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Speak Ill of the Dead (A Camilla MacPhee Mystery #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 1st 1999 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 22, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This one ended better than it began but overall it was just OK. The book started with a negative tone and only came up for air once in a while through the rest of the book.

The author seemed to have a pattern of choosing the 'heavier' option in most of her character and plot decisions. E.g. Camilla 'clomps' rather than 'walks'; she dislikes her employee; her friend's family is neurotic, selfish, and unsupportive; her own family is condescending and so much more beautiful than her; her i
Jun 02, 2014 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Fun Read! A few flaws but I liked it. The main fault I have that prevented 4 stars is all of Camilla's investigations that are "off camera" and hid in the background leaving the readers uninformed and Camilla the only one with the facts needed to solve the murder. I had the murderer narrowed down to one of two about half way through the book but lacked the clues from Camilla's secret phone calls which enabled her to make the big revelation and not so surprising ending. I find it hard to lik ...more
Katherine Clark
I sort of read this for the Cozy Monograph. Maffini (one of the best selling Canadian mystery writers) came up in one of my searches for info for Ch. 4, and the protag's profession, that of being an advocate for victims, got me curious, so I checked out the book. Not much was said about the work, which I found disappointing. The crime itself (the puzzle) was OK. I liked the protagonist--she was bristly and assertive, more so than I find in most cozy protags, and that is kind of the point. This i ...more

Speak well of the author, June 5, 2012

By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)

This review is from: Speak Ill of the Dead: A Camilla MacPhee Mystery (Paperback)
I've read all the books in Mary Jane Maffini's other series...which I enjoyed so much. So I thought why not give M.J.'s other series a try.

I am so pleased to say that M.J. Maffini did not disappoint me with this her first book in the Camilla MacPhee series.

Camilla MacPhee is not like her other sisters at all. They are all such fashion statements an
Rosemarie Boll
Mary Jane Maffini is a Canadian crime writer and former librarian. In 1999, she created the character of Camilla MacPhee. Camilla is the driving force behind Justice for Victims, an Ottawa-based non-profit organization that represents devastated crime victims and their relatives. She doesn’t drink, but she works long hours, all alone in her cramped office. She uses her career to escape the lingering emotional pain caused by the death of her boyfriend three years earlier. She lives alone and avoi ...more
Teena in Toronto
I read the third in this series in July and liked it ... so thought I'd go back and start the series from the beginning. I like the author's writing style so have been reading the other series she has written.

One of the reasons I like this author is because Maffini is a Canadian writer. She was born in Sydney, NS, (where I went to high school) and now lives in Ottawa.

This series is set in Ottawa. Camilla goes to the Mayflower Restaurant on Elgin Street ... I've been at that restaurant a few time
Shonna Froebel
Camilla MacPhee is a lawyer who runs an organization for victims rights. She has agreed, under pressure from her father, to take on an assistant, Alvin, under a government job training program, but finds herself frustrated with the young man's attitude and work. When her best friend Robin asks to meet her at a nearby hotel, Alvin has misplaced the message, and Camilla finds herself coming into a scene where Robin, obviously in shock, is coming out of a hotel room where someone has been murdered. ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Mar 08, 2015 Elizabeth Dodd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 14, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, canadian
A good cozy mystery that takes place in Ottawa. Love the cover of this book. :-)
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This series is with a lawyer sleuth,Camilla MacPhee. I get the sense she will figure out this muirder in 'spite' of the aid of her assistant (whom I would have fired in a heartbeat, ) her sisters and her client. The pace of the action, is as usual in the Maffini books- fast and furious. I should have seen the ending but didn't until the ...ending. This is one terrific, witty, smartly written mystery novel.
Lynn Kennedy
Feb 05, 2015 Lynn Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a complicated mystery but I liked it. I really enjoyed that it's set in Ottawa where I live. I will read more by this author.
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 19, 2012 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of the fabulous Camilla MacPhee mystery series. I met Mary Jane Maffini, and I've been hooked on this series ever since. Set in Ottawa, during the tulip festival, there's even some stuff in here for those of us who can't stand those fluffy cat mysteries.
Feb 02, 2009 Marion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot this book is. I enjoyed it and it explained things that were happening in the later books. Maybe I should have read them in order.
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Aka Victoria Abbott with her daughter Victoria Maffini.

Mary Jane Maffini was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and has her BA (Hons) and MLS from Dalhousie University. After a career in libraries such as The Brewers' Association of Canada, Statistics Canada, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, and a wonderful ride as a co-owner of Prime Crime Mystery Bookstore, she has settle
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