Trudy, Madly, Deeply

Trudy, Madly, Deeply

by Wendy Delaney

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ISBN-13: 9780996980012
Publisher: Wendy Delaney LLC
Publication date: 04/02/2016
Series: A Working Stiffs Mystery , #1
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 419,829
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Wendy Delaney writes fun-filled cozy mysteries and is the award-winning author of the Working Stiffs Mystery series. 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 the love of her life and has two grown sons.

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Trudy, Madly Deeply 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pleasant enough read, but not great. The characters are fairly likeable, though some are annoying. There is some humor, though it seemed mostly stress-induced or self-deprecating rather than ha-ha humor. The main character, Char, is stressed and sleep deprived through most of the book, which I found wearisome. The mystery is mildly intriguing, but there didn't seem to be much thought put behind Char's search for clues. And, there was no real explanation why the police detective wouldn't share information with Char, who works for the prosecutor's office, that would have saved her a lot of unnecessary running about. There are frequent sexual innuendos and lustful references without any real emotional connections or romance. The sudden change in the main characters' romantic relationship didn't ring true. Unless I can get the author's next book in the series free or at a deep discount, I probably won't bother reading it. For those who care, there is profanity and clear sexual references but no actual sex. There is reference to an adulterous relationship. There is virtually no violence, and no blood or gore. JB
kacoat More than 1 year ago
Wendy Delaney's Trudy, Madly, deeply is fun, fun, fun. The best summer read of 2013. A pinch of mystery, a bit of flirty romance and a belly full of laughs from beginning to end.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Trudy, Madly, Deeply (Working Stiffs Mystery Series), by Wendy Delaney, is a detective story featuring Charmaine Digby, a thirty-something divorcee who's moved back home, up to the Pacific Northwest. She's staying with her grandmother and working at her great-uncle's coffee shop. Char is ready for a new career after years in the cooking world.  She's hired by the Chimacum County Prosecutor who is intrigued by Char's innate and lab-tested ability to tell when people are lying. Her first job involves interviewing a doctor at the local hospital, who's not sure that the sudden death of Trudy Bergeson, a close-friend of Char's Aunt Alice, was of natural causes. This interview sets Char off on a series of investigations as she tries to find out if Trudy's death was just one of a series of murders and who could be the serial killer in their midst. Trudy, Madly, Deeply is a fast-paced and enjoyable mystery. Char's sleuthing is inspired and comedic all at the same time. Char is an endearing character who doesn't take herself too seriously and doesn't seem to expect that anyone else should either. She's also surrounded by a great cast of supporting characters: from Frankie Rickard, the pragmatic, no-nonsense prosecutor, to the staff at the local senior center where Tango Tuesdays are a hot item, to the sultry and sometimes stern childhood friend, Steve, who seems to get Char's pulse racing no matter how hard she tries not to show it.  Delaney throws out a decent number of red herrings as Char gropes her way to the identity of the killer and makes solving the mystery a highly enjoyable task for all.
EnchantedJD More than 1 year ago
Char has the ability to be able to read people’s faces and tell if they are telling the truth. She can even tell if they are telling the truth but holding something back. This ability comes in handy in her new job working for the County Prosecutor as well as her quest to find out who has been murdering people at the hospital. The characters are all well developed and highly entertaining. This book is well written and extremely funny. I highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
mellis More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story. I like the fact that Char is a normal woman with faults like real people and not made to sound like an overbearing, rich, model type. We need more of these type of stories. Plus, she's always making trouble for someone even though she thinks she's doing the right thing. Ending surprised me.
neeser58 More than 1 year ago
Charmaine has a very unique talent. She knows when someone is not telling the truth. When she gets a job in the Prosecutor's office she is thrown right into an investigation of the death of one of her great-aunt's dearest friends who had died in the hospital. When Charmaine or Char as her friends and family call her gets too involved in the "official" police investigation she is told to step away from it by her long time next door neighbor Detective Steve Sixkiller but as you will come to know...Char never does what she is told to do and gets more deeply involved especially when there had been other deaths in the same hospital of other elderly patients. The cast of characters in this story are a fun and loving bunch...each bringing charm and wit to the story. Ms Delaney delivers a wonderful story full of fun...romance...murder and mystery. This is the first book in the Working Stiffs Murder Mystery series and I am so looking forward to all of the future books. This is such a unique story line that has many possibilities and it will be fun to follow along with the author on what is surely going to be a fun and long running series! Kudos to you Ms. Delaney on such an awesome debut story and I for one will be a long time fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got tired of the childish thinking of the lead character. Jumping to ridiculous conclusions is her favorite exercise . ....tiresome, immature....a little more meat to the story would be an improvement. If you want an email empty read, here you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Always like a female detective with a smart as attitude. Can't wait to read book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. The book was a fun read and I would like to read more by the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining ! Really enjoyed reading this book .
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Well, this is yet another book that grew on me.  When I began reading it, I wanted to like it.  After all, it is set in the Pacific Northwest--I always want to support my "peeps."  But I truly struggled to enjoy the characters and the story.  I was hoping with all my heart that I would finally take delight in the book.   As I have recommended in my reviews countless times, don't give up on a book--especially during the first quarter to third of the book.  There are situations that dictate a somewhat slow beginning, and this is the first in the series.  Therefore, the author spends the necessary time to introduce the characters, conflict, etc.  It is very common for the first in a series to not be as good as subsequent ones, and I do believe this will happen in later books. Once the story got going, I found all the things that make a fantastic mystery--humor, romance, and suspicion.  Furthermore, since the author focused attention on senior citizen murders, I was engrossed.  There are not many mysteries that deal with the wrongful deaths of elderly people.  Although I can't identify with Char, I would venture to say that all of us have known someone like her! In addition to the slow pace, I have one more minor criticism.  I am not marking the book down for this reason, but it is something I need to point out for cozy mystery lovers like me.  When I think of cozy mysteries, I think of minor profanity and no sex scenes.  There are no sex scenes in the book, but there are some suggestive phrases (which are very tasteful).  The profanity was much more rampant than I am used to reading in cozy mysteries.  Some of the profanity is rather hardcore.  While I could have done without the profanity, it was not overly problematic for me because of how it was used and who used it.  But I did weary of it to a degree.  Understand, this is just a caution for potential readers.  I would certainly look for the next book in the series! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love the characters. Always a twist around the corner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and holds your interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, light, witty. I enjoyed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a hot mess. But a lovable hot mess. She jumps to conclusions and gets way in over her head. Love her verbal matches with Steve. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story, characters , fun and witty ! You must read this book . Thank you loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I've read anything by this author and I really enjoyed it. The story line was believable, the characters likeable and I didn't guess "who dunnit" until the end. Not a lot of swearing or sex to clutter the story. Will read more by this author for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. He characters are great. I plan to read all the books in this series. Don't miss out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed getting to know Char, Steve, the gang at Duke's Cafe, and the fabulous Marietta Moreau. The mystery was tight with Char picking up all the wrong clues, but it eliminated suspectts. It will be interesting to see what happens with these characters while they continue to solve murders in their little town!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and engrossing. Char is a great character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent fun read without swearing or sex scenes . Well written adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a charming well executed light mystery/ romance. A great anytime read.