spend with her boyfriend, Detective Inspector Devlin O’Connor, but he is called away at the last minute by his boss to work an agri-crime case. With the shop closed, Gemma really has no excuse not to go to the village fete. H
Robin Leslie Coxon
H.Y. Hanna's Tearoom series is a wonderful read set in Oxfordshire, England. This is the 4th book in this series and Gemma and the old Biddies are back again. Since Gemma returned from Australia and opened her tearoom, it seems like murder has been served with a cup of tea. Muesli, Gemma's beautiful little cat is entered in the cat show at the local village faire by Gemma's mother. Although Muesli does not have a pedigree her mother feels she will win the show. However, no ribbons were awarded t ...more
Peggy R
This is another hit for author H.Y. Hanna. I love this series and look forward to each new installment. This author has a terrific writing style that flows and combines humor with mystery. The characters are well developed at this point in the series, but there is still plenty of room for each to grow, both personally and professionally. All of your favorites are back and once again the "Old Biddies" are out to solve a murder that only they believe is a murder. This time around they involve Gemm ...more
Susan Hampson
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
First of all I wish to thank H. Y. Hanna for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well this series is just simply super, from the stunning art work on the covers that always feature super sleuth Muesli the cat, to the wonderful tasty Oxford Tearoom Mysteries inside ready to be devoured at leisure. These novels are cosy murder mysteries that are " purrfect" to curl up with any time. Each of the books, there are 4, can be read as standard alone novels, but l would ha
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Incredibly done with this series. Up until this book, despite finding all of the characters unlikeable, dense, condescending, bigoted, silly, etc., at least the mysteries were decent. This one, however, was so obvious from the introduction of the killer that I found myself skimming most of the book. I continually ask myself how a 30 year old woman could have possibly been a successful executive when she can't seem to make a decision about ANYTHING without her cat! And I'm sorry, but Devlin is SO ...more
Cathy Geha
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemma may have been frustrated by not being able to get away for the weekend with Devlin but she keeps busy with a cat show to attend with Muesli and her mother. Well, at the show someone dies…but is it from normal causes or could it have been murder? With Gemma and the Old Biddies believing it is murder they are back on the hunt to find out who the murderer might be. In addition to the mystery to be solved Gemma is looking for a new home to rent, dealing with her mother’s shenanigans, taking ca ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kindle Unlimited, says # of 5 but actually, obviously, there is a prequel so that means whichever # of 6, for prequel plus 5 books.

The supposed background is someone who is supposed to have been born and raised in England, and at some point went to Australia. The problems start with that; the character/book talks/narrates as neither an Aussie nor a Brit, and there were way too many times where this was obvious to anyone who has even watched enough 'Brit tele' of any kind, and should be even more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written story as usual, well defined characters, a strong story line, and an entertaining read. My only problem with the story is Ms. Hanna hit on one of my pet peeves. The girlfriend of the lead detective has NO business setting in on the interrogation of a possible suspect, a formal or informal one.
Traci Otte
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As per usual, H.Y. Hanna has delivered another absolutely delightful book! I do think that this one could be read on its own, like all of her books in this series, but you will have much more fun if you read them all in order.

Even though there's a murder (or two) in each book, the tone is really lighthearted and fun. I love the interactions between the characters (is it wrong that I see Gemma's mother as Bridget Jones's mother from the movies?), how playful and expressive Musli the cat is, and h
Heather Belleguelle
After not having enjoyed the last book in the series quite as much, I really felt that HY Hanna was back on form with Till Death Do Us Tart. What could be more quintessentially English than a village fete? Then to have a death there, right before Gemma's very eyes, was perfect.

Ms Hanna has really established all the main characters and the tearoom setting now, and opening the pages of any book in this series is like meeting up with old friends again. As always, the Old Biddies and Gemma's mother
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Til Death Do Us Tart by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose heads to the local fete in Oxfordshire, as her mother has entered Gemma’s cat, Muesli, into the Cotswolds Cat Fancy Club Show. There she meets various cat snobs, each of whom thinks her breed of cat is the only worthwhile breed. Then, Gemma’s mother runs into her friend, Audrey, who is on the committee to organize the fete. Audrey introduces the Roses to her close friend from school days, Dame Claire Eckleston, a domineering woman who rides rough ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to-ab
A stronger installment in the cozy series, TART showcases its author's clear inspiration for her latest cozy series. Many glorious garden descriptions pop up throughout this story, and the actual murderer is a dangerous flower hiding among the lilies. As usual feline Muesli starts trouble just by being a cat, this time out by participating in a snobby moggie contest. Someone dies - always such an unlikable character so they aren't missed - and the old biddies push our heroine Gemma into investig ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful English mystery

This is #4 in the Oxford Tea Room mysteries set in and around Oxford, England. Gemma's Little Stables Tearoom is an established fixture in a small town outside of Oxford. Gemma's mother decides to enter Gemma's cat Muesli in a local cat show even though Muesli is a Moggie (a cat of unknown parentage). A local woman Dame Clare is getting ready to show her Persian cat when she drops dead of an apparent heart attack. Gemma's mother and her friends the "Old Biddies" 4 80-
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Till Death Do Us Tart is another entertaining instalment in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. H.Y. Hanna delivers yet another solid mystery, infused with intellect and wit that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Her audio narrator for the series, Pearl Hewitt, is outstanding. Her portrayal of the characters' emotions—astonishment, exasperation, horror, chagrin, further enhances the story. Her impersonations can't be beat, from the old biddies, to the maid at Eccleston House, a
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
First, I want to mention how much I like the cover art for this book. I think the silhouette of the village is very unique, and the cover alone had me eager to find out more about the book. Aside from a couple of minor things in the story that I didn't care for, such as the alibi of one of the suspects in particular, I really enjoyed this cozy mystery book. Muesli the cat, the "old biddies" and the delicious food (complete with a recipe in the back of the book) were a few of my favorite elements ...more
Death and the Tearoom

I have been reading this series and have never been disappointed. Ms. Hanna is a great writer in her ability to develop a storyline and weave it throughout the book with interesting characters. These individuals are never dull, yet at no point do they give away the ending.
I love the way Gemma and Devlin's romance leaves you a little frustrated as it is a little bit off and on, not so immediately HEA. You will also enjoy the Tearoom receipts at the end of the stories. If only
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Till Death Do Us Tart, my thirteenth read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna & the fourth in the Oxford Tearoom mysteries. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the narrator’s British accent; I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Pearl Hewitt, especially her oh so cute animal sounds. Cozy mystery/romance, captivating primary character, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characte ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a cute little story, as all these books are. It was not my favourite, but maybe because I have read too many in a row. I felt there was too much descriptive narrative each time someone was a suspect. That moment where someone unravels the case and explains how the murder etc was done. But this was several times over and it felt a bit forced.

And not enough of the old biddies this time. They are my favourite. They are great.

But still enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gemma's sweet cat, Muesli, is entered in the local fair's cat show. Of course, there is murder involved, and of course, the Old Biddies have their opinion. This series is so much fun and it is involving with lovely settings and fantastic characters. HY Hanna writes such lovely stories and I look forward to each and every one. I know that I've said this before, but Pearl Hewitt brings a voice to these stories that is perfect and really makes the stories come alive.
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H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense writer and the author of the bestselling Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. She has also written romantic suspense and sweet romance, as well as a children's middle-grade mystery series. After graduating from Oxford University, Hsin-Yi tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist fo ...more

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