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The Game Changer: A Parkwood Mystery from Hallmark Publishing

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Hollis and Daisy love
podcasting about murder cases
But can they solve one?

Hollis Bisbee used to be a big-city crime reporter. Now, shes a small-town journalist, and shes bored. She and a young mom, talented baker Daisy Mueller, start the Knock Em Dead podcastWhere murder and muffins meet! Its all fun, games, and baking tips until murder comes to Parkwood.

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Published January 7th 2020 by Hallmark Publishing
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hallmark
City crime reporter Hollis moves to a small town. Her and her friend and pod caster sidekick Daisy are on the case when a rival head coach is the victim of a hit-and-run accident. It's a mystery and muffins, comical and enjoyable read. True Hallmark Mystery style and looks as if it might become a series.
I was given a copy by the publisher for my honest review.

Novels N Latte
Hudson Valley NY
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hallmarkies, Mystery buffs, cozy mystery fans
To quote Joe Kenda who has his own show on Investigation Discovery, "Well my my my..."

That's just scratching the surface of this latest mystery entry from Hallmark. Hollis Bisbee is a former crime reporter who now lives in the small town of Parkwood and reports on...more small-town fare like giblets. When the coach of a rival high school football team is killed after a homecoming game, excitement brews as Hollis and her friend, Daisy, team up to solve the mystery while launching their own
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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What do you get when a big-city crime reporter moves to a small town with absolutely little to none in the crime area to report about? You get bored. Then you join up with your new bestie and start a podcast about crime. You relax, enjoy the slower pace of life and maybe flirt, banter a bit with one police officer in particular. Then one night, after a high school football game, it seems that murder has come to town when the rival teams coach is the victim of a hit
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The small town vibe is strong with this book. There is a delightful cast of characters, some divinely quirky and others of the "salt of the earth" variety. I loved the madcap female buddy pairing of Hollis and her neighbor, Daisy. I had some moments where I tired of Hollis' over the top determination to blow the lid off what she perceived was a police cover-up. I cheered when Hollis realized she had been pining over a life she left behind that wasn't all she had believed it to be. It was a great ...more
Joan Visintainer
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hallmark, mystery

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
Virginia Campbell
In "The Game Changer", from author Jennifer Brown, crime reporter Hollis Bisbee leaves behind headlines and heartache in Chicago and moves to Parkwood, Missouri to begin life anew. Scaling down from big-league journalism to small-town reporting was quite an adjustment--the investigative skills Hollis once used to squeeze out crime intel from experienced police officers was now being used to shake down the owner of the Hibiscus Cafe for her prized giblet gravy recipe. One consolation was the ...more
Tina Petriella
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Jennifer Brown's "The Game Changer" was a cute and funny cozy mystery, with just a hint of romance on the side to keep things interesting. The central mystery involving the hit-and-run death of a local football coach was well-crafted, and the culprit wasn't immediately obvious to me. Despite my initial expectations, main characters Hollis and Daisy turned out to be clever investigators, and the secondary focus on Daisy's baking was a nice bonus. Reading about all of Daisy's delicious treats ...more
Hollis never realized just how Bored (with a capital B) she would be in the small town, and that even journalism isnt keeping her interested. From a big-city crime reporter to digging up the next big thing in a town where nothing seems to happen; shes at loose ends. Fortunately for her (and us) her best friend and neighbor Daisy is also bored, in between creating lovely bakes and is a fan of true crime stories. So they develop an idea for a podcast that will talk about baking AND the stuff ...more
Kassandra Lea
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Game Changer brings us determined reporter Hollis Bisbee, formerly of Chicago, now trying to make her way as legit journalist in a small town. Her boss, Mary Jean (or Mean Jean), gives her assignments about hot dog rollers and new housewares store openings. Definitely not the thrilling, fascinating stories she used to write. So when the much hated coach of a rival football team is rundown in the parking lot after a game, Hollis is hellbent on discovering who dunnit, especially when it smells ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Hollis Bisbee is still adjusting to her new life in Parkwood. She moved from Chicago where she was a crime reporter when she was downsized and her boyfriend dumped her. Life in Parkwood is slow and bucolic. Her stories no longer revolve around crime but around the new hot dog roller and giblet gravy. Then, at a High School football game, the opposing team's coach is run down in the parking lot. Who did it? The Police Chief's son who threatened the coach on a live mic, the assistant coach who ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
The Reading Writer- Angie Simmons
Oh. My. Gosh. Everyone who loves Hallmark movies and cozy mysteries needs to add this to their TBR. It was SO good!

