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NEW SERIES! While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire vil NEW SERIES! While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O’Connor. But her mother is causing havoc at Gemma’s quaint English tearoom and her best friend is furious at her snooping… and this mystery is turning out to have more twists than a chocolate pretzel! Too late, Gemma realises that she’s could be the next item on the killer’s menu. Or will her little tabby cat, Muesli, save the day? (** Velvet Cheesecake recipe included!) This book follows British English spelling and usage. Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Genre: humorous culinary, cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British mystery


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NEW SERIES! While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire vil NEW SERIES! While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O’Connor. But her mother is causing havoc at Gemma’s quaint English tearoom and her best friend is furious at her snooping… and this mystery is turning out to have more twists than a chocolate pretzel! Too late, Gemma realises that she’s could be the next item on the killer’s menu. Or will her little tabby cat, Muesli, save the day? (** Velvet Cheesecake recipe included!) This book follows British English spelling and usage. Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Genre: humorous culinary, cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British mystery

30 review for Tea with Milk and Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    The second book in the series and every bit as good as the first. Of course there is a murder which Gemma decides to solve which tends to keep her away from her tea room business at the same time as her employee and best friend takes a huff and disappears. Funnily the four old ladies who like to help Gemma in her sleuthing activities also take a shine to serving in a tea shop and so all is well. It is a good story very nicely written. The mystery is interesting and hard to solve. Just when you a The second book in the series and every bit as good as the first. Of course there is a murder which Gemma decides to solve which tends to keep her away from her tea room business at the same time as her employee and best friend takes a huff and disappears. Funnily the four old ladies who like to help Gemma in her sleuthing activities also take a shine to serving in a tea shop and so all is well. It is a good story very nicely written. The mystery is interesting and hard to solve. Just when you are sure it is one person you find out it must be someone else. Gemma's romance with Devlin seems to be progressing nicely and Muesli, the cat, demonstrates hidden talents. I enjoyed it all very much indeed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . It was a pleasant surprise to discover this excellent cozy mystery series by H. Y. Hanna. Gemma Rose, the main character, recently returned to Oxford and opened a tea shop, saying goodbye to the corporate world she had be engrossed in for the previous eight years. Oxford Tearoom Mysteries is the prime example of a formula many cozy mysteries seem to contain. It includes a woman sleuth, small pet, two love interests - one of which is a detective with the local police department that makes her b . It was a pleasant surprise to discover this excellent cozy mystery series by H. Y. Hanna. Gemma Rose, the main character, recently returned to Oxford and opened a tea shop, saying goodbye to the corporate world she had be engrossed in for the previous eight years. Oxford Tearoom Mysteries is the prime example of a formula many cozy mysteries seem to contain. It includes a woman sleuth, small pet, two love interests - one of which is a detective with the local police department that makes her blook hum and her heart pitter patter, interfering mother, and her own business. While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie's new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder? Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O'Connor. But her mother is causing havoc at Gemma's quaint English tearoom and her best friend is furious at her snooping... and this mystery is turning out to have more twists than a chocolate pretzel! This is a clean and wholesome read that is able to stand on its own, although the reader might glean additional insight by reading the series in order.