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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The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 13 – Dena Haggerty @denaehaggerty

Hop on board the Mystery Tour bus and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Dena Haggerty and her book Love in the Time of Murder.

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In Love in the Time of Murder, the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives face their toughest case yet. Delilah, or Dee as she wishes everyone would just call her already, is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives and her life is in a bit of a shambles. She finally manages to pry herself away from her husband’s clutches, move out on her own, and start her own business. But then her estranged husband is murdered and she’s the number one suspect. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives aren’t about to let one of their own get sent to the slammer and jump at the chance to search for the true killer. As if Dee doesn’t have enough problems, the knitting detectives decide that Delilah being a widow is the perfect opportunity to find her a new man and decide to put their matchmaking skills to use. Will Dee end up in prison for a murder she didn’t commit or will she be taking another walk down the aisle?

Dena Haggerty

Where is your home town?

I was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, but have been traveling the world and living in different countries since I was 17. I’m currently in Istanbul.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I love mysteries! I grew up reading the Nancy Drew and Hardy boys books. While I was in the U.S. Army, I worked as a military police woman and eventually an investigator. I love the challenge of writing a good mystery – dropping clues and red herrings while trying to ensure readers don’t figure out whodunit too soon.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Love in the Time of Murder is a cozy mystery.

Where is your book set?

A small town in Oklahoma. Although I never name the town, I did pattern the town on an existing place.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

The story is told from Dee’s point of view. She’s a thirty-something woman who just left her husband. Unfortunately, he husband ends up dead and she’s the main suspect. Dee’s love interest is Tommy. From the moment he met Dee, he’s been chasing her and wearing down her resistance to him. Then there are the Grey-Haired Knitting Detectives after whom the series is named. They’re a group of five elderly ladies that knit and go to church together but really just want to solve mysteries and cause trouble. Dee is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives.

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