Lament for a Lounge Lizard (A Fiona Silk Mystery #1)
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Lament for a Lounge Lizard (A Fiona Silk Mystery #1)

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As if it weren't bad enough being a failed romance writer with no sex life, poor Fiona Silk has to cope with the spectacularly embarrassing demise of her old lover, the poet, Benedict Kelly. It's exactly the sort of thing people notice in St. Aubaine, Quebec, a picturesque bilingual tourist town of two thousand. Now the police start getting nasty, the media vans stay parke...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Napolean and Co
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Nathan Burgoine
Here's the thing - I love Camilla MacPhee. She's cranky, in-your-face, witty, sarcastic as all hell, and always catches the bad guy (usually with the help of her obnoxious ne'er do well secretary, Alvin). I've read the Camilla MacPhee mysteries by Mary Jane Maffini each and every time a new one has come out, since the first time I met her and thought, "Wow, now here's a lady with style."

This book? It's not a Camilla MacPhee mystery. I chewed my lip. I pondered. I bought (of course) and had her a...more
Teena in Toronto
This is the first of two in a series of mystery novels featuring Fiona Silk. It's set in rural Quebec with a cast of colourful characters.

The story was so-so, not overly exciting. The characters are likable ... except for Fiona's best friend, Liz, who is a doctor and annoying. I liked Fiona's sense of humour. And it was nice to read a book with characters my ages, rather than in their twenties or early thirties. I hadn't figured out who dunnit so the ending was a surprise and brought the story t...more
Eunira
As if it weren't bad enough being a failed romance writer with no sex life, poor Fiona Silk has to cope with the spectacularly embarrassing demise of her old lover, the poet Benedict Kelly in her bed. It's exactly the sort of thing people notice in St. Aubaine, Quebec, a picturesque bilingual tourist town of two thousand. Now the police start getting nasty, the media vans stay parked on her lawn and the neighbors' tongues keep wagging in both official languages. Can Fiona outwit a murderer in th...more
Grey853
I didn't like Fiona Silk as much as Charlotte Adams, the main character in Maffini's Organizing series. Fiona Silk is a romance writer who fails at romance and who is being framed for murder. Someone put an ex-lover's body in her bed. Now the not so bright police think she's the prime suspect for some strange reason. There's a whole host of characters and Fiona tends to ramble on.

The one bright spot for me is her relationship with a 14-year-old character who seems a lot more competent and likab...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was an excellent choice to read during the 2010 Winter Olympics as it is set in Ottawa, Canada.

The mystery begins right off and keeps you guessing with the sleuth as to why and what was happening.

The Characters are likable and interesting. I found myself wanting to know 'well what is going to happen next?' A good feeling at an end of a book.
Pam
LAMENT FOR A LOUNGE LIZARD by Mary Jane Maffini
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2003, 271 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Early 2000's; St. Aubaine, Quebec
CHARACTERS: Fiona Silk/romance writer
COMMENTS: Fiona comes home to find a former lover dead in the bed -- the poet Benedict Kelly.
Ann
Oh my, I do love Fiona Silk, the protagonist of this series by Mary Jane. She describes herself as a failed romance writer with no sex life. But...her ex is found dead in her bed. And a great teenage "assistant"... I'm a sucker for adolescents!
Mare
I truly enjoyed Fiona Silk and look forward to the next installment in her "interesting" life.
Barbara
Fiona Silk and crew are a great addition to Mary Jane Maffini's repertoire.
Deb
Mary Jane Maffini has a wonderfully fresh voice. A very fun read!
Marion
interesting and fun!
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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...more
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