Charmaine Digby is a former pastry chef turned process server turned waitress who returns to her childhood home to lick her wounds after a divorce She helps out at her uncle s popular caf while w
Charmaine Digby is a former pastry chef turned process server turned waitress who returns to her childhood home to lick her wounds after a divorce. She helps out at her uncle’s popular café while waiting to find a real job. Her unique skill as a human lie detector (or freak, according to some of her former classmates) helps her land a 30-day trial period job as the County Coroner's new investigative assistant. She’s excited to get away from serving cheeseburgers and pie. A doctor at the local hospital reports the suspicious death of Trudy, a Digby family friend and one of several elderly patients at the hospital whose heart mysteriously stopped. Char’s attached to some of these people, and something just doesn’t seem right, so she uses her lie-detecting skill to find the guilty party.This finally bubbled up to the top of my TBR pile and I gave it a go. I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting (particularly Char and her once-famous mother, who insists on injecting herself into Char’s investigation, and Char’s bff and town Detective Steve Sixkiller), the plot made the time on the elliptical fly by, and the dialogue and some of the descriptions of situations occasionally caused me to laugh out loud. This was a fun read and I’m pleased to see there are three more in the series to be read. (I prefer series because if I’m going to make an emotional investment in a character, I want him or her to be around for a while.) I want to see if Char succeeds in her new career, and what happens with her and Steve, and whether the hot Italian doctor is a stumbling block to Char’s happiness.Bestseller Trudy, Madly, Deeply By Wendy Delaney Viral Books After human lie detector Charmaine Digby scores a job as the County Coroner s new investigative assistant, the unthinkable happens a doctor reports the suspicious death of Trudy, a family friend and one of several elderly patients at the hospital whose heart mysteriously stopped With no physical evidence of foul play, Char s on the case, much to the irritation of DetectivAfter human lie detector Charmaine Digby scores a job as the County Coroner s new investigative assistant, the unthinkable happens a doctor reports the suspicious death of Trudy, a family friend and one of several elderly patients at the hospital whose heart mysteriously stopped 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.. 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.. The best Kindle Trudy, Madly, Deeply Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, Trudy, Madly, Deeply, delivers. Wendy Delaney’s debut novel in her Working Stiffs mystery series is a fun and immensely entertaining read with its odd assortment of lovable characters, clever writing, and twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages.When Charmaine Digby is cut loose as “excess baggage” from her ex-husband whom she met at culinary school in California, she heads back home to the small town of Port Merritt, a retirement mecca on the waterfront of Washington state. She finds herself living with her Gram, slinging cheeseburgers at her great-aunt Alice’s diner, and living across the street from a guy who used to pull her pigtails when they were in grade school together. Charmaine Digby is also living up to her school moniker of “Chow Mein;” she has been eating her way through her divorce. She is out of work, out of money, and out of shape.This wonderfully humorous cozy mystery will have you cracking up at the trouble that “Char” manages to get into when she finally lands a “real job” as a deputy coroner to the Chimacam County Prosecutor’s office—if she can make it past Day One of her 30-day-trial period.She was hired not for her crime fighting abilities (unless that includes her handiness with a rolling pin), but for her special ability – Charmaine is a human lie detector. Apparently only .25 percent of the population has this uncanny ability—these few people are known as “truth wizards.” Really. And Charmaine, bless her heart, is one, which doesn't help to make her life any easier. And it is about to get tougher.A handsome doctor at the local hospital reports a suspicious death of a patient, Trudy Bergenson, who was a dear friend of Char's Aunt Alice. Trudy was supposed to be released to come home on Charmaine’s first day of work--not end up at the county morgue.With Aunt Alice’s diner at the eye of the gossip hurricane of Port Merritt, it isn't long until Char is in hot pursuit of clues to discover if Trudy’s unexpected demise is the most recent in a chain of suspicious deaths at the county hospital. It seems that childhood neighbor, now all grown-up and sexy, Detective Steve Sixkiller, is not appreciative of Charmaine ‘playing detective.’ Sparks fly—in more ways than one.If you enjoyed reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you will love Delaney’s Trudy, Madly, Deeply. I had no idea whodunit until the very end (and I have read hundreds of mysteries). Well done, Ms. Delaney, well done!I cannot wait to read the next novel in Delaney’s Working Stiffs mystery series so I can learn more about the goings-on of Chimacam County, its cast of lovable (if not, peculiar) characters, and any new mysterious treats that Ms. Delaney decides to dish out to her awaiting fans, yours truly included.Trudy, Madly, Deeply by Wendy Delaney is a Finalist in the M&M Awards 2013 for Mystery & Mayhem Novels, a division of Chanticleer Book Reviews writing competitions.