Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT MOLLY’S MISADVENTURES by @denaehaggerty #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Barb, she blogs at http://barbtaub.com/

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My Review: 4 stars out of 5 for Molly’s Misadventures

In Molly’s Misadventures, author D. E. Haggerty efficiently nails almost every chick lit trope out there.

  1. Heroine with high-powered job but crap love-life? Check. Having chucked her dreams of becoming a writer in favor of the high salary and chance to work for great boss and friend Blake, Molly only has two problems. One is her mean, foul-mouthed father she is dutifully caring for, and the other is her very-soon-to-be-ex husband. “Every time I closed my eyes, I saw a vision of Darryl’s naked, flabby ass pumping into his secretary. I didn’t want to see that once, let alone over and over again in my dreams.”
  2. Tries the Wrong Guy first? Check. See the naked, flabby ass in #1.
  3. Thinks she’s ugly (but every guy she meets falls madly in love with her)? Check. Molly must have the glittery-est hooha ever (see here) because every guy she’s ever met—from her secret high-school crush to the got-it-all-going-on husband of a close friend—is secretly in love with her.
  4. Thinks she’s smart, but has the people-judging skills of the disposable blonde teen in a slasher movie.  We’re told Molly is smart (University of Chicago t-shirt), but her lack of almost any interpersonal judgement has her drifting through the pages in a perpetually confused fog.
  5. Mommy Issues & Daddy’s Girl? Check. Molly’s parents have been divorced for years. Despite the fact that her father is a self-absorbed, sexist, foul-mouthed tyrant, he’s still preferable to her mother’s brand of hyper-critical communication.
  6. Not-Actual physical flaw such as Frizzy Hair? Check. “My hair is a rat’s nest at the best of times. Combing through my wet hair without the use of generous portions of conditioner is like trying to perform an exorcism without a priest.
  7. Funny? Okay, Check! Molly’s observations on her world are occasionally laugh out loud funny and often painfully amusing. My favorite paragraph in the book is one we’ve all lived.

I hate renting cars. What are they doing all the time behind the counter on the computer? They have my information already, yet they spend an eternity typing away and pressing buttons anyway. It sounds as if the agent is typing about a million words a minute. And I wait and wait some more. How many times will the sales agent ask if I want additional, outrageously expensive insurance before I punch him?Maybe that’s the whole point—to see who will lose their cool first and start throwing punches?

When I’m reviewing a book, I often go down a little list of things to consider. In Molly’s Misadventures, the pacing is sure, a brisk march to an obvious finish. The writing is terrific, often funny and entertaining, and with a great balance between dialog and the snarky comments in Molly’s head. Molly’s character is nicely developed, and shows a respectable growth though the book.

But the plot of Molly’s Misadventures does have some obvious flaws. One that I found particularly annoying is that Molly is kind of…well…mean. When her supposedly good friend’s husband confesses that he’s always been in love with Molly, her immediate reaction is along the lines of Well, I always knew she was a bitch so let’s throw her under the bus… And her continuous dates with all the Mr.Wrongs—while amusing—never show any sympathy or compassion for others on the same search as herself.  Not only does this reveal that Molly is both clueless and shallow, but the introduction of a completely gratuitous love triangle seems more like the author almost got to the end of her Chick Lit checklist and said, “Damn, I almost forgot the Deceptively Perfect Potential Love Interest. My bad.” Also, I hope it’s not just blogger-jealousy that makes me feel that the instant financial and social success of Molly’s frankly mean-spirited mess of a blog is also a pretty big pill for the reader to swallow.

But overall, Molly’s Misadventures is exactly what it looks like—a humorous, entertaining, fast-paced, predictable romantic comedy. While I could wish that writer D.E. Haggerty had addressed a few of my issues with her plot, the amusing and entertaining Molly goes a long way to make up for that. I would give it four stars, and happily reach for another book by this author

I reviewed Molly’s Misadventures for Rosie’s Book Review Team

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT LOVE IN THE TIME OF MURDER by @denaehaggerty #Mystery

Today’s team review comes from Noelle, she blogs here http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has been reading Love in the Time of Murder by D. E Haggerty.

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Book Review: Love in the Time of Murder by D.E. Haggerty