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    The party at the Art Gallery in Oxford was highlighting Gemma's friend, Cassie’s work – the unexpected arrival of a woman during the celebrations, who was drunk and seemed to know Jon, caused a stir among the guests. But it was her sudden death that was shocking; knowing it was murder was worse. Who could have done it? Gemma Rose, owner of the Oxford Tearoom and amateur sleuth, decided she would find the killer. After all, she had done so in the past, helping the local Detective, Devlin O’Connor The party at the Art Gallery in Oxford was highlighting Gemma's friend, Cassie’s work – the unexpected arrival of a woman during the celebrations, who was drunk and seemed to know Jon, caused a stir among the guests. But it was her sudden death that was shocking; knowing it was murder was worse. Who could have done it? Gemma Rose, owner of the Oxford Tearoom and amateur sleuth, decided she would find the killer. After all, she had done so in the past, helping the local Detective, Devlin O’Connor. And was it possible to have help from Muesli, Gemma’s sweet little cat? Tea with Milk and Murder is the 2nd in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by Aussie author H.Y. Hanna and it was lots of fun. Entertaining, with twists and red herrings blended throughout, I thoroughly enjoyed this cosy mystery. Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This is a crazy, funny and thrilling murder mystery by H. Y. Hanna, but what makes it stand out from other similar books for me is the beautiful way she describes Oxford. Oxford is obviously very dear to her and I am sure that if I ever went there I would have so many deja vu moments because of these books. This is the second novel of the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series where you return to the picturesque village of Meadow-on-Smythe and all the colourful characters that have once again settled bac This is a crazy, funny and thrilling murder mystery by H. Y. Hanna, but what makes it stand out from other similar books for me is the beautiful way she describes Oxford. Oxford is obviously very dear to her and I am sure that if I ever went there I would have so many deja vu moments because of these books. This is the second novel of the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series where you return to the picturesque village of Meadow-on-Smythe and all the colourful characters that have once again settled back down to their daily lives. It isn't long before murder, mystery and mayhem return to Oxford and Gemma finds it as irresistible to get involved in, as the customers of the Tearoom do with her mom's delicious Velvet Cheesecake. The scene is set for a hair raising and hilarious adventure involving the super sleuth little old ladies turning up in the most unexpected places and Muesli the cat being a fair judge of character. Gemma's personal life is just as chaotic, especially with her mom's Internet antics and the difficult decision of which man she wants to be in her life. These books always leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling and a smile on my face. Do read book 1 first, A Scone to Die For, so you get the whole Gemma and Muesli experience. There is again another lovely recipe in the back of the book plus a Glossary of British word meanings. It all makes for a tasty, cosy and thrilling read. It has it all. I wish to thank H. Y. Hanna for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I absolutely love this series!! Meusli is an amazing cat and definitely can match any canine crusader (like Lassie). And Devlin sounds like he's to die for. Love the friendship between Cassie and Gemma. And the Old Biddies are just darling. And Gemma's mother finding all those online shopping deals. Just hilarious, romantic, and a good murder mystery to boot. I absolutely love this series!! Meusli is an amazing cat and definitely can match any canine crusader (like Lassie). And Devlin sounds like he's to die for. Love the friendship between Cassie and Gemma. And the Old Biddies are just darling. And Gemma's mother finding all those online shopping deals. Just hilarious, romantic, and a good murder mystery to boot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is the second book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. If you are looking for a cozy mystery series that has interesting characters, a marvelous location, humor and a good mystery, you should give this series a try. It was a fast relaxing read. Less time was spent in the Tea Room than the first book. I do like Gemma's cat Muesli. I could compare some of my cat's antics to Muesli. I did not have the mystery solved which I liked. I thought I had it solved but I did not. This is the second book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. If you are looking for a cozy mystery series that has interesting characters, a marvelous location, humor and a good mystery, you should give this series a try. It was a fast relaxing read. Less time was spent in the Tea Room than the first book. I do like Gemma's cat Muesli. I could compare some of my cat's antics to Muesli. I did not have the mystery solved which I liked. I thought I had it solved but I did not.