Thanksgiving with her fault-finding mother has Odelia Grey stewing in her own juices. But her husband’s cousin Ina—who shows up to dinner alone with ugly bruises—clearly has it worse.Read more...
Thanksgiving with her fault-finding mother has Odelia Grey stewing in her own juices. But her husband’s cousin Ina—who shows up to dinner alone with ugly bruises—clearly has it worse. Things quickly go downhill after Odelia’s mother decides to extend her visit a few extra days to attend a storage auction with Ina, who owns a consignment shop. The day of the auction, the thrill of bargain hunting gives way to tragedy when Ina’s husband is found inside a storage locker—dead.
"Witty and well-plotted."—Publishers Weekly
"Ina’s goods may be secondhand, but Jaffarian’s are first-class."—Kirkus Reviews
"Odelia and her colorful family and colleagues are as quirky and appealing as those found in Sharon Fiffer’s Jane Wheel series."—Booklist
" A] clever, winning tale with lots of laughs along the way."—Suspense Magazine
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-07
- Reviewer: Staff
In Jafarian’s witty and well-plotted eighth Odelia Grey mystery (after 2012’s Hide & Snoop), paralegal Odelia, who has a reputation as a “corpse magnet,” and her wheelchair-bound husband, Greg Stevens, host a family Thanksgiving at their Southern California home. The guests include both of their mothers and Greg’s “tough cookie” second cousin, Ina Bruce, but not Ina’s husband, Tom Bruce, “a slick talking low-life” Ina married right out of high school. The Monday after Thanksgiving, at the insistence of Odelia’s pushy mother, Grace Littlejohn, Odelia and other family members attend an auction at a storage facility, where a unit whose contents are on the block turns out to contain the body of someone they know—Tom. Grace proves to be as much a hindrance as a help in Odelia’s efforts to find out who shot Tom dead. Cozy fans should be prepared for some coarse language. Agent: Whitney Lee, Fielding Agency. (Dec.)