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

Today’s team review comes from Noelle, she blogs here

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


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 #BookReview Team #RBRT LOVE IN THE TIME OF MURDER by @denaehaggerty #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review comes from Karen, she blogs at,

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Karen chose to read and review Love in the Time of Murder by Dena Haggerty

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My Opinion

This book focuses on Dee, freshly separated. Her grandma being one of the gray-haired knitting detectives, it does not come as a surprise that Dee is ‘persuaded’ to file for a restraining order and the circle’s matchmaker tries to set her up with an adequate partner. When her estranged husband’s body is found, she is the number one suspect.

With Love in the Time of Murder, D. E. Haggerty has created another 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 murder case. I had a great time reading Love in the Time of Murder – 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, not always seconding Dee’s thoughts. On second thoughts, I came to realise that my reactions in case of others trying to meddle with my life are not than different from hers.

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 and/or series to read again.


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