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Tea with milk and murder by H.Y.Hanna is the second book in the Oxford tearoom mystery series. Gemma Rose attends a cocktail party at an art exhibition where her friend Cassie is displaying her work. An obnoxious university art student dies of poisoning during the party and Gemma investigates. A terrific and fun book which I enjoyed immensely. The old biddies investigations lead Gemma into a lot of awkward and funny situations as well as her mothers online shopping buys. A very entertaining book Tea with milk and murder by H.Y.Hanna is the second book in the Oxford tearoom mystery series. Gemma Rose attends a cocktail party at an art exhibition where her friend Cassie is displaying her work. An obnoxious university art student dies of poisoning during the party and Gemma investigates. A terrific and fun book which I enjoyed immensely. The old biddies investigations lead Gemma into a lot of awkward and funny situations as well as her mothers online shopping buys. A very entertaining book with fun characters and I loved that Muesli the cat played an instrumental role in saving Gemmas life. I enjoyed the descriptions of the University and town. A fun series that I look forward to continuing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    The author seems to be settling into her characters in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review This book was just as good as the first one, maybe a bit better even. As I was already familiar with the characters and setting, I easily got into this book. It starts with a party where some of Cassie her painting are being displayed and the murder takes place early in the book. At first it seemed pretty clear what happened, but it soon it turns out to be more complicated. The mystery kept me guessing and suspecting people and I was pleasantly s I received a copy in exchange for an honest review This book was just as good as the first one, maybe a bit better even. As I was already familiar with the characters and setting, I easily got into this book. It starts with a party where some of Cassie her painting are being displayed and the murder takes place early in the book. At first it seemed pretty clear what happened, but it soon it turns out to be more complicated. The mystery kept me guessing and suspecting people and I was pleasantly surprised by all the twists and turns this murder mystery took. I thought the poisoning made for an interesting mystery and it was very well written. Beside the mystery there's a lot going on, the tearoom, Cassie and her new boyfriend, Gemma her potential love life, Gemma's mother who discovers online shopping. There was enough going on to keep me interested and there wasn't a dull moment. I also appreciated how lots of scenes had a bit of foreshadowing, where only later you could full put things in perspective. I liked Gemma and how she handles things and got involved with the mystery again in this book. Although there were a few scenes which felt slightly off, like how it was obvious something happened as Gemma had to be at a certain place. I also liked how we see a bit of Gemma her flaws as well. She doesn't like Cassie her new boyfriend and she not handles it the best way at times, but overall I think she did have her heart on the right place and just wanted the best for Cassie. I liked getting to see more of the character we got introduced to in the first book, like the old biddies, Gemma her mom, Cassie, Delvin and some new characters too. There's also a connection with Oxford and the college again, which was a fun touch. And ofcourse the tearoom setting and the adorable cat Meusli. There's a bit of romance mixed in, but not much more than in the first book. She goes on a date with both potential love interest, but beside seeing there's some mutual interest in both cases, it doesn't go much further. I am still preferring Delvin as it seems she would settle for the other guy, just because it was easy, I don't think she felt as much connection with him. he did seem like a nice character ad obviously has a soft spot for Gemma. To summarize: I really enjoyed this book! The pace was well done and the mystery was interesting with lots of twists and turns, foreshadowing and it kept me guessing. There's enough going on besides the murder mystery as well I liked seeing more of the familiar characters we got to meet in the first book already. There's also an interesting plot line involving Cassie her new boyfriend and Gemma's dislike for him. Gemma doesn't handle it the best way, it was obvious she just wanted the best for her friend. Then there is a bit of a romance subplot, it doesn't progress much, but just a bit to keep me interested in what will happen with that. All in all this was a great sequel and I can't wait till the third book will be released!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I enjoyed the first book in this series so I was delighted when asked by an author to review this book. I was happy to do so. It is as good as the first one. The writing is very descriptive and you feel like you are in Oxford. The Bidders are helping in the tea room, Gemma's Mom is ordering items online much to Gemma's horror.Cassie has taken up with an art critic not helping in the tea room. Muelisa is doing normal cat thing and is a delight. I especially like the leash scene as my cat walks do I enjoyed the first book in this series so I was delighted when asked by an author to review this book. I was happy to do so. It is as good as the first one. The writing is very descriptive and you feel like you are in Oxford. The Bidders are helping in the tea room, Gemma's Mom is ordering items online much to Gemma's horror.Cassie has taken up with an art critic not helping in the tea room. Muelisa is doing normal cat thing and is a delight. I especially like the leash scene as my cat walks does same on a lease. Gemma's romance is moving slowly. Yes, there's a murder that will keep you wondering and the answer will surprise you. I am ready to have another adventure with my friends

