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Apple Strudel Alibi

(Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #8)

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When Gemma's romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead, with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it's not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria's historic capital.

A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel and the Old Biddies are determined t
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Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Wisheart Press
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Meg
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good one in the series, an easy read with the same great characters. The mc's mom and the Old Biddies and their quirks continue to be a delight. Loved the Austrian setting of this one; it brought back fond memories of the country's scrumptious pastries and historical charm. Already had the next book on the WL and am looking forward to it. ...more
Nola Arganbright
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I love this series

Gemma is peeved that she and Devon are unable to take a planned romantic trip. The Old Biddies join her on an alternate trip to Austria and a stay in a friend's newly opened hotel.
Hanna and friends enjoy the sights and tastes of the historical country. There are great characters in the book with well developed personalities.
Unfortunately there is also a murder in the hotel. The police wrote it off as suicide but Gemma and her entourage aren't satisfied and use their quirky she
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Lisa Morin
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apple Strudel Alibi is my favorite in the series by far.
Gemma and the Old Biddies are off to Vienna!

The Old Biddies, a name given to the group of women that frequent Gemma's tea room, consists of Mabel, Ethel, Florence and Glenda.
While the quirky group of ladies tend to annoy Gemma, they always seem to find themselves tangled up in murder.
This time is no different, the biddies and Gemma are off to Vienna to claim Gemma's prize.

They stay at an adorable bed and breakfast, owned by a dear friend o
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PugMom
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strudel and cats and murder, oh my! That's what you'll get when you read H.Y. Hanna's 8th Oxford Tearoom Mystery! This time, Gemma and the old biddies (and even Muesli) are off on an adventure to Vienna! They think they'll have a relaxing trip in a luxurious hotel but they soon find out that they thought wrong when one of the hotel guests is murdered! Since it couldn't have possibly have been something as simple as suicide, Gemma and her elderly cronies ferret out the clues and find out what rea ...more
Suzanne
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gained Five Pounds

This was a surprise. I wasn't to sure how having Gemma going on a trip without Devlin was going to play out yet it works perfectly. The old biddies are up to their sleuthing and the description of Gemma and them in the spa is a hoot. Especially Ethel's comment.
And the talk of the Sacher Tort and all the Viennese pastries has given me the desire to run to the kitchen and begin baking. Or running to the kitchen and watching Great British Baking Show while having a cup of coffee.
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Lola
I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries series and I was excited to start this books. Sadly I feel like I picked it up in the wrong mood as I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do. This book switches things up and takes place in Austria instead of the usual setting in oxford. And ofcourse Gemma gets involved in a murder mystery there as well, in between the sightseeing.

