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Hattie Goes to Hollywood

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Introducing a new cosy crime series from best selling author Caroline James.

A Cumbrian Village...
Three suicides...
A red-hot summer...

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspiciou
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Published February 14th 2020 by The Publish Hub
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InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 4.5/5.0

British cozy, "Hattie Goes to Hollywood" is a delightful and intriguing debut to a new series by Caroline James! Hattie is a fifty-something, no-nonsense former hotel manager, with a penchant for sniffing out clues.

Read full review in the 2020 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How good it was to be able to sink beneath the pages of a new Caroline James novel. And as a huge fan of the author, it was even better when I finally realised that Hattie is a returning character - and although this 110% can be read as a standalone novel, there are odd references to previous books that her long term fans will adore seeing.

What his is though is the first book in a new cosy mystery series, and I honestly wasn't entirely sure what the outcome of Hattie's investigation into her ne
Jessica Belmont
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A funny, enjoyable, murder mystery with characters that were fantastically written! This book is set in Hollywood, England, a small village in the Cumbria area. Hattie has been left with a little cottage, which she renovated and then into an Investigation service. Caroline James brought me into this story. I loved the descriptions. Not too much, but enough to give me a sense of place.

Hattie is a great main character. She is young at heart and has an awesome pet duck, named Drake! I loved that as
Cathy Ryan
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hattie Goes To Hollywood features one of my favourite characters from a couple of Caroline James’ previous books, although it’s not necessary to have read those to enjoy this one.

Recently bereaved, Hattie Mulberry has inherited her aunt’s cottage in the small fictional village of Hollywood, set in the picturesque Cumbrian countryside, and complete with pub, village green and local shop.

Hattie’s newly acquired cottage is quite dilapidated and although she is in the process of renovating with lots
Pam Robertson
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a change in gear this book was for me. Having read the nordic noir, Death Deserved, I was plunged into the world of the cosy crime. I remembered Best Boomerville Hotel fondly so I was delighted to discover that Hattie was to get her own series and appreciated the references to Boomerville and her friend, Jo. This is a crime mystery which is full of humour. The characters who people the beautiful village of Hollywood, in Cumbria, breathe life into the story. There is such a variety, all addi ...more
Sandra Leivesley
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audible, cumbria
Caroline James is a new author to me, but I really enjoyed this first book in a new series featuring amateur sleuth Hattie Mulberry.

Hattie is quite a girl! Well actually she’s a 50 something year old woman but she’s a real character. Having been left a cottage in an aunt’s will she moves to the dilapidated cottage in Cumbria and ends up investigating the supposed suicide of her neighbour’s husband.

The village of Hollywood is full of interesting character but I fell in love with just one – the wo
Book Monitor
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this via TBC on Facebook.
I enjoyed this cosy mystery tale which has all the tropes of that genre but is put together with a light touch, a modern twist and an entertaining cast of characters.
As Hattie settles into her new life in the village of Hollywood and she starts to build new relationships with the locals, she sets up as a private investigator and gets her first case from her recently widowed next door neighbour: investigating the suicide of her late husband. As she p
Beccy Thompson
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from TBC Reviewers request- Thank you
A Cumbrian Village...
Three suicides...
A red-hot summer...

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discover
Suzanna Salter
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a cracking read this was! So many characters to love or loathe, plots twisting faster that knickers on a washing line in a storm! I absolutely love Hattie and the way she can find things out, Drake was an amazing little guard drake. And the residents in this tiny village all made an impact on me. Love love loved it. Highly recommend
Nancy Baker
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hattie moves to Hollywood and no it is not in California but across the pond. Life in a small, quiet English village is a little to quiet for the newly widowed Hattie so she decides to try her hand at running an investigation business. Her first big client is her neighbor who just lost her husband due to suicide. The trouble is that those closest to him think he was not depressed and do not believe he would kill himself.