  11. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In Tea with Milk and Murder, the second book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose goes to a party at an art gallery where the art painted by her best friend Cassie is being displayed by Cassie's new boyfriend, Johnny Kelsey, owner of the gallery. The party is crashed by Sarah Waltham, who claims to be Johnny's girlfriend, and shows up drunk and violent. Then, Sarah has a seizure and dies, bringing in Gemma's college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a Detective Inspector, to In Tea with Milk and Murder, the second book in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries series by H.Y. Hanna, Gemma Rose goes to a party at an art gallery where the art painted by her best friend Cassie is being displayed by Cassie's new boyfriend, Johnny Kelsey, owner of the gallery. The party is crashed by Sarah Waltham, who claims to be Johnny's girlfriend, and shows up drunk and violent. Then, Sarah has a seizure and dies, bringing in Gemma's college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a Detective Inspector, to look into the murder. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Bwahahaha! More laugh-yourself-silly madcap mayhem in Oxford. I'm trying to pace myself with this series because I want it to last but I've listened to three books in a week so that's not going so well. Totally addictive. Hanna knows how to build a mystery, planting clues and red herrings in abundance for the discerning reader to sort through. And the humour is always laugh-out-loud funny. And wee Muesli (tabby cat) really comes into her own in this book. I'm still grinning. Bwahahaha! More laugh-yourself-silly madcap mayhem in Oxford. I'm trying to pace myself with this series because I want it to last but I've listened to three books in a week so that's not going so well. Totally addictive. Hanna knows how to build a mystery, planting clues and red herrings in abundance for the discerning reader to sort through. And the humour is always laugh-out-loud funny. And wee Muesli (tabby cat) really comes into her own in this book. I'm still grinning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Presler

    After working at her tea room all day, Gemma takes a break to visit an art gallery opening that is honoring her best friend, Cassie. Though the showing is displaying many other artists also, Gemma is only interested in Cassie's contributions. Gemma also learns that Cassie has a new boyfriend, Jon Kelsey who is also the owner of the Gallery. When an aparently drunk young lady comes in and disrupts the nice quiet event, she is denied alcohol but offered a cup of tea. Upon drinking the tea she goes After working at her tea room all day, Gemma takes a break to visit an art gallery opening that is honoring her best friend, Cassie. Though the showing is displaying many other artists also, Gemma is only interested in Cassie's contributions. Gemma also learns that Cassie has a new boyfriend, Jon Kelsey who is also the owner of the Gallery. When an aparently drunk young lady comes in and disrupts the nice quiet event, she is denied alcohol but offered a cup of tea. Upon drinking the tea she goes into convulsions and dies. Gemma smelled almonds on her and jumped to the conclusion that the young lady had been poisoned with cyanide, putting the bar waitress in the spotlight! During her investigation, Gemma gets closer to her old college flame, Devlin O'Connor, the CID Inspector on the case. Devlin does not always agreeing with Gemma's participation in the investigation, Gemma can't just let it go...her best friend is "involved" with the gallery owner and Gemma instinctively distrusts Jon, but cannot specifically say why. To make matters worse, you know there is a problem when animals don't like a person and Meusli takes an immediate dislike to Jon the first time she sees him. Gemma's investingation into the matter quickly reveals that Sarah was very rude and unpopular person and had a lot of enemies. The question is who did it, when was she given the poison, and why? Throughout the ups and downs of Gemma's investigation, you get to learn more of the traditions of England and Oxford college. A very enjoyable book and I look forward to the next book in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This is the second book in this delightful series. Gemma is enjoying her new tea room and is more than pleased that business is booming. Having her mother bake the delectable delights in this series adds quite a few chuckles. If you aren't acquainted with her mother, you are missing out on some fun humor. In the first book, her mother