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Chocolate Cake with a Side of Murder

Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 9
Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
Series: Daley Buzz Cozy Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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Wedding season has come to Treasure Cove. But a shocking murder threatens to turn the entire town on its head. Even worse, amateur sleuth Sabrina Daley and her detective fiancé are unable to uncover a single suspect.

Will Sabrina be able to track down the killer before they get away, or will this case go cold?

©2017 Meredith Potts (P)2019 Meredith Potts

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Women are powerless when it comes to chocolate.

This obviously popular cozy mystery series by Meredith Potts comprises several individual murder mysteries paired with the idea of a particular food. This time it's chocolate cake, in particular chocolate cake with vanilla icing served as a wedding czke. Yes, the main female protagonist, Sabrina Daley, has a very sweet tooth and always has that little space waiting to be filled by pizza or, better yet, doughnuts, or chocolate or ...

Sabrina's friends Kelly and Timothy had a beautiful wedding (and delicious cake). With her own marriage to police officer David approaching, Sabrina decided to employ the services of Kelly's wedding planner. But before she can see her to discuss the event, Valerie, the planner, is dead found stabbed in the back in the chaos of her vandalized home. With nothing from the house taken, it was probably not burglary. But who could have done it, and why? Everybody loved Valerie.

So begins another frustratingly difficult case for nosey sleigh Sabrina and her long suffering policeman fiancee. With multiple cliches (but feelings, we're missing something, and 'Why did her life come to such a tragic end?'), the couple bustle about asking questions - and going for food.
Apart from the constant I said, he said, she said, I asked, which works in the written word but not so well in audio, there is some delicious silly chat between Sabrina's mother and grandparent, but the characters remain more cartoon than three dimensional. And the final resolution is both unexpected and unexplained, as far as motivation is concerned. But it is all good, silly fun and a very quick read.
The narration by Lisa Beacon is mostly good, she captures the impatient, rather empty headed main protagonist pretty well and reads the text with a light hearted delivery, voicing each character individually. But why, on why do all of the other fema!e characters sound so moronic? Never mind, all part of the fun.

My thanks to the rights holder of Chocolate Cake with a Side of Murder, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. There is a strange Enid Blyton charm to these stories that makes them almost worth reading.

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Cosy and fun

I have listened to quite a few of Meredith Potts books now, and I found they are brilliant for when I'm at work. Easy to listen too and not too complicated if I get distracted with actual work ha. All very fun and safe, if slightly formulaic.

This one was no exception. It wedding season in Treasure Cove, and with their upcoming nuptials Sabrina and David enlist the help of a wedding planner, only for her to be murdered before their first meeting! As they start to investigate another murder takes place, but are they linked, and will this help them come up with a suspect....

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

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Enjoyable bit of escapism

First I’ve listened to from this author. The characters are believable and likeable. It’s a short story. But you still have time to want to know more about them.

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  • 30-03-19

Lovely

I loved this audio book. I highly recommend this book.
Good storyline and great characters as always.
Great narrator too. 😻😹😽

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  • Bryan Spencer
  • 06-11-19

Chocolate Cake Murder

Chocolate Cake and Murder is a Fun snackable cozy Mystery. I can not wait to continue to dig into this fun series. The Narration was amazing as well and did a great job with all of the characters. So go ahead and dive into this series. Have a big slice of chocolate cake at the ready while you read.

At the time of this review, Audible did not have chapter titles for this title.

This title was provided free for review, however, this review is my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • Teri Hermans
  • 05-11-19

I am sad it's over!

What a great series! I highly recommend it. These were engaging and light. No horror, extreme emotions, or uncomfortable scenes. Jill Beacom is an excellent narrator. Her voices are so well done that it sucks you right in. You don't get caught up with the voice so you can focus on the story. Meredith Potts wrote an excellent cozy mystery series. The amount of conversation between the characters is so well done! And you don't even focus on the fact that it is in first person. Can't wait to visit Sabrina in some of the other books written by Meredith Potts.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 30-10-19

A wedding, chocolate cake and murder

Author Meredith Potts has done it again with one of her splendid A Daley Buzz cozy mysteries. I am in awe of how the storyline comes together and the delicious twist. I love her quirky but strong characters. The descriptive writing along with the smooth voice of Lisa Beacom as the narrator makes these two an amazing duo. I received this audio book upon my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of my own volition.

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  • Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
  • 22-08-19

Ah, wedding season!

Wedding season is here, but so is another murder. Sabrina is on the hunt for the killer before it goes cold.

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  • KC
  • 01-08-19

Great Cozy Mystery

This is book 9 in the series but a great stand alone book. Sabrina Daily gets engages and attends a friend's wedding. She loves everything about the wedding so she wants to hire her for her wedding. Unfortunately the next day the wedding planner is found dead. This cozy mystery keeps you wondering who did it. The narration is great, the characters are believable and interesting. Meredith Potts has done it again.

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  • Book reader
  • 28-07-19

Great Story and Awesome Narration!

I loved Chocolate Cake with Side of Murder! Meredith Potts is a fabulous author and I enjoyed the story. I was hooked from the start of the audible book until the end.

I loved the narration. Lisa Beacom is a wonderful narrator. I enjoyed how she changed the voice for each character and made the story flow.

If you love cozy mysteries, you'll love Chocolate Cake with a Side of Murder! Check it out!

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  • Deedra
  • 22-05-19

Chocolate Cake

This was an okay cozy mystery.It was rather predictable and unbelievable.There was way too much 'he said then she said ,then he said' Lisa Beacon was fine as a narrator for this material.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • cyndi
  • 30-04-19

love this series!

great story great narration! I love picking up this series when I get into the car. it's fun and short and a great listen. I was provided this audiobook voluntarily for review.

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  • Jan M
  • 30-04-19

Murder of a Wedding Planner

Meredith Potts has written another great book in Chocolate Cake with a Side of Murder. I loved how the investigation by Sabrina and David had so many suspects and twists. I hadn't figured out the killer until the end, which I really enjoy. Lisa Beacom was great performing this book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Victoria A Haugen
  • 29-04-19

DALEY BUZZ! GRAB A CUP!

I'M BUZZED and am loving it! :)
Another great series by Meredith Potts - really fun read/listen!

I really like Hope Hadley, she's always getting herself in the middle of a mystery, and it's always interesting :)

Most enjoyable listen, I'm definitely a fan of Meredith's books/series.
This one you should check out, very entertaining for your commute :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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