Tell me lies

Jennifer Crusie

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New York : St. Martin's Press 1998.
1st ed
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322 p.
Main Author
Jennifer Crusie (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Crusie has been writing romances for years, but now she turns her considerable talent to mysteries. She has a wicked sense of humor, keen insights into the complexities of modern relationships, and a way of making her characters seem genuine and her stories real. Frog Point, Ohio, resident Maddie Farraday has a rocky relationship with her husband, Brent, but nothing prepares her for the shock of finding a pair of crotchless panties under the front seat of his car. Then C. L. Sturgis, the steamy dreamboat she lost her virginity to, walks back into her life, and her husband suddenly disappears. When Maddie is accused of Brent's murder, she turns gumshoe, aided and abetted by sexy C. L. What happens next makes for a wonderfully fresh, funny, tender, and outrageous story that will delight fans of the comic mystery. There's a hint of Susan Isaacs in her writing, but Crusie is definitely one of a kind. A Literary Guild selection. ((Reviewed February 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

With one million copies of her nine paperback romances in print, award-winning author Crusie?whose Anyone but You was one of LJ's Best Romances of 1996?breaks into hardcover with the story of Maddie Faraday, a woman who cheats on her cheating husband. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book club selections. Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Maddie Martindale has been the nice girl of her small town of Frog Point where gossip is major entertainment. Comfortably, if not happily, married to bigshot Brent, who is running for mayor, and mother to a sweet girl, Maddie seems to have a perfect life. But after she finds crotchless panties in her husband's car, Maddie's pristine reputation unravels. An imminent divorce, her husband's murder, and the precipitate return of Maddie's sexy high school flame, C.L. Sturgis, lead to her quick fall. C.L., the rebel bad boy who never dropped his torch for Maddie, has straightened out handsomely and plays a seductively vital role. The town is agog with talk of Maddie, the adulteress and murderess. An exciting, sensual romp, chock-full of mystery and intriguing characters, this light novel provides hours of fun reading. For all fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/97.]?Sheila M. Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C. Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After finding a pair of black lace panties under the front seat of her husband's car and cavorting herself in the back seat of another vehicle with her old high-school flame, Maddie Faraday realizes that the truth is elusive in a small town.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Maddie Faraday's life would be perfect--if it weren't for
her cheating husband
her suspicious daughter
her gossipy mother
her secretive best friend
her nosy neighbors,
and that guy she lost her virginity to twenty years ago...

In Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Cruise dishes up a funny, sexy, suspenseful novel about small-town secrets, big-time betrayals and the redemptive power of love, laughter and chocolate brownies.