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Mary Jane Maffini is the author of three mystery series (soon to be three and a half) and nearly two dozen short stories. Her latest series, the Charlotte Adams mysteries, has five books featuring this professional organizer from New York State. Book five, The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder won the Romantic Times 2012 award for Best Amateur Sleuth. Charlotte's own life is a bit of a mess, and not just because she seems to have 'solve murder' on her to-do list. But at least she gets to wear decent shoes and she's nice enough to include her favorite organizing tips and take good care of her two rescued dachshunds who look a lot like Daisy and Lily Maffini. Coincidence? Charlotte joins the other two sleuths in Mary Jane's gang.

Ottawa lawyer and victims' rights activist, Camilla MacPhee is tough and focused, or else how could she handle that crazy family and those peculiar friends throughout six books? Speak Ill of the Dead, the first Camilla MacPhee book was shortlisted for a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for Best First Novel. The fifth, The Dead Don't Get Out Much, was nominated for a Barry Award in 2006. The latest Law & Disorder may hurt some lawyers' feelings. Or worse!

Meanwhile over in West Quebec, Fiona Silk is a reclusive and unsuccessful romance writer and extremely reluctant sleuth in a scenic village with sinister simmerings behind the scenes. Maybe things would be better if she had a sex life. Fiona first appeared in Lament for a Lounge Lizard, which was short listed for a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for Best Novel of 2003. Fiona returned in Too Hot to Handle. Last time it was man trouble, this time it's money problems. Oh, and things that catch fire. Be very careful with the recipes that are included. To find out more about any of these series, click on the title.

In March 2013, Mary Jane and her daughter, Victoria, writing as Victoria Abbott will launch The Christie Curse, the first in a new book collector's mystery series. Watch this space for news on that.

Mary Jane's short fiction has been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Chatelaine, Storyteller and all seven Ladies' Killing Circle anthologies, among other places. She holds Agatha and Ellis Awards for her short story "So Much in Common" (also nominated for an Anthony) two more Arthur Ellis awards for short stories and the Crime Writers of Canada Derrick Murdoch Award. She has been anthologized in World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, The Penguin Book of Crime Stories and the just released Best Canadian Christmas Stories.

She 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 settled into a life of crime, surrounded by her two miniature dachshunds, Daisy and Lily, the ghost of her beloved Corgoid Smudge, and her long-suffering husband. She's a former President of Crime Writers of Canada, and a former member of the board of directors of the Canadian Booksellers Association. She's a frequent speaker on writing mysteries and on the importance of Canadian crime fiction. She lives and plots in Ottawa, Ontario. In real life, although she is a charter member of the Ladies' Killing Circle, she has never killed anyone.

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