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Absolutely, Positively: A Lucy Valentine Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Lucy Valentine Series

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The third in a series finds Lucy Valentine�s ESP capabilities working overtime in Boston as she and her lover, private investigator Sean Donahue, locate two missing people. Suzannah Ruggieri hires Lucy to find the boy she loved when they were in a foster home together, and Lucy�s grandmother wants her to help find the husband of a friend. As Lucy�s cases progress, she becomes upset when Suzannah�s former lover seems to be a well-known criminal, and the missing man�s loyal dog is stolen. All the while, Lucy�s reporter friend, Preston, is caught up in the madness of following the �Lone Ranger,� so called because he wears a Stetson as he throws thousands of dollars into eager crowds. Simultaneously with her investigations and friendship problems, Lucy can�t decide whether she should ask Sean to move in with her. Webber�s deft touch keeps all the balls in the air until the end. A satisfying, light-hearted read. --Pat Henshaw


“This clever paranormal mystery series is sure to delight fans…Fun characters, sparkling prose, and a twisty plot add up to a great beginning for Valentine, Inc.” ―Publishers Weekly on TRULY, MADLY

“Charming and lovable…[a] truly irresistible mix of clever romance and wildly inventive mystery.” ―Booklist on TRULY, MADLY

“Snappy and fresh--a delightful mix of intrigue and humor!” ―Jane Porter, author of Mrs. Perfect and Easy On The Eyes on TRULY, MADLY

“Lucy Valentine is as comic and romantic as her name implies, not to mention engaging, sexy, and smart. She has an otherworldy knack for finding lost objects, and will undoubtedly find her creator, Heather Webber, many new fans.” ―Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony & Macavity-award winning author of A Date You Can't Refuse on TRULY, MADLY

“With characters that sparkle like diamonds on the page, this is my new favorite Valentine! Heather Webber has created a bright new world, populated by quirky characters and brimming with non-stop action--I'm a fan!” ―Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Hope in a Jar on TRULY, MADLY


Product Details

  • Series: Lucy Valentine Novel (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312946155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312946159
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Heather Webber (aka Heather Blake) is the author of more than twenty mystery novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She's a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, and bake (mostly cookies). Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family and is hard at work on her next book. www.heatherwebber.com | www.heatherblakebooks.com

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Let me start out by saying: The worst thing about this novel is its name. As with the two earlier novels in the series (starting with Truly, Madly), the titles make these seem much fluffier and sillier than they are, as if they're one step above a Harlequin romance. Because the series -- including this book -- deserves more respect. Well, "respect" in the sense of "Just tell me a story that entertains me, holds my attention, and has fun characters I can care about." It's lighthearted and sweet but not sappy.

Maybe the problem is that Absolutely, Positively doesn't fit well in any genre. It's not quite a mystery (though there's certainly a mystery to be solved), not quite a fantasy (though our heroine Lucy Valentine does have a "magic spell" that she has to figure out how to use: the ability to find lost items), and not a standard romance novel (she got the guy in book #1... not like it was ever in doubt that she and Sean were meant for each other).

Instead, Absolutely, Positively is a tale about the clients whom Lucy and Sean serve -- a famous artist who's gone missing, a teenage sweetheart to track down -- and (as with the best cozy mysteries) the people around her. Webber really shines at this, because I love everybody from Grendel the three-legged cat to Preston, the journalist who's trying ever-so-hard to get a news scoop. There is plenty of humor, the sort that elicits a quiet smile rather than unfettered giggles.

In short, this is an easy read that would be absolutely perfect for a long plane trip or a beach read. Though I think you *do* need to have read the earlier books in the series to get the most out of it.
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I don't often pre-order books, but after reading the first two books in the Lucy Valentine series, I wanted to get Absolutely, Positively as soon as possible, so I pre-ordered it. Then, while I was waiting for it to come out, I re-read the first two books. Once I got this new Lucy book, I didn't put it down until it was done, and it did not disappoint. Lucy and her friends and family have become like friends and family to me as well. The Lone Ranger was a fun twist and the Em and Aiden situation is fun. I started liking Preston in the last book and I'm liking her even more now. I just can't say enough about my love for Lucy and company. The whole series is a "must read" and I hope that Heather continues to provide us with more of Lucy and her gang in the future.
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It was great to see what was happening with Lucy, Sean, her family, and friends. The mysterious disappearance of Dovey's (Lucy's grandmother) friend and the fun appearance of the Lone Ranger throwing money in his wake make for a captivating mystery. I loved it. I can't wait for book four.
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I was asked, "Did you like Heather's latest book?" My unqualified answer was "Absolutely, Positively." Considering this is a Heather Webber book, I set my expectations high. This book exceeded my hopes.

The Characters, Lucy, Sean, Aiden, Em, Dovey...on and on and do not forget our furry friends, are written with humor, comfort, and a level of 3-D that makes you forget you are in a fictional world and want to give them a call and go for a pizza and glass of wine.

The premise, in this case, mysteries abounded. Dog-napping, Missing Persons, Art thefts, missing jewelry, lost loves and murder were a few covered.

Lucy has psychic powers that we are learning were curtailed but now are expanding and the hints of what is to come made me want to telephone Ms. Webber and demand, "When is the next book out?" Alas, I'm not privy to Ms. Webber, but wish I was.

The love story which flows throughout the book was so deftly handled that I held my breath. My wife, in fairness to disclosures, is a defibrillator recipient and she was very nervous to read about Sean's attack. It was handled with an honesty and eloquence that she stood up and applauded with tears.

Five stars really are too few for this book.
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No doubt about it. I am absolutely, positively, sure that I loved this book.
Lucy is doing well in her new job of reuniting lost lovers, working closely together with Preston, almost becoming friends. But this new case might just be way over her head, when the man she has been asked to find, appears to be a master criminal. The story told by her client though, is heart breaking, and Lucy is sure there must be some redeeming qualities in Tristan Roarke. Otherwise, Meaghan would not be still in love with him. But Tristan is undoubtedly dangerous, and he keeps scaring Lucy until he gets or finds what he wants. But it is up to Meaghan to decide if she wants contact or not. And when Tristan gets involved in a murder case of his former foster father, both the FBI and the local police are on the lookout for him.

The other case Lucy and Sean are working on, involves a missing person. A long time friend of her grandmother's, and Dovie has asked them to look for Mac Gladstone. He has disappeared a month ago, leaving his beloved dog and all his possessions behind. His daughter Jemima and her husband (former one night rock star Rick Hayes) seem to be so sure he is dead, and Rick is already talking about having him declared dead, so Jemima can inherit.

Searching through Mac's study, they do find some clues, and Lucy ends up taking Mac's beloved dog Rufus with her, as Jemima has had enough of the dog and wants him gone. Her daughter Christa is heartbroken about it, she was the one taking care of Rufus. But her mother is determined, and rather than allowing the sweet golden retriever and his rubber chicken to the shelter, she takes him home with her. But knowing her three legged cat Grendel is not going to be happy about it, she leaves him at Dovie's.
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