All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 0) by [Hanna, H.Y.]



Gemma ditches her high-flying job and returns to Oxford to follow her dream: opening a traditional English tearoom serving warm buttery scones with jam and clotted cream… Only problem is–murder is the first thing on the menu and Gemma is the key suspect! And the only people Gemma can turn to for help are four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village – not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli. Who was the mysterious woman Gemma met on the flight back from Australia and why was she murdered? Now Gemma must find the killer, solve the mystery and clear her name if she’s to have her cake–and serve it too.

This PREQUEL to the OXFORD TEAROOM MYSTERIES includes BONUS CHAPTERS FROM “A SCONE TO DIE FOR” (BOOK 1). It is slightly shorter than the rest of the series – which are all full length novels – and can be read as a standalone, before or after any other book in the series.

All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel)
A Scone to Die For (Book 1)
Tea with Milk and Murder (Book 2)
Two Down, Bun To Go (Book 3)



Well what a super little appetizer to the series this novel is! It was totally unexpected and such a wonderful surprise. I have read all of the novels in the series and simply loved them all but this little novella is a little different as it takes you way back to pre tearoom days. When Gemma is on her way home from Australia with all her wonderful ideas about what she wants to do with her life she meets a lovely lady on the plane. Soon they strike up a conversation to pass the time but when they leave the plane the lady has left her scarf and Gemma decides to do a good deed and return it to her.

H. Y. Hanna again delivers a wonderful cosy mystery for Gemma and the little old ladies to solve. This makes a lovely addition to the series, where some familiar characters are given a little more background to them so you can see how they all come together in later books. I love the first appearance of Muesli the cat and glitter! This story is served up perfectly with a brilliant whodunit laced with humour and even more delicious recipes. A super addition to an already a la carte menu of novels.



Sign up to be notified of new releases, sneak previews, giveaways & other book news! Go to: H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense writer and the author of the bestselling Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. She has also written romantic suspense and sweet romance, as well as a children’s middle-grade mystery series. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a MSt in Social Anthropology, Hsin-Yi tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist for several years, with articles and short stories published in the UK, Australia and NZ, and has won awards for her novels, poetry, short stories and journalism. A globe-trotter all her life, Hsin-Yi has lived in a variety of cultures, from Dubai to Auckland, London to New Jersey, but is now happily settled in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and a rescue kitty named Muesli. You can learn more about her (and the real-life Honey and Muesli who inspired the characters in the stories) at:

H. Y. Hanna can be found on twitter @_HYHanna




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