was constantly forgetting her iPad password, this time she seems to have mastered it and now is happily doing a bit of online shopping for Gemma and the tea room. This is the second book in this delightful series. Gemma is enjoying her new tea room and is more than pleased that business is booming. Having her mother bake the delectable delights in this series adds quite a few chuckles. If you aren't acquainted with her mother, you are missing out on some fun humor. In the first book, her mother was constantly forgetting her iPad password, this time she seems to have mastered it and now is happily doing a bit of online shopping for Gemma and the tea room. ( I would love to see the memory foam jester slippers) When Gemma's best friend Cassie, an artist, has a new man in her life, it causes chaos and tension between the friends. While attending an art gallery showing, a young woman falls ill and dies, but not before throwing herself at Cassie's new beau. Cassie defends his honor and arguments begin to brew. Gemma begins her own investigation and with the help of the old biddies sets out to find the truth. Muesli, her adopted cat will keep you laughing with her antics. This is a series that will grab your attention and keep you coming back for more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Winnie Lim

    Tea with Milk and Murder - the second book in the Oxford Tearoom series is as great as the first. I was totally captivated by the story. I really love Hanna's descriptions in the story. Once again, I'm brought back to the University city of Oxford, walking down those cobbled streets. I can absolutely picture how the teahouse looks like in my mind through Hanna's beautiful descriptions. The mystery is another exciting murder. Unlike the first story where the killer was totally a surprise, in this Tea with Milk and Murder - the second book in the Oxford Tearoom series is as great as the first. I was totally captivated by the story. I really love Hanna's descriptions in the story. Once again, I'm brought back to the University city of Oxford, walking down those cobbled streets. I can absolutely picture how the teahouse looks like in my mind through Hanna's beautiful descriptions. The mystery is another exciting murder. Unlike the first story where the killer was totally a surprise, in this second story, I did have a small suspicion that the killer could be that person but it was still very exciting and intriguing to read. What made the story even more amazing this round was the part Muesli played. She is such a adorable cat and even though I am not really a cat person, reading about her just endeared her to me. It was great that even Gemma's parents fell in love with her. This second story also has a bit more romance compared to the first. It has a bit of love triangle and I can't wait to see how the romance evolves. Really can't wait for the 3rd book in this series. ** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    A very good entry to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. I always enjoy the insights to the local scenery, pubs, and, of course, Oxford University and its many colleges. Enough possible suspects to keep things lively, though, funnily enough, this was one of the few mysteries I've read recently where I actually picked out whodunit way ahead of time (I don't ever really try). Still a good one, with the usual fun characters known as the Old Biddies adding comic relief. As an aside, I do need to add that A very good entry to the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. I always enjoy the insights to the local scenery, pubs, and, of course, Oxford University and its many colleges. Enough possible suspects to keep things lively, though, funnily enough, this was one of the few mysteries I've read recently where I actually picked out whodunit way ahead of time (I don't ever really try). Still a good one, with the usual fun characters known as the Old Biddies adding comic relief. As an aside, I do need to add that I love, love, love the book covers on this series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Although I have the book, I listened to the audiobook of Tea With Milk and Murder. The narrator does an exceptional job relaying the main character's emotions and actions. Listening to her British accent, coupled with the book's English setting, immediately transported me into Gemma's world. This cozy amused me in so many ways. In addition to the excellent mystery, the characters add flair to the storyline. Here too, the narrator does an excellent job conveying the attitudes and individuality of Although I have the book, I listened to the audiobook of Tea With Milk and Murder. The narrator does an exceptional job relaying the main character's emotions and actions. Listening to her British accent, coupled with the book's English setting, immediately transported me into Gemma's world. This cozy amused me in so many ways. In addition to the excellent mystery, the characters add flair to the storyline. Here too, the narrator does an excellent job conveying the attitudes and individuality of each character, down