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Booby Trap by Sue Ann Jaffarian
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Jul 17, 09

Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Odelia Grey, recently married, middle aged, plus sized and a paralegal also runs a support group called Reality Check, a group for people who don’t feel like they fit in. In Booby Trap, the fourth novel of the series, Odelia deals with murders she thinks is somehow linked to online chat rooms.

Odelia’s friend Lillian was chatting online with a man she believed to be the Blond Bomber, a serial killer. Imagine Lillian’s surprise when she finds out that the man she has been chatting with is her married son!

As with all of Odelia’s cases, her husband Greg and her friend Zee try and persuade Odelia not to become involved. Knowing full well she will, Greg decides he will be her “partner in crime.”

So Odelia first sets out to help prove that her friend’s son isn’t the killer. She interviews the sister of one of the women killed, the wife (and daughter-in-law) or her friend, and relatives of the other women so she can try and come up with some common link between them all.

Soon Odelia starts to wonder if the target of the Blonde Bomber is Jane, her friend Lillian’s daughter-in-law. Odelia learns that Brian (Lillian’s son) and Jane are both somehow connected to the murder victims. She also learns that both Brian and Jane have been having affairs.

Looking for connections between Jane, Brian and the murdered women, all of whom have a derogatory word left written on them, Odelia gets mixed up with a group of weird characters, most of whom are not what they seem.


This is a fun mystery with a pretty fast pace. It starts off pretty well with Odelia trying to clear her friend’s son from suspicion, but it soon dissolves into a not as likable mystery as the first three. Things slow down as Odelia delves into more murders, and we soon learn that one of the murders are a copy cat, so the story goes off into a couple of different directions. I would still recommend this book especially if you have read the other three, I just didn’t like it as much.

Odelia is still the same likable, feisty, gutsy heroine she is in the previous books, but there is something lacking in this book. Odelia’s boss, Mike Steele makes a few appearances throughout the book, as does the homeless man Odelia often buys food for, but there is less overall relating to Odelia’s paralegal job. There is also less socializing between Odelia and Greg and their friends. Overall the characters in this book seem less connected, and maybe that is the problem.
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