Rating: 4 stars
Cotswolds tearoom owner, Gemma Rose is excited to join the May Day celebrations in Oxford… until the beautiful spring morning ends in murder. Now, she’s embroiled in a deadly mystery – with four nosy old ladies determined to help in the sleuthing! Before she knows it, Gemma finds herself stalking a Russian “princess” and keeping up with the Old Biddies in Krav Maga class, while still trying to serve delicious cakes and buttery scones at her quaint English tearoom.
And that’s just the start of her worries: there’s her little tabby cat, Muesli, who is causing havoc at the local nursing home… and what should she do with the creepy plants that her mother keeps buying for her new cottage?
But the mystery that’s really bothering Gemma is her boyfriend’s odd behaviour. Devlin O’Connor has always been enigmatic but recently, the handsome CID detective has been strangely distant and evasive. Could he be lying to her? But why?
(* Classic Banoffee pie recipe included!)
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
This was another great read in this series. This series has quickly become one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I am excited every time a new book is released. This book is filled with tea, murder, danger and oxford traditions. It was such a fun read! This time someone gets killed in the busy morning during the May Day Celebration. Gemma is close enough to see the body and while she doesn’t mean to, she gets again involved into the mystery. It was a fun read and I was a bit sad when it ended, luckily we usually don’t have to wait too long for the next book in this series.
It was a great mystery, I kept going back and forth between who to suspect. And for a while I wasn’t sure who to suspect as none of the suspects seemed quite right as there wasn’t enough evidence at that point. Then I suddenly had a weird idea someone totally different was the murderer and then I swung back to a previous suspect. In the end I figured out who the murder was just seconds before Gemma did, the last clue finally pointed me in the right direction. It sure was a mystery that kept me guessing.
In this book we again get to meet up with by now familiar characters. Gemma, the main character gets involved into another murder mystery and she’s just too curious for her own good sometimes. She does act a bit questionable in a few scenes, but I don’t mind too much as it’s fun to see her uncover clues and playing an active part in the investigation. Devlin her boyfriend is acting a bit strangely, I am a bit sorry we never saw how that worked out as it felt like it added some unnecessary drama and in the end we still don’t know what he was up to.
Muesli again makes some fun appearances and I liked her first visit as therapy cat. Then there are the Old Biddies again who are determined to help solve this mystery and they come up with some fun ways to help. I always enjoy reading about these old ladies and how they are sharp of mind even with their old age and often help Gemma. And Gemma her mom is up to something new again in this book, every book she has something she goes a bit too far with. In this case it’s plants and I always find it fun to see what gemma her mom is up to now. There are also some new characters we get to meet surrounding the murder investigation, people who were close to the victim and other suspects. And I like how we get a bit of a feel for the victim, his friends, girlfriend and surrounding through the investigation.
To summarize: I enjoyed returning to Oxford and Gemma her cute tearoom and see her get involved into a new murder mystery. It has all the things I enjoyed from the previous books again, we get to see more of Oxford and it’s traditions, the picturesque tearoom, the great cast of characters like Gemma, the Old Biddies and Muesli that feel familiar by now and there’s a great mystery that kept me guessing until I figured things out moments before Gemma did so. If you love a good cozy mystery I definitely recommend you pick up this! It’s one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I am already looking forward to the next book!