The Game Changer: A Parkwood Mystery from Hallmark Publishing

The Game Changer: A Parkwood Mystery from Hallmark Publishing

by Jennifer Brown

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Overview

Hollis and Daisy love
podcasting about murder cases…
But can they solve one?

Hollis Bisbee used to be a big-city crime reporter. Now, she’s a small-town journalist, and she’s bored. She and a young mom, talented baker Daisy Mueller, start the Knock ‘Em Dead podcast—”Where murder and muffins meet!” It’s all fun, games, and baking tips until murder comes to Parkwood.

After a brutal homecoming game loss, the coach of the rival football team is the victim of a hit-and-run in the high school parking lot. The entire town is on edge, and the star quarterback—who happens to be the police chief’s son—may just look the guiltiest of all.

With Hollis’s investigative skills and Daisy’s famous muffins…and in spite of the charming rookie police officer tasked with keeping Hollis out of the way…the podcasting duo sets out to solve their first real case.

This cozy mystery includes a killer free recipe for Daisy's Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947892415
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Sales rank: 207,992
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Brown is the award-winning author of young adult novels Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, Torn Away, and the Shade Me series. Her acclaimed debut young adult novel, Hate List, was chosen as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Jennifer is also the national bestselling author of several women’s fiction novels, including The Sister Season and The Accidental Book Club, under the pseudonym Jennifer Scott. She lives in the Kansas City, Missouri, area with her husband and children. You can visit Jennifer online at www.JenniferBrownAuthor.com

