New Release Spotlight: The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives

The fire was caused by a lit cigarette, except Bernadette didn’t smoke and now she’s dead– Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives) by @DEHaggerty

About The Book:

Bernadette didn’t smoke. The fire couldn’t have been an accident!

Oh boy, the gray-haired knitters are at it again. Of course, they are. It’s been way too long since they ‘solved’ a mystery. But the investigator determined the fire at the craft store was caused by an unattended lit cigarette. Arson isn’t even a remote possibility. Except the owner Bernadette didn’t smoke and now she’s dead.

When Bernadette’s granddaughter asks me to look into the matter, the knitters practically cheer. They are on the case!

But is there even a case? Or are we seeing murder and arson where there’s merely smoke?

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When the local craft store burns down and leaves the store owner dead, Izzy, her best friend Jack, and her clan of adopted grandmothers are sure it has to be arson. When the woman’s granddaughter asks for help in proving it, they can’t turn her down. Well studied in the arts of Murder She Wrote and Matlock, these lovely grannies have yet to meet a murder investigation that they can walk away from, much to the distress of Izzy’s police detective husband. In this installment of the series, the ladies even drag in Izzy’s new friend Dee to pump information from her fire investigator boyfriend. Nothing is sacred in this laugh out loud cozy. I love how each lady’s personality shines through. They seem that they should be totally incompatible as friends, and yet the years of bonding come through. I have to admit Martha and her constant stalker-like matchmaking is my favorite.

Will Izzy ever get to hold her baby? Probably not anytime soon. This story reads well as a standalone, despite being fourth in the series. The whole series is worth spending a weekend binge reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives accused the wrong person of murder. Can they wade through the suspects to find the actual killer? — Hold the Coffee (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives) by @DEHaggerty

About The Book:

Oopsie. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives accused the wrong person of murder.

Poor Milly is furious after being hauled into the police station to be interrogated. She is not letting those knitters get away with pointing their fingers at her! Absolutely not. Instead, she insists they solve the murder and clear her name.

Naturally, the knitters jump at the chance to solve another mystery. They don’t care if the victim was hated by one and all. They’ll find the murderer!

Can the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives wade through the suspects to find the actual killer?

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The church usher has died and the police think it is a heart attack, except that Ally overheard Milly say that she was going to kill him. The Ladies have their hands full with this murder and they are dragging Izzy along for the ride. Jack and Dee are no help, they are having too much fun egging the geriatric gumshoes on. There is no shortage of people who seriously disliked the man, but who hated him enough to poison his coffee.

Izzy still can’t keep hold of her son when the grannies are near, something every new mother can relate to. Martha seems bound and determined to match up every ‘single’ person in town, despite none of them being interested in her particular skills, and Rosemary has dragged the whole gang into wedding planning mode since Dee and Tommy don’t seem to be moving to the alter fast enough. all that and there is still time to find a murderer. This cozy offers plenty of love and laughter. I have decided that Noel is my new fave. Not only does he read as simply dreamy, but he has a wicked sense of humor and the old (not old) ladies can’t get anything past him. I am very much looking forward to book six.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home.

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To start with can you tell us a little about the project we are seeing today? 

I’m actually promoting two projects – Where There’s Smoke, There’s Arson and Hold the Coffee. They are both stories in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives cozy mystery series. I wrote the first three books in the series in 2015 – back when I had no idea what a cozy mystery even was. I decided to revive the series after last summer when the books had a sudden resurgence of popularity.  

What advice do you have for new authors?

I think I can sum it up like this: know your genre (seriously, you will kill your career otherwise), write what you love (readers always know when your heart isn’t in the story), and don’t give up.

Do you hear from your readers much? 

This is an interesting question because until recently the answer would have been no. Now I hear from a few readers every week. It’s the highlight of my week. 

Who is your favorite character in the book you are sharing with us today?

Finally – an easy question! Izzy is my favorite. I love how she’s grown up with the series. Despite being forty when the stories began! She’s now a first-time mom and struggling with being an ‘adult’. 

If you could be friends with a character in one of your stories who would it be and what kinds of things would you do together?

I would totally be friends with Izzy, the main character in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series. I imagine we’d drive around in her husband’s GTO with the windows down and the music blaring. 

Name three fun facts about you or your work.

I like to do the hand motions of my characters to make sure they make sense or are even possible. 

The dialogue in my novels is often stolen from chats I have with my husband.

I can’t write while wearing my wedding rings.


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