Murder, mystery and dating mayhem by Dena Haggerty

Good morning readers, still on a reviewing frenzy currently. I’ve been reading like you would not believe and I think it may be during the reading drought that hit just a couple of weeks ago. I find that after they finally filter out of my system I need to get my tiny hands on any book possible and that’s what I seem to have done. Today’s review will be a tale of two halves which you will see whilst reading but that’s a good thing and I hope it will come across that way. In other news lots of new 101 things in 1001 days posts. I’ve written so many of them up but have not yet got round to posting them to mylittlebookblog so don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about my challenge, it’s just been a little neglected recently. Without further delay, onto said review.

My name is Izzy. I drink too much, am clumsier than a new born 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?

So, a chapter in I thought, ah this not for me. The frequent use of BFF and the words yeah and the like really turn me off books but I thought I’ll wait till the end of the chapter. Finding it a quite short chapter I thought I’ll read the second, oh and maybe the third and before long I was half way through the book, so I rattled through and finished it in one sitting. Now, normally I would dislike a book like this because of the language but there was something really fun about it. It might have been the heroine, slightly older than in most books of this genre and her gang of pensioners who are constantly on her back adding their own kooky ways of solving the crime. It may have been utterly deplorable but delightful gay best friend who had me in tears, or maybe the hot and heavy detective Noel who has our leading lady in a spin. Whichever the case this book really put a smile on my face and overall I enjoyed this book.

As the blurb suggests it follows Izzy as she gets dragged into the mystery that is her dear Grandmothers death. See the pensioners have put the clues together and deduce that it wasn’t a heart-attack but instead a planned murder. Izzy is a little surprised to say the least but as the pieces fall into place, and her house is ransacked it’s getting dangerous. Step in the hot and heady Noel. I didn’t fall for him as like many of the romantic novella style books I read, namely because he’s old enough to be my father, but I liked the relationship that spun between the two. It didn’t happen at the drop of a hat and he adored her despite her ability to get into a number of unsightly moments. I thought Izzy was warm and sweet although clumsy and a little daft at times. She is easy to warm to and feels genuine. Jack is a witty and bright character who brought a little spunk to the proceedings. I thought the band of elderly ladies were delightfully told, especially Betty who brought warmth and spice to the writing.

I guess technically you could say that at times the writing lacks a little detail. The descriptions of the characters are a little weak appearance wise and the writing at times feels a little immature. Some of the slang could be tightened up and didn’t really appreciate the use of BFF. I think it’s just me but they don’t feel like they sit here. It is all neatly tidied up at the end and at times the plot is somewhat hard to believe but. And it’s a big but. I really enjoyed it despite all of these things. It’s odd to read a mystery that is so funny and manages to mix in romance well. It may not be the most intelligent read but I bloody enjoyed it and I think you will to.

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