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Chocolate with a Side of Murder Audiobook

Chocolate with a Side of Murder: Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Sabrina Daley is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her sister 10 years before. Even though the case went cold long ago, she keeps holding out hope that one day she will discover what happened to her sister. Sabrina's life is turned upside down again when she discovers her friend's dead body in the alley way behind her family's coffee shop. If that isn't bad enough, after a week of investigating, the local police appear to be stumped. Terrified about a second case going cold in town, Sabrina decides to take matters into her own hands. She sets out on her own, determined not to give up until she has brought her friend's killer to justice.

©2017 Meredith Potts (P)2017 Meredith Potts

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  • Troublemer
    11/02/18
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    "I am going to find the murderer."

    This was a pretty good book. I have seen this author before and has wanted to try her books. So when i was gifted this book for an honest review, i knew this was my chance to see how i would like this author. I enjoyed the story and the characters. However, Sabrina was very very pushy with her questioning. But she got the job done. I would like to listen to more in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Always On the Move
    Rain Coast
    24/10/17
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    "Fun cozy mystery"

    A great little cozy mystery (clean, no swear words or gore) to listen to on long drives. The start of a fun series. I hope there will be more books about these characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    United States
    18/02/18
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    "A fun cozy!"

    Part owner and barrista in the family coffee shop and involved with the local police detective, Sabrina notices some odd things happening in their town, the worst of which was finding the dead body of friend and neighboring Chocolatier in the alley behind their shops. She and boyfriend bounce ideas off each other when the easy suspect has a solid alibi, and as the days go on without solid evidence she feels driven to poke around and get in the face of each suspect. Very interesting in spite of the author leaving us dangling and wanting to know lots more about the other odd happenings in town! Definitely worth the read!
    It seems that I bought the ebook on sale in August 2017 and it's been sitting in my TBR pile. Then in February 2018 it was on offer from AudioBookBOOM and my request was fulfilled!
    Lainie Pahos is the creative narrator who does a great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    14/02/18
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    "A fun new cozy series! "

    This was a fun cozy, with the classic love story & comfort foods. But what I liked the best is that there is a longer running story line (which I think will go into book 2) which makes the series hook you in and want to know what happens next.
    The characters are interesting & the heroine is inquisitive & persistent as she hunts down the clues. The narration was very well done, I especially loved the mother/grandmother because of their sass.
    An overall fun lighthearted series & an interesting mystery to unravel.
    I was provided this review copy & gave my honest review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Azizov
    israel' or akiva
    12/02/18
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    "a mystery book can be sweet?"

    a sweet mystery book this is the definition of this story it was odd but very interesting it is even wasn't odd at all it was just sweet and a beautiful mystery book just it I loved it

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kandice C.
    11/02/18
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    "A very enjoyable cozy"

    This is a very enjoyable cozy. The narrator does a really good job of bringing the story to life. I read the book quite some time ago and found it was very enjoyable to listen to the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • April H.
    Kansas
    09/02/18
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    "chocolate without cozy"

    Chocolate with a Side of Murder
    : Meredith Potts

    I love a good cozy mystery so I was somewhat disappointed by this one. If this book is just to setup back story for the entire series, ok......maybe. If not it was left with too many loose ends. I will give the second book a chane.

    The narration was OK, Lainie Pahos didn't hold my attention.



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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • blueskies982
    Carthage, MS
    08/02/18
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    "Awful main character"
    What disappointed you about Chocolate with a Side of Murder?

    I had a hard time listening to this book for several reasons. First, the book starts out with some events that don't have anything else to do with the story. Mysterious light on at a haunted house? A crowd of men at an abandoned business? Then, a murder happens and these things never come up again. Are they foreshadowing for a future story? Part of completing a story is tying up loose ends.


    What was most disappointing about Meredith Potts’s story?

    Ms. Potts, why?

    Sabrina's sister went missing a decade ago, but she hasn't dealt with grief in a healthy way (except denial and stuffing her emotions?).

    A pushy customer demands that Sabrina sell her a locket that her sister gave her. Instead of saying, "No." Full Stop. "What can I get you?" Sabrina runs to the back to wallow in her grief. Poor Sabrina!

    But, during the rest of the story, Sabrina is pushy, rude, inconsiderate, manipulative, and meddling. She pushes the members of the murder victim's family (suspects?) when they say, "I want to be left alone." Instead of walking away her inner monologue says, 'The polite approach didn't work. I need to push some buttons!' She holds money over a homeless man's head out of reach until he gives her information! NO! At least make your character likable!

    During her early morning shift at a presumably busy coffee shop, she can stop to have long conversations with her friends and coworkers. She gives terrible advice to her friends. (Sure, a pill-addicted ex-boyfriend is a solid choice for a date!)

    Who doesn't call 911 when they see someone lying in an alley? Rest of the day, 'Poor me! I found a dead body! It ruined my day!'Sabrina's boyfriend, David, the police detective is equally useless. Everything I know about police investigations is from docu-series and police procedurals. And even I know that you don't stomp up to a bouncer at a private event and threaten him with a search warrant. No judge would see any probable cause.

    Why is Sabrina allowed to sit in on interrogations when she has no reason to be there? Why is she allowed to 'interrogate' suspects who (1) haven't be Mirandized or (2) been formally charged. That's tampering in a police investigation. Why does her opinion carry any weight, anyway? Does Treasure Cove need to raise taxes to fund the police force?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was okay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love cozy mysteries. But, this book was so frustrating I couldn't enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Missouri, USA
    08/02/18
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    "Wonderful under mystery!"

    Chocolate with a Side of Murder
    Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 1
    By: Meredith Potts
    Narrated by: Lainie Pahos
    This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
    I really enjoyed this busy, fast paced murder mystery. There were many interesting characters, twists and turns, great plot, and exciting side interests. The main gal sure is pushy to find the murderer, lol.
    The narrator was just perfect for this book. The emotions, timing, the transition, and voices all were done wonderfully. Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EJ
    06/02/18
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    "Enjoyable audio book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chocolate with a Side of Murder to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version so I can't compare it.


    Any additional comments?

    I started this in October and ended in January!! Mostly this was because I spent November in Japan and was listening to it on the plane when I dozed off (it was the middle of the night). When I got home I had to find my place again because I missed quite a bit. At the start I found the narration a bit flat but when I picked it up again I had no problem with it.

    The book feels like there must be more coming because there were a lot of unresolved issues. I will get the next book because I would like to know what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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