to the meowing of Muesli the cat. Here's some of what happens in the story... Gemma's artistic friend, Cassie, is falling hard for art gallery owner, Jon Kelsey. So when he throws a party in his gallery for Cassie, showcasing her traditional art pieces, she's thrilled. Tearoom owner, Gemma, is invited to the party. She's not keen on Jon though. Something about him is unsettling, but she can't quite identify the cause for her aversion to him. She is a bit perplexed that Jon is showcasing Cassie's beautiful art in his gallery since it's not at all comparable to the more modern pieces that are on display there. As Gemma tries to enjoy herself for the sake of her friend, suppressing her true opinion of the horrid artwork surrounding her, a woman enters the gallery and creates a scene, insinuating that she and Jon Kelsey were an item and that he callously dismissed her. Everyone at the party is aghast at the commotion she raises. But when just a short time later after consuming a cup of tea, she succumbs to a seizure-like episode and dies, Gemma cannot help but wonder who might have seen fit to do her in. I truly love the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. This is the third one I've read and they keep getting better. The mysteries are adeptly assembled, and while not easily solved (I love the twists), they're most certainly plausible and satisfying. I have come to rely on them when I'm ready for a bit of cozy indulgence, and I'm never disappointed. I have laughed out loud while enjoying H.Y. Hannah's delightful stories, and I look forward to the next book in the series, Two Down, Bun to Go. Highly recommended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tien

    Yum-oh! Thankfully, I did make some scones over the weekend so I managed to read this book while having myself a scone with jam & cream and some lovely milky tea. With the weather being wet and grey, it's just... perfect. Gemma's best friend, Cassie, is having a launch party for her paintings and things were going quite well until a beautiful woman died right in the middle of the room. She turned out to be Gemma's new neighbour and whom, apparently, no one liked. With so many suspects and a numbe Yum-oh! Thankfully, I did make some scones over the weekend so I managed to read this book while having myself a scone with jam & cream and some lovely milky tea. With the weather being wet and grey, it's just... perfect. Gemma's best friend, Cassie, is having a launch party for her paintings and things were going quite well until a beautiful woman died right in the middle of the room. She turned out to be Gemma's new neighbour and whom, apparently, no one liked. With so many suspects and a number of motives, who is the killer? As always, Gemma's intuition guided her but really, in the end, she literally stumbled over the real conclusion. I really like Gemma Rose and this little village which is full of lovable characters. Gemma is loving her new venture, a tearoom in Oxfordshire, which is thriving, but she is struggling with living back at home. Nevertheless, she loves her parents and even if sometimes they frustrates her (whose parents don't?!) however this is obviously part of the funnies in the series. The Old Biddies are proving even better in this instalment as not only are they nosy but super helpful in the best way. And that tension between Gemma and Devlin is just sooo delicious! Definitely a series I am loving!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Gemma happens to be at an art gallery party with her best friend and the friend’s new boyfriend when a university student, apparently tipsy, begins to make a scene. Minutes later, she collapses on the floor, dead. Thus begins another intriguing installment in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. Gemma continues to investigate, having a knack for snooping as well as getting people to talk to her. Even detective Devlin O’Conner grudgingly acknowledges that fact. But she also has a knack for getting Gemma happens to be at an art gallery party with her best friend and the friend’s new boyfriend when a university student, apparently tipsy, begins to make a scene. Minutes later, she collapses on the floor, dead. Thus begins another intriguing installment in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. Gemma continues to investigate, having a knack for snooping as well as getting people to talk to her. Even detective Devlin O’Conner grudgingly acknowledges that fact. But she also has a knack for getting into trouble. Though the plot is well done, the real interest in the story comes from the interaction of the characters themselves. Their personalities are well developed; even the cat Muesli is well written. The creation of the Old Biddies as supporting characters was a stroke of genius on the part of the author. This series is wonderful entertainment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Dyson Eitelman