Love in the Time of Murder is book three in The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series by this author. I will confess I haven’t read the first two, but I didn’t have any trouble getting into the story and understanding the relationships of the characters. I understand this is the last book in the series, and the previous two are also stand-alones.
This is a fun romp of a cozy. Delilah, or Dee as she is known to her friends, is the granddaughter of a group of elderly ladies who get together to knit and solve crimes. Her life is in a bit of a mess. Her husband Brock has become abusive for an unknown reason. Dee finally manages to leave him and move out on her own, but this means moving in with her grandmother, who raised her, with her attendant knitting and busy-body posse. Soon after, Brock shows up to take Dee back, and things get ugly before he finally leaves. For me, this was the most immediate and emotionally tense part of the story. While Dee is trying to figure out how to handle the situation – the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives insist she get a restraining order – Brock is found murdered and Dee is suspect number one.
Dee’s problems don’t end there, since the ladies see the perfect opportunity to find Dee a new man and put their matchmaking skills to use. Dee is having none of it, except for the fact the man they select – Tommy, introduced in the previous book – is handsome and makes her heart sing. At the same time, the ladies dive into finding the real killer, in order to save Dee.
The grannies are at once nosey, frustrating, overbearing and irritating. I myself got irritated with them, along with Dee’s moving back and forth from her new apartment to her grandmother’s. I think the relationship between Dee’s gay employer and his boyfriend is a little too blatant for my taste – they seem to be snogging in public at every opportunity (really?) – and some of the humor didn’t reach my funny bone. Equally frustrating is Dee’s reluctance to overrule her grandmother and the posse, despite being constantly ambushed by people with the best of intentions but oblivious to her mental distress. I wonder whether this is because the book is told in first person, which means the reader sees and feels everything through Dee’s eyes. Third person would allow the reader to view the characters in a less biased way.
Having said that, the mystery is a good one. The revelations about Brock keep you wondering just who he actually was, and overall, the book is a good story. Some of the wit and sarcasm I liked and there were some one-liners that made me laugh; I just wish the other relationships hadn’t fogged the sleuthing so much.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Jack Gets His Man by @denaehaggerty #bookreview #Mystery

Today’s review comes from E.L Lindley, she blogs at http://lindleyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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I have to confess that I am a bit of a novice when it comes to cosy mystery/romance but I was attracted to this novel by the idea of a gay male romance written by a woman. Jack Gets His Man is the spin off sequel to Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem and, although there are lots of references to what’s gone before, it works very well as a standalone.

 

With Jack Gets His Man, D. E. Haggerty has indeed created a cosy world, where everything is more or less perfect. Jack is best friends with newlyweds Izzy and Noel, who are so supportive that Izzy even comes to collect him in the early hours of the morning after an illicit hook-up with an ex-lover. Jack is constantly popping around to Izzy’s house and not even the fact that he caught her and Noel in flagrante delicto can deter him.

 

The plot develops as Jack realises that money is being embezzled from his shop – a cross dressing/plus size ladies wear store called ‘Fabulous Darling’. Izzy, Noel and a geriatric knitting club band together in order to investigate who is siphoning off the money. They are eventually joined by Damien, Jack’s recently appointed bookkeeper and love interest.

 

The key to enjoying this novel is to suspend all reality and just go with the flow. The story is set in a small town in Oklahoma, where it seems anything goes. Criminals aren’t all that dangerous and drop dead gorgeous gay men abound, with barely a whiff of homophobia anywhere. That said there is something delightfully addictive once you allow yourself to get caught up in the mad-cap shenanigans of Jack’s life and, I literally couldn’t put the book down, reading it in one sitting.

 

Jack is the product of the constraints that the ‘cosy’ style dictates. He is stereotypically camp, playful and of course impossibly good looking. He is shallow to the point that he defines everyone he meets by how attractive they are but he is a devoted friend and takes good care of the knitting club ladies. There are hints of darker tones when Haggerty lets us know that Jack’s family disowned him for being gay and when we see him struggling to come to terms with his upcoming fortieth birthday but, in keeping with the light, frothy style, these issues are never really pursued.

 

I really like the fact that Haggerty uses her novel to give older people a voice. The knitting club ladies are hilarious – quick witted, saucy and not to be messed with. Despite being a great grandmother, Rose, a former accountant, is able to trace the missing money trail and is pivotal in solving the crime. Izzy is on the wrong side of forty and yet is a vital, fun loving character. Haggerty is able to effectively show how age is irrelevant when it comes to engaging with and enjoying a story.

 

Jack Gets His Man is the perfect antidote to the stresses of real life, offering an alternate reality in the style of a fun sit-com. It would make the ideal beach read and any reader wishing to while away a couple of hours with a funny, entertaining romp, can’t go wrong with this one.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Jack Gets His Man by @denaehaggerty #mystery

Today’s team review comes from Karen, she blogs at https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read and review Jack Gets His Man by D.E. Haggerty

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My Opinion

This book focuses on Jack, restless due to his upcoming birthday, no current lover, and inexplicably decreasing business profit.

With Jack Gets His Man, D. E. Haggerty has created an expertly worded and pretty funny suspense story with a romantic touch. The story comprises a broad variety of characters with sufficient depth, hilarious moments and interesting interactions to solve the case of the vanishing finances. I had a great time reading Jack Gets His Man – it is a very fun read. I was drawn into the story right away, chuckling about the cute gray-haired knitting detectives and their ways, seconding Izzy’s thoughts, trying to find the culprit and hoping that Jack really gets his man. This is for you if you like female sleuths, hilarious situations as well as a great combination of (cozy) suspense, humour and romance.

A funny and suspenseful book to read again.

Recommended.

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