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.
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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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.
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. :-)
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.
FISHING FOR A MURDERER is the second 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.
I’ll admit it – I love puns. This story is full of puns, old jokes, and well-handled clichés. It had me smiling, giggling, and belly laughing. Don’t we all need more of that!? Many of them were fish related since the murder victim owned a bait and tackle store. My favorite, when questioning a suspect, was: ‘I had her hook and line. Now I just had to sink her.’
I did have to suspend my understanding of how policemen work and what they – or older brothers – will tolerate. That’s called literary license. Suspend it! Delight in the fun and the sass.
I enjoyed this book and I look forward to listening to more as they are released to audio.
Narration: In the first book, I complained that the narrator was speaking too fast. She has improved already. She is still speaking too fast at times, but overall it is better and I wasn’t driving nervously. Ms. Carr has a pleasant voice and I hope she continues working on her craft.
Note: while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.
Title: FISHING FOR A MURDERER
Series: Hope Hadley Cozy Mysteries #2
Narrator: Rachel Carr
Length: 3 hours 16 mins
Publish Date: 03.08.117
Audible Release: 01.29.2018
Category /Genre: Cozy Mysteries
Recommended for: 12+ due to content
Received from: Meredith Potts (via Audiobookworm as an Audible gifted copy)
the book was as good as the first one I liked it very much the main character was a very well written one very well described in such a short book I loved very much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
Hope is back in her hometown and settling in nicely, that is until her new employee is accused of murder by her police officer brother. In true Hope fashion she takes it upon herself to find out who really committed the murder. This is a super fun series and the books are fast listens with great narration.
Hope is now living in Florida, and she's doing well: she has a shelter for abandoned pets, enjoys her job and there is even a blooming romance to look forward. But, of course, things can't keep so calm around her. There is a murder and the main suspect is an employee of the shelter. Not only that, but the official who is investigating is Hope's brother, with whom she doesn't have a really good relationship...
So, of course, leaving aside her brother's warnings, she goes heads-on into investigative mode.
This is quick and sassy (sorry, I couldn't help myself!) and I loved it. Entertaining and fun, this is a lovely story and I'm really looking forward to the next one.
Rachel Carr does an amazing job narrating this book, and her interpretation improves the enjoyment of the story.