Mary Jane Maffini is a lapsed librarian and a mystery addict. Author of six Camilla MacPhee mysteries, two Fiona Silk adventures, five Charlotte Adams books, and nearly two dozen short stories. She holds two Arthur Ellis Awards for best mystery short story, as well as the Derrick Murdoch lifetime achievement award. Speak Ill of the Dead was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel and Lament for a Lounge Lizard for best novel. She lives and plots in Ottawa.
Speak Ill of the Dead (Camilla MacPhee Series #1)by Mary Jane Maffini
Camilla MacPhee is the black sheep of her perfect, blonde family, although she runs a law office specializing in Justice for Victims of violent crimes. However, her uneasy association with the world of crime takes a bizarre turn when a vicious, vindictive fashion columnist with underworld connections named Mitzi Brochu is crucified in a downtown hotel room. The
Camilla MacPhee is the black sheep of her perfect, blonde family, although she runs a law office specializing in Justice for Victims of violent crimes. However, her uneasy association with the world of crime takes a bizarre turn when a vicious, vindictive fashion columnist with underworld connections named Mitzi Brochu is crucified in a downtown hotel room. The problem is that Camilla’s best friend Robin was on her way to meet the victim, and has become the main suspect. Camilla sets out to vindicate her friend, but finding the real killer isn’t easy, as just about anyone among the politicians and supermodels skewered by Mitzi’s rapier wit could be said to have had ample motive. The investigation turns dangerous, as Camilla receives cryptic warnings while following a grisly killer’s trail marked by more murders of humans and felines. The cast of characters includes a sleazy rock promoter, a nosy, sherry-mad old lady, a suave but mysterious hotel manager, a grumpy Mountie, and several manipulative sisters in this seriously funny first mystery novel by Mary Jane Maffini.
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I loved this book. Mary Jane really gets you into the character...fast! Her writing flows smoothly from chapter to chapter, and you get a vivid visual image of the characters. I am disappointed that only books 1,3, and 6 are E-books. Why on earth are books 2,4, and 5 only available in paperback? I guess I'll just have to jump around, which I do not like in a series. I will try some of her other books.
I am catching up on some of this author's earlier books. This is an engaging story. Each character has their pluses and minuses, some more than others! I was a bit surprised by the final unveiling of the murderer. It makes sense, but some of the clues were rather obscured. The next door neighbor is a marvelous character. And I wanted to smack the best friend's sister and family. An enjoyable read.