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Inner peace becomes difficult for Hope Hadley to find when she shows up for her yoga class one morning and discovers the dead body of her handsome male instructor on the ground in the studio. When Hope discovers that her instructor's good looks had caught the attention of a number of his married female students, the pool of suspects becomes surprisingly large. It's going to take more than some deep meditation for Hope to crack this case.

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Great Read

Murder of a Yoga Instructor by Meredith Potts was another great read by the author. This is book three in the Hope Hadley Cozy Mysteries series. Hope doesn't expect to find her yoga instructor dead when she walked into class. I enjoyed reading her and her brother finding the murderer. I can't wait to read more by Meredith Potts.

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  • Reading, PA USA
  • 08-03-18

A little short on story building

this was a very short audiobook which was not a problem but I think more character-building more storyline would have been nice

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GREAT PLOT

MURDER OF A YOGA INSTRUCTOR is the third book in the Hope Hadley Cozy Mysteries. While each will probably stand on its own, it’s probably best to read each in the order of release.

Now, if this is the first book you have picked up for this series and you think you are starting where a cliff-hanger left off, you didn’t. Great beginning! For such a short story, there are actually two murder mysteries in one.

While I like the set up for the story, I don’t particularly like the hostile dialogue. The suspects, Hope, and her brother, Joe, are all rude and argumentative during questionings. My suggestion is to sprinkle a little sugar around. Remember: you get more bees with honey. Of course, I do have to ask myself if that hostility is in the writing or only in the narration. I’m not certain.

So the long and short of it is that I liked the story idea, but the execution fell a little flat. It had a great beginning and a dark (true-to-life) ending. The one thing I do want in a cozy mystery – the bad guy doesn’t get away, so I’m satisfied for now.

Narration: Rachel Carr’s narration style would best be described as “rushed.” Take a breath. Relax. Not every sentence should have the same emphasis and cadence. While not monotonous, there is no variety in reading either. Rachel has a pleasant voice, but I had to listen twice just because I lost concentration due to the flow of her story-telling.

Note: while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: MURDER OF A YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Series: Hope Hadley Cozy Mysteries #3
Author: Meredith Potts
Narrator: Rachel Carr
Length: 1 hours 33 mins
Publish Date: 03.08.2017
Audible Release Date: 02.26.2018
Publisher: Meredith Potts
Category /Genre: Cozy Mysteries
Recommended for: 12+ due to content
Listenability: safe for little ears
Received from: Meredith Potts (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Favorite in series!

Murder of a Yoga Instructor: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 3 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel Carr is my favorite book in the Hope Hadley series so far. Running time is around 1.5 hours, making it a perfect Sunday afternoon treat! I started with Book 1, and I'm working my way up through each of the audiobooks in this series. I think some time has passed since Book 2 because Hope and her brother - a police officer - seem to have an improved relationship since the last time they were together. It was great to get to know him as a character! Although I think your overall listening experience will be more enjoyable if you start at the beginning with Book 1, Book 3 can definitely stand on its own two feet. If you are looking to just get one audiobook in this series, I recommend this one. It's entertaining, quick-moving, and contains no cliffhangers. 

Rachel Carr's performance as narrator is great! She plays a convincing Hope Hadley, and her ability to stay in character throughout the book (and entire series) is consistent. Her voice and inflection, especially in dialogue, is engaging, and I feel that she has added to my overall enjoyment of the series. It is very clear that she is well-rehearsed and knows the plot and characters like the back of her hand. She is an excellent narrator, and I'm looking forawrd to hearing more from her in Book 4! 

I recommend Murder of a Yoga Instructor: Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 3 by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel Carr to those looking for a short, but complete mystery, as well as to those who enjoy cozies and female sleuths as main characters. I feel that author Meredith Potts has grown as a writer since Book 2. Her ability to write short, complete mysteries with fun, quirky characters is to be admired, as there are some who have yet to accomplish the same in 300+ pages. Keep up the great work! 

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

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Relaxation and murder!

When Hope is looking to get away and relax a little, she heads to yoga. With her typical luck, she walks into the classroom and finds the instructor dead! With a little help from her brother, a plethora of suspects and her intuition, Hope sets out to find the culprit that committed the crime. We get to know Hope a little more with each book and I especially love her relationship with her brother, Joe. These two always have entertaining banter and work so well together in solving the murders. Meredith Potts has an incredible way of packing a short novella with details and well developed characters, leaving the reader unknowing til the end and completely satisfied.

The continuing narration by Rachel Carr is wondeful. She is Hooe and gives the story spunkiness and a cozy feel.

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Murder of a Yoga Instructor

This one started out a bit different than the others in this series, I felt like I was missing something. Of course each book in the series has been quite different form the last due to Hope's relocation. Hope sets out to relax and instead finds her new Yoga instructor dead. And now she off into another case. Great job on the narration.

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Gret series!

So, in this third book, we find Hope in a really bad situation: kidnapped, and about to be killed. Of course, being Hope, she manages to get herself free just to welcome her brother coming to the rescue. But even as she is physically unharmed, that doesn't mean she is not emotionally unscarred. So, even as her romance with Daniel is blooming, and her relationship with her brother is better than ever she can't get rid of that lingering anxiety left by her close call. She decides that yoga classes would be the perfect way to feel better, and there she goes.

Except... she's Hope, so when she arrives early for her class, there is a dead body waiting for her. She investigates the case alongside with her brother (and what joy that is!), and the story goes smoothly and entertaining until the shocking conclusion.

A lovely short story that you'll be able to listen in just an hour and a half, and will keep you smiling all the time.

Again Rachel Carr does an astounding job reading this story. When I see her name in an audiobook, I know I'm for a treat.