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Too Big to Miss (An Odelia Grey Mystery #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,389 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Too big to miss--that's Odelia Grey. A never-married, middle-aged, plus-sized woman who makes no excuses for her weight, she's not super woman just a mere mortal standing on the precipice of menopause, trying to cruise in an ill-fitting bra. She struggles with her relationships, her crazy family, and her crazier boss. And then there''s her knack for being in close proximit ...more
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Published September 27th 2006 by Hard Shell Word Factory (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jun 27, 2011 Marfita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fat, middle-aged paralegals
Shelves: mysteries
Disclaimer: I'm fat, middle-aged, and a former paralegal.
I devoured this in one day. Most of the ickier bits (the death is a gritty one that's revisited through retrieved screen captures) I skimmed over. Jaffarian has created some interesting characters, many of them plus-sized which is nice to see. The mystery was a good one and there is a spot of romance, where Jaffarian falls into the fatal blunder of making the sex "the best [Odelia] ever had." Writing like that makes me want to bang my hea
Apr 18, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining read. Read the books out of order and it may have increased my liking this book. I like our intrepid protagonist - Odelia is plus-sized paralegal who stumbles upon a suicide that turns into a murder. Some of the outside plot details are a little outrageous. I like the sweet love story, the friendship, and the description. Our author is a fan of the details. Not bogging you down details but little throw aways that make the read enjoyable.

Not the tightest of tales but entertaining.
A gifted author-Bravo, October 9, 2011
By Ellen Rappaport
This review is from: Too Big to Miss (The Odelia Grey Mysteries) (Paperback)
I've previously read 2 of Jaffarians other series and loved them. This was my first book in her Ophelia Grey series and Jaffarian does it again. This author included all the characters most writers wouldn't dare to include. Thank-you Sue Ann for your consideration of all of us.
This story opened up more of each character with each passing page. I became one of t
Oct 10, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yes, Odelia Grey is large--like 5'1" and 215 pounds. She is also middle aged and the way she looks at it, if you don't like it, you can kiss her big you-know-what. Odelia is comfortable in her own skin, however, she would like to be able to stand up for herself more. In her professional life, Odelia is a corporate paralegal who is highly regarded within her law firm--which leads to her being assigned to an attorney she can't stand. She also has relationship issues, a family that is beyond dys ...more
So, this one is quite difficult to review... I really liked the premise - larger, middle-aged woman who was comfortable in her own skin investigating the mysterious death of her good friend.

But it just wasn't terribly enjoyable. I wanted to get to the end so that it would be over! I couldn't just put it down without knowing the conclusion... but getting there was painful.

There was just too much extraneous description. So much fluffing wasn't necessary - I really don't need to know EVERY small de
May 10, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I read two of the later books in this series I've been eager to find earlier titles. This is book #1. In it we meet Odelia Grey, a 40 something single paralegal who is a plus-sized sassy woman. In this first story Odelia gets involved in the whys of the suicide of her good friend, Sophie London, a large beautiful woman who is the advocate for overweight women everywhere. But something doesn't seem right that confident Sophie would kill herself, even though she did so on camera in fron ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one. And that says a lot.

Instead of the svelte beauties typical of murder investigations in this genre, we have an overweight perhaps average-looking woman in Odelia trying to piece together an apparent suicide of her close friend Sophie.

Not only is inspirational and successful Sophie one of the last persons one would expect to commit suicide, there are other details about her that only come to surface after her death, throwing Odelia into a tailspin.

There’s much suspense i
This book was a free kindle download and I had never heard of it, so I didn't come into it with any particular expectations. But I like mysteries, so why not?

I was quite pleasantly surprised - this was a fun read. I liked the characters, I thought the plot was interesting, and the whole background - the relationship of overweight women to society - was so true!

Another thing I enjoyed was the relationship between the amateur detectives and the police. The primary police officer on the case was sm
Sep 14, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting start to a series. I just saw it at the library and decided to try it on a whim.

Odelia Grey is a large lady, a paralegal whose best friend has just committed suicide. Odelia doesn't think he friends would have done that and so starts digging into her friend's background. She uncovers a large can of worms - adult websites, sleezy businesses and practices, prostitution - and finally sorts out what happened.

