Book Title: Love in the Time of Murder (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives)
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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?
The entrance to the strip club is open and in the small area between the open front door and the second door sits a man on a stool. As we approach, he stands and crosses his arms over his chest. Oh, my god! Call the press! We’ve found King Kong and he’s apparently a bouncer at a titty bar in the outskirts of Oklahoma City.
“Hey man,” Jack says to King Kong and attempts to saunter past.
King Kong shakes his head. “Um no, I can’t let you in.” He points to Grandma and her posse. “They are instant boner killers. Not good for business, man.”
Betty huffs. “You’re going to let in two gay men but not us?”
King Kong shrugs. “I don’t care if the gay dudes want to make a stripper sandwich. But the customers are going to run out of here like their asses are on fire the second this AARP bus arrives.”
The ladies huff, but they know a lost cause when they see one. Betty looks ready to take on the gorilla. Thankfully, Grandma and her cronies grab her arms and pull her away from the entrance before she starts a riot. Izzy watches them leave and then turns to the bouncer whose eyes about bug out when he sees her baby bump.
“What are you trying to do to me? First, old ladies and now a pregnant one.” He points at Izzy’s bump. “You! No! These men don’t need to be reminded of the consequences of fooling around on the side.”
Izzy rubs her belly but shrugs and follows the ladies to their car. I turn to the giant-sized man and see his gaze on me. “Am I okay? Can I go in?”
The giant’s eyes sweep from head to toe over me and suddenly I feel like I need a shower. I shiver as he reaches to his crotch and adjusts himself. Gross. Totally gross. “Oh yeah, babe, you’re welcome. Make sure you talk to the bartender about dancing. You’d make a killing.”
“If picking out losers was an Olympic sport, I’d have a closet full of gold medals.”
“The clerk looks terrified of the grandmas when she’s not drooling over Noel, Jack, or Damien. Note to self: bring man candy whenever dealing with bureaucracy. Oh, who am I kidding? I should just bring the man candy with me wherever I go. Can you imagine the service I would get? Say goodbye to waiting in line!”
“Jack flashes me a grin that could melt the darkest chocolate.”
“Grandma gives Noel a look that would make the Pope feel guilty.”
“‘Um no, I can’t let you in.’ He points to Grandma and her posse. ‘They are instant boner killers. Not good for business, man… I don’t care if the guy dudes want to make a stripper sandwich. But the customers are going to run out of here like their asses are on fire the second this AARP bus arrives.’”
I have enjoyed every character and each story in this adorable and well-written cozy mystery series. The grandmas are a feisty bunch of nosy knitters that are unstoppable once they get an itch. The group has expanded their “entourage” to include two granddaughters, a couple of gay men, a firefighter, and a policeman. They have also improved on their skill set for their much beloved “recon missions” by learning how to “get on the line” and research “on the tube channel.” The characters are quirky, smart, lovable, and uniquely talented, each in their own special manner. This installment focused on an adult granddaughter Dee, who has left her abusive husband to temporarily seek shelter with her grandmother until she is once again on her feet. Dee has been significantly broken down by her “asshat” of a husband, which has resulted in her lack of self-worth, cruel inner monologues, and social awkwardness; making her situation even more painful when the grandmas learn that Dee is under the police’s focus and bright lights when something happens to her husband. I enjoyed having the continuation of characters from the first book throughout all three books, while each installment could also be stand-alone volumes as well. The dialog and narrative sparkle with humor while the story line is unique, unfailingly entertaining, and addictive. I am hoping Ms. Haggerty can be bribed or threatened into continuing this delightful series into infinity.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European (and have the EU passport to prove it!). After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between playing tennis, running much slower than I would like, trying to adopt every stray dog within a 5-mile radius, traveling to exotic new locales, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, addictively watching new movies and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my seventh book.