39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, but newcomers start with TOO BIG to MISS
Sassy, classy, large and in charge. That's corporate paralegal Odelia Grey for you in a nutshell. But if you crave a little more information on her you might be interested to also know that she owns a green pet cat named Seamus. (Yes, really!) And her curiosity, impulsiveness, and a knack for being in the right place but at the wrong...
Published on June 6, 2003 by curvynovelsdotinfo
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I had a really hard time getting into this book, but kept reading because I wanted to see how it ended. I was really disappointed! Near the end it all of a sudden takes some really sharp turns and ends in the weirdest way, with a lot of unresolved issues still hanging. It wasn't a horrible book and I would try another by this author before giving up completely, but this...
Published on December 1, 2011 by Linda M
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, but newcomers start with TOO BIG to MISS,
Sassy, classy, large and in charge. That's corporate paralegal Odelia Grey for you in a nutshell. But if you crave a little more information on her you might be interested to also know that she owns a green pet cat named Seamus. (Yes, really!) And her curiosity, impulsiveness, and a knack for being in the right place but at the wrong time, lead her into some hair-raising situations.
Fortunately Odelia's a sharp cookie and can think her way out of most predicaments, and for those she can't get out of on her own she has a great group of friends to provide back-up.
What worked for me:
I had a blast taking a joy-ride in Odelia's head. She's very perceptive and has a great sense of humor.
The mysteries keep you guessing, but aren't so difficult as to be off-putting to non-mystery buffs.
Her gentleman friend Greg was quite yummy and his appearance in the story offered a nice touch of romance for fans of that genre.
Size-wise Odelia is middle-aged, quite short and rather round. She's been working for a long time at accepting herself, and her support group Reality Check has been very helpful in making that happen. I'm glad that Odelia is starting to speak up for herself and is learning not to be cowed by clothing sales clerks afflicted with superiority complexes!
What didn't work for me:
I didn't mind it because it's both a cause dear to my heart as well as an integral part of the story, but some folks who aren't into the size acceptance movement might feel uncertain about that part of the first book. However, size is not the main issue in the second story. And it's certainly no reason not to pick up this excellent series.
I hate cliffhangers in series, but that's what keeps people coming back for more!
Packed with clever humor, vibrant prose, sympathetic characters, and brilliant mysteries, the Odelia grey series is the total package and is highly recommended for fans of mystery and romantic suspense.
Warning: there are some steamy scenes here and there in this story.
If you liked the Odelia Grey mystery series, you might also enjoy the Southern Sisters mystery series, the Josephine Fuller mystery series, the Stephanie Plum mystery series, "Death by Dessert", "The Gumshoe Girls", "Lady Blue", "Teacher's Pet", "Love by the Pound", "Etta Mae's Little Theory" or "Good in Bed".
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pail-full of Mystery,
This book is excellent reading for everyone who enjoys a good murder mystery but beware, don't try to figure it out! SueAnn Jaffarian knows how to twist and turn the story around making you guess the final outcome up to the very end of the book.
I suggest you also get the first book (Too Big To Miss) so you know who you are dealing with - a cleaver, big-sized snoop who can get herself into trouble at the drop of a cookie. The Holy Pail continues the adventures of Odelia Grey and her acrimonious pursuit of whatever gets in her way!
Read On and have fun!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odelia Grey is a Big Beautiful Winner!,
Sue Ann Jaffarian has captured cleverness and wit in this larger-than-life mystery series. This book, The Curse of the Holy Pail, is the second in the fast-paced and funny series featuring plus-sized Odelia Grey. Move over, Stephanie Plum, Odelia can eat your lunch! Odelia Grey is a Big Beautiful Woman who works as a paralegal and solves twisty mysteries with a lotta style. Through the well-constructed plot involving family, boss, boyfriend, old TV shows and a rare and collectible lunch box with a now-dead owner, Odelia navigates the sparkling waters of murder and comic mayhem in full sail. She will keep you on the funny edge of mystery and wanting more when it's solved. I have it on very good authority that the third Odelia Grey is in progress, and I can't wait for it. Way to go, Sue Ann Jaffarian!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, humorous and very real page turner. I loved it!,
Odelia Grey surely doesn't think of herself as a detective. She's just a paralegal with a keen eye for research. She's also a large sized woman who loves Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies. This is the second of a series of mystery books in which she plays sleuth. The first book is called "Too Big to Miss" and the title is self-explanatory. I loved it. The title of "The Curse of the Holy Pail," however, needs a bit more explaining.