The characters were very good, and there was quite a bit of humor
Jul 26, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was at a BBW Bash, and happened to meet the author. In fact, after I bought a copy of her book and had her sign it for me, I won another during a lecture she was giving. Luckily for me, the copy that was later stolen was NOT the signed one!

I haven't gotten to read her other books yet, but they are on my list of books to get soon!


Since I wrote this review in 2007, I've read each "Odelia" and "Granny Apples" books as they came out. I still love them, and wi
Mar 01, 2016 Weezie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2016
I would actually probably give this a 2.5 rating if goodreads allowed, but I'll stick with 2 stars since 3 seems a tad generous.

I heard about this book from another cozy fan who had said Too Big To Miss was well worth the read. While it was entertaining, and there were aspects I liked, I finished the book with a pretty sketchy feeling. And that main feeling was: How do you end up in a relationship with someone who used to watch your best friend's sex cam? Who had a membership and regularly enjo
Jun 14, 2015 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
First and only book I will read in this series. This book seems like a senior writing project, not a book truly ready for publication. The author writes about mundane aspects of life in baffling detail (like what everyone orders at a meal plus how and when they eat it), but then skips past important scenes and gives us only a broad summary as the narrator recollects what happened during the next chapter. Many of the chapters end abruptly, as if she was unsure how to move on. The author is in lov ...more
Shawn Elisabeth
I enjoyed this murder mystery. Odelia Grey is a great character. I loved that she is plus sized. I felt that Sue Ann Jaffarian had the insecurities of a plus size woman down pat. Even though I figured out who down it halfway into the book; I still was not sure until the end. There are alot of suspects that I was left wondering to the end. I loved this positive role model for women of any size and of any age. I have the next book in this series on order at the libray and I can't wait to get.
Very ironic and funny:

"From the first time Adam noticed shrinkage and explained it to Eve, men have been trying to tell women that size didn't matter when it came to their manhood. Small penis. Big penis. Made no difference. Both were good. The same men have been telling women that size does matter when it comes to breasts, butts and hips. To add to the confusion, big and small could also be good and bad at the same time. Big smile good. Big ass bad. Small waist good. Small tits bad.
It was a pu
Mar 06, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paralysis-sci
A really good read. I liked the main and secondary characters - many seem the kind of people you usually meet -, the humour, the focus on a variety of feelings and emotions that surpasses the romantic couple.
The heroine and the hero, both physically not according to the canon, are witty and heartwarming and very interesting from the human point of view.
Jan 17, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Was I surprised by this book! This is the first of a series of 4 by author-Sue Ann Jaffarian and boy was I on end trying to discover "who dun it", in fact I even tried reading the end of the book and the answer wasn't at the end but mixed-up or mixed with the "near end?"
Anyhow...I was impressed!
Feb 20, 2016 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was fun!

This was a fun read with wit as well as mystery! There was definitely a twist that I did not see coming. As a plus size gal myself, I could relate to many of Odelia's trials and tribulations with her weight! I could laugh and sympathize. The plot moved quickly and I liked the fact that the author doesn't linger too long on detailed descriptions. The one thing I do wish the author would have done better was develop the main character, Odelia. I liked her but I felt like she was more
Mar 30, 2014 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first cozy ready by this author. As cozy mysteries go, I would say this was on par for most in this genre.

The story line was ok, despite one glaring bit that made the plot difficult to believe. I won't share it here so as to not spoil it for others.

The characters weren't well developed, I didn't feel like I knew them any better at the end than I did when I began.

There were a few moments in the book where I could relate to Odelia (the main character) but her paralegal work wasn't on
Jan 15, 2015 Puddlediving rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love amateur sleuth fiction. This one had some refreshing differences over many others I've read. The death Odelia investigates is an apparent suicide. She doesn't believe it, so she uncovers clues until she finds out the truth. Two more refreshing facts about this book are the portrayal of a plus sized woman, and her romantic interest, who is wheelchair bound. Odelia oscillates between confident and self conscious, which is common for plus sized women. Greg is in a wheelchair, which Odelia ba ...more
Sue Ross
May 16, 2012 Sue Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good I had to read the second one....Bet you can't read just one.
Jun 26, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this mystery series. Odelia makes me giggle :)
Feb 01, 2016 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I too am a curvy seasoned woman, who also happens to be a Paralegal without a job.(hint) I throughly enjoy this story. Sue Ann is a whoot and had me laughing my head off on some of the mannerisms she used on her characters one particular is the young sales clerks that called her an "Orka" and how she handle it. Odelia Patience Grey is a "real woman", going through life with her self-esteem in tack. She is sure that her friend didn't commit suicide, and starts finding clues that helps her prove i ...more
Lori S.
3 1/2 stars

