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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“Your sister will be found,” Miss Terri said. I had to keep my jaw from hitting the floor. Terri hadn’t just made a bold prediction. She had just made the kind of statement that could change the direction of my life. Before I could respond to her statement, I needed to get my bearings back. That was easier said than done. Especially since I had so many questions swirling through my head. At the top of the list was how Terri even knew about Jessica. I hadn’t mentioned my sister’s name to Terri. As a matter of fact, as I had sat down for this reading, I had purposefully given Terri very little to work with.
Murder is heartbreaking, tragic and final, especially when it is a loved one that is victimized. Disappearances may be even worse. With death, at least there is a way for someone to move on and to grieve over their loved ones. But, without a body and with the realization that they could very well walk into their lives again at any moment, it is a perpetual discontinuance of life. Life is on hold and they are left waiting continuously. Waiting and wondering.
Another murder in the quaint little town of Treasure Cove. How did this little town without so much as a petty criminal history, have become such a dangerous place to be? This was a travel destination for most, but after hearing about two murders…it will surely dry up faster than the killer can be found. Miss Terri, a local physic, is found dead the day after Sabrina goes for a reading. Is that just coincidence? The fact that Miss. Terri drops a bombshell of a statement right in Sabrina’s lap about her missing sister…one who Miss Terri should really know nothing about. With her detective boyfriend, Sabrina is on the case yet again. She has started to become a natural at detective work…one thing that she really doesn’t want to be good at seeing the string of murders has picked up in the town lately. Can Sabrina get down to the bottom of who struck Miss Terri out before the next murder?
Potts has an entertaining murder mystery; however, there are a lot of untied ends which may or may not be broadcast in later installments. The characters are all pretty detailed and cagey, allowing the reader to be suspicious of everyone that the victim knew. The pace is fast and flows together and the book seems to have been written well. This review is complementing the audiobook; therefore, this observance is from the voice relay. The narrator did personify the main character exceptionally well; however, her other vocalizations and personalities weren’t very pronounced or lacked differences. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, this may be something to pick up; however, it is recommended that the series be read in order since the second installment is a continuance of the first in terms of character involvement and reoccurring investigations.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page from Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Caramels with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts.
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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