Book Review – “Too Big To Miss” by Sue Ann Jaffarian (Odelia Grey #1)

toobigtomiss  Title:  Too Big to Miss

Author:  Sue Ann Jaffarian

Series:  Odelia Grey Mystery #1

Publisher:  Midnight Ink


Synopsis (from

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.


My thoughts:   I consider myself rather knowledgable about the Cozy Mystery genre and I can’t believe I have never heard of or read this particular series before!  Where has this series been all my life? 🙂  I absolutely loved this first book in the Odelia Grey mystery series.  Meet Odelia Grey, a middle-aged, single, big & beautiful paralegal who finds herself involved in the mystery of solving the murder of one of her best friends Sophie London.

This book was absolutely hilarious at times.  I mean, burst out laughing as you are reading it alone in a room, funny!  In this respect, I found it similar to Lois Winston’s character, Anastasia Pollack, in her crafting mystery series.  Odelia is a proud plus-sized woman and wonderfully and hilariously describes it to the readers!  I loved it!  I found Odelia and her friends charming, warm, real, and loveable characters.    We all know it is fiction for a reason, but I found the mystery solving part of the book a bit more realistic and intriquing than frankly some of the cheesy mystery-solving in other cozies.

I am so glad I  ran into this series accidentally on my last trip through the stacks at my local libary.  In fact, I went right back this weekend and checked out the remaining 5 books in the series.  I can’t wait to see how these characters develop and what fun they get into next.

And remember,

Books Are Life,




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