Sunday, March 18, 2018

Caramels with a Side of Murder (Book Two)

Author: Meredith Potts

Narrator: Lisa Beacom

Publisher: Meredith Potts

Series: The Daley Buzz Cozy Mysteries, Book 2

Released: Jan. 25, 2018

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Sabrina Daley's world is turned upside down when a local psychic predicts that her missing sister will be found.

Unfortunately, the psychic, Miss Terri, is unable to provide any further details.

Desperate for something more to work with, Sabrina shows up at Miss Terri's house the next day, ready to beg for another psychic reading. Instead, Sabrina finds Miss Terri's lifeless body.

So when the local police have trouble solving Terri's murder, Sabrina sets out to bring the psychic's killer to justice before they strike again.





Meredith Potts loves corgis, cupcakes, and captivating books. Her mysteries usually feature all three.

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My Review: 3 1/2 *

Caramels with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts is book 2 in the Daley Buzz Mysteries Series. This book pretty much leaves off where book 1 Chocolates with a side of murder leaves off. This time Sabrina is taken by her best friend to visit Miss Terry the town psychic. Miss Terry tells Sabrina her sister will be found, but gives her no more information. The next morning Sabrina heads back to ask Miss Terry more questions. Instead of talking to her she finds Miss Terry dead.

David, Sabrina's cop boyfriend is on the case to solve the murder. Sabrina weasels her way into investigating the murder as well.

I personally do not like Sabrina or David. They interrogate everyone as if they had evidence they were guilty, instead of no evidence at all. I felt so bad for the poor son and sister. The way the 2 went after them was just shameful, but yet they were so easy on the boyfriend. They have no evidence on anyone so everyone is considered guilty until proven innocent.

When Sabrina runs into Melissa from book 1 who she accused of murder. I wanted to slap Sabrina when she got all huffy when Melissa does not accept her apology. She only apologized to try and get info on someone anyway.

I do think David should be taking the lead on the investigation instead of standing back and letting Sabrina do it. If Sabrina wants to be a cop maybe she should go to school and get her badge.

Lisa Beacom narrates this audiobook. I do prefer her narration over book ones narration with Lainie Pahos. She does very well with the character voices and kept my attention better.

I think if the characters were a bit more likable I would enjoy this series more. The story lines are good. The mystery is really good and leaves you waiting until the very last pages. That I really like. I don't really like knowing within the first few chapters who the murder is.


I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Meredith Potts. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Meredith Potts

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • It’s an incredible experience hearing your words read aloud. Writing is such a solitary activity that it feels particularly special listening to a narrator make your characters come alive.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I certainly believe that it doesn’t hurt to have a playful, humorous writing style with snappy dialogue. Then again, whodunits probably translate well to any format. After all, who doesn’t love a good mystery?
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I held an open audition. That’s how I’ve found both of my wonderful narrators.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I used to work at a coffee shop for a number of years, so I used some of my real-life experiences slinging lattes as the inspiration for Daley Buzz, the cafe in my series. People are very particular about how they want their coffee and that is reflected in a number of scenes throughout the series.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • There’s a new murder case in each book of the series, which brings a unique set of new wacky characters and motives into play. As for the writing, I try to take the weekends off. Everyone needs a break now and then.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • The dialogue really stands out more when read aloud, I find. So much depends on the performance of the narrator, which is why I’m so glad that I found two fantastic narrators.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • It really is hard to go wrong with chocolate.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • I love writing a series because it allows me to explore different parts of a character’s personality and shine the light on various aspects of their life.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Write to market. And invest in the marketing of your writing.
  • What’s next for you?
    • There’s a Daley Buzz spinoff on the way. I can’t wait to share the new series with my readers and listeners.

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Book Two

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Turning Another Page

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Angel's Guilty Pleasures

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Book Lover in Florida

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The Cozy Pages

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