Finders, Not Keepers

Finders, Not Keepers

by D.E. Haggerty


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What do you do with a diamond no one wants? You can't keep it. Or can you?

While cleaning her ex-husband's effects out of the attic, Terri finds an exquisite diamond pendant necklace. She's determined to return the necklace to its proper owner, but the owner was brutally killed, a murder which remains unsolved, and her heirs want nothing to do with the diamond. Terri embarks upon a journey researching charities to which she can donate the diamond. When her research becomes dangerous, Terri contemplates solving the murder herself. Her best friend, Melanie, jumps feet first into investigating the murder, but her neighbor, Ryder, doesn't want Terri exposed to any danger. Ryder, to Terri's surprise, also wants to be more than neighbors with Terri. Luckily, he's prepared to take any measure necessary to keep her safe because someone is determined to stop her inquiries.

Join Terri on her quest to find a home for the diamond, which may result in the unveiling of a murderer - if she survives long enough.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781725001336
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2018
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 1,032,394
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

D.E. Haggerty was born and raised in Wisconsin but thinks she's a European. While spending her senior year of high school in Germany, she developed a wicked case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. After high school, she returned to the U.S. to attend college - ending up with a bachelor's degree in History at the tender age of twenty while still managing to spend time bouncing back and forth to Europe during her vacations. Unable to find a job after college and still suffering from wanderlust, she joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policewoman for five years. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, she met her future husband, a flying Dutchman. After earning her freedom from the Army, she went off to law school. She finished the required curriculum but jumped ship and joined her flying Dutchman in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. In Holland, she became a commercial lawyer specialized in IT for over a decade. During a six-month break from the law, she wrote her first book, Unforeseen Consequences. Although she finished the novel, she hid the manuscript in the attic and went back to the law. When she could no longer live in the lawyering world, she upped stakes and moved to Germany to start a B&B. Three years after starting the B&B, she got the itch to try something new yet again and pulled the manuscript for Unforeseen Consequences out of the attic. After publishing the book, she figured she may have finally found what she wanted to do with her life and went on to write Buried Appearances. When her husband found a job opportunity in Istanbul, she couldn't pack fast enough. She spent more than two years in Istanbul furiously writing and learning everything she could about the publishing world. When the pull to return to her adopted home became too much, she upped stakes and moved to The Hague where she's currently working on her next book.

Finders, Not Keepers is her thirteenth book.

