Everything seems to be going well in Jack’s life. His store is busy making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. The new bookkeeper at the store discovers things aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the store accounts. Jack’s bestie and his knitting group fancy themselves detectives and jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from Mission: Impossible, 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.
The first candidate arrived promptly at 9:30 or at least his mom did. Danny ushered an elderly lady with a stern bun into Jack’s office and made a hasty retreat.
Jack just stared at her until Izzy cleared her throat and poked him in the ribs. “I’m sorry,” she said when Jack kept staring. “We were expecting someone named Fred. Is that you?”
The woman looked first at Jack and then at Izzy. “Of course that’s not me,” she snapped. “What kind of name is Fred for a woman?”
“Er.. um,” Izzy stumbled. “Do you know where Fred is?”
The woman rolled her eyes and harrumphed. “He’s in the bathroom. He always gets nervous at interviews.”
“Um. Okay,” Izzy was quick to respond when she saw Jack opening his mouth. Knowing Jack nothing appropriate was coming out of his mouth at the moment. “Can you have a seat outside while we conduct the interview?” Izzy could do prim and proper when necessary.
The woman gave Izzy the evil eye before turning on her heel and walking out. They never saw Fred.
Jack was licking his fingers when Danny ushered in the next candidate. “Hi!,” the enthusiastic candidate nearly shouted. “I’m Tim!” That part was definitely shouted.
Jack and Izzy stood to shake the man’s hand. He swayed a bit as he leaned forward. Jack took a sniff, but didn’t smell anything untoward. Tim collapsed in his seat while Jack stared at his hand in disgust. Tim’s hands were sweaty. Jack’s mouth pulled tight in a grimace and his nose scrunched in disgust.
“So Tim. Why do you want this job?” Izzy’s voice was overly enthusiastic in an attempt to bring Tim’s attention to her so he wouldn’t see Jack’s grimace. She need not have bothered. Tim had leaned back in the chair and closed his eyes. When he didn’t respond, Izzy snapped her fingers. “Tim?”
“Huh? What?” He started.
“Have you been drinking?” Jack didn’t even bother to ask in a polite manner.
Tim shrugged. “Just a tiny drink to settle my nerves.”
Jack stood. “Okay. Thanks a lot for coming. We’ll be in touch.”
Tim looked confused but managed to struggle to his feet and lurch out of the door. Izzy was giggling uncontrollably by the time Jack sat back down. He snorted. “At least this isn’t boring.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. 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. 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 tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, 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 sixth book.
Other books by D.E. Haggerty:
Unforeseen Consequences: http://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Consequences-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00EC6T4GY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407568454&sr=8-1&keywords=unforeseen+consequences
Buried Appearances: http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Appearances-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00GVW7S2O/ref=la_B00ECQBURU_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407568476&sr=1-2
Begraven in het Verleden: http://www.amazon.com/Begraven-Verleden-Dutch-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00VIEYPNA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428305860&sr=8-1&keywords=begraven+in+het+verleden
Life Discarded: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Discarded-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00MQK8L2G/ref=la_B00ECQBURU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420453041&sr=1-1
Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Mystery-Dating-Mayhem-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00TB1TEEM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423730982&sr=8-1&keywords=murder%2C+mystery+%26+dating+mayhem
Tell us about yourself:
I’m a middle-aged *eek* woman who has tried several professions before settling down to write. I’ve been a lifeguard, a sport shop manager, military policewoman, lawyer and B&B owner/operator. I love to learn new things so it’s not surprising that I’m always taking new courses and starting new studies even though I already have a Bachelor’s degree in history and a law degree. I love to travel and get the heebie-jeebies about settling down somewhere. I’ve lived in numerous states in the U.S. as well as Germany, the Netherlands and now Turkey. If I’m not 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, then I’m writing or reading books like they are going out of style.
What was your first book?
Unforeseen Consequences is my first published work. I wrote another book before Unforeseen Consequences which I didn’t publish. I thought with Unforeseen Consequences I had a publish-worthy book. Now when I look at it, I cringe.
Describe your first break.
I’m still waiting for my first real ‘break’. In the meantime, I plod along and with each book I write, I manage to sell a few more and gain more of a following. I don’t know if I’ll ever get that big break but I’m having a good time.
What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
Whether I’m writing historical fiction, suspense thrillers or chick lit, I always like to add a bit of mystery. So I’d say that writing mystery is my favorite genre to write. My favorite genre to read really depends on my mood. I read a bit of everything from autobiographies to fantasy.
Are Happy Endings are must in your stories?
No, definitely not. I think with chick lit romance novels, you have to have a happily ever after. Readers expect it – rightfully so in my opinion. With any other type of book, the ending should be dictated by the characters and their motivations.
What makes a protagonist interesting?
He or she needs to be human so not perfect. Nothing worse than the perfect person with the perfect life. Boring. There also should be some type of character growth for the protagonist to be interesting.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
I love making up my own schedule and not having to go to an office. I wear pajamas most of the time and there’s no one here to complain.
What is the worst thing?
The lack of physical interaction with other people. I have plenty of cyber contact but sometimes I miss seeing a smiling face.
Pantser or plotter?
I’m definitely a plotter. I don’t outline to great detail but I do always have an idea of where the story starts and ends. The middle parts can change a bit.
What do you see the direction of your future writing taking? What can we expect next? Give us a little taste.
I’m working on the third and final book in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series. This story centers around Dee, the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives. She’s finally escaped her husband, but when the man ends up dead, the police start pointing fingers at Dee. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives step in to solve the mystery and clear Dee’s name.
Just for fun
Cat or dog person?
Dog. No question about that. I wish I could adopt all the stray dogs in Istanbul and give them a furever home.
Chocolate. Except in the mornings, then it’s coffee.
This question is soooo hard. I have dozens and dozens of favorite books. I’ll name a few: Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Kite Runner, Harry Potter (because I’ll never grow up). I could go on and on.
Sideways. It never fails to put a smile on my face although I can’t watch it without a bottle of wine.
I’m not much of a holiday person and now I live in a Muslim country that has totally different holidays from my upbringing in the Midwest. I can say that I miss a holiday like Memorial Day weekend when there is the promise of summer in the air. Camping, waterskiing, making s’mores… sounds like fun.
Would you rather be the princess or the villain? Why?
A villain. A villain has more fun. A princess has to follow protocol (like wearing high-heeled shoes all the time). Doesn’t sound like much fun.
Who has more fun, orcs or hobbits?
Hobbits totally. They like to drink beer – something I can totally relate to. They go on adventures and have free will. The orcs just follow orders, which are pretty much summed up with go find and kill.