Thursday, January 14, 2010
Amazon Product Description. Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so not qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it’s Lucy’s turn to step up and help out—in the name of love.
Plus, her rent is due.
Here’s the problem: Lucy doesn’t have the knack for matchmaking. According to family legend, every Valentine has been blessed by Cupid with the ability to read “auras” and pair up perfect couples. But not Lucy. Her skills were zapped away years ago in an electrical surge, and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You’d be surprised. In a city like Boston, everyone’s looking for something. So when Lucy locates a missing wedding ring—on a dead body—she asks the sexy private eye who lives upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she’ll find the perfect love while she’s at it…
Review. Truly Madly by Heather Webber is the first in a new romantic mystery series. The heroine Lucy Valentine is member of the famous Boston matchmaking Valentine clan. The Valentines’ matchmaking service boasts a success rate of 98% thanks to a secret, special extrasensory gift of reading people’s auras.
Unfortunately, Lucy lost her aura reading ability at fourteen when she was zapped with an electrical surge. Now, Lucy can find lost objects. Her psychic abilities lead her to a missing boy and a dead body. Helping her solve these mysteries is Sean Donahue, a “hottie” private detective.
Truly Madly is a fun romp of a mystery, especially when Lucy and Sean are bantering. For instance, when Sean affirms that “all three pounds” of the tiny Yorkie pup, Thoreau, is his, Lucy taunts, “I wouldn’t have pegged you as a lapdog kind of guy” to which he retorts, “the breed wasn’t my choice, but the name was.” This push-pull dance between Lucy and Sean has the elements of a charismatic series couple.
As an aside the author, Heather Webber, appears to be a pen name as there is no biographical information or author picture provided. I can’t help but wonder if the author was a fan of the soap General Hospital (does anyone else remember the troubled Heather Webber from the series?).
Truly Madly is a great beginning to what promises to be a winning new series!
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 2, 2010), 305 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.