Too Big to Miss

Too Big to Miss

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by Sue Ann Jaffarian
     
 

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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

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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-cam by putting a gun in her mouth and pulling the trigger, Odelia's life is changed forever. Sophie, a plus-sized activist and inspiration to imperfect women, is the last person anyone would ever have expected to end her own life. Suspecting foul play, Odelia is determined to get to the bottom of her friend's death. Odelia's search for the truth takes her from southern California strip malls to the world of live web-cam porn to the ritzy enclave of Corona del Mar.

Praise:

"I'd like to spend more time with Sue Ann Jaffarian's Odelia, a plus-size fat-liberationist with a handsome wheelchair-bound lover. Odelia...does not hesitate to give justice a small, well-plotted forward shove at every opportunity."—The New York Times

"[Odelia] is an intriguing character, a true counter against stereotype, who demonstrates that life can be good, even in a world where thin is always in."—Booklist

"Balancing her professional skills as a paralegal with her self-doubt as a sleuth, Odelia is one of the most believable amateur detectives in recent fiction. Beautifully plotted and carefully crafted, this is a marvelous start to an exciting new series. Strongly recommended."—Library Journal

"With a cast of diverse characters, an intriguing plot, and a credible heroine, this is an enjoyable read." —Mystery Scene

"Plus-size reading pleasure--try this one on!"—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"Sue Ann Jaffarian does a masterful job in creating the character of a plus-size woman, with different shades of angst, humor, verve, and sensualness. Once you get to know Odelia Grey, you'll love her. I know I do."Naomi Hirahara, Edgar-winning author of Snakeskin Shamisen   "Too Big To Miss is too good to miss, a fun-filled romp that introduces the delightful Odelia Grey and leaves you anxious for more of her. Odelia's definitely worth her weight in reading enjoyment."—Robert S. Levinson, author of Ask a Dead Man, Hot Paint,and The Elvis and Marilyn Affair   "A plus-sized thumbs up. Jaffarian's a new sharpshooter in crime fiction, so set your sights on this Odelia Grey mystery for a tightly coiled intrigue that targets a sexy shocker."—Brian M. Wiprud, award-winning author of Pipsqueak and Stuffed   "On one level, Too Big To Miss is a classic, fast-paced mystery; on another, it's a passport into a world we either inhabit or live next-door to, but rarely see in popular fiction. Sue Ann Jaffarian breaks rules and breaks ground, with humor, insight and compassion."—Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award winning author of Dating Dead Men and Dating is Murder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738720050
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Series:
Odelia Grey Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
167,048
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Brian M. Wiprud
"A plus-sized thumbs up. Jaffarian's a new sharpshooter in crime fiction, so set your sights on this Odelia Grey mystery for a tightly coiled intrigue that targets a sexy shocker."
author of Stuffed and Pipsqueak, winner of Lefty Award for Most Humorous Novel
Naomi Hirahara
"Sue Ann Jaffarian does a masterful job in creating the character of a plus-size woman, with different shades of angst, humor, verve and sensualness. Once you get to know Odelia Grey, you'll love her. I know I do."
author of Summer of the Big Bachi and Gasa-Gasa Girl
Harley Jane Kozak
"On one level, Too Big to Miss is a classic, fast-paced mystery; on another, it's a passport into a world we either inhabit or live next-door to, but rarely see in popular fiction. Sue Ann Jaffarian breaks rules and breaks ground, with humor, insight and compassion."
author of Dating Dead Men and Dating is Murder
Robert S. Levinson
"Too Big to Miss is too good to miss, a fun-filled romp that introduces the delightful 'Odelia Grey' and leaves you anxious for more of her. Odelia's definitely worth her weight in reading enjoyment."
author of Ask a Dead Man and Hot Paint
Lee Child
"Plus-size reading pleasure-try this one on!"
New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher Mystery series

Meet the Author

Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series—Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Rose—and also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at www.sueannjaffarian.com.

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"Sue Ann Jaffarian never fails to make me chuckle with her three mystery series starring paralegal Odelia Grey, ghost Granny Apples, and now Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries


Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series—Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Rose—and also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at www.sueannjaffarian.com.

***

"Sue Ann Jaffarian never fails to make me chuckle with her three mystery series starring paralegal Odelia Grey, ghost Granny Apples, and now Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries

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Too Big to Miss (Odelia Grey Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Open this book with care. Before you realize what has happened you will find yourself engrossed in this spendid work. Ms Jaffarian introduces us to Odelia Gray, a full time paralegal and friend turned part time sleuth.We eagarly join Odelia, who by the way is 'Too Big to Miss' as she works her way through the maze that the dubious Ms Jaffarian has created for her and us. In this thrilling mystery, the author finds the time to present us with social and personal issues that occur when you are 'Too Big to Miss' but skillfully avoids overwhemling the reader with those issues. 'To Big to Miss' is a wonderful whodoneit that is simply too good to miss. Kudos, Ms Jaffarian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every hero or heroine you see on TV or in a movie or read about in a book or magazine is slim. Here is an interesting, attractive, smart heroine who "has more to love." She is definitely a BBW! This book kept me guessing until the very end, and the twists and turns are amazing. Let's hear it for the fat girls!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was different and was fun to read. The heroine is a sweet, very smart woman and is also plus size and has to deal with the prejudices that surround her. She helps other people in a group that she is involved with who have trouble dealing with these prejudices, etc. Would definitely recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised to find a book by a new author that kept my interest from cover to cover. The storyline was both suspenseful and cleaver. As an avid reader of another mystery author (MHC), this book is in the same class! As usual, I tried to solve the mystery before the end of the book, and this book was so cleaverly written, I was fooled up to the very end. I am looking forward to many more stories by Sue Ann Jaffarian and her main character, Odelia Grey - who is Too Big Too Miss!!!
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I enjoyed this book - had a hard time putting it down to be honest. Can't wait to read the others in the series
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This is a great book. The ending was unexpected and the characters were a delight.
susiq99 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed from beginning to end cant wait to get the second book.
hope2last More than 1 year ago
I love the Odelia Grey Series! This author definitely knows how to keep her readers wanting more. I love all the twists and turns!!
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jglantzberg More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns. A great introduction to the heroine-looking forward to seeing how she develops.
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PinqueLady More than 1 year ago
This is a good story and I love the characters!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and had many twists and turns. I recommend it.