HEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
A throwback to zany madcap comedies (imagine Mel Brooks penning chick lit), Frankel's latest is a bewilderingly imperfect, yet quite funny tale.
Golden-eyed Emma Hutch is known as the "Good Witch," making love matches in the Big Apple by way of a most unusual gift. She can transmit mental images to other people, and for a fee she tracks down unsuspecting men and shoots a seductive image of her female client into their minds repeatedly. While helping many women find their significant others, Emma is coming up short in her own love department. In fact, the only man who doesn't run shrieking out of the room whenever he gets too close is off-limits. He's the target of her wealthy new client.
Frankel's novel takes a while to hit its comedic stride, but once it kicks in, it works with tremendous aplomb. Secondary characters all play important roles without overshadowing the strong female lead and sexy, complex hero. (Mar., 320 pp., $12.95)