First published: January 22nd, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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BLUF: Cozy mystery lead by an amateur sleuth.
*I was provided a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review*
Plot: After a customer is found dead outside her tearoom, Gemma races to find the killer before her tearoom meets the same fate.
My Thoughts: Gemma is dead set on finding the killer, even before she realizes that the unsolved murder is a threat to her business. It’s unusual for me to read a book where the protagonist has no real reason to pursue the murderer outside of her personal curiosity.
I didn’t stop to ask myself why I was even doing this. Why was it so important to find out if my suspicions about the American had been right? Was it Cassie’s skeptical attitude? Or Devlin’s offhand manner with me that morning? Maybe it was just my own nosiness, I thought with a wry smile.
Of course, this isn’t a turn off – why pick up a murder mystery if you didn’t want your protagonist to go through the efforts of solving the murder?
Gemma is an amateur sleuth, which means many of her leads and convictions are well intended, but founded based on leaps in judgment. These are mostly understandable, but some of these leaps to left me a bit confused. (They may have been emotion-based leaps though and Im not good at following those.) It makes sense why Gemma would pursue one suspect at a time (when you are convinced somebody is the killer, why would you put your focus else where?), but I would have liked more suspects for me to guess between with equal amount of suspicion.
Gemma wears her emotions on her sleeve, which is a very foreign concept to me. When the detective on the case turns out to be Gemma’s ex from almost a decade ago, the reader can tell that she subconsciously senses that he is her most significant love (or, in my case of not being able to read emotions well, you can thank her best friend to share this information) even when Gemma fights against this fact. The roller coaster of emotions starts up every time they near each other – poor Gemma!
I enjoyed the relationships between Gemma and others. Her relationship with her mother is the best. (Her mother is a very proper lady. She doesn’t understand Gemma’s relaxed style or why in the world Gemma has not married yet. She means well, but awkward situations ensue.)
In all, I’m very content with this and I look forward to seeing what happens next on the series
A Scone to Die For is the first book in the Oxford Tearoom Mystery series by H.Y. Hanna.
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