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Fishing for a Murderer

Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Rachel Carr
Series: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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After losing both her job and her boyfriend, actress Hope Hadley trades Hollywood, California, for her hometown of Hollywood, Florida. Before she has a chance to piece her life back together, her best friend's boyfriend is murdered. Even worse, the local police wrongfully suspect that her friend is the killer. Determined to clear her friend's name, Hope sets out to find the real killer herself.

©2015 Meredith Potts (P)2018 Meredith Potts

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Great Read

Fishing for a Murderer by Meredith Potts was a great read. This is book two of the Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series. Hope not only lost her job but her boyfriend. Before she can get everything in order her best friends boyfriend gets murdered. Hope wants to clear her name and will do anything to do so. I loved this book and can’t wait to read more by Meredith Potts.

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Hope is a sassy & strong lead

If you’re someone who needs a story to seem ‘by the book’ realistic or life-like then you probably won’t like this. But if you want to get into a short cozy with a sassy heroine that you can get lost in (and laugh a bit), then you’ll love it! The lead character intensely interrogates a lot of suspects & while her tactics can be a bit harsh, it gets the job done! Hope is strong, confident & determined to prove her best friends innocence. We could all use a friend like Hope on our side!

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Good read/listen

Fishing for a Murderer (Hope Hadley #2), my eighth short read/listen from author Meredith Potts. Another cute, well-written & enjoyable clean cozy mystery, the second in this series. I was been given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Rachel Carr’s talented narration adds to the book's enjoyment. I look forward to reading more in this series & from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Grab your gear.

Helping a friend and solving a murder. Leads an ex-actress into trouble with the local law.

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Enthusiastic storytelling, fun listen

Second in the series. Love the energy Hope put into solving the mystery. Her loyalty to her friend was great, and her approach to sleuthing was not quite conventional. The introduction of Danny will give the series a little more. Rachel Carr's narration injected Hope with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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Great interesting Mystery

Meredith Potts has done it again. She does her mystery series but they can be great stand alones. She has believable and interesting characters. Rachel Carr does a great job with the narration and keeps your interest.This isa quick read with no sex or foul language. Great for a fun family night . Hopes friend Paige is the prime suspect for murder. Hope anamateur sleuth decides to investigate to clear her. Her brother Joe doesn't want her involved in the investigation. I enjoyed this book.

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Fishing for a Murderer Hope Hadley Cozy

Hope is back home in Hollywood, Florida. She has opened a doggie center where no dog is euthanized. If she and her staff can't find a forever home for the dogs, they have a home with them. There she meets a man named Daniel, who has adopted an older dog. Then her friend Paige comes in totally disheveled and upset. Eventually she tells Hope that she and her boyfriend have broken up. Shortly after that Hope's brother, Joe the detective, comes in to question Paige on the murder of her ex boyfriend. Joe won't take Hope's word that her friend isn't guilty and decides to do some sleuthing. She digs out her old outfit she use to use when she went out in Hollywood, Ca.
Rachel Carr is a fantastic narrator and brings each character to life.
Fantastic audio and story.

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Not good

I don't know why I thought that this book would be any better than the first one, Fame is a Killer - I guess that I was hopeful and wanted to give this series a second chance. However, it was just not good.

First off, the main character was not any more likeable in this second book than she was in the first. In fact, I think that she was even worse the second time around as nothing about her changed and it was more of the same irritating personality traits. I mean, how dense was Hope that she didn't realize that people would be angry about being blocked into their driveway and proceed to be 'harassed' by a former actress (with absolutely zero qualifications) about a murder.

Furthermore, I still struggle immensely to believe that Hope Hadley is meant to be in her 40s; she reacts much like a petty teenager. It was weird.

As for the actual plot, I believe the mystery had potential. Nonetheless, there appeared to be large gaps in the narrative; as a reader, it seemed like one moment she goes from solving the mystery to having the mystery solved without any actual explanation into the investigation process.

Finally, in terms of the narrator, I found the narration adequate enough; it wasn’t a groundbreaking performance or anything, but it was not awful either.

Overall, this book was a huge disappointment. I generally love cozy mysteries, but this series has given me headaches from the amount of eye rolling. I suppose if I had to pick any positive in this experience at all, it would be that at least this series makes decent background noise as you don’t have to pay any attention to it at all. I wholeheartedly do not recommend this for reading material.

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Hope's on the case...again!

Fishing for a Murderer: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel Carr is fun series to follow for lovers of cozies! Enough of the storyline is repeated from Book 1 if you wanted to treat this as a stand-alone. I enjoyed Book 1 enough to purchase the entire series, and I'm sure fans of the genre will feel the same. It is a quick listen at about 3 hours 20 minutes...great for a Saturday afternoon at home or for your drive to and from work. When ex-Hollywood actress Hope Hadley finds herself out of a job, she moves back to Florida, where she is originally from. It is here that she runs an animal shelter. As time goes on, Hope learns from her detective brother, Joe, that her friend/employee, Paige, is the prime suspect in a murder investigation....the murder of Paige's ex-boyfriend, Mark. Not wanting to see her friend go down in flames, Hope takes it upon herself to find the real murderer and clear her friend's name. How hard could it be? C'mon...she has several years of experience as a detective...a detective in a TV series that is...

Rachel Carr's narration definitely added to my enjoyment of this book. I feel she did better in Book 2 than she did in Book 1, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from her in Books 3 & 4! I feel that her interpretation of the plot brings the characters to life. She has great inflection and plays the part of Hope Hadley very well.

Overall, I feel Fishing for a Murderer: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2 deserves a rating of 4 stars. While the storyline is engaging and the characters make me chuckle, I think there are parts that could use a little tweeking. I may have noticed this more because I am choosing to listen to one audiobook right after the other, but I felt that there was too much repetition of dialogue and background information from Book 1. In my opinion, there are many ways in which characters can express themselves. However, when the same exact wording (across books) is used in specific instances, it's only a matter of time before it is noticed. I also feel that the background information of Hope's could have been revealed differently to readers/listeners. With the many references and mentions of her past life as an actress, a re-telling of Book 1 isn't necessary. As someone who has already made it through Book 1, this was too repetitive, and those who have chosen to start with Book 2 without reading Book 1 will not have a problem picking up on the fact that Hope was once an actress. Even though this is a fairly short book already, sticking with the idea of "less is more" would turn this book from good to great! Obviously, this is just my personal opinion. I'm looking forward to continuing this series, and I'm headed to my Audible library to download Book 3 right now. Yay!

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

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Short and full of sass!

Hope Hadley is a character that you cannot help but love! This second installment of her series as an amateur sleuth and it is fun from the very start! When her employee, Paige's ex-boyfriend is found murdered with his own fishing knife, Hope sets out to find the murderer. Her policeman brother, Joe does not want her anywhere near the investigation, but with a strong will and lots of energy, Hope takes on the challenge anyway. Potts has a way of creating characters with larger than life personalities. The story is fun, fast paced and will make you laugh with all the situations Hope finds herself in.

I enjoy the narration by Rachel Carr. Her voice is smooth and very easy to listen to. She has become Hope for me, and am glad she is continuing the series.