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Fame Is a Killer

Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Rachel Carr
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Hollywood actress Hope Hadley doesn't think that things can get any worse for her. In the last 24 hours, her boyfriend has broken up with her and her long-running police procedural TV show has been canceled.

When a homicide detective shows up at her door the next morning with news that her ex-boyfriend has been murdered, she realizes that her troubles are just beginning. She is shocked - not only to learn of her ex's death, but also to find out that the police consider her to be a suspect in the killing.

Hope soon realizes that the only way to clear her name is by finding the real killer herself.

©2016 Meredith Potts (P)2018 Meredith Potts

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Cute fast mystery.

Where does Fame Is a Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Better then average............. is so quick that you never get bored.

What other book might you compare Fame Is a Killer to and why?

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What about Rachel Carr’s performance did you like?

She is a good narrator with an optimistic perky voice that keeps the story moving.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Fast & funny!

This is a cozy surprise! Fame is a Killer is a quick mystery featuring Hope Hadley , an actress who has her TV show canceled, is dumped by her boyfriend finds herself as the suspect of his murder. With no alibi, she uses her learned skills from her acting role to seek out the murderer and clear her name. Holly is a strong character, and I find her easy to relate to. This is fast paced, has interesting characters and is full of lighthearted fun.

Rachel Carr's narration is full of the exaggeration and quirkiness that I expect with a character like Holly. She keeps a good pace and made for an enjoyable listen.

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Not so cozy

Fame is a Killer - Cozy Mystery

Not as good as I was hoping for. I just couldn’t connect with the main character, finding her shallow and unlikeable. There is a lack of emotion in the story. It ended up being a mystery without the cozy.

The narration was okay, but there was no variety of voices for the different characters.

I received this audiobook free for an honest review from Audiobookworm.

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Probably better in print than audio

I'm always on the hunt for new cozy mysteries and there seems to be plenty of wonderful choices in the audiobook world. The premise of this series caught my interest as I enjoy cozies with actresses, Hollywood, or celebrities. There are times I want something quick and short and the first book in this series, Fame is a Killer, fit the bill (pun intended) at a little over 2 hours long.

Holly Hadley is having the worst day of her life. First, the TV show Sassy Sleuth in which she played the lead character has cancelled, supposedly because she is considered "over the hill" in Hollywood at age 40. Then her loser actor boyfriend Trent Harper dumps Holly during the TV show's wrap party because he has a new girlfriend, a 19-year-old version of her former self. Worst comes to worst when Trent is found murdered.

Since Holly played a detective in her TV show for 7 years, she thinks she has acquired the skills to solve this murder herself, right? One caveat, she is the prime suspect. However, that doesn't stop Holly from trying to clear her name. It's hard to resist a book who has a character who is that optimistic.

As Holly teams up with her BFF Jenna to solve the mystery, it provided lots of entertainment and light-hearted amusement. Although the mystery seemed pretty well plotted out and not overly complicated, it did not provide any surprises. I do plan to continue with the next book in this series as I'd like to find out what is the sequel to Holly's life.

Rachel Carr is a new narrator to me. With straight narration and no dialogue, the narrator did a good job. She had a pleasant voice that was crisp and clear. She provided the right amount of perkiness to the main character, Holly. The pace was perfect. I normally adjust my narration speed between 1.2-1.5X as most narrators seem too slow for my ears. With this narrator, no adjustment was necessary and seemed just right at 1.0X speed.

I would like the narrator to explore more vocal ranges, tones and pace with each character. There was little to no distinction between the character narrations, male or female. The narrator monotonically used the same pitch, tone and pace with each character's dialogue. Holly sounded the same as Jenna, who sounded the same as Trent, who sounded the same as Amy, who sounded the same as Scott, and so on. This left me confused and dissatisfied. For this very reason since I enjoyed the mystery, the main character and the supporting characters very much, I plan to continue with the series; just very unlikely on audio.

Story: 4 stars
Narration: 2.5 stars


I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Actress or detective? You be the judge.

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. So far I've never given a 1.
2 blah but there are redeeming qualities.
3 ok worth reading.
4 great but there's something off.
5 loved it.

So now about this story. A great beginning for a series. I can't wait for more of this series, I want to say more about this story but I absolutely hate spoilers, so I won't do it to you by going into details. I wish we could give half stars I'd have given this a 4 1/2 stars.
The narrator brings the story to life.
Reasons I enjoyed this audio book:
Witty, Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Easy-to-read/listen, Entertaining, Funny.
Bookshelves/tags:
contemporary, humorous, mystery, series, short.
This Audio book was given to me at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

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Loved it.

I enjoyed this story. I love this series. I have read several in this series but had not started with book 1. I look forward to listening to more in this series. I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.

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Nice cozy mystery

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. the characters were likable, and the author kept us guessing until the end. There were some twists, which made it more enjoyable. Though there were some less believable parts of the plot or circumstances, it was a pleasantly spent afternoon with this well narrated book.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Fun Storyline!

It was a cozy mystery that made me laugh. I was cheering for the main character throughout the whole story!

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Fame is a Killer

Fame Is a Killer is a short cozy mystery that moves right along. I was able to listen in one sitting and was satisfied with the storyline and narration. The perfect amount of mystery for a book of this length.

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

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A great start to the series!

The audiobook Fame is a Killer: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel Carr is an exciting series that is fast moving and fun, with a storyline that is unlike any other cozies I've listened to. It's about Hollywood actress Hope Hadley, or should I say ex-actress, who is not only informed she is out of a job due to her show being cancelled, but also finds out her ex-boyfriend, of only one day, has been murdered, and she is the prime suspect! What's a girl to do when life starts to crumble? If you're Hope Hadley, you pick up the pieces and fight back!

Because I love the premise of this series, I immediately moved it to the top of my list and downloaded Book 1. The idea of an actress taking on the role of a real-life detective intrigued me. At a little over 2 hours, this couldn't be more perfect! Lately, I've enjoyed listening to shorter books in between the longer ones, so when I discovered the Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, I was thrilled! Its well-written and fast-moving plot is engaging and easy-to-listen to. I'm looking forward to learning more about the characters and their future endeavours.

The narration took some getting used to on my part, but as time went on, I realized that Rachel Carr is Hope Hadley. The pace, volume, and speed of her narration was right-on, and her use of inflection added to the development of the characters as a whole. It is clear this audiobook was professionally recorded, as there was nothing in the background that distracted my listening.

I've taken it upon myself to purchase the entire series, and I'm looking forward to learning more about these characters! I love the short length of these audiobooks, as they make the perfect companion while driving to and from work. I recommend the Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series to those who enjoy engaging storylines, quirky characters, and clean mysteries. If you're ready to find out if you have what it takes to solve the case, hop on board! I think it's going to be quite an interesting ride.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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  • Susi Moffat
  • 07-30-18

Fame is a Killer

I’ve listened to this Story twice now and for the life of me I can’t work out exactly how she figured out who the killer is. To add more drama at the reveal, the main character does a lot of detective work that we are not told about until the killer is being revealed. I don’t think it’s possible to follow clues and play detective with this story, and that’s half the fun.

Also, the main character is apparently 40 but speaks like a 20 year old. This stopped her feeling like a believable person, and kept pulling me out of the story.