Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chocolate with a Side of Murder (Book One)


Author: Meredith Potts

Narrator: Lainie Pahos

Publisher: Meredith Potts

Series: The Daley Buzz Cozy Mysteries, Book 1

Released: Oct, 23, 2017

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Sabrina Daley is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her sister 10 years before. Even though the case went cold long ago, she keeps holding out hope that one day she will discover what happened to her sister. Sabrina's life is turned upside down again when she discovers her friend's dead body in the alley way behind her family's coffee shop. If that isn't bad enough, after a week of investigating, the local police appear to be stumped. Terrified about a second case going cold in town, Sabrina decides to take matters into her own hands. She sets out on her own, determined not to give up until she has brought her friend's killer to justice.






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

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Lainie Pahos is a Chicago native who is currently based in Los Angeles continuing her work on stage and screen.
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My review: 3 1/2 *

I like a good cozy mystery now and then. This one was ok it wasn't great but I will be going back for book 2 before I decide my true feelings on the series. Meredith Potts takes us to the tiny town Treasure Cove CA. We meet Sabrina. She runs the family coffee shop and is dating David a police detective. When the owner of the Chocolate shop next to Sabrina's coffee shop is murdered, Sabrina steps in to help solve the murder.

Sabrina's character could use some improvement. Yes she solves the murder in the end but at the cost of alienating herself from half the town. The way she goes after her suspects and her line of questioning as well as her attitude just made her rude and not very likable to me. The book is very fast paced. The book starts off 10 years earlier when her sister comes up missing and has not been any clues to date. I am assuming this has part to do with her attitude. A lot of the book centers on her feelings towards the disappearance. I do hope in future books that mystery is solved. The book does leave a lot of loose ends on other things brought up during the book. Some of the characters just seemed tossed in with no true spot in the story, so hopefully in later books they will have established rolls. i do read a lot of series and never fully make up my mind abotu a series in book 1. A lot of times book one just basically establishes everyones rolls in later books and that is what I am hoping for.

I did listen to the Audiobook, which is narrated by Lainie Pahos. She done a good job with the story. She let me now when someone was happy, sad, or had other emotions from the tone of her voice.  Some of her voices she used grated on my nerves a bit, luckily those people had small parts in the story.

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 Narrator Lainie Pahos

  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I am an actor/singer and wanted to make money on my own time doing what I'm trained to do! It's a fun gig to do on the side!
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • I take lots of breaks! I only record for an hour at a time and then I will do push ups or sit ups or take my dog for a walk or something (I'm also a personal trainer so sitting and talking all day is hard for me!) When I come back from that I'm ready to go for another hour!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Yea! I listen to Audible a lot! I like to listen in the car or at the gym. I am very busy so it's hard for me to find time to sit down and read so I multitask!
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • I love getting to act and try out different character voices! It's a great way to use the skills that help me in my career.
    • Sitting for so long!! I need to take breaks and stay active! And it's hard on the voice too. Lots of tea with honey!
  • How did you decide how each character should sound in this title?
    • I look at the text and get context clues of where they're from or what they've been through and if the text doesn't say much then I invent a backstory for them!
  • What types of things are harmful to your voice?
    • Shouting and low voices. Many books written by men have a lot of male characters I find it difficult to record for long periods of time when I have to do so many different male voices.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Oh, I'd absolutely use it!! I think I'd go back to different eras and see some of my favorite singers perform!
  • If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
    • The Silverwing series. I just remember loving those little bat books so much!!
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I'd say that's incredibly dumb! Some people are auditory learners and they'll get more out of it if they listen to it. Other people have dyslexia and can't read very well. Plus some actors can bring books to life in a way someone who finds reading boring can't themselves. Some people are too busy to set time aside to read so they multitask with audiobooks. Everyone's situation is different and no one has a right to judge how others take in their entertainment.
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • I have a very large selection of burps recorded should anyone need them for an animated series! And puppy sounds as well. I'm a "take your dog to work" kind of person!

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