Are you interested in a good cozy mystery? Here’s your lucky day, I’m going to present you with one :). And I even have a guest post from the author!
Love in the Time of Murder (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives #3) by D.E. Haggerty
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
If you read the previous books in the series, you already know the Knitting Detectives, but if you’re like me and you’ve missed this series then I guess I should tell you what is it all about. Well, what is this book about anyway ;). Oh, and I should probably mention that you don’t need to read the previous novels to enjoy this one.
And this one’s all about Delilah, a woman who wants to finally get rid of her abusive husband, but when she finally gets her wish all things go wrong. And that’s when the Knitting detectives and their crew move into action.
I like that, even though it was all about murder, the story didn’t concentrate only on this. There was this personal touch that allowed you to get closer to all the characters, get to know the people, find out how they deal with the situation. And I love how the author managed to mention what happened in the previous books without spoiling their ends.
Let me tell you something about the characters. They are brilliant! And lovable. At first, they might seem a bit pushy and maybe just a bit strange, but after a while, you simply can’t resist loving them. OK, so they all have their flaws and weaknesses, but it’s awesome because we all have them too. This makes the characters more believable. Dee is really relatable for me – an introvert who loves reading! What better main character can you have? Well, maybe I was a bit annoyed with her at first for being a bit of a pushover, but who could resist the detective team? :D. After all, they only want to help.
I had lots of fun reading this book. There’re plenty of hilarious situations with the grannies to make you laugh. The way Dee tried to avoid them, the moments when grannies wanted to do something good and useful and it didn’t go quite the way they wanted.
Do yourself a favor and read it. Oh, and read on to see what the author has to say as she was really nice and agreed to write something especially for you :D.
Guest post from the author
I didn’t start out to write a series and I certainly didn’t think about writing a series featuring a bunch of crazy old ladies who decide to put down their knitting needles and become detectives. So how did it come about that I ended up writing the three book series of The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives? It all started with a nagging friend. Okay, it may have started with me whining to said friend about book sales or should I say lack of book sales? My friend pointed out that my blogs were funny and maybe I should just write a chick lit novel.
I turned my nose up at my friend that day but a few months later my muse visited me in the shower and nudged me with an idea for a cozy mystery / chick lit novel about a 40-year old woman who ends up investigating her grandma’s death. I’m not really sure where the idea of the elderly ladies came from. Maybe I watched too many episodes of Murder, She Wrote or read too many Agatha Christie novels. The knitters were an integral part of the story from the beginning (the second page of my novel journal already outlines the idea).
It turned out that the knitting ladies were most readers’ favorite characters. Several readers in fact strongly suggested that I write another novel featuring the gray-haired ladies. Hmmm… well there was Izzy’s best friend who could certainly use some attention, not to mention love. The second novel in the series, Jack Gets His Man, was born.
The second novel features the ladies more prominently. And because I was having such fun, I went ahead and introduced a new character in the second novel to set-up my third novel in the series, Love in the Time of Murder. Having taken reader’s comments into consideration, I really tried to flesh out the characters of the ladies in the final novel. And yeah, readers still think the old ladies are the best part of the series. I’ve received several requests to continue the series. I can’t think of anything more flattering for a writer to hear than that!
I was already working on another novel, a romantic comedy titled Molly’s Misunderstandings, by the time Love in the Time of Murder came out. Currently, I’m writing another cozy mystery. I’ve definitely decided that cozy mysteries are a genre I enjoy writing. And I like writing a series. Not only is it great for sales but it’s fun to really delve deeper into the characters. So, yeah, maybe I’ll write another book in The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series. I’m just waiting for my muse to show herself – in the shower or in my dreams – either way is fine with me.
Stalk the author 🙂
One last advice – go read the book :). Probably the other two in series too. I know I will ;).