The Game Changer by Jennifer Brown
Updated: Feb 4
A sweet murder mystery
Hollis is a Chicago homicide reporter who moves to the small town of Parkwood, Missouri. Bored with her reporting job at a local newspaper, Hollis and her best friend Daisy start a true crime podcast - with a twist! Their podcast, Knock ‘Em Dead —”Where murder and muffins meet!” also includes some of Daisy's delicious dessert recipes.
When a football coach from a rival town ends up dead after the homecoming game, Hollis thinks this will be her chance to report on something exciting, again. Much to the chagrin of the local Chief of Police, Hollis becomes almost obsessed with proving that the Chief's son is the murderer.
As Hollis tries to put together the evidence, she develops a romantic relationship with a local police officer.
If you enjoy Hallmark stories, true crime, football or dessert - this is the book for you.
An extra benefit to this cozy mystery is the recipe for Daisy's Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows of my love for true crime podcasts, food and football. All three of those things, as well as a dash of romance, are prominent in this book
The Game Changer is a cute story. I enjoyed it as a nice break from some of the dark, emotional books that I typically read. There were some minor things that bugged me as I read, though. Hollis is supposed to be a big city reporter with a lot of experience but she became almost fixated on one suspect and some of her decisions felt very amateurish. I absolutely LOVED Daisy's character and saw a lot my life in her story line. As always with Hallmark, the love story is adorable and enjoyable.
Overall, I do recommend readers check out this cozy murder mystery.
"I was enraged. Indignant. Kind of butterfly-ish in my stomach. But in an enraged and indignant way. It was a supremely enraged and indignant butterfly."
"Oh, cheese and crackers."
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Hallmark Publishing and Jennifer Brown for the advanced copy of The Game Changer in exchange for my honest review.