I always love discovering talented new authors. H.Y. Hanna definitely fits the bill. A Scone to Die For is a delightfully clever British cozy mystery set against the fascinating backdrop of Oxford.
Gemma Rose has made her dream of owning a teashop a reality. The business is slowly growing a reputation amongst locals and tourists for delicious baked goods - especially scones. Not all customers are pleasant, however, and one particularly abrasive American ends up dead outside her shop, a scone shoved in his mouth. Unless Gemma can uncover the killer, her business may end up dead as well.
I enjoyed the many plot twists. The murder was cleverly plotted. It was easy to see how multiple people would have a motive for the murder as well as the opportunity. Like Gemma, I didn't realize the identity of the killer until the end. Hanna also does a wonderful job of smoothly incorporating descriptions into her writing. I'm certain there are American readers who have wondered what spotted dick is and what a teacake is really like without wanting to read a dictionary definition. I was very impressed by Hanna's writing style
There is a hint of possible future romance, and a charming kitty by the name of Muesli (who I hope will have a bigger role in future novels) as well. All in all, A Scone to Die For is a charming cozy appropriate for all ages of mystery lover. If you like British cozies, you will like A Scone to Die For.
I received a copy of A Scone to Die For from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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.
But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?