Too Big to Miss
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
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 ...more
Odelia is overweight, middle-aged, and happily single and all of those things seem to be pretty rare in a lot of books. Now, there is some romance in the series, but Odelia isn't absolutely dying for companionship. She has her best friend, her bestie's husband and kids who all tre ...more
There were definitely heartwarming aspects throughout, however: deep and abiding friendships; small, empowering victories (baby steps, baby!); and a sweet, prot ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
Here’s the good:
1. Our main character, Odelia, is undeniably fat, and so are all her friends
2. They are all part of a fat women’s group, ...more
Not the tightest of tales but entertaining.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. ...more
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 ...more
Anyhow...I was impressed!
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.
At one time in my life, I might have thought Odelia's step-family ...more
A very nice, not your typical cozy mystery; Odelia Grey weighs 215 pounds, and works as a paralegal for a jerk. She has / had a friend (well, acquaintance,) Sophia London ("Langerdorf"), until Sophie's suicide(?), which she is trying to solve.
Her relatives are way too dumb and redneck for words, and her father seems stuck with them. She learns, piece by piece, of big and bold, blond, Sophia's history, which is not at all what she knew before. . . Detective Dev(in) ...more
Odelia Grey is a single, middle-aged, plus-sized paralegal who learns that a close friend has committed suicide. Sophie London was a larger than life advocate for plus size women who had a secret life. Odelia is stunned by Sophie's death and begins investigating the twists and turns that led to the suicide.
Good grief! I don't know why it took me so long to start this series. I love Odelia! She is smart and funny with just enough snark. She is a true and lo ...more
Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde romance novellas.
Like the character Odelia Grey, Sue Ann Jaffarian is a middle-aged, plus-sized paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles.
In addition to writing, Sue Ann is sought after a ...more