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Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem

(The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives #1)

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My name is Izzy. I drink too much, am clumsier than a newborn foal, and my brain-to-mouth filter often malfunctions. My daredevil husband killed himself in a parachuting accident five years ago and my best friend Jack has decided it’s time I jump back in the dating pool. He’s perfectly happy to throw me in if I don’t listen. Just when things in the dating world start to he ...more
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Published March 1st 2015
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I may be biased in my review because I had the honor of proof-reading this little gem. From all the books I've read from Ms. Haggerty, this was so different from her other books. I enjoyed this one immensly and found myself connecting with the characters easily. Especially the old ladies brigade. They were a hoot and had me cracking up with their antics.

Izzy was another character I found endearing Oh, and you can't forget Jack - in fact, all of the characters had me cracking up during this story
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DJ Sakata
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

Sometimes my mouth opens before my brain can stop it.

’A thong,” she chortles. ‘Don’t you know better than to wear dental floss for underwear?’

He’s so far out of my league I’m surprised the dating police haven’t hauled him away for a grievous felony.

I shuffle into the kitchen in search of something easy to make. Okay, fine, I admit it, I’m heading for the freezer and my favorite lovers – Ben and Jerry.

I only have so much strength to deny my hormones. Hormones basically take over y
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Krystyna
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous - humorous and lively

What a terrific read! A death that seems natural until the senior sleuths get stuck in. Great characters - from the ditsy, outspoken, klutzy heroine to tell handsome, long suffering hero. Great humour, fast paced and plenty of action.
She is shocked when her BFF (Jack) tells her that he's signed her up for speed dating. She has had only one boyfriend and the marriage had ended with the daredevil's, action man's death. However she does meet (sort of) a handsome man a
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Laura
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem is a fun easy read that certainly provides some escapism, despite the storyline revolving around an unsolved murder. It all feels pretty light-hearted though, so whatever mood you’re in, you needn’t worry about it being too heavy-going.

It’s really great to see a bit older protagonist featured, and I really like Izzy, the main character, and also Jack. They both seem like great characters – though Jack is a bit forceful at times with Izzy, in my opinion, especi
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Christy Wilson
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was kind of excited to get this book seeing as how one reviewer compared it to novels of Victoria Laurie and Janet Evanovich, two of my favorite mystery writers (who also have an element of romance in their stories as well).

Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem starts with Izzy, a widow who is 40, being manipulated into attending a speed dating event by her gay best friend, Jack. Izzy is horrified by most of the men she meets, and the one very good looking man she does meet - well, suffice it to
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Charlotte Gerber
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
If you are a fan of Victoria Laurie or Janet Evanovich, you’ll probably enjoy this book. The writer has a conversational tone and the main character, Izzy, has an inner monologue that is humorous all the way through the story.

Without giving too much away, Izzy and her best guy-pal Jack are trying to figure out who wanted to kill her “grandmother” (in actuality she is the grandmother of her dear departed husband). Izzy is unable to stop searching for the person responsible for the evil deed; she
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Diana
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was a lot of fun to read. The characters are a hoot!! I love Izzy quirky attitude and the way she thinks, she is strong willed and does what she wants to do. She has her Gay BFF who looks after her, trying to find her the right man. Takes her to speed dating, not something she wants to do. She meets Noel, a police detective and goes on a date, well if you would call it that, embarrassing. You of course will have to read the book to find out what happened. She has a really awesome G ...more
Nicole
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very entertaining story. I read it in one sitting and found it quite amusing. Izzy is a widowed graphic designer who hasn't tried much dating since her husband died in a parachuting accident. Her best friend Jack signs her up for speed dating, which is a complete disaster. She does happen to make quite an impression on a charming detective. Not long after, her grandmother dies, and it is ruled a heart attack. Grandma's fr
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Betty
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the gray-haired knitting detectives! They're my newest heroes. I love how they step up and take an active part helping Izzy solve the mystery of her grandmother's death. I would really get a kick out of belonging to this wonderful group, especially if chocolate cake, lemon bars, and other such made-from-scratch goodies are involved. I also loved Izzy and relate entirely too well to her seemingly terminal two-left-feet syndrome. She actually had me laughing out loud. And Jack is one of th ...more
Red Cheeks Reads
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun one! Not something I usually read but I enjoyed it! Izzy is a widowed woman who is trying to date again mix that in with being clumsy as hell and then the sudden death of her grandma and speculation of a murder it's a whole lot of fun and entertaining!

