Thugs and Kisses

Thugs and Kisses

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While attending her thirtieth high school reunion, ever-curious paralegal Odelia Grey finds herself fortunate to have police detective Devin Frye as her date after the class bully who humiliated her at the prom so many years ago is found murdered.

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With the class bully murdered at her 30th high school reunion and her boss, the annoying Michael Steele, missing, Odelia doesn't know which hole to poke her big nose into first. This decision is made for her as she's again swept into the action involving contract killers, tangled relationships, and fatal buyer's remorse. Throughout this adventure, Odelia deals with her on-again, off-again relationship with Greg and her attraction to detective Devon Frye.


Starred Review"The best title yet in a priceless series...a real treat for chick-lit and mystery fans who like feisty women."—Library Journal (starred review)
"Odelia Grey is delightfully large and in charge in Jaffarian's third entertaining romp (after 2003's The Curse of the Holy Pail)."—Publishers Weekly
"The best one intriguing, well-plotted mystery that will entertain and inspire."—The Strand Magazine
"Odelia is a character that could easily be a good friend. She's down to earth and likeable. While she doesn't fit into Hollywood's size 0 body criteria, she's a good, plus size fit for the real people and mystery readers of the world."—Deadly Pleasures

"Written with a light touch but a keen eye for detail, this satisfying entry in the Odelia Grey series also has room for a little romance."—Booklist

"Jaffarian's clear talent is that she delivers characterization so well drawn it destroys cliché, tramples trite expectations, and delivers a heroine pulsing with personality."—Crime and Suspense

"Snappy dialogue."—Kirkus Reviews

"I wish I'd had Odelia Grey as my paralegal when I was on The Practice. Gutsy, smart, and loveable, she is the perfect take-no-prisoners heroine for today's woman."—Camryn Manheim, Emmy Award-winning actress

“Sue Ann Jaffarian does a masterful job. Once you get to know Odelia Grey, you’ll love her. I know I do.”—Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of Snakeskin Shamisen

"Thugs and Kisses is a very enjoyable reading experience."—Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews

"[L]ight and breezy...a good time to pass your lunch break with."—Feminist Review

"[H]ighly recommended to those interested in a fun, suspenseful mystery. You will not be disappointed."—Reader Views

"Odelia Grey is definitely a force to be reckoned with."—

"Jaffarian tells a great story...a delight to read."—

Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780738710891
Branch Call Number: MYS Jaffarian, S 100.3 2008
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 05, 2010

As a plus-sized woman I really related to this character. What a gutsy writer to be brave enough to create such a real character rather than a cookie-cutter. The story was also highly entertaining and well written. Look forwards to her next works.


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