Summary

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.
©2017 Meredith Potts (P)2017 Meredith Potts
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4 out of 5 stars
By MommaBear on 26-07-18

A good start to a new series

Oh, that chocolate - I want some.

I loved the book - I loved how the main character decided she was going to solve the murder and not let anyone's feelings about being questioned by someone with no authority stand in her way. She is a woman whom despite the fact she still is suffering from what I would call PTSD over her sister going missing is not going to let others suffer as she is still doing and by deciding this stops drifting as I feel she has done to some extent for the past ten years.

The story a cosy mystery style one but with that bit extra over the sisters disappearance and because of this you do actually become more involved with the book - usually cosy mystery type books are ones you can just lay back and enjoy with no mental input from you except for seeing the scenes and characters in your mind if like this one they are fleshed out well. So although I adore cozy mysteries, my minds relaxation time this one is just that bit better as it stops me being quite so lazy as I do really 'have' to get emotionally involved with at the very least the main character and at the end I want to find out did she ever find her sister or what happened to her, whereas usually with these types of books I finish and move on to next book without thinking again about anyone in that book until and if another in the series comes out.

The narrator's voice is perfect for this story - she captures the main character so well plus she tells the story with the right amount of expression - not just making it a monotonous tale as sadly some do and so spoil even the best story.

So this combination of author and narrator make a perfect partnership and I plan to read and more books in this series plus hopefully find other books narrated by Lainie Pahos that I would enjoy.

So if you love the cozy mystery genre but would like for a chance to have a book in which reader involvement is needed a tad more than usual then buy this book, I don't think you will be disappointed.

I did receive this book free on the understanding I would consider writing an honest review and I have tried my best to do this - I like this book and am grateful to have been given the chance to find another great author and narrator to listen to.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 24-02-18

Good, nicely entertaining listen

I love a good mystery and this one caught my attention at the beginning simply from the description on the blurb. Not only is there a murder to solve but also a missing person's case going back ten years. The mystery surrounding Sabrina's sister's disappearance had me intrigued and I felt sorry for Sabrina's family at having to live with the uncertainty of not knowing what happened to her. I will enjoy following this series just to find out how this story plays out.
Sabrina makes a very good detective. She has no difficulty in ferreting out suspects and getting them to talk. She seems to be more adept at it than the local police.
I enjoyed this first in the series and I will look forward to reading the rest.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the author at my own request.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 27-03-18

Bad!!

When Sabrina stumbles upon a dead body in the alley beside her shop, her life is turned upside down. She feels like the case could go cold and she is determined that the town won't have another unsolved case. Her sister went missing 10 years ago and it remains unsolved, and so Sabrina tries to find out who the killer is.

I very very rarely give a book 1 star, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've rated a book so low, but this book was really bad. I wanted to put it aside numerous times, but because it was a review book, and relatively short, I kept going. I kept hoping it would get better, but unfortunately it didn't!!

I didn't like Sabrina, at all. She had no redeemable qualities in my eyes!! She was extremely pushy and rude and I thought the way she handled things was awful. She had no respect for anyones privacy, and I don't care if they were "suspects" in her mind, people were trying to grieve and she kept pushing.

I found the plot to be a tad ridiculous! I'm sorry, but her "boyfriend" (the author way overused this term) is a detective and was frustrated that the case was going cold after only a day or two. I get that investigating cases if frustrating, but I really don't think a detective would be that dejected after such a short time!! It felt unrealistic and silly. Plus, would he really tell his girlfriend so much about an active case??

In all, this was definitely not for me. I enjoy a good cozy mystery, but this one was pretty bad! I won't be continuing with the series.

Lainie Pahos seems to be a fairly new narrator and it definitely showed. She messed up on the characters voices sometimes and didn't really have the right inflections at the right times. Plus there were two pretty bad mistakes made during the recording. She cleared her throat and repeated herself during the performance! Both glaring mistakes and both of which should have been caught and fixed before production!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By KPG on 13-03-18

Not one of my favorites.

What did you like best about Chocolate with a Side of Murder? What did you like least?

I like cozy mysteries. I liked the premise of this one. However, I found the main character to be annoying. I did not enjoy her hounding of all the suspects.

Would you be willing to try another book from Meredith Potts? Why or why not?

I don't think so. There are so many other more enjoyable cozy mystery series out there.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The pace was fine but I found some of the voices irritating like the voice of the main character's sister and grandmother.

Do you think Chocolate with a Side of Murder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. As I found the main character unlikable, I wouldn't care to hear any more of her life story.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this audiobook and agreed to leave a review. I'm sorry it couldn't be a more positive one.

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