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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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
  • Southwest
  • 04-30-19

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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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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Sabrina solves the mystery again

Sabrina's story continues, with more murder to be solved. I've listened to many of the audiobooks in this series by Meredith Potts, and always enjoy the quick, fun mysteries while catching up with the returning cast of characters and meeting new suspects. In this case, who would want to harm the wedding planner who has no apparent enemies?

Lisa Beacom does a fine job with the narration, making this a great listen overall.

I received a free copy of this audiobook, and this is my honest review.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It has a great combination of mystery, suspense, murder and humor. The narrator has done a wonderful job of making each character come to life.

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Good read, plot needs development

This was a fun mystery and I really love these characters, but the plot is too simple for my liking. Performance was great.

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  • Nati
  • New york
  • 04-22-19

wedding planner's murder

Sabrina and David will solve the murder of the wedding planner they wanted to hire. Good amateur investigation as always with an amazing surprise at the end

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Another Great Cozy

This was another great fast paced cozy mystery! With the murder of a wedding planner, the investigation starts with no suspects until her husband dies and everyone becomes one. This book is filled with many twists, sweets, and lottery tickets. I loved going on another adventure with Sabrina and David in Treasure Cove and cant wait for many more to come.
Lisa did another great job with her narration! I love the slight character voice distinctions that she gives each character and the flawless flow of her performance.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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fantastic book

Another great adventure with Sabrina and David. This has murder and weddings. This time the duo was working to find out who killed a wedding planner. Great read. This series is a good, fun read. The narrator does a good job with each character. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-12-19

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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  • Ruby
  • 04-09-19

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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  • Christine R
  • 04-06-19

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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  • Mac
  • 03-30-19

Lovely

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