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Picture Not Perfect

(The Not So Reluctant Detectives #2)

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Will Melanie find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?

When the police discover pictures of Mel at a crime scene, they're convinced she was somehow involved in the murder. As if. But Mel - always up for a bit of drama - jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer.

Her ex-boyfriend, Owen, discovers her plans and promptly loses his mind. He pul
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Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published January 21st 2019
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DJ Sakata
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

Please, you could find danger at a knitting club full of old ladies.

Wow. You don’t jump to conclusions. You take a flying leap to them.

My Review:

I take considerable pleasure in humor, which is a talent that D.E. Haggerty puts to good use by so deftly tucking it into her cozy mysteries. I am enjoying the levity and intriguing storylines of her new series, as well as the humorous chapter titles that read like headlines. But I had a hard time enjoying her main character of Mel. Mel’
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Shannon
4.5*

Ms. Haggerty has become a favorite for her sweet, easy reading, cozy mysteries. Picture Not Perfect was a humorous and engaging addition to this collection. I really loved Melanie "Melly". After finishing the first book in this series, Finders, Not Keepers, and being completely charmed by Melanie, I couldn't wait to see what was in store for her in her own story. And I wasn't disappointed!

The antics Mel and Terri, and new side-kick Pru, get into as they try to track down a murderer are fun a
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Shalini
This was a simple book of mystery, a murder investigation done by two best friends and co-workers, Terry and Mel. Book 1 was Terry's story.. Book 2 is Mel's

The story had both mystery and return of romance in Mel's life. Her ex, Owen, broke down her self imposed barriers and won her heart. The friendship shown between Mel and Terry was sweet. Their respective men had nothing much to do in the book.

The book written by D. E. Haggerty was a short story (less than 2 hours) of investigation by amate
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I had a love-hate relationship with this book.

On one hand, I loved the book and the mystery portion because I did not suspect the killer until the clues were all revealed at the end and it was quite a surprise how it all came together. I also loved the addition of Pru, the English Lit teacher that somehow found herself dragged into the middle of Melanie and Terri's shenanigans. I even loved how we learned more about Melanie and Owen's relationship and what went wrong or why Melanie broke it off
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N.N. Light
What a fun book this was to read! Mel is a complex character who fights with the reader when the reader simply wants to like her. The three-musketeer aspect of this book was very enjoyable. Ter is of course all the Ter she can be but Pru is a breath of fresh air to the two besties. This murder mystery keeps the reader guessing and try as one might, it was hard to pin down who did the crime before it was finally revealed.



What I couldn't stop thinking is how this series of cozy mysteries reminds
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Carol
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-review-crew
Melanie is accused of murder!!!
Alfred Schultz, the Social Science teacher is
found dead. He had pictures of Melanie at
his house. He had been asking her out but
Melanie had always refused him but he was
not stalking her like the Detectives are trying
to implicate.
With her friends, Terri (the school librarian),
and Pru (the English teacher), Melanie sets
out on her own to discover the murderer.
The characters are artfully and cleverly
crafted, interesting, intriguing and well
defined.
The plot is a complex
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Cathy Ryan
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Picture Not Perfect we are reacquainted Terri, school librarian, and Melanie, school guidance counselor. Melanie’s ex, Owen, is trying his best to rekindle their relationship but Melanie is reluctant. Her over abundance of energy and lack of consideration for others is down to her ADHD and make her a complex and sometimes irritating character. She is aware not many people can cope with her hyper personality and recklessness. Afraid of Owen’s reaction to her diagnosis, she prefers to keep him ...more
Lynda Dickson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
This is the second book in the series. This time we follow school counselor Melanie, who is trying to sort out her relationship with ex-boyfriend Owen. When a teacher at her school is murdered, and numerous photos of Melanie are found in his home, she comes under suspicion by the police. Of course, when Owen (who just happens to be a police officer) says to Melanie, “You are not going to investigate this murder,” you just know she will. Especially given the success she had in solving a mystery w ...more
Sandra
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the ‘Not So Reluctant Detective’ series set in a high school in Milwaukee. Melanie is the school guidance counselor and her friend, Terri, is the librarian. Although it can be read as a standalone, I think you would understand more about Mel’s behaviour if you read them in order (first book is Terri’s story). Mel is accused of the murder of a teacher; although he was creepy, and kept asking her out, he was not stalking her as the police claim. Determined to prove her i ...more
Jo-Anne
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Imagine being suspected of murdering someone just because they had a bunch of pictures of you. Mel didn't even know Al had been watching her let alone that he was stalking her so why would she kill him? She wouldn't so she had to figure out who did before she was arrested. Knowing Mel was innocent her best friend, Terri, jumped right in to help her with the investigation. Before they knew it, their co-worker, Pru, was part of the team.

