Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

11 Jul
Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

I have been a fan of Caroline James’ books for a long time now. If you search my blog for Caroline James, you will see quite a few praising reviews.

Now a new series has begun based around Hattie who was a secondary character in previous books, but has been promoted to the star of the show in Hattie Goes To Hollywood.

Thank you to Author Caroline James for my copy of your book. This is the first of my #10BooksofSummer challenge and it was a great start.


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 auntโ€™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, Hattieโ€™s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?

Hattie Goes to Hollywood is the first is a new series of stand-alone books by Caroline James.

My Thoughts:

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 & H investigations’ begins her sleuthing and shenanigans.

I loved this easy read book. I liked that the characters are older but still loving and living life. ( well most of them). Caroline James has a style all of her own in her books and one that if I  read a book without knowing the author, I think I could tell you it was Caroline that had written it. Easy flowing writing, charismatic characters and usually some tasty food involved. In this case, Hattie’s hearty breakfast bacon sarnies and the plates full of good pub food from the local. There is another attraction in the local for Hattie too ๐Ÿ˜‰.

A quirky little co star of this book is Drake, the duck that follows Hattie home and makes himself her pet. How nice to have a pet duck. Thoughts of duck l’orange must disappear at this point. ๐Ÿ˜‹

This cosy mystery is a fabulous start to the new series staring Hattie as investigative sleuth extraordinaire. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

If you like cosy mysteries with great atmosphere and not your typical “detective”, then this is a book for you. Lovers of Caroline’s previous books will definetly enjoy it and if you haven’t been introduced to Caroline James’ characters then Hattie Goes To Hollywood is a good place to start. Highly recommended.



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10 responses to “Let the Sleuthing Continue! Hattie Goes To Hollywood by Caroline James. #BookReview.

  1. Caroline James Author

    July 11, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Amanda, I am as ever, indebted to you for your continued support and I am so thrilled that you enjoyed Hattie Goes To Hollywood. Huge thanks for all your hard work and happy reading. Warmest wishes Caroline xx

    • chocolatepages

      July 11, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you Caroline, I’m so glad you like my review. I don’t consider it hard work when the books are so good ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    July 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

    I love the word ‘Shenanigans’ ๐Ÿ™‚ This sounds so cosy and intriguing, and really good! I like that a previously secondary character gets her own series! I am adding this book to my wish list!
    Wonderful review! xxx

    • chocolatepages

      July 11, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Shenanigans is a word I used to hear when I was younger but not so much now, except when I read about Hattie.
      It was a lovely surprise to see Hattie get her own book. I loved her in previous books too.
      Thank you Meggy ๐Ÿ’›

  3. Markus + Micah

    July 12, 2020 at 6:53 am

    It sounds like a quirky and interesting book! Happy you enjoyed it. And I would like a pet duck who follows me around, too. Haha!

    • chocolatepages

      July 12, 2020 at 9:48 am

      It would be great to have a pet duck wouldn’t it. Think of all the duck eggs too. ๐Ÿ˜‹

  4. irena_bookdustmagic

    August 25, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    It’s so amazing you know Caroline James’ style so much you’d recognize her writing without her name spelled on the cover. I enjoyed reading your review and am glad you liked the book and continue to support the author.
    And sorry for being absent for so long.

    • chocolatepages

      August 25, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      So nice to hear from you Irena. I hope you and Borna are well.
      Yes I do enjoy all Caroline’s books. I’m looking forward to the next in this series.

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        August 25, 2020 at 7:53 pm

        Thanks Amanda. We are good but little nervous as his teeth are coming out and he doesn’t sleep well during night. But he’s healthy and that what’s important.


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