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Hearts in Hiding (Haggerty Mystery #1)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,415 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Devastation, betrayal, self-pity, anger—none of these words do any justice to the tangle of emotions Kate Singleton is experiencing. Married just over a year, with a baby on the way, Kate learns that her husband, and FBI agent, is dead. To top it off, the same people who murdered her husband have a contract on her head.

With the help of the FBI, Kate flees with little more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Covenant Communications Inc
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Crystal Jimenez
This book is my favorite it was awesome it was a romance a little bit. Its about a Girl she gets married and her husband is a FBI agent and one day he goes on a mission and he dies well thats what the other agents tell her. So she has to go in hiding with an agent she has never met before and they have to get married and change what they wear how they look and there idenity and move to a place called Haggerty were they might be safe from the people that are trying to kill her. So they leave Chic ...more
I struggle with LDS fiction. I'm not going to lie, most of it is not really well written. My biggest pet peeve is that they have the word "said" bookmarked in their thesaurus and refuse to just say said. (this makes me think it couldn't be too hard to break into LDS fiction, watch for my next title to be there...) There is also always too much of LDS forced into it. I mean, I don't mind if they bring it up where it fits into the plot, but there is usually too much of it for what is "every day" l ...more
Reading this for bookgroup. Starts out fast and gripping. Slows waaayyy down. Not fabulous literature, but we'll see if it ends well.

**Update after finishing the book**

I hesitate to even allow this book two stars because it is just not well-written. Green's writing style is uninteresting and full of adjectives instead of character development. The plot is good, but it isn't developed enough and feels rushed along. I didn't care about the characters, and the Mormon culture seems contrived and not
Jun 03, 2010 Mimi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: adult
This was a quick, enjoyable read. From the back of the book, I thought there would be more about being a grieving widow, but when the book begins she has actually been a widow for a while. There's nothing wrong with that; it just wasn't what I expected.

For the majority of the book, the main characters are in the FBI witness protection program. When I think of that, I usually think of people getting made-up brand new identities, but in this book, the people are hidden by borrowing other people's
I'd never read one of these before either...Mormon author/Mormon characters/mystery/ was kind of hilarious...spent more time talking about what they were eating everyday (casseroles, what else) than anything...I skipped about 50 pages at the end because I just wanted to be done and later went back and read them and actually that was the best part. Kinda funny. Not so sold on fiction that mixes in LDS truths...recommend me a book if you find one you actually like!!
Jenni C
Unlike most of my two star ratings... I actually read all of this book, even though I was tempted to skip to the end.

Pros: This book is a clean romance. The plot is great. I LOVED the detail of southern living and could have moved into the book just to be a part of the loveable community, hands down - that was the best part of the book.

Cons: I never knew someone could describe decorating, furniture, and the same three peoples' jobs to cover 80 percent of the book...and still have me reading ev
Cindy Wilcox
I really enjoyed this book 2/3 of the way through and then it seems to drag on and on and on. I wish it would have ended at that 2/3.
Jan 01, 2015 Victor rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ledys
I usually do not read LDS fiction (A cultural thing, we do not get these books were I'm from) but became interested when my wife re-read this one and couldn't resist telling me about it.

Basically this novel follows the story of 8-month pregnant Kate Singleton as she is already grieving for the dead of her husband, FBI agent Tony Singleton. Due to the nature of Tony's last assignment, Kate is forced to abandon her uninteresting life and move with her new "husband" agent Iverson to Haggerty, GA a
I survived yet another book recommended by my mother...hurray! This one really wasn't too bad. It followed your basic, predictable story line, but it was still relatively fun and interesting. Being LDS literature, it of course had a few eye-rolling moments due to pure cheesiness. And there were a couple of somewhat unnatural religious moments in there that seemed so forced that it reminded me of those scenes on The Biggest Loser when they do obvious plugs for advertisers...does that make sense? ...more
I started out really liking the story, but after awhile I got a little board with it and wondered when something was going to happen. Then when something finally happened it was over really fast and went back to the somewhat boring stuff again. In a lot of ways I felt like this book was about Kate and Miss Eugenia. While I really liked Eugenia and the other crazy neighbors, I really wanted more of Kate and Mark. As it was I felt like I hardly got to know Mark and what I did learn I wasn’t really ...more
Sara ♥
3.25 stars

This was a quite cheesily cute Mormon suspense romance. It was adorable and all that, but a bit... shallowly written. Cute, but won't be winning any awards...

The premise was pretty far-fetched. Well, not necessarily the underlying premise... it wasn't any worse than any FBI or CIA show you'd watch on TV, but the solution was fairly convoluted. They came up with this overly elaborate scheme just to come up with a reason the hero (Mark/Drew) and heroine (Kate/Niki), who are both Mormon,
Mary-Anne Swift
It was a fast, easy read, and some of it was enjoyable. It was highly predictable and while it claims to be a "mystery novel" it was definitely more of a (cheesy, predictable) romance novel. There were about 2 chapters that had a little suspense involved, but that's about it. The writing really wasn't that good and I wasn't really invested in the characters at all. I'm sure there are better books to spend your time reading than this was, although it wasn't all bad. :)
LDS mystery fiction fluff. A perfectly enjoyable afternoon read. Would not be enjoyable and I think very confusing for a non-LDS reader. I liked the basic storyline and I do think it's as much mystery as it is romance. I also liked that it was a clean romance. I thought the characters were painfully cliched, though, and at times that fact had me rolling my eyes. I have been looking for a new series of quick, fun reads and I think I've found some.
I thought this book was just okay. It was recommended to me by several people, and so maybe I expected too much. The plot seemed interesting enough for an LDS romance, but I quickly grew bored with the characters. The supporting characters were more interesting than the main characters, and more detail was given about the restoration of the house, daily errands, and what everyone was eating at any given time than to the development of the relationship between the lead characters. Scenes that sho ...more
I like Betsy Brannon Green and I find that her writing style is clean and fun. This is the first book in the Haggerty stories. It has the perfect mix of romance, suspense, mystery, and good old fashioned neighbors...which I wish I had a Miss Eugenia right next door to me.... I have read several of Greens books and will read more as I get my hands on them. I highly recommend this book and others by this author to anyone who loves a great clean read that keeps you turning the pages and also loves ...more
I will start with the good. I loved the characters developed. I did like the story line. What I had trouble with was it was one sided and I've gotten use to and love the two sides of view in books and the conflict in both and even on the bad side, so for me it was kind of boring at times. This was like a heart beat on a monitor it had a good base and it kept you intriqued which is why I kept reading and it had highs of adventure and moments of excitement then it would lull again. I feel it neede ...more
Bookclub selection November 2014.

