Another One Bites the Crust By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway

Dec 23, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Food Fun, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Another One Bites the Crust, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery is my all-time favorite! Starting in January 2016, A Scone to Die For introduced Gemma Rose, who after quitting her high paying job in Sydney, returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe, England, to open the traditional and quaint Little Stables Tearoom with her BFF. The tearoom becomes a popular destination for locals and tourists, the “Old Biddies” become saviors and thorns, a romantic triangle occurs with one real winner of Gemma’s heart emerging, and family…Gemma’s mom is a hoot, but after the first murder of a ‘rude’ American tourist, continued success is in question. But it delightfully turns around, and in the same year we get a prequel and four more marvelous mysteries that have made me a passionate fan: All-Butter ShortDead, Tea with Milk and Murder, Two Down, Bun to Go, Till Death Do Us Tart, and Muffins and Mourning Tea. In 2017, we are served two more deliciously creative tales in Four Puddings and a Funeral and most recent Another One Bites the Crust. And with a Glossary of British Terms and an easy-to-follow recipe for a traditional British treat included…I am in heaven!

bookOk, so a diet of Chelsea buns stuffed with raisins and brown sugar, sticky toffee pudding oozing with caramel sauce, and Victoria sponge slathered in jam and cream wasn’t the best idea (Wow! That was hard to write without drooling!), but Gemma still needs to find a Cinderella-inspired ball gown that fits. No fall back “little black dress” will do for the annual Oxford ball, even Devlin, will need to wear a black tie tuxedo. But despite dietary choices, her fashion dilemma, and a ‘doily’ explosion courtesy of the “Old Biddies,” the tearoom has been doing extraordinarily well including an online review raving about the “Little Stables” custard tarts and comparing them to those created by celebrity TV chef Josh McDermott. It’s a big ‘coup’ to be compared to such a brilliant chef, and the “Old Biddies” are excited to meet him since it’s announced he’ll be providing a cooking demonstration. Well, McDermott turns out not to be a cordial mentor-style personality, and then…the accusations of recipe stealing and using McDermott’s name for self promotion, women scorned, competing chefs, and…murder?

Yeah with a big fist pump! H.Y. Hanna has ‘baked up’ another delightful mystery to solve with a clever murder that supports the idea ‘Karma’ exists, at least in literature. But with enough twists and turns and ample motives and suspects to challenge and delight anyone’s inner amateur detective and with Gemma often in peril if not just from the “Old Biddies’” antics, this seventh book is a Top 2017 favorite. Her characters, albiet well developed and enjoyable, continue to grow as people do…and entertain? Absolutely! Gemma’s and Devlin’s romance may be derailed causing some drama, the “Old Biddies” continue to cause headaches and comic relief, and Muesli is always there to ‘meorrw’ in some bother. All of this creates a marvelous experience topped off with your own easy-to-follow recipe for Egg Custard Tarts! Yummm!

Another One Bites the Crust earns 5+/5 Egg Custard Tarts…Sinisterly Delicious!

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I am a self-proclaimed Anglophile which explains one of the reasons I’ve become such a big fan of H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery series, and as a matter of fact, also her Bewitched by Chocolate series which is set in the Cotswolds. With each book we are treated to a variety of typical British words, but we’re not left to our own devices or need to Google since she provides a Glossary of British Terms along with special terms used in the Oxford University community. But, it is fascinating and informative to also be treated to some typical or traditional British tearoom culture from the perfect pot of tea to the best tea sandwiches to serve. In Another One Bites the Crust Hanna gives us an excellent understanding of scones, arguably the signature tearoom treat. She explains creatively England vs the United States scones, how clotted cream is made, and addressing the debate over whether scones should be slathered first with jam (Cornwall-style) or first with clotted cream (known as Devonshire cream tea). Either way scones and these books are best accompanied by a pot of tea.
News BBC – Check out the debate over “How Do You Take Your Cream Tea?…Cornish? Devon?”

To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Another One Bites the Crust, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “crust,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 30, 2017. U.S. residents only for the print copy. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address. PLEASE STATE IN ENTRY WHETHER YOU WANT PRINT OR KINDLE & which book you want.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

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  1. Sounds like a terrific story. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. This sounds like another great read. Looking forward to reading the series.

  3. I would love to win this book. If I win I would love a print copy. Thank you for the chance. lamonicaks at gmail dot com

  4. Sounds great…I love mysteries. If I win I would love a kindle copy

  5. A new author for me. Would make a great read for cold MN days/nights! I’d like to enter for a print copy. Thanks!

  6. I just love mysteries with food and cats!

  7. Just love the mysteries and would love a print to read thank you for the chance!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! If I win, Kindle would be fine barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. This sounds like another great read. I would love to win a printed copy to hook some friends on H. Y. Hanna since our library doesn’t carry her books, yet.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  10. I would love to win a print copy of this.

  11. I love the title and love the cover. Happy New Year To Everyone. If I win, I would like a print copy. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  12. Big fan of this author. If I win, I would like a print copy please.

  13. Another one bites the crust….i love it!! thank you for the chance to win a print copy


  14. This is such a wonderful series. I’ve loved every single one of them. The Bewitched by Chocolate series is also a favorite!

  15. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series and am looking forward to more. ?

  16. H.Y. Hannah is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery writers, and I LOVE the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. I’ve read most of the books in the series (I’m up to Four Puddings and a Funeral) and I believe each book gets better and better!! Please enter me in the contest. If I win I’d love a print copy.


  17. Cute cover and Love the title. Thank you for the chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  18. This sounds like another winner. Can’t wait to read it!

  19. Thanks for the information on and review of “Another One Bites the Crust” By H.Y. Hanna. I, too, love when we are shown that ‘Karma’ exists! Also love cozy mysteries that are centered around food and baking both of which I love. I’ll take scones any way I can get them and do love them with a pot of tea.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Not going to lie, hoping to be the lucky one selected. 🙂
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  20. I love all the books in this series and would love to read this one! Her books are so good!

    faithdcreech ( at ) gmail (dot ) com

  21. I enjoy this series as well. Happy New Year!
    karen94066 at aol dot com

  22. Love to win. Thanks

  23. I would love to win an ecopy of your book. Thank you for the opportunity ?. My email is

    Happy Holidays ???

  24. This series sounds delightful! I love tea shops. I hope I’m not too late to enter since it is so early in the morning.

  25. We have a winner!

  26. Wow would love to win thank you for this chance too

  27. I love discovering authors that are new to me. Hoping to win a copy of your book


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