Today I have a double dose review – books 1 & 2, from the Grey Haired Knitting Detectives series by D.E. Haggerty.
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 heat up, my grandma dies. Only her knitting group of Jessica Fletcher wannabes is sure it’s murder. I’m not convinced but I’m always up for a bit of excitement as long as it doesn’t lead to a night in jail. Well, more than one night anyway. Will I miss my chance at love because I’m chasing imaginary killers? Did someone really kill grandma or am I and my merry band of geriatric thieves imagining things? ~ Goodreads
Review: 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 Club girls were a hoot.
Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle, but then his super hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the finances. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the grey-haired knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man. ~ Goodreads
Source: e-book provided by the author in exchange for my honest review
Review: The gang is reunited when Jack suspects someone is skimming profits from his clothing store for cross dressers and plus sized women. Is is his spiteful co-owner and ex, Noel, his new super sexy bookkeeper or an inside job by an employee or supplier? Bring on the grey-haired knitting club girls to crack the case!
This is another cute addition to the series. I enjoyed the romance more (although it’s very understated) in this than the first book and I was intrigued by the mystery – but the ladies didn’t integrate as seamlessly in Jack’s story as they did in Murder, Mystery, & Dating Mahem. Having said that, they’re still adorable and fun to have around.
I don’t read many cosy mysteries so I’m not great at judging this series against other books in the genre, but these are super light, humorous, fast reads that provide a little mystery and just a dab of romance.