Overall I did enjoy this read, but I'm having a hard time rating and reviewing it. I always enjoy the characters and situations that abound in small towns like Haggerty, Georgia. I love the busy-bodies, the scandals, the neighborliness, and the true-blue, loyal-to-the-end friendships. But I struggled with aspects of this story. I think it was the pace: the fast, exciting parts went too fast, and the slow parts just seemed to drag on. There were also situations th
Camille Thomas
The first part of this book was really good, but around the middle it just got a little wierd and stupid and boring. I think a little too much of the mormon beliefs were shared in this book. Now, I am going to be a little nit-picky. You do not need a blood test to be married in Georgia. If the "Johnson's" were so rich then why could they not afford a dvd player. I think a little more research needed to be done on this book. I am so sick of reading books about mormons or by mormon authors who thi ...more
I personally think this book could've been a lot better if there were a lot more mystery/suspense included in the story line. Some places were really easy for me to predict as to what would happen, and I got tired of reading over & over about what normal, every-day life in the South was like for Kate while she was pretending to be someone else. For me it seemed like the majority of the book was just about Kate's neighbors in Haggerty telling her what to do, running errands, decorating her ol ...more
When Kate finds out that her FBI agent husband is dead, and that her life is also in danger, she is immediately sent into hiding. With the help of the agency, she has a new name, a new home, and even a new "husband" (another agent). To top it all off, her baby is due in a few months. Meanwhile, the killers are still out there, and no disguise is fool-proof.

Suspenseful, with some humour and romance thrown in. The first book in the Haggerty mystery series. I recommend reading this one before delvi
Anemarie Thacker
I adored this book. It is the prime example of the kind of books I love. Romance and suspense. And it's LDS fiction, which I love. I would recommend this to everybody.
Wendy Whiting
A great book! I knew what was coming but I had read every other book in the series first and this was the first book so that should be expected.
Amie passed this book on to me and I have mixed feelings. First, I read it in a day, so it must have been compelling. But it was awkward to read, in a Christian Fiction sort of way. It was TOO Mormon and I was sort of gagging on all the references. Also, it had very little feel of a mystery novel. This is fluffy chick-lit full of romance and sprinkled with mystery. The suspense would come and go. At one point I thought, 'OK, so there is a lot of book left, are they going to plan a wedding the wh ...more
Edited review: Although I really liked this book, the potential that I saw for the series has not been realized. (I've read all but the last in the "Haggerty series," and I'm reading the last one.) In Hearts in Hiding, Betsy Brannon Green immediately engages the reader and I looked forward to continuing this book when I had to put it down. Really good plot and characters--although why the authors of this genre (or perhaps their editors) believe that there must be a melodramatic, life-threatening ...more
Definitely done by an LDS author by I enjoyed the characters and twists and turns in the story. Very well-written.
Elaine Taylor
It was really good. lots of twists and turns along the way with a surprising ending.
I don't usually read romance novels or LDS fiction, so this was out of my normal scope. I thought the premise of the book was very unique, and I enjoyed watching events unfold. I felt like the climax of the book went very quickly, to the point where I had to reread paragraphs because I had missed the one sentence that explained crucial parts. The end was a little different for me as it got more and more into missionary work; it was written well, I'm just not used to seeing that in fiction books. ...more
Erica Robinson
One of my favorite LDS novels, probably because LDS fiction is fairly cliche and formulaic in general and this book really drew me in with the characters, relationships, and plot. I love mystery novels and Betsy Brannon Green is one of the better writers I have read! Most mystery writers try to make the story so convoluted and twisty that they miss out on characters and adding the finer details and quirks to the story that lend it its originality. This book is good for a romance-mystery fix, and ...more
I had to give this Four Stars. Not really because it was super fantastic, but for Mormon literature, it was pretty darn good. I'm a fan of Betsy Brannon Green. I'm sure I've said it before. She sucks me in, keeps me there, is pretty low on the Mormon "cheese", always throws in a little romance and intrigue. I just like her and this book wasn't disappointing, so there you go.

PS - I just read some other reviews and other people are saying that they're definitely too Mormon Cheese. LOL - I guess we
Kate who is married to a FBI agent just a little over a year, finds herself expecting a baby and her husband killed.
She then finds someone has put a contract out on her and she is forced to go away with a new home, a new name, and a new husband. Its full of adventure, renovation of an huge old home, but with plenty of money to spend. They tell everyone they are being supplied with her Daddies money.
The people they meet are full of character. Story unfolds with a kidnapping, and lots of exciteme
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If you're not familiar with my books, I write mystery-suspense novels. I am LDS (Mormon) and so are some of my characters, but I have loyal readers from many different faiths. My goal is to engage the reader in my books. I want to make them laugh and cry and worry and dread the end.

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