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Amateur sleuth Odelia Grey tries to get a band back togetherand get her mother off the hookin book eleven of the award-winning series
It’s a rockin’ flashback for Odelia Grey when her mother asks her to look into the disappearance of her neighbor Bo Shank, the former lead singer for a band Odelia idolized in her youth. But when a body is found in Bo Shank’s house, everything quickly gets thrown out of tune.
"Jaffarian's fun, frenzied 11th mystery featuring plucky plus-size paralegal Odelia Grey . . . is a fluffy mélange of danger, humor, and surprises."Publishers Weekly
"[A] delightful series."Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“More corpses surely lie in wait for [Odelia] . . . But it’s fun to see her ditzy niece share the spotlight this time around.”Kirkus Reviews
About 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 seriesOdelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Roseand 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.
Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rhythm and Clues by Sue Ann Jaffarian is the eleventh book in The Odelia Gray Mysteries. Odelia Gray is asked to look into the disappearance of Boaz Shankleman by her mother, Grace. Grace lives at the Seaside Retirement Community. Her mother and her friend, Art Franklin are sure that that something underhanded has happened to Boaz. Boaz is more commonly known as Bo Shank, lead singer for the band Acid Storm. Art and Grace talked with Mona D’Angelo, the manager of the facility, but she was unhelpful. Odelia thought she had alleviated her mother’s fears, until she gets a late-night call from her mother. Grace and Odelia’s niece, Lorraine are in jail. They were arrested for breaking and entering. There is also the dead body they stumbled upon. Lorraine came into town after an upsetting break up with her boyfriend, Ethan. The body is that of Cydney Fox, the band’s new manager. But Boaz is still missing and no one has been able to reach Art. Despite being told by the police to stay completely away from the investigation (and by Odelia’s husband, Greg and Odelia’s brother, Clark), the three ladies set out to get answers. Who killed Cydney? Where are Art and Boaz? You can count on Odelia to keep looking until she gets answers. Rhythm and Clues is the first book I have read in The Odelia Gray Mysteries. Rhythm and Clues can be read alone. I felt I was given all the information needed to understand the characters and their background. The males come across as overprotective. They are trying to protect their “little women”. Telling them it was too dangerous for them to investigate the crime. I had a hard time reading this book. I was never able to get into the story. I also did not like any of the characters. The women were going to do what they wanted to do no matter what (even if they got shot). It portrays that it is okay for a grandma to run around with a dangerous and illegal knife. The book reminded me of an episode of I Love Lucy (only worse). As you can tell, I did not find the book humorous (I am not a fan of screwball comedies). The book moves at snail’s pace (actually, I have seen snails that go faster than this book). The author throws too many details, people, and relationships at the reader in the beginning. I found it confusing trying to keep them all straight. I give Rhythm and Clues 3 out of 5 stars. The writer attempted to make the mystery complicated, but the solution was simple (and obvious). Information is repeated in the novel and, at the end, we are left with a couple of unanswered questions. Overall, I found the book boring. I will not be reading any of the other novels in this series. The Odelia Gray Mysteries are just not for me.
Title: Rhythm & Clues - An Odelia Grey Mystery Book 11 Author: Sue Ann Jaffarian Published: 11-8-2016 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 314 Genre: Mystery; Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9780738718859 ASIN: B01APSYQ6U Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 Stars I received a copy of Rhythm & Clues from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: Description It’s a rockin’ flashback for Odelia Grey when her mother asks her to look into the disappearance of a neighbor, the former lead singer for a band Odelia idolized in her youth. But when a body is found in Bo Shank’s house by another member of Odelia’s family, everything quickly gets thrown out of tune My Review: Odelia Grey returns once more. Drawn into a disappearance, a murder and a great mystery when she agrees to help her mother. A normal day for the plus-sized paralegal. Odelia is well written and comes across as intelligent and believable. Jafferarian keeps her plots clean and tight. They flow smoothly so that the reader does not fell they are a cut and pieced together work. Join Odelia once again as she tries to solve the mystery of her mother's missing neighbor, Who is the real murderer and how to keep her mother from interfering too much in her life. My rating for Rhythm and Clues is 4 out of 5 stars.
Intrigue in the Retirement Community Normally, you think of a retirement community as being a peaceful place with little noise, making it nice and relaxing. Of course, when Odelia Grey’s mother lives in one, it is anything but peaceful. That’s what we learn in Rhythm and Clues, the eleventh in the long running series, and it’s another great read. Odelia’s mother, Grace, lives in Seaside Retirement Community, a collection of condos in Long Beach for the 55 and older crowd. She’s made only a few friends in the community thanks to her prickly personality, but one of those friends is Boaz Shankleman. Odelia is very surprised to learn that Boaz is actually Bo Shank, the lead singer of Acid Rain, a band that Odelia loved when she was in college in the 80’s. Of course, this comes out when Grace comes to Odelia for help because Boaz has disappeared. He’s been gone for two weeks, and no one knows where he is. Odelia agrees to nose around a little just to satisfy her mom. She doesn’t think there is anything seriously wrong – until the dead body turns up. Suddenly, Odelia and Grace find themselves in a puzzle where nothing makes sense. What is going on? Grace has easily become one of my favorite additions to the series. She is always delightfully funny and boasts any book where she has major page time. That’s definitely the case again here as she is Odelia’s main sidekick. I laughed my way through the book at her antics and the responses they drew from Odelia. Actually, many of the supporting characters are out of town for much of the book, so we don’t get to see them. Don’t worry, all your favorites have cameos, but they aren’t around as much as you might expect. And yet, as the book progressed, I realized I wasn’t missing them. The characters we do have, including one of Odelia’s nieces and a series recurring character, more than make up for any missing regulars. Add in the suspects we meet along the way, and you have a book filled with memorable characters. The other reason I didn’t miss the regular gang is because the plot is so strong. We jump right in to conflict, and things never slow down. The entire book takes place in just a few days, with no real time or space for major sub-plots. And with the twists and turns we get along the way, I never wanted to put the book down. If you are new to Odelia or a longtime fan, you’ll find this book to be a wonderful read. Sue Ann Jaffarian continues to be one of my favorite authors, and Rhythm and Clues is another fabulous example of why that is.
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC in exchange for a honest review from Netgalley.I found this book entertaining,likeable characters,wwll written storyline.I will definitely have to go back and read previous books.I really love her Granny Smith Ghosts series.I would definitely recommend this author to my friends.