Fans of M.C. Beaton will love this book. Hattie approaches life head on and
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Hattie goes to Hollywood is the first in a new cosy mystery series and the first novel I’ve read by Caroline James.

Newly widowed Hattie Mulberry has inherited a house from her elderly aunt in Hollywood, Cumbria. Deciding she needs a new start, she moves in with plans to do it up but she’s soon distracted by her new neighbour and her husband’s suspicious suicide. Can Hattie find out the truth?

It has all the classic cosy mystery staples, a small village community, a dogged and determined main c
Donna Maguire

I love this author’s books and I was so pleased to see that she had a new release out!

I thought that this story was great, I loved the character development and the interaction – Hattie is a fabulous character and I was so pleased that this book had the author’s personality shining through!

I thought that the setting for the book was great and the author did a great job setting the scene too – it was a well-developed story all wrong, I loved the pace and
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love discovering new authors and Caroline James is definitely a new author for me. I read the synopsis for 'Hattie Goes To Hollywood' and it certainly sounded like an interesting read. I wasn't wrong either because it was definitely an interesting read, which I really enjoyed but more about that in a bit.
It took me a little while to get into this story but I was tired when I started to read the book and I was finding it hard to concentrate. 'Hattie Goes To Hollywood' wasn't a book that I could
Jane Hunt

A good cozy mystery should have the following attributes. A cast of complex characters, some of which must harbour dark secrets. Plenty of opportunity for humour, but despite this, the potential for a heinous crime. An enigmatic, quirky amateur sleuth, and an idyllic setting that seems at odds, with what happens there.

'Hattie Goes To Hollywood', has all of the above. The residents of Hollywood village are quirky and not necessarily what they seem. The plot has lots of comic moments and humoro
Amanda ChocolatePages
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Shenanigans ” what a great word to describe Hattie and her life. Hattie is the brilliant character that I loved from previous Caroline James’s books. Now she has a star role of her own .

This is the first in a series that the author is writing and what a fabulous start. Hattie inherits a house in a seemingly quiet village where she soon finds out that there are plenty of nosy neighbours about. But also perhaps a secret or 3.

Hattie’s first mission is to investigate a suicide for her neighbour. ‘H
Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
I fell in love with Caroline James’s writing when I read her novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel. Hattie Goes to Hollywood exceeded all my expectations.

Hattie arrives in the village of Hollywood after she inherits her aunt’s cottage which is in total disarray. She isn’t quite sure what to do with herself since losing her husband and retiring from working in a hotel. An old friend and handyman, Alf, convinces her to try her hand at being a private investigator. At first, she hesitates, and finally
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be funny, fun, enjoyable, cozy murder mystery that is filled with characters that were well detailed and well imagined.This book is set in Hollywood, England, which is a small village in the Cumbria area. Hattie has been bequeathed a little cottage from her deceased aunt, which she needs to renovate it and then she plans to turn it into an investigation service. I loved the descriptions. I felt that the plot was excellent and that It was an entertaining cozy mystery.Hattie i ...more
Pam G
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book one in a new series by Caroline James. It is a classical cosy crime book, with ex hotelier Hattie Mulberry (great name!) as the middle aged but young at heart private detective.
Hattie returns to her Cumbrian roots after the death of her husband, when she inherits a cottage from her aunt. On the day she moves in, a funeral wake is taking place in her new next door neighbour’s house. Intrigued, Hattie goes round the next day to introduce herself and offer her assistance with the clear
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British storytelling at its purest heart.
What a wonderful read! Right from the get go, we are introduced to a plethora of vivid and imaginative characters, all whom bring something special to each page of this story. However, for readers that have long followed Caroline James, you will adore the return of Hattie, The Best Boomerville Hotel, as we follow her in her latest chapters as she moves from the retreats of Herefordshire back to Cumbria where we first met her at Boomerville. James fills in
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Caroline James is a new author for me and this genre is a bit of a departure as I usually prefer my books to be a lot darker than this. But it was billed as similar to Agatha Raisin and I know lot of people who enjoy those so I thought I would give it a try

I wasn't disappointed in the story. Caroline writes well and has a great eye for detail. I can imagine that if I had ever stayed in her hotel - she would have known everything about me before my suitcase hit the bed!

