Too Big to Miss: An Odelia Grey Mystery
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...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 a ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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
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 ...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.
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 ...more
And there was also a good whodunit ...more
I liked Odelia and will read other books in the series. Like her, I struggle with body image issues that the author touched on very accurately. I enjoyed the ...more
Not a very light read I must say, but very interesting nonetheless. Love Jaffarian's use of prose and the fact that Odelia is kinda mirrored upon her own self - abit fleshy and a paralegal at that.
Looking forward to starting book 2! In my opinion, kinda better ...more
Or, there is a conversation between the 2 of them being not quite whole people in society. Is that the attraction? This makes Odelia the opposite of strong and confident in her skin.
I am curious enough to see what happens in book 2. More green cat and the ...more
Ofelia Gray is a plus size single looking for love turned P.I. who got herself into crime solving because her friend seemingly killed herself which dod not sit well with Odelia from the start so she sets out to prove that th re vfc suicide was i dead murder along the way she find companionship (the l word was not mentioned) and all the dark secrets that people hide right in front of ...more
Liked she's a big girl and comfortable in her skin.
It was a good mystery. Flowed well. I actually wanted to get the next book when this was done. Unfortunately none of the next are in audio so I haven't.
Narrator did a great job on this book.
Favorite passages (2009 paperback edition):
"Stunned, I sat in the leather conference room chair like a piece of petrified wood." (page 19)
"It was a gob of grief, sitting just over my heart; a big, solid wad of pain and emotions that would have to come out sooner or later, like a hairball." (page 43)
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 ...more