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Lament for a Lounge Lizard: A Fiona Silk Mystery [Paperback]

Mary Jane Maffini
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Sept. 1 2003 A Fiona Silk Mystery (Book 1)

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 parked on her lawn and the neighbours' tongues keep wagging in both official languages. Worse, someone's bumping off the other suspects. Can Fiona outwit a murderer in the mood for some serious mischief?

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" adept at comedy as she is at laying out a tangled crime trail...Maffini surrounds Fiona with memorable...friends." -- Foreword Magazine

"Styling and amusing." -- Maclean's

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Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Lizard March 21 2014
By gam
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This book was long out of print. I was really glad to see it available, as it is from the beginning of the series. It fills in the series, especially in Maffini's writing style and humour. If you like her other books, this is a must to own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Jane brings us another sarcastic whodunnit! July 22 2004
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on
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 autograph it for me, but a small little voice said, "But what if it's not as good as Camilla?"

No worries. First off, Fiona Silk is just as fun a character, albeit in a strikingly different way. Fiona has similar sarcastic comments, but she tends to keep them as thoughts, and she's a pushover for a sob-story (or, indeed, for pretty much any request - she's missing the "just say no!" gene). She's a failed romance writer (and the parts where her "romance novel" is glimpsed by the reader are a real blast), living in the small fictional Quebec town of St. Aubaine, which is resoundingly familiar for those of us nearby another Quebec town, lemme tellya.

Someone offs a man she had an almost fling with eight-nine years ago, and leaves him naked in her bed, with a crazy-glue applied sly grin to greet her. Fiona's alibi of being three-sheets-to-the-wind, not to mention her passing out drunk when she saw him and not reporting it until the morning, leave her a little bit in the lurch. So, with the police after her, gossip lingering, and the media hot on her tail, Fiona has to get over being a pushover, before someone else pushes her over permanently.

Delightful, funny, and - as always - full of a razor sarcastic wit, Mary Jane Maffini once again delivers a grand little mystery. I do look forward to the next Fiona Silk... just please, a Camilla first?

3.0 out of 5 stars Lamentably average May 28 2013
By Dorothy J Laird - Published on
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I was expecting this to be more humorous and was disappointed. Unfortunately it is one of those books that if you don't read it straight through, you may not pick it back up.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun April 13 2013
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This is a very entertaining story. Just when it looks like things have been "wrapped up", another player enters.
I like how Fiona interacts with young Josey. I can see some further developments with the two of them. They handle trouble well together.
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