In Mary Jane Maffini's Organize Your Corpses, the first installment in the Charlotte Adams cozy mystery series, this caper had plenty of surprises in store with many twisted turns. For Charlotte Adams, she's a professional organizer who returned to her hometown of Woodbridge, New York. Her first client was her former teacher, Helen Henley, who was tough as nails on her former students. She requested her professional services to look for important paperwork. And when she called for help late one night, Charlotte told her she was busy. Later she found out, she was clobbered by a beam in her own house. And that made Charlotte a number one suspect, even from her best friend Pepper Monahan, who was a Woodbridge homicide detective who has in it for her. At the funeral for Miss Henley, she ran into suspicious people as one of them had caught her eye. She discovered Helen's cousin errant behavior and later learned about the "tragedies" that had befallen her family. As she had gotten closer to the truth, she learned about the Henley family and how far someone evil who would go for the sake of money and revenge. After a few attempts in her life, she thought she had figured it out to piece together this warped jigsaw puzzle, when she unmasked someone who was so treacherous and duplicitous right before her own eyes, she took matters in her own hands to save her own life.
This was a terrific cozy mystery debut from Mary Jane Maffini. This had all the right elements of a great cozy mystery from start to finish. I really cared for Charlotte and her friends Jack and Sally and even Margaret. I didn't like Pepper so much or Miss Helen Henley. I felt bad and horrified for her own cousins and how they came to an untimely end. I thought Dominic was a good catch, but I shook my head when he was part of a wicked charade. I liked the backdrop of Woodbridge in New York and while it had a great scenic view of the location and settings. This would make you shake your head and moan and groan, gasp and drop your jaw with non-stop action, drama, suspense and mystery. This also had great organizing tips for you.
Will you be willing to organizing your corpses today?
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