"She actually used the words 'conduct a search'. She must be OD'ing on detective novels."

Izzy is grieving the only 'family' she had left but then gets slowly but surely pulled into the conspiracy of murder. So a group of old ladies
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Jo-Anne
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-requested, own
Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.

Oh my goodness! I couldn’t put this one down for a second. Izzy believes her Grandma was murdered but her death was declared a heart attack. Actually, Izzy was not a blood relation to Grandma at all. She 'adopted' Grandma who was her deceased husband's grandmother. Grandma had many friends who all thought she had been murdered and told Izzy of their suspicions. Izzy started lookin
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books are love
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
So funny. Betty cracks me up with her nosiness and the thumping of the murderer with her pocketbook.

This is a murder mystery, romance and just all out funny. we have a group of elderly ladies who are a knitting group. When they get together they always gossip and have snacks. One of them dies and they decide to become like Jessica on Murder she wrote and solve her murder.

Izzy was married to one of the ladies grandson. The lady who dies grandson to be exact. He died in a freak accident a few yea
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, comedy
If you are in the mood for a good bit of fun, a light-hearted laugh and the story of a clumsy widower, with loads of friends who mean well, then this book should be next on your reading list.


I was able to complete it in one sitting, and found myself in fits of laughter and tears of joy. I often found myself giggling, especially as I thought of similar occasions from my own life, with friends and family, when we have all meant each other well.


Our main character is a clumsy, fun woman who has fall
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Harmony Kent
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Izzy is a widowed forty-something who likes to drink, and seems to have lost her brain-to-mouth filter somewhere along the way. When Izzy's grandma dies, she and her merry band of geriatric wannabe sleuths (aka Knitting Circle) are convinced it's murder. Plenty of mystery and mayhem abound in this entertaining little read, and the characters are loveable. The plot, pacing and character development are all done very well, and pull you right into Izzy's world. Unfortunately, errors litter the book ...more
Paul Franco
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A simple easy breezy mystery that I got through in a couple of hours.
I’m loving the main character, but at the start she’s far too much of a butt monkey: speed dating, accidental mooning on a date, death in the family. In real life we’d be offering sympathy while trying not to laugh, but in a manufactured character it feels like too much. There’s also the hard-to-fathom relationship with her new boyfriend, who is a total Neanderthal alpha male cop, and though she shows signs of finding this un
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Jeroen Spaan
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Murder Mystery and Dating Mayhem. The main character, Izzy, is a slightly clumsy, speak before she thinks, widow in her 40s. The book is written in first person which adds to the comical aspect of the book, as Izzy’s thoughts are often hilarious. The book starts when her best friend Jack, a gay meddler, decides she needs to re-enter the dating pool and signs her up for a speed dating event. The event turns into a total disaster, but not without giving the reader a lot of laughs. ...more
Karen
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on Izzy, widowed for five years, being thrown into a speed-dating session by her best friend Jack.

With Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem, D. E. Haggerty has created an expertly worded and very funny suspense story with a romantic touch. The story comprises a broad variety of characters with sufficient depth, hilarious moments and interesting interactions to solve the case of the dead grandma. I had a great time reading Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem - it is a very fun re
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Patty
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem is the first book in the Gray-Haired knitting Detectives series. I loved this book, it was so funny and it made me laugh out loud. I look forward to reading more book by this author.

Izzy is a widow who is very close to her husband grandma, and she spends a lot of time with her and her knitting group. Izzy is told that her grandma has died of a heart attack, but her knitting group thinks it's
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GC MacQuarie
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
With a highly enticing title, Murder Mystery and Dating Mayhem promises to be an enjoyable read. And it is just that.

Izzy, a woman who often speaks before thinking, is moving on with life after the death of her husband; a man she had fallen out of love with before he passed. Thanks to her best friend Jack, she finds herself back in the dating game, sitting across from odd bods at a speed dating round.