Odelia Grey is not your skinny, mid-life aged (possibly divorced or some similar crisis) lady with two and a half kids, a dog and a mortgage to juggle, but someone with whom I actually can relate to a point, including size (she's a large/overweight person), her type of job is somewhat similar to mine and she has a cat. Her family, however, leaves a lot to be desired and I hope one of these days she gets the steel in her back to tell her step-mother off. She's also one of those who doe
Sep 28, 2010 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too big or not, for me, this was a miss.

Plus-size Ophelia Grey learns that her friend committed suicide live on the web with tons of witnesses. Ophelia then finds out that her friend led quite the double life - championning the rights of the overweight by day and running a live sex website by night. Despite the apparent open and shut aspect of the suicide, Ophelia doesn't buy it. As she investigates her friend's increasingly complicated double life, she finds that her hunch is on target and she
Aug 29, 2012 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odelia Grey, I think I love you. No, really, I do.

"Too Big To Miss" by Sue Ann Jaffarian is wonderful. The story introduces us to Odelia Grey, an overweight, middle-aged paralegal who makes you laugh with her sharp tongue, and her infectious humor. She pokes fun at her weight in a way that I'd be willing to bet most women can relate. When she finds out her very confident, beautiful, and overweight friend, Sophie, commits suicide online via webcam, she finds it nearly impossible to believe.

One of
Apr 29, 2013 Bridget rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
This series is new to me, but after reading two pretty intense books, I was ready for something else! Odelia Gray is a paralegal in southern California, who is also a member of a local group that works to end discrimination against heavy/overweight people. She has a life she enjoys, friends, and a job that she likes, in spite of the fact that it turns out that her boss is retiring, and one of the attorneys she doesn't like is going to be her new boss.

Odelia's world is rocked when her friend Soph
Cathy Cole
Feb 04, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: My weekend was D.O.A. ... dead on arrival.

Odelia Grey is a middle-aged, never married, plus-sized paralegal who has a boss from hell and a family that-- if she had the choice between being beaten up or going to visit her relatives, she just might choose the beating. She's a much-valued employee, and she makes no excuses for her weight, her age, or her lack of husband and children. But she could stand up for herself a little more. In order to do that, she's always looked to her friend
Feb 03, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis (from

Too big to miss–that’s Odelia Grey. A never-married, middle-aged, plus-sized woman who makes no excuses for her weight, she’s not super woman just a mere mortal standing on the precipice of menopause, trying to cruise in an ill-fitting bra. She struggles with her relationships, her crazy family, and her crazier boss. And then there”s her knack for being in close proximity to dead people . . . .

When her close friend Sophie London commits suicide in front of an online web-ca
Jan 10, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!! I had no idea what kind of book I was going to read when I started this humdingah!

Best of all, I loved Odelia's moxie, once she found it. Bless her, she's a big girl like me, plenty to love, but has to work on her 'go get 'em 'tude. Thankfully, she has her plus size bud, Sophie. Sophie has helped many other zaftig women in the area with her support group and morning walking group. Sophie is larger than life in more than dress size. So when she commits suicide, Odelia kn
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
Jun 17, 2013 Tam (Mystereity Reviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
A great start to this series, can't wait to read more! Odelia doesn't believe it for a minute that her friend Sophie killed herself. There's only one thing this plus sized middle aged woman can do - investigate! It's easy to like Odelia, she smart, no-nonsense and anyone can relate to her. While investigating Sophie's death she encounters a little romance, a little danger and a little intrigue. All in all a very quick and entertaining read. Thankfully all the pet peeves I have were very minor in ...more
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Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance novellas under the pen name of Meg Chambers.

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