The characters are your typ
Tessa (Talks Books)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved about Hattie Goes to Hollywood

Where do I start – I loved everything about this book! To begin with – the title. It just sounds fun. Hattie goes to Hollywood - and she does – Hollywood, England, which is a small village in the Cumbria area that was once farmland. Her recently deceased Aunt left her a little cottage, and she decides to move in, renovate, and start an Investigation Service. The depth and quality of the description quickly enveloped me, welcoming me to Holly Cottage.

Stephanie Dagg
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s wonderful to meet Hattie, a character from Caroline James’s ‘The Best Boomerville Hotel’, again, but even if it’s your first encounter with her, you’ll still love her! She’s lively, indomitable, likeable and a brings a gale of fresh air into the village of Hollywood.
She’s surrounded by a host of equally fascinating, vibrant and eccentric people, some great, some ghastly. There’s even a duck to add even more novelty to the cast!
The setting of village life in Cumbria is warm and convincing,
Jerri Cachero
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I took a chance on this book and was richly rewarded! I loved it! Hattie, fifty-something and recently widowed, moves into the cottage she inherited from an estranged Aunt in Hollywood. The English village of Hollywood, is small - filled with curious, hilarious and quintessentially British characters who are quirky and lovable, wonderful pubs and a rash of suicides - or were they murder? Hattie takes on the mystery and nearly finds herself the next victim!

Hattie is one of my favorite cozy heroin
Lynda Lippin
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Hattie returns to Holly House in Hollywood, she is isn't expecting a lot of excitement in the small town.

But, the day she moves in is the day of her neighbor's funeral. From suicide, or so it seems.

When Hattie puts her P.I. what on, she has three suicides to work through, a house under renovation, a new duck who has adopted her, and a new fling with the local barkeep.

I loved this, and really enjoyed the resolution.
Feb 14, 2020 is currently reading it
While Hattie is compared to Miss Marple, present day cozy readers would consider a contemporary of Agatha Raisin. I discovered this author via The Best Boomerville Hotel and could not wait to read her voice and vision again. I was even more delighted when her new book featured one of my favorite characters from Boomerville.
Janet Moss
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amusing and entertaining, Caroline 's best novel yet.
Caroline has become a master of descriptive writing, she can place you right amongst her characters who you feel you know personally. With a strong plot written in an amusing way, this book is a very good read.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020

I really enjoyed this audio. If you are a fan of Agatha Raisin on tv you will love this. Hattie is a formidable woman who’s new life in Hollywood (not the glamorous one lol) is only just beginning as she works hard to get her new home ready to live in when she gets asked to investigate some unusual suicides that have happened in the village. Is there someone in this small village bumping off residents or are these deaths exactly what they seem to be. Hattie is a warm and strong f
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review
I enjoyed this story. I listen & read quite dark books & though this is an investigation & detective book it’s a lighter style.
I liked the escape and different style and will be looking for more by this author.
Narrator was good too
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good cozy mystery, entertaining and engrossing.
I liked the style of writing, the setting and the fleshed out cast of characters. The mystery is solid and kept me guessing.
Can't wait to read another installment in this series.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully cosy read

I enjoyed this book. Hattie is a lovable character despite being quite the busybody!
The plot is well thought through and the writing is engaging. I would certainly recommend this book!
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Caroline James always wanted to write but instead of taking a literary route, she followed a career in the hospitality industry, which included owning a pub and a beautiful country house hotel. When she finally glued her rear to a chair and began to write the words flowed, and several novels later she has gained many best-seller badges for her books. When she’s not writing, Caroline likes to climb ...more

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