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Murder of a Restaurant Critic

Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 7
Narrated by: S. L. Crawley
Series: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery, Book 7
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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Summary

Everyone's a critic. But sometimes words cut deep and the wounds turned deadly. 

That's what happened to Claude Giraud, the top restaurant critic in town. 

He had run afoul of the wrong restaurateur, and it is now up to amateur sleuth Hope Hadley to figure out which one.

©2017 Meredith Potts (P)2019 Meredith Potts

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Careful where you eat

The premise of the story is a good one, but after reading the title you know the critic is going to get it real soon; let's hope this doesn't continue on to reviewers of this book as we're also critics!

I found the accent a bit strong, but that's probably just me. I would have preferred a more generic accent to make the listening easier, but I understand that each book can not be personalised for every listener.

I expect there will be more in this series and I look forward to listening to them. I enjoyed trying to find the clues and identifying whodunnit.

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How about a little home cooking?

Murder of a Restaurant Critic starts well - Hope Hadley is the passenger in brother Joe's police car as they pursue a suspect through busy traffic. Then the reader is taken back a day to find out who, and why? From this moment, this reader basically lost interest. The plot was a good one: a vicious restaurant critic had been found murded, suspects were numerous, from chefs whose business had been destroyed by him to the about to be divorced wife. But the interviews by the detective couple, Joe and his sister, were trite, Joe, it seemed, constantly angry and Hope smug and patronising, becoming distressed when the case had not been solved in a couple of hours.
The narration, on the other hand, was excellent. S.L.Crowley has a very attractive voice which she uses to bring different character to all of the protagonists as well as injecting emotion into what is otherwise a flat and irritating story. The book itself is short, so does not allow for much development of plot of person, What can be done with the story is done by Ms.Crawley. Hers a good performance.Sent

Although I could not recommend this book to anyone as a good read, it is short enough to fill an hour or so with undemanding listening and, as previously mentioned, the narrator's voice is a pleasure to hear. My thanks to the rights holder of Murder of a Restaurant Critic, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom.

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  • rox
  • 24-12-19

WOW!

Great story. Ex-actress and her brother cracked another murder case. The narration was well done. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Kitty ranma
  • 04-09-19

Cute mystery

It strikes me that there doesn't seem to be a explanation for the stars that are given. So I thought I'd start giving my take on it.
1 horrible no redeeming qualities.
2 there are redeeming qualities.
3 good worth reading, or well written but not my cup of tea.
4 great but there's something off.
5 loved it.

This one was interesting. But I ask myself if I'll listen to it again, and I have to say no.
Reasons I enjoyed this audio book:
Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Action-packed.
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clean, collection, contemporary, humorous, mystery, recorded, series.
This Audiobook was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

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  • KC
  • 13-07-19

Good Cozy Mystery

This can be a standalone but it is in the series by Meredith Potts. I love the books that are lighthearted, clean and enjoyable. Her chracters are believable, the narration keeps your interest till the end. A restauant critic is killed and sh has to solve the case. Hope works withher brother and they have a close relationship. You will never know ti the end who did the murder. You will enjoythis in Audible or just reading it. I love both her Audible or kindle books. SL Crawley does an smazing job with the narration.

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  • grammatoni
  • 07-07-19

Murder of a Restaurant Critic Hope Hadley Cozy My

Hope is in the cop car with her brother Joe on a high speed chase. She's trying to figure out how to not panic and how the heck did she wind up in this situation. Flashback to days before...Hope and her boyfriend Daniel were at a movie then went out to have a bite to eat. She is a little taken aback when at their restaurant that the table they asked for and the drinks there requested were totally opposite from they had ordered. When Daniel asks what is going on That's when there server tells them that the restaurant critic was just there and everyone is freaked because he told them he was going to leave a scathing report. Then days later the critic turns up dead. Now it's up Hope and her brother Joe to find the killer in a town with a lot of people who holds a grudge against the murder victim.
S. L. Crawley is a fantastic narrator who brings each character to life. Her voice manages male, female and italian extremely well!
Fantastic audio and story!!

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 04-04-19

Quick finish

I have enjoyed these books but this one seemed to end very abruptly. Other than that it was cute , funny, and kept me thinking.

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 15-03-19

Murderous Reviews

When a restaurant critic known for his brutal reviews turns up dead, there is no shortage of potential murderers in this murder mystery. It's short and sweet. Perfect for an afternoon or a short trip.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 13-03-19

Very good

This was a very good listen. It has a great combination of mystery, suspense and a little romance.

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  • Katie
  • 07-03-19

Perfect for cozy mystery fans.........

Murder of a Restaurant Critic is the seventh in this series featuring Hope Hadley, but I had not read any previous books in the series and had no difficulty following the story. As a fan of the author's Treasure Cove/Daley Buzz series, finding this new series was a treat. Hope Hadley is an amateur sleuth with a knack for investigating murders, and she works to assist her police detective brother on his cases. With this particular case, Hope is investigating the suspects in the murder of a reviled restaurant critic, and I must admit that he was more villain than victim. With glimpses into all the lives he had ruined with his nasty reviews, the author introduced a lot of viable suspects, and I wasn't certain until the end which one actually committed the crime. As much as I enjoyed the mystery, it was really the give and take between Hope and her brother that cemented my enjoyment of this fun cozy mystery.

S.L. Crawley's narration was excellent. She had a smooth and pleasant delivery, and her voice worked equally well for the male and female characters. I would definitely listen to another of her audiobooks in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 06-03-19

great story

This time Hadley has to solve the murder of a restaurant critic. He had plenty of enemies. /She and Joe worked to find the killer. With all the enemies the victim had will they find the killer? I love this series. It keeps me entertained through out the book. The narrator does a fantastic job. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 28-02-19

another great short

another great short story by a wonderful author I loved the book very much it was very fast and fun and story was well developed for the length of the book and narrator was wonderful as well