Lament for a Lounge Lizard: A Fiona Silk Mystery Paperback – Sep 1 2003
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"...as 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!See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
To-do was made of a divorce in progress, whom the story could have done without. Lastly, I’m not a fan of a sour policeman stereotype. An intrusive teenager grew on me very slowly and wasn’t without significant roles. The story is about <i>Benedict</i> being deposited on <i>Fiona’s</i> bed, requiring scrutiny of the befuddled cottage owner. Pace, misleading layers and personages of plural plots, and danger all enter into this mystery. This is a professional novelist. There is no awkwardly filling pages, before revealing all in an amateurish fuselage. A veritable story progresses.
Everything is well done but for me, oh how I savour her abundance of detailed touches; especially the perfectly-tuned regional ambiance that <b>Mary Jane</b> created! My very favourite parts are the way <i>Fiona's</i> neighbour, <i>Hélène</i> says: <i>"Oh là là"!</i> I caught the numerous French insertions easily, because I spent elementary and high school in the French immersion environment! The tourist-haven Québec setting is one I would happily visit, with gorgeous specialty shop names like: ‘Forty Shades Of Green’.Read more ›
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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?
I like how Fiona interacts with young Josey. I can see some further developments with the two of them. They handle trouble well together.