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Finders, Not Keepers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
VondaKay 11 days ago
It all starts with Terri and her ex-husband. Terri needs to find a sweater, her ex-husband, has asked her to search for in the attic. Terri and her best friend, Melanie decide that it would be easier to go through the boxes if they were out of the attic. After they remove them all from the attic, Terri decides to clean the attic so the house can be put on the market, because she can’t afford the mortgage after the divorce. While cleaning, Terri, finds a necklace that looks valuable. She decides to try and find the owner of the necklace. Where to start though causes a dilemma, but she decides that asking her hot neighbor for help might be the best place to start. Ryder, the next-door neighbor, is a private investigator. He agrees to help her find the previous owner on the condition that she go out to dinner with him. Little does Terri know that this will be the beginning of a very interesting relationship. Terri with Ryder’s help finds the owner of the necklace. What she finds though is that the owner has been murdered and the Aunt and Uncle have inherited the deceased’s items. They don’t really want the necklace because of their kids. They ask Terri to find somewhere that the necklace can be donated to instead. Terri begins to dig into Jessica’s background (the deceased). Little does she know that this was going to lead her into some trouble. Of course, she probably wouldn’t have done as much as she did but her friend Melanie drags her into investigating Jessica’s murder even against her better judgment. Her new boyfriend, Ryder, becomes very protective and Terri doesn’t always appreciate it. This story has many twists and turns. All Terri wants is to get rid of this expensive necklace, but first she will have to solve Jessica’s murder and satisfy the aunt and uncle’s need to know what happened. Her life will never be the same.
carol223CS 24 days ago
D E Haggerty’s Finders, not Keepers What would you do if you found a large pear-shaped diamond pendant necklace in the corner of the attic on the floor? That is what happened to Terri Patterson, the high school librarian in the process of looking for her ex-husband sweater. She find herself deciding to clean the attic when she discovers the necklace. Terri decides to find the previous owner to return it with the aid of her next door neighbor who is a Private Investigator. When the high school guidance counselor who is her best friend gets involved anything can and does happens. Terri discovers the previous owner was murdered and the culprit never captured. The heirs do not want anything to do with the necklace as they have an erratic family members. They decide Terri should find a place to donate the necklace. If Terri is not very, very careful she may end up like the previous owner. Complex puzzle for the plot with a cast of zany, colorful, vivid characters to keep you following each person’s escapades until the end. Suspense, mystery, murder, tons of shenanigans, behavioral quirks, overprotective attitudes along with plenty of twists and turns plus a touch of romance beginning. This is book # 1 in The Not So Reluctant Detective series. It can be read as a stand. A Recommended Read!!! I volunteered to read Finders, Not Keepers. Thanks to the Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and is my own.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Finders, Not Keepers is the first book in the Not So Reluctant Detectives series. Terri is a high school librarian who has recently split up with her husband Alan. While getting some boxes out of the attic for her ex, she discovers a diamond necklace hidden in a corner of the attic. She has no idea who the necklace belongs to. She shows it to her best friend Melanie who is a guidance counselor at her school. Melanie says that she should be like Nancy Drew and try to solve the mystery of the necklace. She enlists the help of her sexy next door neighbor, Ryder, who is a private investigator. She discovers that the previous owner of her house, Jessica Collins, was murdered 2 years prior. Terri, Melanie and Ryder start investigating and hijinks insue. Finders, Not Keepers is a typical cozy mystery. It was enjoyable but not exciting. A fun read with a little bit of romance thrown in.
Joey442 3 months ago
Terri is such a good person. When she found a diamond necklace, she was determined to get it back to the owners. How many people would do that? When she found out the owner had been murdered and her heirs didn't want the necklace, she was in a tough spot. What should she do with it? It was decided that the necklace would be donated to a charity - one that meant something to the original owner. Somehow Terri was left to find the charity. But when she started asking around about the murdered woman, hoping to figure out what charity was important to her, Terri didn't realize she was putting herself in danger. This cozy mystery had quite a variety of characters. They were either kind to a fault, over-the-top excited, scary and intimidating or bossy to the extreme. Terri was a helpful person, as librarians tend to be. As a librarian she knew how to find information and research things - the old fashioned way, not with Google. Quite unique today. Her best friend couldn't have been more different. Melanie was loud, easily excited and very outgoing. The opposite to Terri who was laid-back and thought things out. "Hot neighbour dude" kept them in line. Ryder was a P.I. and was able to get information on the murder for Terri. Just getting divorced, Terri was surprised when Ryder asked her out. He was a likeable man but way too alpha male and bossy. I liked Melanie and her determination to solve Jessica's murder. But Terri had promised Ryder she wouldn't get involved in investigating it so she was trying to get Melanie to back-off. She wasn't successful. This story kept me wondering what was going to happen to Terri and the necklace. Even with some tense times, this suspense had a few laugh-out-loud moments, too. You've got to read this book if you like cozies with amateur sleuths, romance and a few chuckles.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: She didn’t deem to use Terri’s ex-husband’s name. Terri had barely managed to get her to stop calling him a rat bastard… “Your hot neighbor? The man who causes the entire female population of your neighborhood to have hot flashes when he goes for a run without his shirt on?” Melanie fanned herself as her voice got progressively louder and louder. “That neighbor?” “They say it was a random act of violence.” Mrs. Collins snorted in a very unladylike manner at that idea. “As if violence is something random.” What would Nancy Drew do? I’d totally make sure no one was around before I started talking about someone I’d killed. That’s like murdering 101 or something. My Review: This series appears to be a hybrid genre that is part Romantic Comedy and part Cozy Mystery, and when the parts were put together the story was fun, light, and breezy entertainment. The characters were uniquely drawn in a broad and somewhat madcap comedic type manner. Terri was recovering from a disappointing marriage and seemed rather prickly and edgy, as well as prone to impulsive and impatient behaviors and was full of sass and easily riled. Her best friend Melanie was even more impulsive, always up for an adventure, and a regular drama-llama. And of course, I adored the “hot neighbor dude,” the sexy PI who attempted to keep their nosy sleuthing in check and grounded, but is that a possibility when your mentor was Nancy Drew? I look forward to more outrageous hijinx from this pair.