Reading is a high risk activity. By that, I mean that when you start a book there are no guarantees you’re going to enjoy it. I hate giving up on a story, though, so unless I’m at the point where I’d rather do the housework – and that takes a lot – I’ll plough on to the bitter end, then invariably end up wishing I could get those hours back.
That’s why when I stumble across a book I love, I make it my business to get hold of everything that author has written.
However, as many readers will probably relate to, finding a book you really, really love is rare. You need to read probably around fifty to strike gold. Recently I’ve struck gold, and what to share my wonderful new find with everyone who loves, as I do, a cosy mystery.
The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, A Scone to Die For, by H.Y. Hanna had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I laughed out loud, I drove like a Sunday driver so I could hear more of it (I listened to the Audio version) and I felt completely bereft when I’d finished it.
I did, however, breathe a sigh of relief when I realised that A Scone to Die For was the first book in a series. I listened to the second book on Audio – Tea with Milk and Murder – straight after, and loved it just as much if not more.
H.Y. Hanna’s characters are brilliant – very well thought out and three dimensional. The heroine is likeable; the hero is irresistible; the mother is infuriating; and the ‘Old Biddies’ are hilarious.
I would urge anyone who likes a cosy mystery to give The Oxford Tearoom series a go, and if you like Audio you’re in for a treat, as the narrator’s accents and story-telling manner are great – very ‘easy on the ear’!
The third book in the series is due out on Audio in April, and the fourth in May, and I can’t wait!
You can read more about the author here http://www.hyhanna.com/