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Hearts in Hiding (Haggerty Mystery #1)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  2,697 Ratings  ·  347 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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May 22, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it
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
Crystal Jimenez
Mar 10, 2010 Crystal Jimenez rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2009 Jacqui rated it it was ok
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 liked it
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
Dec 20, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok
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!!
Apr 01, 2015 Cindi rated it liked it
The last hundred pages had all sorts of crazy surprises! I was a fan of the description of southern life and the process of trying to assume a new identity. I have a new appreciation for the men and women who sacrifice their lives to keep me safe! Cheesy? Maybe, but completely honest!
Cindy Wilcox
Aug 10, 2012 Cindy Wilcox rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 02, 2017 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a fun yet clean mystery book. This is the first book I've read by Betsy Brannon Green, but she may become a new favorite author.
Feb 14, 2017 Angie rated it liked it
It has such high reviews. I had high hopes. It was a fine, casual read. Nothing extraordinary. Too much fluff added.
Feb 21, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I have read this book many times, and I fall in love with the characters and story every time. Will I read this book again? Duh.

Favorite Quote:
"I do declare!" (especially in the last scene)
Feb 20, 2017 Heather rated it liked it
Fun reading! Has a bit of a modern fairy tale feel.
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,
Jul 08, 2012 Victor rated it liked it
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
Jenni C
Feb 21, 2014 Jenni C rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean-romance
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
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
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
Oct 31, 2008 Sheri rated it liked it
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
Teya Peck
Jul 01, 2012 Teya Peck rated it liked it
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
Aug 24, 2010 Geokowgurl rated it liked it
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
Apr 14, 2015 Eileen rated it liked it
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Oct 22, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
Oct 08, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
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
Jul 19, 2012 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, mystery
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
Oct 14, 2013 Camille Thomas rated it liked it
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
Apr 07, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
I thought 3 stars was generous. The idea of having two people married in order to protect her in the Witness Protection plan is interesting, but I thought the small town dynamics and the LDS references were forced. For example, the extreme speed in which the main couple's business is spread through all the homes I the city is absurd. They kissed at a picnic, and within 10 seconds, ALL the old ladies are tisking or commenting about it. Also, that the husband who is imitating a less active member ...more
May 07, 2009 Crystal rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2009 Linnae rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
okay so I am not a huge LDS Novel fan. I think they are often too predictable, and a little too cheesy for my taste (I'm sure there are good ones out there, I just haven't found them). That being said, I have read ALL of Betsy Brannon Greene's books, and they are very cute. They are another easy read, but stay interesting throughout. And she always puts Southern Recipes at the end of her book which I find adorable. Just something different I guess. I highly recommend these books too. At least yo ...more
Erica Robinson
May 04, 2013 Erica Robinson rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2015 Connie rated it liked it
Easy, contemporary, LDS read. I liked that there was FBI involvement. That made the story-line a bit more exciting for me. The main character's neighbor is a riot! Such a busy-body. This novel's core seems to revolve around baking and eating casseroles more than any other book I have read. Ha ha ha! Most of the excitement happens in the last third, rushing some real important things, yet the ending is still satisfying.

Enjoyable bedtime read for 15 & up: no swearing, however there is murder a
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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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