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The Game Changer: A Parkwood Mystery from Hallmark Publishing 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Jennifer_GlitterInMyHair 24 hours ago
A Hallmark Cozy Mystery An absolutely delightful twisty turny whodunnit to bring a fresh spark of intrigue to a trademark Hallmark tale. In an effort to re-rail her life, a big-time, big city crime reporter takes a step back; relocating to a small town where nothing ever happens. She has trouble adjusting to the pace of life (and the news!) at first, until a murder at the high school football game grabs ALL her attention! As the suspect list grows and we all play armchair detective along side Hollis, we see her come to love the townsfolk and realize that this IS where she belongs. I enjoyed reading this book. Both main and supporting characters were well defined, likable, and charming. The story moves along at a nice pace, is well fleshed out, and written in a light, positive mood - in true Hallmark fashion. Hallmark is one of my “go to” entertainment sources for lighthearted fun. As Hallmark is branching into the cozy mystery genre, we as consumers are the real winners with even more choices available! Thanks to NetGalley and the Hallmark Publishing, I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
lelesurfer 3 days ago
Is there only mystery or is there also romance involved? Award-winning author Jennifer Brown presents "The Game Changer. A Parkwood Mystery from Hallmark Publishing". Hollis Bisbee, formerly a big-city crime reporter in Chicago, and Daisy Miller, a talented baker and owner of the Hibiscus Café, start the "Knock 'Em Dead" podcast because Hollis is bored as a small-town journalist in Parkwood. Interestingly listeners tune more in to the podcast for Daisy's baking tips then for Hollis' murder stories. When murder comes to town Hollis cannot help herself and starts to investigate because she is intrigued. This causes all kinds of problems, one of it is a dispute with Daisy that leads to Daisy stopping with her part in the podcast. Another is Hollis' issues with Brooks her police "bodyguard". But when Hollis and Daisy reconcile and set out to seriously solve the murder there is more than one surprising result and the reader will be, hopefully, surprised by them. This was the first book by Jennifer Brown which I read. I highly recommend it with its believable characters. It is funny, emotional, and offers some unexpected surprises. The mystery is clean and wholesome, easy and fast to read. The author underlines the importance of home, family, and friends. Lastly, Hallmark Publishing included the recipe for "Daisy's Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins". The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #TheGameChanger #NetGalley
Jugo 6 days ago
The Game Changer starts slow and just chugs along,. For me it had way too much dialogue and unimportant details that clouded the story.
Cat_Reader 11 days ago
Hollis and Daisy are an amazing pair as friends as well as partners. Even though the book is focused more on Hollis, Daisy and her family steal the scene whenever they appear, yielding more than funny moments. Podcasts are great too and very creative mixing crimes and cakes. I'm used to Jennifer Brown's strong theme books, and it was a pleasant surprise to discover her comic streak in the midst of a police thriller. And with the Hallmark label that I love (I want the movie, ok?). It was very good how the writer conducted the approach of Hollis and Brooks and the way she solved the whole mystery. I know Jennifer Brown likes endings for us to guess, but as this one ended, I wonder if it's going to be a bookseries. If it is I already want to read them all! Anyone expecting romance will be a little disappointed, as it is not the focus of the plot.
Vizjone 12 days ago
In "The Game Changer, Hollis Bisbee, a crime reporter, heads to Parkwood, Missouri, to start over after leaving behind a Chicago heartache. Now, she has to adapt to being a small town reporter. Instead of using her skills to get information on crimes from the police department, she tries to ‘squeeze’ a prize winning gravy recipe out of the owner of the Hibiscus Cafe. In between, she enjoys the delicious muffins made by her new best friend and next door neighbor, Daisy Mueller, the entrepreneur of "Mueller Muffins". Wanting to add some spice to their lives, they create the ‘Knock ‘em Dead’ podcast. Instead of what was supposed to be a fun diversion, the podcast turns serious when the coach of the Parkwood High School’s rival team is murdered after players firmly beat Parkwood in the homecoming game. Now, Hollis and Daisy have an actual true crime to investigate in their very own neck of the woods. Hollis stirs up questions and answers but finds herself attracted to the police officer who’s been assigned to keep an eye on Hollis. With mayhem, mystery, and muffins, life in Parkwood turns out to be a much bigger adventure than Hollis could ever imagine. Eventually, she’s given the chance to return to return to her Chicago life.l but has to decide which life, big town versus small town, she wants. I grew up in a small town and could easily relate to much of the story’s small town humor. The main characters, as well as the supporting characters, were quite like able. Daisy was a sweet and positive person who somehow stays calm in spite of her chaotic life. Hollis is quieter and more reserved than Daisy, but I still liked her character. She grows to understand how her life has changed since moving from Chicago to Parkwood, and eventually realizes that this small, quaint town is definitely her home. "The Game Changer" from Hallmark Publishing, was fun to read. I downloaded this book from Bookfunnel in order to present an honest review. I would recommend this book to those who like mysteries. Just like the Hallmark movies, this is a ‘feel good’ book.
Vizjone 12 days ago
In "The Game Changer, Hollis Bisbee, a crime reporter, heads to Parkwood, Missouri, to start over after leaving behind a Chicago heartache. Now, she has to adapt to being a small town reporter. Instead of using her skills to get information on crimes from the police department, she tries to ‘squeeze’ a prize winning gravy recipe out of the owner of the Hibiscus Cafe. In between, she enjoys the delicious muffins made by her new best friend and next door neighbor, Daisy Mueller, the entrepreneur of "Mueller Muffins". Wanting to add some spice to their lives, they create the ‘Knock ‘em Dead’ podcast. Instead of what was supposed to be a fun diversion, the podcast turns serious when the coach of the Parkwood High School’s rival team is murdered after players firmly beat Parkwood in the homecoming game. Now, Hollis and Daisy have an actual true crime to investigate in their very own neck of the woods. Hollis stirs up questions and answers but finds herself attracted to the police officer who’s been assigned to keep an eye on Hollis. With mayhem, mystery, and muffins, life in Parkwood turns out to be a much bigger adventure than Hollis could ever imagine. Eventually, she’s given the chance to return to return to her Chicago life.l but has to decide which life, big town versus small town, she wants. I grew up in a small town and could easily relate to much of the story’s small town humor. The main characters, as well as the supporting characters, were quite like able. Daisy was a sweet and positive person who somehow stays calm in spite of her chaotic life. Hollis is quieter and more reserved than Daisy, but I still liked her character. She grows to understand how her life has changed since moving from Chicago to Parkwood, and eventually realizes that this small, quaint town is definitely her home. "The Game Changer" from Hallmark Publishing, was fun to read. I downloaded this book from Bookfunnel in order to present an honest review. I would recommend this book to those who like mysteries. Just like the Hallmark movies, this is a ‘feel good’ book.
kimcres 12 days ago
When I see the Hallmark logo or as listed publisher, I know the book will be clean, enjoyable and a pleasure to read. Jennifer Brown's The Game Changer meets all those criteria. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a series for the main characters, who are both complex and delightful. The twisting story of suspense is cozy and a page-turner that will keep you guessing and entertained. I look forward to more from this author, the small town and Hallmark. I received a complimentary copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.
TracyFritts1974 12 days ago
The Games Changer is an fun, Intersting, murder mystery. Its wonderful written. Has a really good storyline. I truly enjoyed reading about the characters. Its a page turner and kept my interest throughout the story. I look forward to reading more stories by this author. I read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are of my own. Thank you NetGalley and Hallmark Publishing for letting me read this story.
Anonymous 14 days ago
A delightful read. Well written and amusing characters. Humorous and attention keeping all at the same time
Anonymous 17 days ago
This is my favorite type of book. A good mystery. Hollis Bisbee is from Chicago and was a crime reporter there, a job she loved, Now she has found herself in this small town where not much is going on . Nothing exciting to report until there seems to be a murder now it's up to her and her best friend Daisy to solve this crime, A great read for anyone who loves a good mystery.
AFerri 17 days ago
What a fun read!! This was a wonderful cozy mystery with a delicious sounding muffin recipe at the end. This book was so good and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and come visit the small town of Parkwood, Missouri. This book was a joy to read.
TPetriella 17 days ago
Hallmark Publishing seems to be branching out with the second cozy mystery book. The Game Changer is about a Chicago reporter, Hollis Bisbee, who has relocated to Parkwood and her best friend and neighbor, Daisy and how they enjoy murder and muffins. Hollis has always wanted to be an investigative journalist but Parkwood doesn't have crimes for her to report on, that is until there is a murder that happens within a few feet of her. With Hollis and Daisy on the case, and starting up their new podcast 'Knock 'em Dead' where they talk about murder and baking, this murder doesn't stand a chance. Except that the local police chief does not want her to get involved and orders Brooks, his new officer, to babysit her. Also, her boss does not want her to report on the crime because "that isn't what the locals want to read". Hollis is like a dog with a bone and she isn't going to stop investigating until she cracks the case. And the podcast is gaining some recognition, mostly for Daisy's baked goods, but it is helpful in pulling the locals to her side. I was so excited when I found out that Hallmark Publishing had another cozy mystery book set to publish. I love these types of books, which most of you know from my reviews. I just love a good mystery that at the end of the day still has some type of feel good vibe to it. I think that this book starts off a little slow but once you get to the meat of the story it picks up and takes off like a shot. Once I got into the heart of the book (the mystery), I couldn't stop reading it. I kept guessing at who it could be and then I had to find out if Hollis and Brooks was going to continue in their soft shoe routine with the investigation. I can honestly recommend this book to those who like a cozy mystery. It's still a feel good book with some good well rounded characters. Its fun, energetic and a quite charming. I think by adding in the baking part to the podcast they were able to add some awesome laughs. It helped to break Hollis's tough veneer up a bit and make her a little more vulnerable.
Shelly9677 17 days ago
Quick, witty, conversational and entertaining! A Parkwood Mystery from Hallmark Publishing Is an enjoyable start to a new cozy mystery series. I can't wait to see what else is in store for podcast duo and amateur sleuths Daisy and Hollis.
HappyPenguin 18 days ago
As an avid mystery reader I enjoyed the "who done it" in "The Game Changer: A Parkwood Mystery". Unfortunately I had to give this book only a "good" rating as I did not feel the lead character was well researched enough. For this character to be a seasoned former homicide reporter for a Chicago newspaper and to consistently leap to conclusions and conduct sloppy investigations showed that the position of seasoned homicide reporter was not well researched. I wish Hollis' character was better written as I would love to have given this book a higher rating.
ArizonaJo 18 days ago
Game Changer by Jennifer Brown is a cozy mystery that is the first in a new cozy series. The plot is quickly paced and there were several suspects that often stood out thanks to red herring clues. Hollis is new to Parkwood and hasn't adjusted yet to living in a small community after leaving Chicago. Her thoughts were often on her past as an investigative reporter in Chicago and the ex-boyfriend that she left behind. Daisy is a native of Parkwood and the mother of several children. The podcast that Hollis and Daisy start, Knock 'Em Dead, is supposed to be about cold murder cases but often turned to baking tips from Daisy instead. Frankly, I found the podcasts to be more of a distraction rather than adding anything to the story. A pleasant read with likable characters. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Rachel_Denise01 18 days ago
The Game Changer by Jennifer Brown is the first in a new series of a delightful cozy mysteries called A Parkwood Mystery ( I am hopeful there will be more). This is a quick, witty, hilarious read that I truly enjoyed. I liked Hollie and I liked her even better when she joined forces with her side-kick Daisy. Their chemistry, banter, and interactions awesome. I enjoyed the plot line, the murder/mystery component, and I felt that every aspect was realistic and plausible. I truly enjoyed the start of this series. 5/5 stars
MKF 18 days ago
Hollis moved to Parkwood, Missouri after a breakup. She thought small town life would be a panacea, especially after crime reporting in Chicago, but it's really quiet. Quiet except for her neighbor Daisy's kids! Daisy and Hollis start a true crime podcast and all is going nicely (except that Hollis is eating too many of Daisy's muffins) when the coach of the town's rival football team is run over! Cozy readers know that the person who is the main suspect is not the murderer. Daisy and Hollis set out to find the real culprit and along the way, Hollis develops a nice relationship with Brooks, a police officer working the crime. This is a pleasant cozy, with good characters, a nice view of small town life, and a mystery that's just mysterious enough. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Perfect for a lazy afternoon. AND, there's a recipe!
Kristin Rivers 18 days ago
My oh my I hope there is a second book because The Game Changer was lovely! Hollis Bisbee is a journalist in the small town of Parkwood, and who used to be a crime reporter in Chicago. Her days are laced with boredom with small-town fare until the coach of a rival high school football team ends up dead after homecoming. Excitement brewing, Hollis hopes to solve the case. She also launches a podcast with her friend, Daisy, about true crime and recipes. From page one, we hit the ground running with hilarity, fun--and maybe some budding romance?--and great characters. I did feel the story muddle a little by the middle but once things got a little more interesting with the mystery they picked up again. A great read, quite thrilling to say the least and can't wait for more! Nice job by the author! I received this book for free from Hallmark Publishing and BookFunnel in exchange for an honest review.
blonde_betty 23 days ago
The perfect complement to the return of Sunday mystery movies on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. Perfect for cozy readers. This one is easy to read and hard to put down.
Doncella16 30 days ago
This is a fun & quirky cozy mystery. I enjoyed reading it. Hollis, is a crime reporter. She moved to a different town a year ago for a new job. Frustrated with the newspaper where she works, Hollis, has a nose for news, & reporting on the new hot dog machine at the football stadium, is not it. When someone is possibly killed, Hollis, decides to figure it out. Along with help of her BFF & co-podcaster, Daisy. Going against the police chief's orders, Hollis now has her own hot, blue eyed officer keeping tabs on her. Join Hollis & Daisy, try figure out the clues to get answers. It draws you in from the first pages to the last!!