As with most cozies, there are plenty of colourful characters
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Jessica
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Picture Not Perfect was a ride from start to finish. I didn't read the first book in the series but it was very easy to follow along.

It begins with the main character, Mel, being told that her colleague and alleged stalker was found murdered in his home- and she's the main suspect! The two cops in this story were so frustrating, they were ignoring everything that Mel would tell them regarding the case and just wanted her to be guilty and have it be an open shut case. For that, I commend the aut
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Vicki May
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Melanie, the ADHD guidance counselor who may or may not be the subject of a stalker, is now suspected in his murder. With the help of friends Terri and Pru as well as former boyfriend Owen, she is determined to find the murderer. Picture Not Perfect is a fun, fast paced mystery that kept me guessing to the end. I loved the humorous writing style. The characters were relatable, well developed and full of personality. At times I ...more
Jeanne
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Picture Not Perfect is the second book in the Not So Reluctant Detective series by D.E. Haggerty.

This is the first book I’ve read in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but I wonder if the first book explained more about Mel and Terri’s friendship.

I struggled with this book. I just did not find Mel, the main character, to be a likable person. I don’t want to spoil the secret that she is keeping from Owen but I don’t think that can be the whole reason she treats people the way she d
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Nikki
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this cozy mystery very much. One aspect that I found to be very appealing was the characters. The women investigating the death of one of their own were teachers. I feel like this added to the story because teachers often are known to be investigative minds. The women in this book were willing to investigate the crime no matter what.

Cozy mysteries are known for their easiness and lack of gruesomeness. I thought this novel was a great example of a cozy mystery.

I do plan on reading mor
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Tanya Jackson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a funny mystery that kept me chuckling throughout. Melanie aka Mel and Melly and her friends were a hoot! It took awhile to figure out whodunit. I can't wait to read the story about Mel's best friend Terri and Ryder, also Pru and Ajax. Thanks for this great story.
E
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This book was okay, a little slow at times in my opinion. What bothered me most was the male characters in this story calling their girlfriends baby all the time.
Stephanie
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book where a teacher is murdered and the school’s guidance counselor is the main suspect. This story involves twists and turns as the counselor, the librarian and another teacher set about solving the mystery. A definite must read.
Kathy
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very funny, short read. I enjoyed the story but Melly, the main character, was a little over the top. Lots of laughs though and all in all a very entertaining story.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Harlie Williams
Yall this book. I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s a mystery, its a second chance romance, its amateur women sleuths but underneath all of it is a great story that I couldn’t put down. I have never read anything by Ms. Haggerty but I quickly bought Terri’s book and I can’t wait for Pru’s. That said, let me tell you about the awesomeness of this book and why I highly recommend it to everyone.

Mel – She is funny, loyal, honest and I loved the fact that she did have something wrong with her and felt li
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 Reading Reindeer
PICTURE NOT PERFECT is Book 2 of the delightful cozy mystery series NOT SO RELUCTANT DETECTIVE. Book 1 focused mainly on Terri but co-starred her best friend Melanie, school guidance counselor and hyper-active energy-ridden amateur sleuth. PICTURE NOT PERFECT focuses in on Melanie (and Book 3 will take up Pru, new English lit teacher at the high school where Terri is school librarian and Mel is guidance counselor). I re and poalize cozy mysteries are expected to be gentle and subtle, but Ms. Hag ...more
Christine
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**This book was provided to Nerd Girl in exchange for an honest review.**

Picture Not Perfect is the second novel in D.C.Haggerty’s Not So Reluctant Detectives Series.

