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Tell Me Lies Paperback – Bargain Price, March 30, 2010
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If you think small-town life can be boring--think again. There are complex social rules: there are certain people with whom you fraternize and those you don't, and, of course, there is the all-powerful gossip. Everyone knows everything about everyone else. Don't they? That's what Maddie Farraday thinks until she finds a pair of black crotchless panties in her husband's car that don't belong to her. That's it; Maddie's had it. She's ready for change, and the first thing she's going to do is divorce her no-good, philandering husband Brent. But then everything goes haywire: Brent turns up dead, Maddie's daughter wants a dog, her best friend is suddenly acting very strange, and Maddie's secret boyhood crush, bad boy C. L. Sturgis, arrives in town after a 20-year hiatus--and he's as sexy as ever. You may laugh out loud at the wild and crazy antics in Jennifer Crusie's exceptional novel, but you'll exclaim with delight over the sizzling, dynamic, passionate affair between Maddie and her first love, C. L. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
-?Sheila M. Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this book, as in *Crazy for You* the "reality" that underlies the fiction, after stereotypic suburban smalltown housewife Maddie Faraday finds a pair of crotchless black underpants under the front seat of her husband's car, in a town so small and "inbred" as my brother used to call small Queensland towns, that a bad reputation lasts unto the third and fourth generation, never quite gets lost under the froth.
Not that the froth can't be rib-crackingly funny. It's just, as in the scene at the start, where Maddie has found the pants in flagrante, lied about them to her 8 year-old daughter, used them for a pan-cleaner, tried to find some chocolate for consolation, tried to toast a frozen Oreo, and ended up at the front door to meet her high school deflowerer for the first time in twenty years, with suds-soaked Bermudas and waving a large carving knife, that the funny has a very strong flavour of a hit on the funnybone, as painful, if hysterical, as Maddie's own.
While this wasn't my favorite book so far I still enjoyed the book and the characters. I didn't agree with some of the life choices made by the heroine but it made for some very interesting drama. For the heroine (Maddie) or star of this slightly dark comedy life has been very blase and too perfect which changes with the arrival of her old high school love interest. The story begins with Maddie's discovery of her husbands cheating (again) and continues in some very interesting twists and turns.
If your a fan of Crusie's previous dark comedy/romance books then you'll love this book!