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


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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: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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

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OUTSTANDING PRAISE FOR TRULY, MADLY

“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

“Charming and lovable…[a] truly irresistible mix of clever romance and wildly inventive mystery.”—Booklist

“Snappy and fresh—a delightful mix of intrigue and humor!”—Jane Porter, author of Mrs. Perfect and Easy On The Eyes

 “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

“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


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

Customer Reviews

It was great to see what was happening with Lucy, Sean, her family, and friends.
SuzieQ
I look forward to the next book in this series and I am only sorry that I read this one as soon as it came out; so I will have a long wait.
Tbrpro
Though I think you *do* need to have read the earlier books in the series to get the most out of it.
Esther Schindler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Turpin on February 21, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQ on February 4, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Rigod on February 7, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Gondelman on February 7, 2011
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Who is that masked man? That's the question on everyone's mind around Boston Common when a mysterious stranger, dubbed The Lone Ranger, starts throwing twenty-dollar bills around. And what, if anything, does he have to do with everything else going on in Lucy's life? A life that has left Lucy with a lot on her plate these days. She has Meaghan, the new client, who is looking for her foster brother, Tristan, convinced that he is the one true love of her life. Unfortunately it's been years since she's seen him and wouldn't even know what direction to send Lucy in. When she finds out what he's been up, to will Meaghan still think he's her knight in shining armor? Next is Mac Gladstone, an old friend of Dovie's who has gone missing. Mac went out to walk his beloved dog Rufus one day and never came back, even though Rufus did. Anyone who knew Mac knows he would never just leave his dog behind. Was he the victim of foul play or something more heartbreaking? Preston is right there, front and center, as usual. She has done an excellent job of worming her way into the Valentine family. Will they be able to keep their big secret from her, or will she use her journalistic skills to figure out the real reason for the Valentine's immense success? And just what does the FBI want Lucy to stay out of?????

Since this is all about matchmaking and finding lost loves, let's not forget about all of the love in the air these days. There is no doubt Lucy loves Sean and wants to spend the rest of her life with him. She knows that he is holding things back from her, and on some level it bothers her (considering he knows ALL of the Valentine's secrets), but she loves him enough to wait until he's ready to let her in.
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