Love in the Time of Murder
by D.E. Haggerty
The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives 3
October 5, 2015
In Love in the Time of Murder, the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives face their toughest case yet. Delilah, or Dee as she wishes everyone would just call her already, is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives and her life is in a bit of a shambles. She finally manages to pry herself away from her husband’s clutches, move out on her own, and start her own business. But then her estranged husband is murdered and she’s the number one suspect. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives aren’t about to let one of their own get sent to the slammer and jump at the chance to search for the true killer. As if Dee doesn’t have enough problems, the knitting detectives decide that Delilah being a widow is the perfect opportunity to find her a new man and decide to put their matchmaking skills to use. Will Dee end up in prison for a murder she didn’t commit or will she be taking another walk down the aisle?
How I came up with Dee’s Story
Readers and friends are always asking me how I come up with story ideas. That’s never an easy question to answer. Sometimes it really is the story-idea-fairy gifting me with ideas while I’m sleeping. Other times I’m assaulted by my muse in the shower (this is my husband’s favorite). And then there are the characters themselves that seem to push me to change my ideas while I’m typing away. I have no idea how that works, but it does.
There are even times when I specifically search for a story idea. That was the case with Love in the Time of Murder. I was having fun writing the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series and I was getting some great feedback. I wanted to keep the ball rolling and decided to write a third novel into the series. I went ahead and introduced Dee in the second novel of the series, Jack Gets His Man, for that very purpose.
Now I’ve got Dee introduced to the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives but what to do with her? I love reading series, but I often get bored after the second or third book. I start to whine that the books are all the same. I didn’t want readers to accuse me of the same thing so I needed to put a spin on the book.
One of the frequent comments to the earlier novels in the series was that the romance was unbelievable. It happened too fast. It was too much like insta-love. So I started with the romance. I wanted romance to be a larger element of the story and I wanted it to be more believable. I even managed to get my act together enough to introduce the romance element for Dee’s story in Jack Gets His Man.
Another way in which I tried to differentiate Love in the Time of Murder from the earlier books was the mystery itself. I wanted the book to still be a cozy mystery but I wanted something more as well. I decided to add some suspense by making Dee the prime suspect in the murder. There’s even a twist – which you’ll have to read the book to find out about – on why Dee was not only the prime suspect but the only suspect of the detective in charge of the investigation for most of the story.
In order for Dee to be the main suspect in a murder and for it to be believable, there was only one character I could kill off – her husband. After all, Dee was newly returned to town. Who else could she have killed and been the first and only suspect in the murder?
Now the ball’s rolling: I’ve got romance, a murder, and the murdered person all set up. This is the point at which the characters take over the story. I sit down to write a chapter a day and just look on as they come up with their own story. Sometimes they lead me in a direction that doesn’t match where I want to go at all. In that case, I usually have a talk with the character and try to explain that hey! I’m the writer here. Sometimes that even works. Mostly I have to alter my story to fit where they want to go.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European (and have the EU passport to prove it!). After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between playing tennis, running much slower than I would like, trying to adopt every stray dog within a 5-mile radius, traveling to exotic new locales, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, addictively watching new movies and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my seventh book.
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