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Organize Your Corpses
By: Mary Jane Maffini
Berkley Paperback, 5/07, 276 pages, $6.99
ISBN: 9780425215807

Charlotte Adams has returned home to Woodbridge, NY, to set up shop as a professional organizer. She's just dumped her cheating ex-fiance, and although her closets are organized, her life is anything but. When Miss Helen "Hellfire" Henley calls to hire her to organize Henley House, she accepts against her friend's protests because she made Charlotte's life a living hell back in high school at St. Jude's. When Charlotte arrives, she discovers Miss Henley wants her to find some important documents in the accumulated junk left. So instead of just tossing the junk, she's going to have to sort through each and every piece.

That night Miss Henley calls summoning her to Henley House. Charlotte does not go as she's busy. The next day Miss Henley is found murdered at the house. Charlotte feels responsible and begins investigating. Plus Detective Sergeant Pepper Monahan was the lead. She was Charlotte's best friend in school, but they've had a falling out and Pepper has it in for her.

Can Charlotte make sense of the mess at Henley House while keeping Pepper from putting her in jail? This is the first book I've read by this author. It won't be the last. This is a fabulous cozy series that is a fast, easy read. The characters are fun. I enjoyed the organizing tips because they were blended into the story wonderfully. The strife between Pepper and Charlotte added to the intensity.

I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Dawn Dowdle at

Curl up with a cozy novel delivers what it promises!
by Jim Napier
The Sherbrooke Record, Friday, August 10, 2007

Organize Your Corpses is a witty, antic take on greed, suspicion and petty jealousies in a small town. It's a cleverly plotted tale, full of twists and turns and original characters, and packed full of Mary Jane's characteristically dark humour in the guise of household tips: when Charlotte discovers a body under a pile of debris, she dryly observes "Never place a large object over a smaller one."
Definitely the lighter side of crime.
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