    My third "cat mystery" series. Loved it. One heroine who runs a tearoom, one best friend who is annoying head-over-heels in love with a guy the heroine dislikes, four snooping old women (the "old biddies" as she calls them), one mother who just discovered the joys online shopping and persists in buying useless presents for her daughter, and one pesky little cat who escapes his leash to lead the heroine into sneaky places.... Yes, I know you have to abandon your skepticism about coincidences when My third "cat mystery" series. Loved it. One heroine who runs a tearoom, one best friend who is annoying head-over-heels in love with a guy the heroine dislikes, four snooping old women (the "old biddies" as she calls them), one mother who just discovered the joys online shopping and persists in buying useless presents for her daughter, and one pesky little cat who escapes his leash to lead the heroine into sneaky places.... Yes, I know you have to abandon your skepticism about coincidences when you read any mystery novel, but this one is a doozy. She's like "the master or the coincidence." I know this is a small town and all, but sheez! There's a clue around every corner. And still...I liked it. And it was somewhat funny. Smilish, one might say.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael (Mai)

    I loved it just as much as the first one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    Cute series; I'm really enjoying it. Cute series; I'm really enjoying it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allie York

    I really liked this one.... Except I figured out who did it, how, and why before the big reveal. I was hoping it was a red herring, but alas. I'll definitely keep going though. I really liked this one.... Except I figured out who did it, how, and why before the big reveal. I was hoping it was a red herring, but alas. I'll definitely keep going though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a series that I will continue to read. The mystery had lots twists and the Oxford plot was super fun.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I tried this cozy due to the number of positive reviews, but also because of a sleepless night. I don't like cats, and the cat in this series has a starring role. There is a poisoner in Oxford and the body count is mounting; there is a tearoom; there is a young woman who owns the tearoom with several young men in competition for her affections; there is a lot to learn about poisons and there is also art. All those features atop the attraction of Oxford. Kindle Unlimited I tried this cozy due to the number of positive reviews, but also because of a sleepless night. I don't like cats, and the cat in this series has a starring role. There is a poisoner in Oxford and the body count is mounting; there is a tearoom; there is a young woman who owns the tearoom with several young men in competition for her affections; there is a lot to learn about poisons and there is also art. All those features atop the attraction of Oxford. Kindle Unlimited

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I like this series: the setting and the cast of characters are fun and engaging. I am less interested in the love triangle situation at the moment with Gemma and her two suitors, but I am hoping that will get sorted out pretty soon in favor of Devlin, the sexy inspector. Hee hee!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christie Marsh

    Enjoyed Another good read. You never know who done it til the end. Cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Not what it seems. This time an art gallery is the place the murder pops up. Cassie's paintings are being featured in a gallery and they just don't fit in. Gemma wonders what Jon Kelsey, Cassie's new boyfriend is up to. Of course she doesn't like him so she doesn't trust him. After an old girlfriend dies there Gemma gets suspicious and that causes trouble between her and Cassie. With the twists and help of the old biddies this is another great read. This is quickly becoming a favorite series Not what it seems. This time an art gallery is the place the murder pops up. Cassie's paintings are being featured in a gallery and they just don't fit in. Gemma wonders what Jon Kelsey, Cassie's new boyfriend is up to. Of course she doesn't like him so she doesn't trust him. After an old girlfriend dies there Gemma gets suspicious and that causes trouble between her and Cassie. With the twists and help of the old biddies this is another great read. This is quickly becoming a favorite series