I was curious how the change in setting woul
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Merle
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again H.Y. Hanna captured my attention with her clever fun amateur detective. Gemma and the Old Biddies are at it again, solving a murder the police do not seem interested in. This time instead of staying in Oxford and solving the murder while serving delicious scones at her Tea Shop, Gemma is off to Vienna to accept an award for her scone recipe. The Old Biddies surprisingly show up at the hotel for a vacation at the same time and the detecting begins when a dead body is discovered in the ...more
Karen
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is a guaranteed delight to read.
In this latest offering, Gemma, Muesli and the Old Biddies are in Vienna.
The setting is vibrantly written and the characters are engaging and intriguing.
The whodunit as always kept me engrossed and guessing.
I strongly recommend you read this series in order.
I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Kathleen
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Apple Strudel Alibi”earns 5/5 Strudel-ishious Murder Mystery!
Ahhh, Vienna! The thought brings up images of a romantic waltz, Von Trapp family, museums, palaces, mouthwatering desserts, and…murder? Gemma Rose gets a marvelous surprise from the Old Biddies who secretly entered the tearoom scones in the Euro Tearoom Baking Contest. The Little Stables Tearoom won! She can pick up the award in Vienna, but “I'll be in Malta with Devlin!” plans makes Vienna a no-go. However, romance once again takes a
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K.A. Davis
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
APPLE STRUDEL ALIBI, the eighth book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H.Y. Hanna is a very fun addition to an enjoyable series! The protagonist, Gemma Rose, owns Little Stables Tearoom, a successful tearoom near Oxford, England. She’s having a difficult time connecting with her investigator boyfriend… murder cases keep getting in his way and his latest cancellation of their holiday plans is the last straw. When Gemma’s tearoom scones win a contest, she sees it as the perfect chance to go on ho ...more
Linda Baker
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, humorous
Gemma Rose is happily packed for a long-awaited and much-postponed holiday in Malta with her policeman boyfriend, Devlin O'Connell. So she is not at all pleased that the holiday must be postponed...again. Luckily, the Old Biddies have a surprise for her. The Old Biddies are a quartet of pensioners who not only help out at The Little Stables Tearoom but get Gemma embroiled in their sleuthing adventures. They have entered Gemma's scones in the Euro-Tearoom Baking Contest, and the scones were selec ...more
Daniele
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
APPLE STRUDEL ALIBI, the seventh book in the endearing Oxford Tearoom Mystery Series, leaves Oxford behind for the decadent city Vienna. Gemma, when her much anticipated vacation with her boyfriend Devlin is cancelled, finds herself bound for Vienna to receive an award for the teashop’s scone recipe. The Old Biddies tag along (they did submit the recipe to the contest in the first place), and they stay in Gemma’s mother’s friend’s newly opened hotel. Things are going well until local critic Mori ...more
Celia
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
H. Y. Hanna has written another wonderful adventure for Gemma, with a little murder thrown in. Although she's supposed to be going on holiday with Devlin in Malta, a change in plans finds Gemma in Vienna (with the Old Biddies no less) to accept an award for making the best scones in England. They end up staying at a newly opened boutique hotel owned by her Mother's old school friend Sophia Fritzl and are having a wonderful time exploring and experiencing all the sights in Vienna when one of the ...more
John Presler
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gemma Rose owns and operates the Little Stables Tearoom near Oxford. Gemma is in Vienna to accept the coveted award for making the best scones in England.

While in Vienna, Gemma is staying at a B & B owned by her mother’s friend, Sofia. When Gemma looks over the balcony one morning, she finds the body of a hotel critic lying on the concrete patio below.

Even though the hotel critic was pretty unpleasant, why did he have to die? Did he take his own life by jumping to his death or was he pushed, an
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Cathy Geha
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gemma and Devlin are SUPPOSED to go on holiday together but…life gets in the way so instead…Gemma heads to Vienna to receive an award, the old biddies tag along, Muesli (her cat) travels with her and a murder takes place that intrigues the biddies and Gemma. With a murderer to find, plenty of suspects to pick from, wonderful places to visit in Vienna and a young girl that Gemma feels she can help this is a fun cozy murder mystery that is a wonderful addition to the series. I wonder if Gemma and ...more
Lindsey DeLost
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m so sad that I only have two more books in the series to read! This is in my top 3 cozy mystery series for sure.
Sarah Booth
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gemma in Vienna

A cute cozy mystery with a scene break in the series to mix things up a bit. The story ended a bit abruptly it felt like but it is entertaining. If you have sussed out the writers formula you can figure out who the killer is relatively quickly, but that doesn’t spoil the story too much. If you’re looking at reviews for this book you’ve probably read all the others and know you will enjoy this one, too.
Emme
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Love this series; however, being set in the beautiful city of Vienna something was missing. It did have a few twists and who didn't love sweet little Mei-Mei. The Old Buddies were too subdued. I did like that the other characters did make brief appearances. Despite something missing, I look forward to the next book in this fun series. ...more
Arow
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
In this installment Gemma and the Old Biddies end up on a vacation in Vienna. I enjoyed the change in scenery however the overall storyline didn't grab me ...more
April
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A laugh out loud, fun read!
Merry Chapman
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fast-paced fun read in the Oxford Tea Room Mystery series taking you to Vienna on not only a tour but another mystery.