First, I want to say that although this is part of a series, and I haven’t read Book 1, I had no problem getting right into the story. I usually pretty much read series’ in order, but this time I didn’t have the opportunity. This book CAN be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend you read from the beginning.

Melanie is a High Sc
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Erin
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haggerty's The Not So Reluctant Detectives Series has completely pulled me in. Picture Not Perfect reunites us with Terri and Melanie and delivers a new and intriguing mystery. After spending time with Mel and getting at a glimpse at Owen in Finders, Not Keepers, I couldn't wait to dive into this one!
As we saw in book one, Mel is definitely a character. She is impulsive, a bit immature in some ways, and is even more than a little closed off. Even with all that (and more), I find her endearing. I
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Anne
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Picture Not Perfect by D.E. Haggerty is an entertaining cozy mystery featuring Melanie, an ADHD high school counselor; her sidekick, Terri, the school librarian; and Pru, a newly hired English Literature teacher. There is also Ryder, Terri's private investigator boyfriend, and Owen, Melanie's on-again off-again boyfriend. The murder is another teacher in the school, an annoying one, but hardly worthy of murder.

Haggerty has miswritten what should have been an endearing character. The spark is mi
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Anneliese Grassi
This was a whodunit story that took you on a wild ride in finding out who committed the crime. I think it is quite funny that the characters in the book, the ones trying to solve the crime, are the girlfriends of the cops/investigators in the police department that is investigating the crime. I thought I had it figured out pretty early on, and then it twists to make you think something else, so the book definitely keeps you on your toes. Mel is kind of an interesting character. Her reasoning for ...more
Nina
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! It's quick but you invest in the characters - you cheer for the characters - you want them to be successful (because Melanie didn't do it, right?) and solve the mystery. There's also a fantastic underlying romance that doesn't overwhelm the reader, but is a positive addition to the story throughout.

I highly recommend this book, even if you haven't read any other Haggerty books. The mystery will keep you on your toes and attempting to determine the culprit right up to the end
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Catherine Stratman
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun quick read!

I liked this second in series with the quirky trio of Mel, Terri, and Pru trying to solve a mystery. I would so not have the patience for Mel and her jumping to conclusion after conclusion. But her friends and her ex/not so ex boyfriend have no problem! I little romance, a little mystery, and humor made this a fun, quick, read.

I received an ARC. This is my honest review.
Carol
Melanie is accused of murder!!!
Alfred Schultz, the Social Science teacher is
found dead. He had pictures of Melanie at
his house. He had been asking her out but
Melanie had always refused him but he was
not stalking her like the Detectives are trying
to implicate.
With her friends, Terri (the school librarian),
and Pru (the English teacher), Melanie sets
out on her own to discover the murderer.
The characters are artfully and cleverly
crafted, interesting, intriguing and well
defined.
The plot is a comp
...more
Sherie Lundmark
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a light fun mystery and this delightful story was just what I needed. When a teacher at the school is found murdered and photos of Melanie are found in his home, Melanie and her sidekicks set out to not only clear her name, but find the culprit. Filled with a healthy dose of sleuthing, mishaps, close calls, and camaraderie, this book was a fast paced enjoyable read with quirky interesting characters. If you love Stephanie Plum and Hannah Swenson, you definitely want to meet Mel ...more
Kathleen
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Picture Not Perfect, the second book in The Not So Reluctant Detectives Series, author D.E. Haggerty continues to weave a delightful cozy mystery series that follows the amateur investigative adventures of best friends and co-workers Terri, Melanie and Prudence.

Someone is framing Melanie for the murder of her co-worker, creepy high school Social Science teacher Alfred Schultz. The detectives found pictures of Melanie at Alfred's apartment, and they think he was stalking her and that she put a
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Tanya Jackson
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me chuckling a lot with the lady sleuths. Mel was being framed for a murder and her friends Terri and Pru (her sidekicks) begrudgingly went along to try to help clear Mel. I was kept guessing throughout the book until close to the end. It was a good whodunit and I need to read the other books in this series to find out about Terri and Pru and their guys.
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