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Finders, Not Keepers, the first book in The Not So Reluctant Detectives Series, author D.E. Haggerty weaves a delightful new cozy mystery series that follows the amateur investigative adventures of best friends and co-workers Terri Patterson and Melanie Hanson. While cleaning out her attic, high school librarian Terri Patterson finds a large pear-shaped diamond pendant necklace on the floor in the corner of the attic. Terri thinks that the necklace must belong to the house's previous owner. Terri asks her hot private investigator neighbor Ryder Clark to help her locate the previous owner so that she can return the necklace. When the search for the previous owner, twenty-five year old accountant Jessica Collins, results in an unsolved murder from three years ago, Terri reluctantly helps Jessica's heirs, elderly aunt and uncle Suzanne and Phil Collins, investigate their niece's murder, and donate the necklace to a worthy foundation. Terri is determined to find the right foundation, but is also reluctantly drawn into solving Jessica's murder with the help of her overly-enthusiastic best friend Melanie, and her overly-protective neighbor Ryder. But the investigation doesn't go easy, especially when someone is determined to stop her inquiries at all costs. Finders, Not Keepers is a thoroughly entertaining cozy mystery that will easily draw the reader into the intriguing trials and tribulations that Terri encounters as she follows the clues that will help solve Jessica's murder. While Terri is reluctant to investigate the murder, Melanie's sassy wit, and determination to help Terri find the murderer adds humor to the crazy antics that ensues. And if the murder investigation isn't enough, the reader will enjoy the neighborly friendship that Terri and Ryder share, especially when it develops into an unexpected chance at romance. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I really loved how the author used clever librarian quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Cozy mystery fans, I would highly recommend that you read this entertaining new The Not So Reluctant Detective Series, you won't regret it!
NNLight More than 1 year ago
Terri is still reeling after the divorce from her husband. In an effort to scrub him from her heart once and for all, she cleans out the attic. Hidden in the far corner is a beautiful diamond necklace. Feeling too guilty to keep it herself, she discovers the previous owner was brutally murdered. Before you can say Nancy Drew, Terri and her bestie Melanie are on the case. What happened to the poor young woman and why won’t her family accept the necklace? Then there’s her hunky neighbor, Ryder, who happens to be a private detective. Mysterious events have Ryder playing bodyguard because someone doesn’t want Terri to solve the murder. Will they succeed and silence Terri forever or will she uncover the identity of the murderer with the help of her sidekick Melanie and Ryder? I’m a big fan of Haggerty and her hilarious books. I was so excited to read it just on the basis of the cover alone. Well, that and discovering Terri is a librarian. Hurrah, a heroine who loves books as much as me. The plot was fairly predictable, but Haggerty managed to throw in a few surprises. The characters, while a little familiar, kept me interested in what was going to happen next. There was the mystery sub-plot of uncovering the criminal, which I enjoyed. The librarian quotes at the start of every chapter made me chuckle. The ending was a cliff-hanger, sort of. If I was honest, I didn’t like it but that’s just me. If you’re looking for a humorous cozy mystery with an amateur female sleuth, a hot neighbor and a hilarious best friend, pick up Finders, Not Keepers today! Favorite Character/Quote: Melanie. She provides comedic dialogue during the tense moments. She’s Terri’s best friend and basically shakes some sense into Terri when needed. My Rating: 4 stars
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Finders Not Keepers was a clever book with the perfect combination of mystery and romance! Terri is cleaning out her attic, going through some of her ex-husband’s things when she finds a beautiful diamond necklace. She knows nothing about who lived there before her, so she decides to find out who the necklace belongs to. Who knew what an adventure this would turn out to be, one that involves a murder, puts her in danger, and possibly on the path to a new love. I just loved Terri. She was funny and smart, and her ex was an idiot to let her go. She has a hard time thinking that her sexy neighbor Ryder would even look twice at her. Imagine her surprise when she realizes he wants to date her. He is a PI, and he agrees to help her solve the mystery as he shows her he is serious about getting to know her. Ryder is a guy any woman would fall for. He is the whole package...good looking and very protective of Terri. I loved Terri’s best friend, Melanie. She is quite funny! The story was well-written. The mystery kept me guessing, and the romance was sweet. I loved the quotes at the beginning of the chapters about librarians. I’m so glad this is just the beginning of this series. I can’t wait to see where the story will go for Terri and Ryder.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
When Terri finds a valuable diamond necklace in her attic, instead of keeping it for herself, she decides to solve the mystery and find the owner. Because … what would Nancy Drew do? Throw in a hot neighbor - who also happens to be a private investigator - and a pushy friend, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a humorous mystery. As Terri investigates, she finds herself getting deeper and deeper into trouble and has to keep reminding herself that the “we’re not in a John Grisham novel.” I love the cute librarian-related quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the bookish references throughout. Unfortunately, both the characters and the plotline are unbelievable, and there are numerous editing errors and problems with the writing: too many physical descriptions and descriptions of actions; too much telling, not showing; extremely repetitive, monotonous storyline, with everyone constantly telling the other characters what has happened; too much similarity in names, e.g., the accountancy firm Schumacher and Scribner and the jeweler Schreibner; insights into other people’s minds even though the story is told wholly from Terri’s point of view. While this mystery is solved, the author leaves Terri’s story on a cliffhanger, to be continued in the next book in the series. Warnings: sexual references, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: