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Foul Play on Words

(Mystery Writer's Mystery #2)

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Between a kidnapping, a double booking, and a crew of hapless volunteers, Charlee is worried the writing conference will go to the dogs

Mystery author Charlee Russo agrees to speak at a Portland writers' conference organized by her friend Viv Lundquist. When Viv picks her up at the airport, she frantically explains that her daughter Hanna has been kidnapped. Unfortunately,
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink
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Judy
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A cozy mystery that provided enough humor to make me laugh at Charlee's inept investigative skills. The book started out with Charlee waiting at the airport for her friend Viv to pick her up. Viv was rather late when she finally arrived and burst out that her daughter, Hanna, had been kidnapped. Charlee takes over preparation for a writer's conference she's attending to allow Viv to search for Hanna.

It seems like everything than could go wrong with preparing for the conference did go wrong. The
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Darinda
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Charlee Russo heads to a writer's conference to be a speaker. When she arrives, she finds out her friend Viv's daughter has been kidnapped. Since Viv is organizing the conference, Charlee steps in to help so Viv can search for her daughter. It ends up being more than Charlee bargained for, including a double booked hotel and food poisoned volunteers.

The second book in the Mystery Writer's mystery series by Becky Clark. I recommend picking up the first book, Fiction Can Be Murder, before reading
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Bridget
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Mysteries, Cosy Mysteries, Anyone
FOUL PLAY ON WORDS by Becky Clark is the second in her ‘Mystery Writer’s Mystery’ series, the first book being ‘Fiction Can Be Murder.’ Any avid cozy reader would be attracted by the premise of a mystery where the setting is a writer’s conference.

Mystery author Charlee Russo agrees to speak at the Portland writers' conference that has been organised by her friend, Viv. When Viv picks her up at the airport, she frantically tells Charlee that her daughter, Hanna, has been kidnapped.

Charlee takes o
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Tari
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely awesome and so funny in places! I just love the author's sense of humor which transfers easily to her characters. I don't think Viv, Charlee's good friend, was mentioned in the first book, at least I don't remember her, but she and the conference were the center of this book. The first one took place in Charlee's home state of Colorado, and we met her writers' group. The writers' conference was being held in Portland, Oregon, and suddenly Charlee found herself in charge, turn ...more
Diane Hernandez
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Foul Play on Words is a cozy mystery set at a writer’s conference with dogs and a possible kidnapping on the side.

Charlee, a mystery writer, is forced to run a writer’s conference when her best friend, Liv, tells her she has to look for her daughter Hanna, who has been kidnapped. The conference is rather a mess what with double booking the conference rooms with a dog agility show and the recent firing of the chef that was providing the food. In addition, all the experienced volunteers are home s
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Rebecca
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

Charlee Russo is a mystery author who has once again found herself at the center of a real-life mystery, helping her friend find her missing daughter while also taking on her friend's responsibilities at the writing conference Charlee's been invited to speak at. Charlee is an entertaining, irreverent protagonist- she's trying to be helpful though often finds herself annoyed with the disorganization of the conferen
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Amanda
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
When mystery author Charlee goes to Portland for a writer's conference, she gets involved in a whole lot more than she signed up for: a kidnapping, a dog agility competition, an admirer with a very famous name, and she gets roped into running the conference that seems cursed. This is a well-paced story with no shortage of suspects and suspicious events. I missed a couple of the characters from the first book, but this one has a nice variety of interesting characters to meet. I was pretty shocked ...more
Brenda
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't bonded with Charlee yet but she has potential.

Charlee's BFF Viv always gets Charlee to help at her annual writers' conference - this year as the keynote speaker. When Viv's daughter is kidnapped, Charlee finds herself in charge of setting up and running the conference in a hotel that has double booked themselves.
Sharing a hotel and conference center with an agility dog contest provides some much needed distractions and interesting exploits.

I am looking forward to book 3.
Paula
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark started with some funny one-liners, but then it began to try too hard to continue to be funny, and it came off as a bit juvenile. The dialogue lacked believability and depth. Charlee, the main character, comes across as brash in her dealings with people she encounters at the hotel and writer’s conference.

Unfortunately, most of the characters were one dimensional, the plot and mystery outcome rather comical (and not in a good way). The only redeeming qualities w
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Annamae
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark was an entertaining mystery with a strong plot that is supported by strong characters. This was a funny mystery, filled with great one liners. There where spots where I did not always follow Charlee's logic or reasoning. If you love delightful mysteries try giving this one a whirl.
The Cozy Review
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Mystery author Charlee Russo agrees to speak at a Portland writers' conference organized by her friend Viv Lundquist. When Viv picks her up at the airport, she frantically tells Charlee that her daughter Hanna has been kidnapped.

Charlee takes over the conference preparation so Viv can search for her daughter, but the situation gets tense when the hotel double-books the event with a dog show. Despite this, Charlee is compelled to investigate after she learns shocking secrets about both Hanna and
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Patty
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark is the 2nd book in a Mystery Writer's Mystery series, and it was a fun . Charlee Russo is a mystery writer, who has agree to speak at a Portland writers' conference to help her friend Viv. When Viv is late picking her up at the airport, that should have been her first clue of things to come. Viv says her daughter has been kidnapped, and she wants Charlee to take over for her at the conference. Not only is this book laugh out loud funny, it has a great mystery al ...more
Kristin
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story, even though the MC did some stupid stuff, there were a lot of fun parts to it. Interesting story, kind of complicated and hard to understand why people were acting like they were, but enjoyed the ending immensely.
Cindi
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlee Russo agrees to present at a writers conference her friend Viv is hosting. But when she arrives to find that Viv’s daughter has been kidnapped, Charlee agrees to help run the conference before finally agreeing to help Viv figure out who has her daughter and why.

With the hotel conference space double booked with a dog agility show, the firing of the chef who was supposed to cater the event, and zero instructions, the whole even seems to be going to the dogs. Charlee has to wonder if she
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Aymee
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlee Russo, a mystery writer accused of murder herself not too long ago, is excited to join her long-time friend, Viv, at a writer's convention in Portland.  Minutes after landing, all her plans are trashed when Viv blurts out that her daughter, Hanna, is missing.  While Charlee agrees to take over the prep for the conference, she also decides to do a little investigating of her own.  Although a bit snappish and irritated at times, Charlee is a likeable character.  Her investigative skills ar ...more
Jaymie
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
[I received an electronic review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

3.5 stars. I love the main character, Charlee, in this series. She's got a great voice and gumption as she takes on the challenges in this book. But I'm not sure I believed that her "friend" would bail on her own conference when she knew that she had no reliable, experienced volunteers to help. Show up, but be distracted, yes. Dump stuff on Charlee and disappear? I don't know. While th
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark is the 2nd book in the "Mystery Writers Mystery series",

Charlee Russo is a mystery writer, who has agreed to speak at a Portland writers' conference to help her friend Viv. When Viv is late picking her up at the airport, that should have been her first clue something wasn't right. Despite it all, Charlee is compelled to investigate after she learns shocking secrets about both Hanna and Viv. Can she find Hanna in time, or will a plot twist lead her to a ruff end
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Grace Koshida
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mystery author Charlee Russo agrees to be the keynote speaker at a Portland writers' conference organized by her friend Viv Lundquist. But things go wrong from the start when Viv picks her up at the airport. Viv's daughter Hanna has been kidnapped and she is frantic. Charlee agrees to take over the conference preparation so Viv can search for Hanna. Of course, all kinds of things go wrong at the hotel which has double-booked the writers' convention with a dog show, and Charlee is saddled with a ...more
Mary
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Mystery Writer series. In this installment Charlee Russo arrives in Portland as a keynote speaker at a writer’s conference. Her friend Viv is in charge of the conference and is late in picking her up at the airport. Once Viv arrives she is frantic as she tells Charlee her daughter Hanna has been kidnapped. Viv wants Charlee to investigate but Charlee is not willing as she is afraid she would mess things up and get Hanna hurt. Charlee agrees to help with the conference ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Charlie really gets the short end of the leash when Viv, who is supposed to run the writer conference she's attending, proclaims that her daughter has been kidnapped and dumps everything on her. The event has been double booked with a dog agility contest, which adds some unusual angles to this second installment in a series. My quibble with this- and it's a big one- is that Charlee goes off and investigates the alleged kidnapping. Admittedly, and oddly, the police don't think anything's happened ...more
Ann
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlee has flown into Portland to be the prime speaker at a writer's conference. When her friend Liv picks her up from the airport she is a wreck claiming her 21 year old daughter has been kidnapped. As Liv searches for her daughter Hanna, Charlee takes over planning the conference. Now funds are missing, a dog show has been double booked into the hotel and Liv isn't sure if Hanna hasn't kidnapped herself . A good story, can be read as a stand alone as this is book 2 in the Mystery Writer's mys ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a decent read. I wasn't overly wowed by the plot or any of the characters. Some of the chapters were a little slow. One distraction was the missing letters from words in the text. It was probably a software issue because the cover picture was in four parts and very distorted. It will satisfy the mystery yearnings for most readers. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
Christine
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlee Russo is coerced into helping her friend Viv with a writers conference. When she arrives, Viv announces that her daughter has been kidnapped and beside assisting with the conference, Charlee has to find Viv's daughter. A crazy set of circumstances ensues. I am glad I was not attending this conference, although the book was very funny.
Barbara Tobey
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing and confusing cozy mystery. Is there a kidnapping? Hotel double booked for two events? Some well-known names being used by unknown people. Adds to the humor. A fun romp with the dogs adding to the tale. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Brenda
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: check-for-next
I'm not sure why this book too me as long as it did to finish. The story was good and the mystery wasn't what I was thinking at first. I was a little confused by Charlee's reasoning. I look forward to the next book in this series!
Sophie
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Charlee has agreed to speak at a writers' conference her friend Viv has organised. Unfortunately when she arrives, she discovers that Viv's daughter has been kidnapped and the conference is beset by disasters from all sides.

This started full of humour and potential. Unfortunately the characters fell a little bit flat and felt a bit like caricatures in places (especially Brad Pitt and his womanising ways). It could have done with a little more development of the plot and relationships between cha
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CR
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review: Another great cozy mystery where anything that could go wrong does. This really reminds me of all the things that happened to me and my family a few years ago. I swear everything went horribly wrong and I thought there was no way we're going to come out of it alive.

This one still had a solid plot and after finally reading book one I think that I had a better grasp on what was going on vs. what I thought when I hadn't. So I would say that although you don't technically have to read bo
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Annarella
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a pleasant and entertaining read even if it's a bit slow at times.
I liked the humour, the characters and the plot.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all opinions are mine.
David Slayton
rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2019
T Olsen
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The language is good, the characters are great, but the story and plot are more like a very bad comedy than a mystery.
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Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Her stout-hearted dog keeps her safe from menacing squirrels, leaves, and deer, but not plastic bags. Those things ...more

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