Sunday, May 4, 2014


TRUDY, MADLY, DEEPLY by Wendy Delaney

Human lie detector Charmaine Digby is having a bad year. After eating her way through a divorce, she's out of work and up to her eyeballs in debt. In need of a life makeover Char comes home to the senior citizen haven of Port Merritt, Washington, and is ecstatic when she parlays her eye for lies into a job as the County Coroner's new assistant. But her joy is short-lived when a hunky doctor at the hospital reports the suspicious death of Trudy, Port Merritt's beloved Story Lady. Even more stunning, Trudy isn't the only recent patient whose heart mysteriously stopped. Is it mad to think that dear old Trudy could be the latest victim of a serial killer? With no physical evidence of foul play, Char's on the case, much to the irritation of Detective Steve Sixkiller, who doesn't want her to stick her pretty nose for trouble in his investigation. But she's a woman on a mission to uncover the truth, and she'd better keep her eyes open or the next body on the way to the morgue could be hers....

Charmaine Digby has a unique gift. She can tell when someone is lying. But that doesn't help her pay the bills. Until she lands a job in the County Coroner office. She's thrilled with her new job until the town's Story Lady dies under suspicious circumstances while in the hospital. Char soon learns Trudy isn't the olny patient to die this way. She never would have dreamed her first case could involve a serial killer!

This was a really good story. Charmaine Digby is unlike most protagonists not only in the fact that she has the gift of telling a lie from the truth, but she is also a "real" sized woman and isn't a size 2 or 4. I admire Ms. Delaney's choice in that respect. I always enjoy a book a bit more when I can relate to the main character in some way.

The story had a great plot and flowed fast without leaving you wondering if you had missed something. I was always ready to turn the next page even though I didn't want the book to end.

I can see why this was an award-winning book for the author. Fingers crossed that means a Volume 2 is soon to follow!

About the Author
Wendy Delaney writes fun-filled cozy mysteries 
and is the author of Trudy, Madly, Deeplywhich kicks off her
 Working Stiffs Mystery series (July 2013).
A long-time member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America,
and Mystery Writers of America, she's a Food Network addict
and pastry chef wannabe. When she's not killing off story people she
can be found on her treadmill, working off the calories from her latest
culinary adventure. Wendy makes her home in the Seattle area with
her husband and has two grown sons.


  1. I like the sound of this book. I'll have to put it on the list of books to find and read. Great review.

    1. Hi Angie. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by.