Jennifer Browns The Game Changer is about Hollis Bieber, a reporter form Chicago who finds herself in Parkwood, Missouri- a speck on the map. Adjusting to life as a small town reporter is hard for Hollis, so she teams up with her BFF Daisy to begin a true crime podcast. When the podcast becomes more about baking and a real murder happens in her town, Hollis adjusts and fights to
Karen Montgomery
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Linda Dunn
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder, Mystery and Muffins, Oh My!!

A delightful who dunnit with a sprinkling of amusing anecdotes that keep the reader chuckling and on the edge of their seats at the same time. Hollis Bisbee was a big deal crime reporter in Chicago. She moved to the small town of Parkwood to escape a heartbreak she is still coming to terms with. She did not realize how mundane this town actually was. But the people here were beginning to grow on her and feel like family. Her newfound friend and sidekick
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since The Game Changer is a mystery, I'm not going to go into a ton of details, so this review will be short & sweet as Daisy's muffins! It's the story of how Hollis, a crime reporter, moved to a small town with her buddy Daisy, and they start the Knock 'Em Dead podcast. See, Hollis is super bored, until murder hits the small town as a rival's High School football coach ends up dead after Parkwood's Homecoming. And the Police Chief's son, the star of Parkwood's team, is looking good for it. ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Best friends Hollis Bisbee (a journalist and an ex-crime reporter) and Daisy Mueller (a nascent baker) started a "Knock'Em Dead" podcast, with the intention of discussing murder mysteries and promoting Daisy's baking business. Little did they know, they would soon have a chance at solving a real case: The death of River Fork football coach, Coach Farley. An entertaining read, the Game Changer outlines how astutely Hollis waded her way through a tightly-guarded police investigation by befriending ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I loved so many aspects of this book! Hollis and her best friend Daisy had me laughing frequently with their hilarious banter (especially all of Daisy's mom antics). I loved the small town way of life.

Why three stars? Because it's a mystery and I couldn't care less about solving it. In fact I kept wishing Hollis would listen to everyone and let the professionals handle things. Also the romance was almost nonexistent (it seems they hope to make this a series so that may be improved in later
Tristan Munoz
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Kathleen Gray
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shelleen Toland
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
This is a cozy mystery and I really enjoyed it.
Hollis was a city crime reporter and has come to a small town to cover boring stories. But her boss doesn't want negative news. She also is starting a podcast with her best friend.
A coach ends up murder and she wants to cover it but her boss won't let her. Seems to be the town likes to cover things up. So she talks about it in her podcast. Seems most people only want to know about what her best friend is cooking than on the crime she wants to talk
Tina Harmon
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where murder and muffins meet. This was a delightful, lighthearted murder mystery, which sounds contradictory. The friendship between Hollis Bisbee and Daisy Mueller was so fun to read about even while they were investigating a murder and trying to get everyone to accept it was a murder. I also loved reading about the police rookie and hope to read more Parkwood Mysteries to reveal his story. I wondered throughout the book who killed the coach, but enjoyed reading about the characters and the ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
What happens when a crime report moves to a small town? You start a podcast with your bestie. I enjoyed how funny Hollis is. I loved the mystery behind this story. I loved getting lost in the drama. Just when you think things are going to slow, they don't.

I'm new Jennifer Brown. I'm enjoyed every minute of this book. It reminded me of a crime podcast I love listening to. I loved how these two worked together. I loved the cast of characters in this book. I loved getting lost in the story while
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

This was so fun! I adored Hollis and Daisy as a team. The banter between them, the descriptions of Daisy and her family, and the debates among the townspeople about the nature of their podcast (Baking/recipes or true crime?) were fantastic. Great mystery, excellent characters, sharp and funny writing. I can't wait to read more in this series.
Gabriela Zago
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice story with enough murder, mystery, and... muffins to keep you entertained for a while. I love that it ends with the recipes to the baked goods mentioned throughout the book! And Im looking forward for the next books in the series. ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I'm really not a snob, I like the Hallmark mystery movies and this book was very much on brand. Even the murderer was (view spoiler)
Ashley Hughes
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is super cute!! Hollis and Daisy are hilarious together. It's an easy read with twists, turns, and humor throughout.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Must be the start of a new series. Characters are good. I especially like gal pal Daisy. Plot moves a bit slowly for little content.
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Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer's debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA

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