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Meredith Potts Cozy Mystery Anthology

Narrated by: Marley Welling
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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This set features five cozy mystery books:

  1. Killer Amnesia
  2. College Can Be Murder
  3. The Last Frontier of Murder
  4. Deadpan Murder
  5. Murder in Happy Creek

Private investigator Melanie Cooper's life is upended during her morning jog in the forest when she discovers a mysterious woman with a bump on her head, a bloodstain on her sweater, and a nasty case of amnesia. Melanie races against time to find out the woman's identity, how she ended up wandering the forest frantically, and where that bump on her head came from.

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Very simplistic, light reading

I love cosy mysteries especially if they have some humour, suspense and witty dialogue. This collection was threadbare in all accounts and I was left disappointed. I didn't like all of the stories because I felt like they lacked action. Everything we learn about the case happens through dialogue and the information is relayed after the fact during interviews.
I was particularly disappointed in the ending of 'College Can be Murder.' It was very rushed and I couldn't get over the actions of the PI. I couldn't believe that's how she handled the situation. I didn't like it.

I've read some of Meredith Potts work before and enjoyed them as light escapist reading.
The stories are quick reads. You can listen to each book in a few hours.

The narration sounded very tinny to the ear and it didn't sound like it was made in a professional studio. The narrator's actual performance of the story and characters was quite good otherwise.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the author at my own request.

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Brilliant

I love this set of books. Brilliant storyline and great characters.
I highly recommend this set.
Awesome narrator.❤️❤️😻

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  • Amanda
  • 24-07-18

Ok stories, not ok narrator.

So the stories may be ok but the narrator just destroyed it. Her voice is pleasant enough however that is the only good quality. She races through the story, ignoring periods and commas with reckless abandon. She also doesn’t act as much as read, sections that should be emotional sound the same as a grocery list. This prevented any emotional attachment to any characters. Add in several mispronounced words and....train wreck. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • paminocala
  • 14-01-19

I tried to like the narratorl

I attempted to listen to this book on three occasion. I could not listen to this narrator.

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  • JJLarson
  • 30-07-18

Meredith Potts

I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author, courtesy of Audiobook Boom, at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This anthology contains the following books in this order:

College Can Be Murder
The Last Frontier of Murder
Deadpan Murder
Killer Amnesia
Murder in Happy Creek

In College Can Be Murder, Melanie Cooper, a private investigator, was hired by Pastor Mark Richardson. His daughter, Jennifer, is believed to have jumped off a gorge. Mark doesn’t believe Jennifer committed suicide and wants Melanie to figure out the truth.

In The Last Frontier of Murder, Andrea McDougal’s boyfriend, Jake, a private investigator, doesn’t show up for their date, which is very unlike him. When Andrea finds him murdered in his office, she vows to find his killer. She teams up with her friend, Detective Adam Stone, to uncover the truth.

In Deadpan Murder, librarian Poppy finds out her good friend and mother figure, Lara Peabody, was murdered. Poppy has helped her boyfriend, a police detective, solve cases in the past, so she decides she will help with this one too. Unfortunately, the suspects are Lara’s three children.

In Killer Amnesia, we see Melanie Cooper again as she is running in the woods. She finds a scared and bleeding woman calling for help. The woman doesn’t know anything about herself or how she got there. Melanie’s boyfriend, Detective Steven Griffin, finds out the woman’s name is Amy, and that she was presumed dead after going missing over a year ago. When he tracks down Amy’s husband, things even get more mysterious. Melanie and Steven work together to find out what happened.

In Murder in Happy Creek, Rose Calahan is very sad because it is the 4th anniversary of her late husband Harold’s death. When her daughter, Kaitlyn, a police detective, asks her for help, in a murder investigation, Rose jumps at the chance. Rose’s former boss, Syd Harper, who was a private investigator, was murdered and the only clue is the label sticker of an old case file. The case was solved a long time ago when Rose was working as Syd’s secretary. All the people involved in that old case are now suspects.

Each of these stories were unique and entertaining, although a bit far-fetched. All the main characters took over the investigations like they had a right. I’m pretty sure in real life, that wouldn’t be an option.

Marley Welling as narrator for these books wasn’t my favorite. Although she has a really nice voice, her pronunciation of some of the words made me cringe. I think she may do very well with young adult books.

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  • Carla t
  • 10-09-18

Horrible audio

Many mispronunciations and paper rustlings during audio very distracting and took away from the writing.

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  • Sparky's Girl
  • 13-07-18

5 short and complete stories

All 5 of these stories are stand alone, complete short novels. That being said, there are a lot of similarities between them all. I think the best thing would've been to listen to 1 and then a different book all together and then come back to the next in the set. They wouldn't have seemed so similar that way.
The thing I had the hardest time with was the mispronunciation of so many words. A word here or there is no big deal, but there were multiple words in a short time frame, so much so that it was distracting to me.

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review

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  • Colorado Cowgirl
  • 29-04-20

Fun and intriguing short cozies!

This set of 5 cozy mysteries gives you a selection of some of Meredith Potts' strong female sleuths. Whether they are private detectives or just amateur sleuths, these ladies have a talents for solving complicated murder cases that the local police have learned to respect. These short stories are character-driven and all have lots of interesting suspects with motives galore. For those who want clean and less violent murder stories, they should love this set. I was not thrilled with the narration. The narrator had a bright and enthusiastic voice but she seemed to rush the story through and mispronounced most of the big words. There was also some background noise in the narration. Overall though I did enjoy these light, fun and interesting mysteries.

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  • M B
  • 22-04-20

Best Anthology from Meredith Potts EVER!

1. College Can be Murder
The ending was a total surprise that I didn't see coming, That doesn't happen very often, especially in cozy mysteries. Super Story!

2. The Last Frontier of Murder
This story made me sad. There was so much love that was lost. I hope this is part of another series where she finds someone else to love as much as she does the man in this story. However, it's a great story.

3. Deadpan Murder
This story wasn't so surprising. Early on in the story it's obvious that there are pretty much no suspects but the killer. This was my least favorite story.

4. Killer Amnesia
Totally awesome story! The main characters start with nothing, and slowly, painstakingly piece the mystery together to a shocking ending. This was my favorite of the Anthology.

5. Murder in Happy Creek
I didn't relate very closely to the narrator in this story. She is 75, and just has a different point of view than I'm used to. I truly enjoyed how she and her daughter interacted throughout.

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  • Joan Dieter
  • 04-02-20

5 amazing books!

All 5 of these books were exciting and entertaining! Each has a twist and turn murder! Great story lines as only Meredith can write! Curl up in front of the fire and read straight through. They are all standalone stories so you can meet some new friends too! Enjoy!❤️

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 24-12-19

A good compilation of Cozy Mysteries

This audio features 5 stories from Meredith Potts and narrator Marley Welling. The narrator was new to me and I found she was pleasant to listen too and did a good job bringing the stories to life for me,

I was invested in these stories from the start. The intrigue and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat as I listened to
these stories and I I admit to being surprised with the turn the stories took.

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  • barbara
  • 28-11-19

Meredith Potts Cosy Mystery Anthology

I enjoyed these stories, although was sad moments, so was a definite tissue box story. I really liked how the stories enfold and how the author mixes emotions. A definite listen for a good cosy mystery fan. The narration was good.