Truly, Madly
by Heather Webber

St. Martin's Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-94613-5.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 02/15/2010

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Romance

Truly, Madly is the first in a new mystery series featuring Lucy Valentine. For generations, the Valentine family has had stellar success in the family business of match-making. The reason for their success is a psychic gift that allows them to see and match the color of people's auras. Lucy's talent was altered when she was fourteen and her only talent is to find lost objects. Without the family gift she believes herself to be a disappointment and the black sheep of the family.

When Lucy's father, recuperating from a heart attack and laying low after a recent scandal, puts the business in her care as an act of his faith it seems her luck is about to change. She is determined to prove she can help people by listening and paying attention to details. A client seeking a love match is accidentally implicated by Lucy in a murder investigation, and Lucy and the sexy Private Investigator from the office upstairs team up to put things right with the police before the reputation of the firm is destroyed and a is man wrongly jailed. An eccentric, match-making grandmother and some close friends from her youth help along the way.

The colorful descriptions, amusing situations, several interesting twists to the mystery, a little romance and richly developed characters make me eager to follow more of Lucy's antics and adventures as she explores new ways to use her unique talent.

Heather Webber grew up in a suburb of Boston, where she learned early on how to ride the T, skip rocks in the ocean and root for the Red Sox. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and is now an Agatha Award-nominated author. Webber now lives in southwestern Ohio with her high school sweetheart and their three children. For other titles and more information, drop by her website for a visit.

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