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  • Call to Arms

  • A Detective Kay Hunter Crime Thriller
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country's most evil serial killers. Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn't the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil. Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser. But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her inquiries could do more harm than good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series keeps giving and giving

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-12-18

Call to Arms

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

There is a reputation that you make with everything that you do. For police officers, the precedent is set really high to succeed and close cases. Does that mean that closing the case as quickly as possible is always the best solution? What if you get the wrong guy? What if you destroy someone’s life who may be innocent? Amphlett has a great story, and they just keep getting better as the series continues!

An old case has been reopened because of the current suspension of DI Sharp, the caption of Kay’s unit. He was involved in the case pertaining to a man’s disappearance while still in the Military roughly around ten years ago. While he had suspicions about the case being ruled as an accidental suicide, the commanding officer Harrison closed the case faster than anyone could truly look into the events that occurred on that night. Now, knowing that Harrison is good at sweeping cases under the rug without all of the evidence, Detective Kay Hunter decides to give the case one more look. What she finds could save or break her captain’s career, especially if she doesn’t keep the reopened investigation a secret from the officers who could shut her down.

Amphlett has a terrific fifth installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Call to Arms. The character development is absolutely wonderful, shedding light on some characters from previous installments. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. The pace is perfect, fast and steady, making it easy to follow. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the fifth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but there are hints and nods back to previous installments.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett.

  • All the Missing Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Ms. Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,219

It's been 10 years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne's case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. The decade-old investigation focused on Nic; her brother, Daniel; her boyfriend, Tyler; and Corinne's boyfriend, Jackson. Since then only Nic has left Cooley Ridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stay with it

  • By Amber on 07-03-16

All the Missing Girls

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

In a small town where everyone knows everyone else, can someone really get away with murder? Miranda has an interesting story, filled with deception and mystery. What you think that you know can be changed in a heartbeat, leaving readers with a sense of intrigue and a need to finish the story to its end. A story told backwards from the disappearance of another girl is quite an unorthodox way to share a story, but Miranda nails it.

Nicolette has been away from her hometown for ten years and for good reason too. After the disappearance of her best friend, she didn't want anything to do with getting caught up in the same gossip and never-ending drama that seems to linger in the air. When her brother calls to inform her of their dad's condition worsening, she decides that it is finally time to head back. With a fiance and a new life, she knows that should hold her steady through the rough water that she is about to wade into. Upon arrival, the death of her best friend seems to be just as fresh as the day that it happened and it is suffocating. She can't pretend like it didn't happen and no one else can do anything, but look for the person responsible. Will this case take away everything that she has built up for the last ten years? Can she uncover what happened to her best friend all those years ago after looking at it again with fresh eyes? Can the murderer be closer to home than she realizes?

Miranda has a beautiful thriller, one with creativity, originality and superb character development. If you are a sucker for a plot twist, this will draw you in and keep you guessing to who the real perpetrator is. Is it family? Is it a friend? Is it a stranger? The pace is great, allowing the reader to capture scenes vividly and without interruption. Since this was an audiobook that was purchased, the flow of the story was relayed very well and the story seems to be well-written in order to flow as well as it does. Ross is virtually impeccable with her audio relay talent. This narrator makes the story come to life, more so than imagery that the readers can come up with through description alone. The only quip that may make the reader feel misled is the title of the book, if they judge a book by its cover. The phrase "all of the missing girls" would entail a vast amount of missing girls, but this wasn't the case. If you are a reader of thrillers, mysteries, and psychological crime fiction, you may be interested in picking up this book for a read.

A copy of this book was purchased by Turning Another Page. We provide a four-star rating for All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

  • Hell to Pay

  • A Detective Kay Hunter Crime Thriller, Volume 4
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter's investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women. With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay's determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her. Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition to this series

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-12-18

Hell to Pay

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Do the rich bad guys always win? If they have money, are they able to buy their way into all departments that actually can make their indiscretions and criminal activity disappear? There are always those who cannot be bought. Detective Kay Hunter and her team are sharp, determined and know what they are getting into with this fourth installment. Amphlett has a great story, filled with action, mystery and obsession.

The author does it again in this installment. For the fourth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, she is the one being hunted. The police department is supposed to be the one picking up the clues and hunting down the criminals, not the other way around. After having her colleague take out the cameras with expert care from her home, she still feels like she is being watched. Someone is being very vigilant in keep tabs on her and it could be the very person who can quite frankly cover up every bad deal of his with the snap of his finger. He has the money and the means do so very easily, making their job that much harder to pin their recent car crash and dead body on him. Detective Kay Hunter can play this game too though. She is determined to outsmart him and catch him at his own game, but she doesn’t realize that he has an obsession with her…a very deadly obsession which can turn the tide.

Amphlett has a great fourth installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Hell to Pay. The character development is absolutely terrific, shedding light on some characters from previous installments. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. The pace is perfect, fast and steady, making it easy to follow. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the fourth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but their are hints and nods back to previous installments.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett.

  • One to Watch

  • A Detective Kay Hunter Novel, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead. Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside. A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One to Watch is One to Listen To

  • By MarisaReads on 12-06-17

One to Watch

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Children should never be faced with death. It is immoral, it is devastating and it is tragic. But, who do you place the blame on? If it is cancer, the blame is placed on doctors or perhaps the man upstairs, but there is rarely ever vengeful thoughts or a demand for justice. When it is murder—that blame is placed irrevocably on the person responsible for abruptly ending that life. Murder makes everyone look guilty and suddenly motive is everywhere, but could it have been random? A complete stranger or was it someone close? Amphlett has an intriguing third installment in her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series which will leave readers entertained and guessing for most of the story.

Detective Kay Hunter is always the one with the whodunit cases. A teenage girl is found dead at a party that is meant to celebrate her purity pledge and engagement to the boy of a wealthy and well-known family. Secrets run amuck in this mysterious tragedy, but Detective Kay Hunter doesn’t have the clearance to get to the bottom of things quickly. Instead, since the families involved are high-end, they have to tip toe around all of the evidence that they find. It is easy to guess that everyone had motive to kill Sophie Whitaker, but who actually did it? Once the murder suspects are all out on the table, no one can hide behind wealth or fame. Can Detective Kay Hunter crack this case open or will this case be the one that ends her career? If she doesn’t watch her back, her superior may find reason to ruin her once and for all.

Amphlett has a great third installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, One to Watch. The character development is purposefully slow as to not give away the whole story-line right away, but the pace and flow are steady. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. The narrator may need to work on her accent building when shifting between British English to American English, as some of the dialogue was quite stiff and pronounced incorrectly, but sometimes that can be a very tough mission to accomplish. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the third installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but their are hints and nods back to the first and second installments.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett.

  • Will to Live

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as "Suicide Mile", it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder. As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway's recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer. With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Will Out!

  • By MarisaReads on 11-08-17

Will to Live

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Suicide is never easy to accept; however, when families of suicide victims find out that their loved ones may have been murdered, what feelings would arise? How would you feel? Would it be any easier to accept that someone took their life against their will instead of themselves taking their own life? Amphlett has an intriguing second installment in her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series which will leave readers entertained and guessing for most of the story.

Detective Kay Hunter is on the case, yet again. A man, or rather his body parts, were found on the train tracks after a woman witnessed and attempted to free him. Appearing to be a suicide, the case closes faster than it opened. With a gut instinct and after hearing that the man plead for his life before he died, Detective Kay Hunter decides to dig further even though it could cause her career to be on the line. After more supposed suicides turn up, Hunter gets more support from her squad, allowing them to begin investigating friends, family and associates of the victims. What do all of these victims have in common? Why stage all on the train tracks to appear as suicides? Could Detective Hunter’s assessments get her into more danger than she realizes?

Amphlett has a great second installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Scared to Death. The character development is purposefully slow as to not give away the whole story-line right away, but the pace and flow are steady. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the second installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but their are hints and nods back to the first installment, called Scared to Death.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett.

  • A Witch's Concern

  • A Witch's Path, Book 4
  • By: N. E. Conneely
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid. On the way to her parents' wedding, the delicate calm she’d been living in is broken. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed the first 3, this is better.

  • By Ian Mitchell on 01-19-18

A Witch's Concern

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Know any witches who would be willing to join the police force to keep back the evil and vile supernatural creatures from the light of day? What about any vampires, werewolves, unicorns, or trolls? This supernaturally charged fourth installment is highly entertaining, mysterious, and growing in paranormal suspense! Conneely has written a series, filled with humans and magical creatures who can both live simultaneously in the same place and still know who each other really is. That is very original and unlike the typical “keep it a secret from humankind”. In this fourth installment, the reader learns more about the history of clans and Michelle’s birthright in a long line of ministry bloodlines.

Michelle gets a flat tire and pulls off of the road to assess the damage. When she sees the complex nature of the flat, she knows that something is not right. Once another car pulls over to aide her, she not only doesn’t want their assistance, but she also suspects foul play. She was right. Previous claims against Michelle being clan-less has risen to a top priority for some people…including her grandmother, a clan minister of the Wapiti Clan. With Michelle’s power, any clan would be crazy not to want her on their side. Once desperation kicks in, things start to look ugly and danger begins to follow Michelle along with her family and friends. Can Michelle learn to always look behind her for the next attack or can she put things to rest for good?

Conneely has a superb story-line and wonderful character development in this fourth installment. The continuation flows perfectly from the previous installments. The characters are snarky, mysterious, humorous, and most importantly magically-inclined. The pace is very fast and provides a sense of thrill and urgency to the story, but not in a bad or harsh way. Since this was an audiobook that was provided, the flow of the story was terrific and the story seems to be well-written in order to flow as well as it does. Hays and Winkel are virtually impeccable with their dual audio relay talent. These narrators makes this story come to life, more so than imagery that the readers can come up with through description alone.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for A Witch’s Path by N.E. Conneely.

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  • Scared to Death

  • Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully." When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Police Procedural Makes the Mark

  • By MarisaReads on 10-18-17

Scared to Death

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Children should never be faced with death. It is immoral, it is devastating and it is tragic. But, who do you place the blame on? If it is cancer, the blame is placed on doctors or perhaps the man upstairs, but there is rarely ever vengeful thoughts or a demand for justice. When it is murder—that blame is placed irrevocably on the person responsible for abruptly ending that life. Murder makes everyone look guilty and suddenly motive is everywhere, but could it have been random? A complete stranger or was it someone close? Amphlett has an intriguing first installment in her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series which will leave readers entertained and guessing for most of the story.

Detective Kay Hunter is on the case. A girl has been reported to have been strangled to death in an abandoned biosciences building. With the ongoing search, the higher ups think this should be a clean open and shut case, especially since a man turns up in the local park with a suicide note and a suitcase full of ransom cash from the girl’s parents. The detective is not so easily convinced though. After investigating the crime scene and everyone who came in contact with her, she is determined that this girl will not be a cold case. Once another girl is kidnapped, it not only provides them more clues about the killer, but it becomes a personal vendetta for the police force. Will Detective Kay Hunter and her partner be able to find the girl before time runs out?

Amphlett has a terrific first installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Scared to Death. The character development is purposefully slow as to not give away the whole story-line right away, but the pace and flow are steady. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the first installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can jump right in.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett.

  • Rain of Ash: A Zyne Witch Urban Fantasy

  • Skydancer, Book 1
  • By: Gwen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Briana turned her back on her Zyne witch heritage to chase her dream career abroad. But when a tragic accident calls her back to her small town island roots, a spell cast in her grandmother's dying moments opens her to Oracle powers she's spent her whole life avoiding. Now, an enemy of old has surfaced, hungry for vengeance...and Bri's soul. Unprepared and untrained, she must harness the magic buried deep within her to defeat the demon of her past and save the man she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • new historical urban romantic fantasy

  • By Jennifer L on 06-09-18

Rain of Ash

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

What does it mean to protect a relic that has been passed down from generation to generation in your family? Knowing that some of your family members have died to protect this thing can be an enormous burden on your shoulders. Would you do the same? What would happen if you failed? Mitchell has an interesting spin on this new urban fantasy world shrouded with mystery, betrayal and secrets.

Briana has a nice, cushy lifestyle in Sydney, while everyone whom she ever loved remains in tight knit covens within the States. What does it mean to run away from your life? To run away from the every fiber of your conscience that tells you who you are and where you belong? Knowing that something is missing, Briana lives her life the best she can, but doesn't realize how truly unhappy she is until she heads back to the states after seeing her grandmother in spirit after her passing. What Briana doesn't expect is to be placed right back into the life that she so missed--as if she'd never left. Her friends are the same, her family is the same and the people in the town are the same, forever fearful of the curse that is supposedly tied to her family. When more people in the town start dying, Briana has no choice, but to stay and figure out how to defeat the murderer.

Mitchell has a enjoyable, creative and original urban fantasy novel with this first installment. The character development is great and the pace is genuinely pleasant. There are a lot of mysteries that are still present which leaves the reader wanting to read the second installment which can be quite a good quality. Unfortunately, the narrator's take of certain personalities in this book was a bit disturbing. The character voice relay was very light and didn't hold the depth of some of the scenes like the author appears to intend; however, this should not critically hinder the enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and urban fantasy, you may enjoy this book. With this being the first installment in the Skydancer series, readers can jump right in.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell.

  • Caramels with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Sabrina Daley's world is turned upside down when a local psychic predicts that her missing sister will be found. Unfortunately, the psychic, Miss Terri, is unable to provide any further details. Desperate for something more to work with, Sabrina shows up at Miss Terri's house the next day, ready to beg for another psychic reading. Instead, Sabrina finds Miss Terri's lifeless body. So when the local police have trouble solving Terri's murder, Sabrina sets out to bring the psychic's killer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator keeps your interest.

  • By cosmitron on 04-25-18

Caramels With A Side of Murder

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Murder is heartbreaking, tragic and final, especially when it is a loved one that is victimized. Disappearances may be even worse. With death, at least there is a way for someone to move on and to grieve over their loved ones. But, without a body and with the realization that they could very well walk into their lives again at any moment, it is a perpetual discontinuance of life. Life is on hold and they are left waiting continuously. Waiting and wondering.

Another murder in the quaint little town of Treasure Cove. How did this little town without so much as a petty criminal history, have become such a dangerous place to be? This was a travel destination for most, but after hearing about two murders…it will surely dry up faster than the killer can be found. Miss Terri, a local physic, is found dead the day after Sabrina goes for a reading. Is that just coincidence? The fact that Miss. Terri drops a bombshell of a statement right in Sabrina’s lap about her missing sister…one who Miss Terri should really know nothing about. With her detective boyfriend, Sabrina is on the case yet again. She has started to become a natural at detective work…one thing that she really doesn’t want to be good at seeing the string of murders has picked up in the town lately. Can Sabrina get down to the bottom of who struck Miss Terri out before the next murder?

Potts has an entertaining murder mystery; however, there are a lot of untied ends which may or may not be broadcast in later installments. The characters are all pretty detailed and cagey, allowing the reader to be suspicious of everyone that the victim knew. The pace is fast and flows together and the book seems to have been written well. This review is complementing the audiobook; therefore, this observance is from the voice relay. The narrator did personify the main character exceptionally well; however, her other vocalizations and personalities weren’t very pronounced or lacked differences. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, this may be something to pick up; however, it is recommended that the series be read in order since the second installment is a continuance of the first in terms of character involvement and reoccurring investigations.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page from Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Caramels with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts.

  • Chocolate with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lainie Pahos
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-27-18

Chocolate With a Side of Murder

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Murder is heartbreaking, tragic and final, especially when it is a loved one that is victimized. Disappearances may be even worse. With death, at least there is a way for someone to move on and to grieve over their loved ones. But, without a body and with the realization that they could very well walk into their lives again at any moment, it is a perpetual discontinuance of life. Life is on hold and they are left waiting continuously. Waiting and wondering.

With the disappearance of her sister Jessica, Sabrina still holds the hope that she will walk back into her life. It has been ten years, but still nothing has been found. No one remembers anything about the disappearance and there is still hope. When a body turns up in an alleyway, everyone is shocked and secrecy runs rampant within the small town. After her boyfriend, who is a police officer for the town, tells her that they have no leads on the murder of a neighboring shop owner, she plunges right into the investigation. She is determined that this case will not be the second cold case in the town. If the case went cold, Sabrina may not be able to hold it together. But, is she putting herself in danger if one of them is the killer?

Potts has an entertaining murder mystery; however, there are a lot of untied ends which may or may not be broadcast in later installments. The characters are all pretty detailed and cagey, allowing the reader to be suspicious of everyone that the victim knew. The pace is fast and flows together and the book seems to have been written well. This review is complementing the audiobook; therefore, this observance is from the voice relay. The narrator did personify the main character exceptionally well; however, her other vocalizations and personalities weren't very pronounced or lacked differences. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women's fiction, this may be something to pick up.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page from Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Chocolate With a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts.