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Organize Your Corpses (A Charlotte Adams Mystery #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  667 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Charlotte Adams is a professional organizer. Nothing is out of place in her closets-but her life's a mess. So she's dumped her cheating ex-fiancé, moved back home to Woodbridge, New York, and started making up to-do lists-some of which include solving the occasional murder.

Charlotte's new job has her digging through years of accumulated junk to find some important document
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published 2007)
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Feb 18, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
I really enjoyed this book! However, if you want to read about how Charlotte organizes houses, better find a different story. While she is a professional organizer, her completed jobs were never...well, completed as far as the reader knew.

Still, the mystery was clever and I did not see the outcome. Actually, I figured it completely wrong. But that is what kept the story interesting!

Will read the next in this fun series. Recommend.
Jun 14, 2013 Drebbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Professional organizer Charlotte Adams can't afford to be picky about clients which is why she agrees to help teacher Helen "Hellfire" Henley with a project. Miss Henley made high school life miserable for many a student including Charlotte and her friends. Still, Charlotte takes her on as a client, hoping it will give her some much needed publicity. Sure enough, Charlotte gets a lot of publicity - the wrong kind - when she discovers Miss Henley's dead body and becomes the number one suspect in ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Leeankh rated it liked it
I have to say, there was a lot less organizing than I was expecting. I'm fairly certain Charlotte didn't finish a single job during the book! Of course, one job was suspended because of the mystery, so I can forgive that. But, she was also helping other clients and they never actually finished the jobs. How odd! There are plenty of organizational tips thrown in though, so it's not a big deal. It just struck me as funny that Charlotte never actually finished a job during the book. Anyway, I enjoy ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 18, 2010 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The sleuth was likable from the very first page. Her kookie friends were sincere and realistic. Even one that is somewhat estranged...that happens in real life.

The career of Charlotte Adams is one that is popular and lends itself to all sorts of locations. I see many future books coming.

The crime was amazing and I was not sure until the ending of whom the bell would toll....

If you enjoy a good solid mystery with bouts of laughing out load, treat yourself to this great series.

Jun 06, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Charlotte Adams, a budding professional organizer, has found herself back in Woodbridge after dumping her cheating fiancé. Unable to be picky about her clients, she finds herself agreeing to take on none other than her former hellish teacher, Helen “Hellfire” Henley. After Hellfire turns up dead at the scene of her new job, Charlotte’s former good friend and current enemy is determined to stick her with the murder. It is up to Charlotte to find the real killer so that she can clear her name and ...more
Organize Your Corpses by Mary Jane Maffini is the first book of the Charlotte Adams cozy mystery series set in contemporary upstate New York. Charlotte moved back home to small town Woodbridge after her fiancé cheated on her. She's a professional organizer. Tough to believe, when her life is a complete mess; you must completely suspend rational thought to follow this plot. Her first client in her home town is a hated teacher from high school, who inherited property and needs it cleaned out - but ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific cozy with a totally unpredictable ending! I'm definitely going to read the remaining books in this series ~
May 13, 2017 Margaret rated it liked it
A bit unconvincing but otherwise quite enjoyable.
Ruth Kevghas
Jun 04, 2017 Ruth Kevghas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
Kept me interested and was I ever surprised by the ending!
Mar 01, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
Best cozy mystery I've read in a long time!
Cheryl Bradley
Dec 05, 2009 Cheryl Bradley rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to get through this book, but it is no fault of the author's; this was my book to read while nursing my daughter and of late, she has nursed less, so I've had less time to read this book.

Charlotte Adams has moved back home to small-town Woodbridge, New York and runs her own professional organizing business. Charlotte likes things to be orderly and mess-free, but her latest job is anything but.

Helen "Hellfire" Henley, Charlotte's old teacher hires Charlotte to organize Henley Ho
Aug 11, 2015 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I've awarded 4 stars 'cause this book really entertained me while I read it BUT I'm going to dis it severely in the rest of my review for various reasons that I think will become obvious! I've read all of Mary Jane Maffini's "Camilla MacPhee" series and found that the stories kept getting better as the series progressed and my liking for Camilla also increased at a similar pace so perhaps that may happen with Charlotte Adams in this series but, I'm sorry, I just did not like her very much in ...more
Oct 03, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cosy fans
Once again proving that the first installment of a series is usually the best, Organize Your Corpses is a very satisfying cosy mystery. This book introduces Charlotte Adams, returning to her hometown in upstate New York and hoping to start up a professional organizing business. However, it's not exactly a boost for business when her first major client winds up dead and she is considered a Person of Interest in the case...

Even though I've read later entries in the series and therefore know how mo
Oct 09, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Adams is a professional organizer. She has been hired by Helen "Hellfire" Henley, a former high school teacher from Charlotte's past. "Hellfire" was an emotionally abusive teacher, and she seemed to have continued that persona into her retirement.

This is a small town story. Charlotte knows everyone and everyone knows Charlotte. And many of Charlotte's friends were put through the torture of being in a Hellfire's high school class. So, when she is murdered, there are a long list of peop
Apr 08, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing

Organize Your Corpses
Hip Hip Hooray! For a gifted author & fantastic series., November 5, 2011
By Ellen Rappaport
This review is from: Organize Your Corpses (A Charlotte Adams Mystery) (Paperback)
This was my first book by this most gifted author and her first in the Charlotte Adams series. This fabulous book has won me over to the author & to this series. Apparently, Mary Jane Maffini can connect all the dots when it comes to writing a cozy for cozy lovers. It is so ref
Feb 15, 2017 Susan rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5
May 07, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book by Mary Jane Maffini, and I am so glad that I did!! Charlotte Adams is coming back to her home town , dumped her cheating fiance, and is now renting an apartment from an old high school friend named Jack. Charlotte is a "home organizer" and chooses the very first job working with one of her old high school teachers who was not nice to anyone in town or in school. IN fact, practically the whole town hated her! Never the less, Charlotte does take the job of or ...more
Sep 15, 2007 Donna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like "cozies"
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I'm a high school counselor. The ratio of students to counselors in my school is 400 to 1. Mid-August to mid-September is the busiest time of year, as we scramble to get schedules fixed and new students enrolled. During that time, I don't select challenging reading matter. I want brain candy. This year I found it in the first of a new series of "cozies" by Mary Jane Maffini, Canadian author of two other series of light mysteries.

The protagonist of Organize Your Corpses is Charlotte Adams, a str
Feb 01, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
Organize Your Corpses: death is never tidy by Mary Jane Maffini was a great read. Charlotte Adams is a professional organizer who has returned to the small town where she grew up after a messy split with her fiance. She is renting an apartment from an old friend who has convinced her to adopt two dachshunds and is trying to get her to adopt a third.

An old teacher whom everyone refers to as Hellfire Henley, has recently inherited an old house that was owned by a hoarder and fallen into disrepair.
Feb 18, 2011 Shireen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, canadian, 2011
This is the fourth or so time of reading this fun book, and though my memory jogged me on which character to focus on, which one was fishy, the murderer reveal still came as a complete surprise to me.

This is the kind of book one reads for pure escapism when life is just a bit too hard and you need something light to take your mind off things. It's well written in that the author details the characters so well, you can hear and see and smell them, and the plot is believable -- for the most part.
Apr 28, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it
For the most part I liked this book. Charlotte is an organizer and there are helpful hints scattered throughout the book on how to get organized and stay that way (and who can't use that kind of information?). Because she gets involved in an high profile murder case she doesn't spend much time doing her job, or even organizing her life, but it is a lot of fun to watch her try.

I had a bit of a problem with her librarian friend. Just because your friend is the patron does not mean that you constan
Oct 08, 2012 Amy added it
Shelves: ad-mystery, 2012
OMG, there's a cozy mystery where the main character is a professional organizer! There are cozy mysteries about most of my interests: Knitting, books/reading, cats, librarians, tattoos, coffee...throw in veganism and general crafting and you've pretty much got me covered! This book spoke to me because I am currently about 50% really organized and 50% slob, but I am an obsessive organizer at heart. I expected the plot to be totally predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised by the nice twist at ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it
This was a fun book. It's first in a series about a professional organizer who solves mysteries on the side. It's similar to many other mystery series--in which a tea shop owner/herbalist/writer/etc has a regular job and just so happens to stumble upon a body time and again--but I have real hope for this series.

I liked all the back story in this one. The main character has moved back to her home town and meets up with lots of friends and former friends, but events of the past are only hinted at
Apr 01, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I tend to avoid most mysteries that seem to be based on hobbies, crafts, or oddball jobs, because I expect them to be too cutesy. However, I'd heard enough praise of Mary Jane Maffini to be willing to try one of her books. I'm glad I did, because it was well-written and the organizing tips didn't get in the way of a very complicated plot and some engaging characters. The setting, a small town in upstate New York, was nicely drawn (the protagonist even shops at the same supermarket I do, and I kn ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it
I love Charlotte Adams. I want her to come organize my house and bring her two adorable mini dachshunds Truffle and Sweet Marie. This book is the first of a series. Charlotte is a professional organizer and her first job since she moved home to to clean out an old house that her former terror of a teacher Miss Helen "Hellfire" Henley has inherited. Charlotte cannot afford to pass up the job, which becomes more difficult when Miss Henley informs her that she needs all that stuff sorted through lo ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jul 04, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
This is the first book in Maffini's Charlotte Adams series ... and I liked it. I'll read the others.

The story moves along at a good pace. The main character, Charlotte, is likable. The other cast of characters are quirky but also likable. I didn't figure out the ending, the "who dunnit", which is always a fun surprise for me.

Charlotte has a soft spot for animals, as does her pal, Jack, which I liked. Charlotte's two dogs are in dire need of training and discipline, though ... I didn't find them
Sep 23, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
For a cozy mystery, this was good, but like many cozy mysteries it begged the questions: Why is someone with absolutely no connection or training investigating this?, What in the world are the police doing?, Why do witnesses openly share all their knowledge and thoughts with someone they don't know and isn't the police?, and How can the main character eat tubs of ice cream and chocolate with reckless abandon and not gain an ounce of weight?. Not a lot of organizing happened in this book, but who ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I do enjoy a cutesy cozy mystery, and when I saw the first book in this new series, I knew I had to check it out. Each chapter starts with an organizaitonal tip, which relates to the upcoming action in the chapter.
Charlotte Adams moves back to her hometown in upstate New York and launches a professional organizer business. One of her first clients is old "Hellfire" Henley, the high school teacher no one liked back then and no one likes now. On the first day on her new assignment, Charlotte walk
Nothing too serious, but an amusing diversion. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't fall into the cliches I was expecting a few times along the way. The only distracting part for me was I kept double checking that I had the setting right: it's meant to be Hudson Valley, NY, but I kept being sure it was Canada as I read the text (I found out upon finishing the book and finding the author's bio at the end that she is, indeed, Canadian, so I think it just spilled over no matter how many times ...more
Apr 13, 2010 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
For a professional organizer, Charlotte Adams is not very organized. She gets framed for murder because the real killer stashed some of her things around dead bodies. I thought that I would enjoy this series because I like to organize and I like mysteries, but this chick just annoys me. She's really not that bright and lets her friends push her around. No wonder her clients are always dieing. Or are they? This book had an interesting twist at the end. I sure has heck didn't see it coming, but I ...more
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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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