Finally after many stops and starts, Gemma and Devlin can get away on a romantic vacation. With everything ready for their departure, Devlin throws a monkey wrench into the mix. There is a huge case that he got called to work because the detective working the case is sick and unable to complete the task. Gemma is mad...really mad! The old biddies, without Gemma's knowledg
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All of us have favorite desserts that we tease and say, 'Its to die for.' What happens if a dessert might actually be? Well, that is exactly what went through my mind as I read this title. The Strudel plays throughout the book, but you will be surprised at it's real purpose there. I was.

Gemma Rose, owner of the Little Stables Tearoom, is England's winner for tearooms. The ceremony is in Vienna, Austria. Gemma is regretful, but delighted that she is to be in Malta with her love for vacation...He
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Heather Belleguelle
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s a fresh twist in the tale in this latest instalment of the Oxford Tearoom series as Gemma and Muesli find themselves heading to Vienna…with the Old Biddies in tow, of course. What could possibly go wrong as they stay at a newly opened hotel owned by a friend of Gemma’s mother?

More than ever, this mystery is set out in true Agatha Christie style with the old hotel located in the heart of Vienna and an interesting range of guests from across the globe. But who did commit the murder and why
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Michelle
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Austrian adventure & antics won't let you down!!

Book 8 of the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries sees us departing the village of Meadowford-on-Smythe with Gemma, Muesli & the Old Biddies as they visit the beautiful Austrian city of Vienna, with its town like feel and abundance of delicious pastries.

However, there is definitely no departure from H.Y.Hanna's ability to tell a fantastic tale. As with all her books you can rely on good writing, solid plot, great characters, funny laugh out loud antics, educa
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FangirlNation
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Apple Strudel Alibi by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose is upset to learn that her boyfriend, Devlin, has to work in his job as the top detective for the Oxford CID and can’t go on their planned trip to Malta. So she finds herself changing her plans to go to Vienna to receive an award for the best scones in England. When she arrives at the airport, she discovers that the four senior women collectively known as “the Old Biddies” are traveling with her and have reserved a suite with Gemma in the new hote ...more
Kerry
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, mystery
Another fun mystery! This story mostly takes place in Vienna, and while the change of scenery was nice, I did miss the tea room and Gemma's friends. Luckily, the old biddies come along for the trip to keep things hilarious. The mystery is always well thought out and engaging, and this one was no exception. Lots of possible suspects and questionable alibis and motives!

I will say that I was hoping there would have been more of a balance between mystery and romance in this story. There is a little
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Winnie Lim
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apple Strudel Alibi is another lovely instalment to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series. Like all her other books, HY Hanna has the ability to bring you to the place where the story is set with her words. I can just picture Vienna in my mind and it makes me long to visit Vienna. And of course, the mystery is interesting. Gemma never fails to find herself in the middle of a murder. This series just can't do without the Old Biddies who bring trouble and laughter wherever they go. And even though G ...more
Sandra
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given free book for an honest opinion.
In the eight installment of Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Gemma and the Old Biddies are off to Vienna so Gemma can receive an award for the best scones.
Charming new hotel run by an old school friend of Gemma's mother is where the famous art critic ends up with a broken neck. Is it a murder or merely an accident?
The old Biddies are eager to investigate as usuall while Gemma reluctlantly follows at first still not sure Biddies are right.
The book is full of
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Laura
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the eighth book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series and is written by H.Y. Hanna. When Gemma's romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead, with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it's not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria's historic capital. A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel and the Old Biddies are determined to sniff out ...more
Inishowen Cailín
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was great! I loved that the author brought Gemma out of Oxford for a new mystery. It injected something fresh and new into the series. Vienna was a wonderful location and the author described it so well it makes me want to go there. I did wonder why Gemma felt the need to bring Muesli all the way to Vienna just for a few days but then again the story just wouldn't be the same without him so I glossed over that. What interested me the most was the mystery. I loved how the old biddies got inv ...more
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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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  • Till Death Do Us Tart (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #4)
  • Muffins and Mourning Tea (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #5)
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