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    It had been a while since I first visited Gemma and the gang so it took me a few minutes in to the reading to get my barrens but once I did it took off and was a lot of fun. To Gemma's mother's dismay, she bought a tea room and decided to do what she was passionate about instead of making the big bucks with her Oxford degree. The tea room has been doing pretty good and her friend is getting a much-deserved chance to display her art at a gallery. The only bad thing about that is Gemma can't stand J It had been a while since I first visited Gemma and the gang so it took me a few minutes in to the reading to get my barrens but once I did it took off and was a lot of fun. To Gemma's mother's dismay, she bought a tea room and decided to do what she was passionate about instead of making the big bucks with her Oxford degree. The tea room has been doing pretty good and her friend is getting a much-deserved chance to display her art at a gallery. The only bad thing about that is Gemma can't stand Jon Kelsey the man who runs the gallery and is currently Cassie's boyfriend. There is just something about him that gets on Gemma's nerves. Then a lady shows up at the gallery exhibit and looks to be pretty drunk, she rants to Jon about some things and later ends up dead in the gallery. This brings in Devlin who is Gemma's ex-boyfriend who is now a detective inspector and it becomes his case. Gemma is pretty sure that it's Jon but she thinks it might be just because she wants it to be him. The Old Biddies that think they are Agatha Christie thinks it was the bartender. It seems that Sarah wasn't very well liked by many people. It's a good thing Devlin doesn't mind a bit of help solving the case. I like Gemma, she took a whim and opened up her own place when she could be working a plush job somewhere. So I am glad to see that her tea room is starting to get popular and the people there seem to care about her well-being. I love all the side characters as well and they seem to just work well together to bring a great story along. Gemma's mother is obsessed with buying things online and that turns out some real fun stuff...lol. The old ladies got a chance to have fun in the tea room and help out and I think they really enjoyed that. Sometimes being retired just isn't much fun after it's been a few years. They liked being useful. Then there is Devlin who just sounds sexy and her is a cop to detective to boot. I like the idea of a second chance after the two characters have grown up a bit. They have changed and maybe this time it will work. Which makes me feel sorry for Licholn cause I think he likes Gemma but he is just a friend in her eyes. Tea with Milk and Murder was a fun second book and I was a bit surprise but then not really surprised by the killer (if that makes sense...lol). If you are a fan of cozies then I think you will like this one. Tea anyone? :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I had the fortune of reading and reviewing an ARC of the first book in this series and found it to be such a charming read that when I was asked by the author to read and review the second book I immediate said yes. Apparently, the plan was to release the first two book within a short period of time of each other to generate buzz for an author that is new to this genre. This book was just as charming as the first and I enjoyed it just as much. It is an easy and fun read. The story is well written I had the fortune of reading and reviewing an ARC of the first book in this series and found it to be such a charming read that when I was asked by the author to read and review the second book I immediate said yes. Apparently, the plan was to release the first two book within a short period of time of each other to generate buzz for an author that is new to this genre. This book was just as charming as the first and I enjoyed it just as much. It is an easy and fun read. The story is well written and the plot has a great pace that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. the author also has a terrific descriptive style and as you read the story you can picture yourself sitting in the tea room or walking around Oxford. At first, after the murder occurred, it didn't seem like there were going to be that many suspects and the mystery might be easy to solve. That turned out not to be the case. As Gemma begins to investigate (of course she has to because her best friend Cassie's boyfriend could be a suspect) there are plenty of twist, turns and red herrings thrown into the mix and when the killer was revealed I was surprised. The mystery in this book was as solid as the first and had just as climatic of a conclusion. I love the characters in this story. Gemma is terrific. She is smart, warm and caring. The "Old Biddies" make a return and once again they provide Gemma with some "assistance." I was a little miffed that Cassie allowed her boyfriend to come briefly between her friendship with Gemma, but as is typical with best friends those fights never last long and the relationship between them is strong enough to survive the fight. In this installment, I fell in love more with Gemma's mother. While it appears she has mastered remembering her iPad password, she has discovered online shopping and wait to you see what she buys. I'm not a cat person, but Muesli is growing on me as well and the interaction between her and Gemma qualifies her as a secondary character in my opinion. This is a charming series that I find to be well written with solid mysteries and great characters and I will be back to visit the tea room in March 2016 when the next installment is due out. I was provided a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review and the thoughts expressed are my own.

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