Izzy is lovable and clumsy; a heart warming and memorable character you'll wish only the best f
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Petula
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
★★★★★
This book is sure to put a smile on your face. It is so much fun. I liked the fact that it has a heroine slightly older than most books, and her "partners in crime " are pensioners and her B.F.F. who is a super hot gay man.
Izzy Archer's best friend drags her out to a speed dating night that quickly turns into a disaster. The next date he sets her up on is even worse. Dating is not something she has any practice with, she married her college sweetheart and he has been her only lover. Izzy a
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Christine Lee
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A digital copy of this book was provided to Nerd Girl Official in exchange for an honest review.

Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem by D.E. Haggerty is the first book in the The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives Series. There is no cliff-hangers here, so it is easy to read as a stand-alone.

This book is so much fun! It's easy to put yourself in Izzy's shoes as she runs around after this troupe of knitting seniors. As the title indicates,there is mystery, romance, and hilarious mayhem.

After reading
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Cheryllynn Dyess
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I was expecting was more murder and mystery then mayhem! I am so relieved I read it. I laughed not at the characters but with their antics. I could truly imagine the characters personalities and behaviors as realistic. I have never gotten too much into books other than fantasy - but OH MY Goodness I am so glad I read this. I will be recommending this to many of my friends.
What do you expect to happen when your best friend is a guy who is gay, your widowed but was not in love with your husba
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Paula Harp
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an arc for a honest review. This book was full of laughs. Loved the quirky Izzy, her gay friend Jack, and the grey haired old lady brigade. Izzy's grandma dies (actually her dead husbands grandma) and the old lady brigade is convinced it is murder and they finally convince Izzy to help them prove it. Izzy meets Noel, a police detective, at a speed dating event. This book was full of hilarious comedy and all the different characters gave it lots life, you will love it!
Karen
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, series, own, read-2015
Posted at For What It's Worth on 8/27/15 - http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2015/08/se...

3.5 stars

This was a really cute story with a fun mystery and kooky cast of characters. I thought the romance was a little underdeveloped – especially when the love interest, Noel, starts calling her baby and saying "I'm your man" seemingly out of nowhere. But that's just a minor part of the story. In fact, despite frequent f bombs, this is a clean (fade to black sex) story. BFF Jack & the grey-haired Knitting
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Ann
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cozy that is #1 in the new series, Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives. Izzy has been widowed for 5 years and her best friend Jack is pushing her back into the dating world. She meets a great guy, Noel who is a detective on the local police force. When Izzy's grandmothers dies, her friends are convinced it's murder. They are right and she and the aging want a be detectives set out to catch the murderer. Can't wait for book 2. This is a shorter mystery and moves quickly so you a ...more
Liz
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book.... made me laugh which I love in a book. The characters are fun & quirky & the story line was interesting. I did have some issues with the romance between Izzy & Noel..... he got serious WAY fast & he kept stating "I'm your man" which as a 40 year old woman's boyfriend seems weird. Lots of editing issues.... not a huge problem but distracting... hopefully it was just my edition.

Given a free copy from NetGallley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Peggy
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
With a little wine spewing all over my kindle.... this book had me laughing, kept me curious... and diffidently kept me turning the pages... I don't recommend reading with any form of liquid in the mouth. The wittiness of the author's personality show tremendously in the writing of this book! A great book just to sit back and relax with!


*Received for an honest review*
Kathryn Barnett
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
What happens when you are 40, the only man in your life, your husband, died 5 years ago, and your best friends are his grandmother and a gay guy that has been your best friend since school? What happens is you get a cosy romantic mystery that is filled with so many chuckles, a couple of tears and just good reading. I sincerely hopes the author turns this into a series, it would be a winner!
Mies Spaan-clemens
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the book Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem from D.E. Haggerty. This book really has it all. It contains tension, romance and humor. I especially enjoyed the link between the titles of familiar songs and the chapters of the book. I recommend the book to everyone. D.E. Haggerty proves with this book that she controls every aspect of the art of writing.
Julie Cox
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, enjoyable read. At times the protagonist's interior monologue felt just a bit like it was trying too hard. Haggerty created some memorable characters.
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