The mystery in this book is centered on lunch pail -- the kind of lunch pail that collectors pay big bucks for. This particular one has brought misfortune to everyone who ever owned it. And after Odelia does some paralegal work for a client and he winds up murdered, she's thrust into a mystery that totally involves her.
The mystery totally involved me too. I found it hard to put the book down and spent many hours thinking about it and trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together as the plot twisted and turned, new characters emerged, and the complexity of the story deepened. I found it fast paced, humorous and very real. And I especially liked the office setting with all its petty politics.
Some of the characters from the first book are back too. There's best friend Zee who's always advising Odelia to stay out of trouble. There's her wheelchair-bound gentleman friend who wants to marry her. There's a cat named Seamus and a dog named Wainwright. There's also a theme throughout about acceptance. But mostly, it's about turning the pages just to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it,
I really liked "Too Big To Miss" and have been waiting for another book by this author. "The Curse of the Holy Pail" was more than I had anticipated. Ms. Jaffarian has really come into her own, and this book has a depth and width that was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Ran through it in three days!!! It was very clever, well written. I thought it was a great follow up to the first book, was very consistent. It was funny, clever, loved that Mike Steele. That is loved to hate him!!
I highly recommend this book. If you are a lover of the mystery
genre, you'll love this. Not the same, but the flavor of Grafton or Evanovich. Thanks for reading.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pail of fun,
People are killed for many reasons - money, love, drugs, hate - but not many people are killed for a lunch pail, even if it is a one of a kind from a cancelled TV show from the 60's. In Odelia Gray's latest adventure, she feels compelled to investigate the murder of wealthy businessman Sterling Price, who was killed shortly after she was in his office picking up some papers for the law firm she worked for. Price was showing her his prized lunch pail collection, even giving her a Zorro pail, when he showed her the jewel of his collection, Holy Pail, which was the prototype for a lunch pail for the Chappy Wheeler show, an old cowboy show that was cancelled when its star was murdered.
Shortly after Odelia left, Price is found dead and the Holy Pail is missing. Odelia, who really liked Price, begins nosing around and stirs up more secrets than she thought one family could have. At the family home after the funeral, she comes across his ex-fiancé cuddling up to both his son-in-law and his son and finds out that his daughter was plotting to take over his company. Odelia decides that maybe this is a family she really doesn't want to get to know any better. But when her office is trashed and searched and her home is searched as well, she realizes that someone thinks she has the Holy Pail and that, if she doesn't want to be victim number 2, she needs to find both the murderer and the lunch pail. Add in the complication of her boyfriend proposing, her boss getting attacked and having to spend time with her dad and his family, and you have the makings of a very delightful cozy.
This is a fun book; even though you have murder and mayhem, you still sense it doesn't take itself too seriously underneath, and you will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the situations Odelia finds herself in and giving her advice on how to handle people and events.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best opening paragraph I've read in a long time!,
In this second adventure of Odelia Grey, the plus size sleuth is back and better ten ever. From the opening paragraph to the exciting climaz, this novel has it all.
Odelia is sent by her boss, Mike 'the pain' Steele, to notarize papers for millionaire client Sterling Price. While there, she gets the grand tour of Sterling collection of vintage lunchboxes. On display are Zorro, Roy Rogers, Hop-a-Long, and even the type Odelia's mother had made her carry- the hated 'Junior Miss'. Sterling proudly shows her the 'holy pail', the protoype from an old TV western star who was murdered in 1949.
After Odelia tells the other people in her office about the collection, Sterling is murdered and the pail is missing. Detective Frye rules out Odelia as a suspect but many shady characters believe that she has the missing pail. Putting herself in danger, she is determined to find whoever murdered Sterling and recover the lost pail.
Jaffarian has a way of making her characters come alive on the page. She draws each one so realistically that each has their own freshness. Jaffarian is a writer with the skills to create believable characters and plots. There are just enough twist and turns that keeps the story flowing effortlessly.
Just Odelia's visit to her father's family is worth the price of admission. In addition, I must not forget a cookie recipe that even I could follow.
Does Odelia solve the murder of Sterling Price? Why is there a curse on the lunch pail? Does she find the 'holy pail'? What lunch pail did Odelia want as a child? How is Odelia's love life going? All the answers and more lie within "The Curse of the Holy Pail". I enjoyed this soft-boiled mystery series by this extremely talented writer. Midnight Ink publisher has a winning series on their hands.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK,
This was even better than the first Odelia Gray mystery and that book was great. Odelia is a riot! Just about everyone can relate to her in some way. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I am an avid reader of mysteries which feature the same character book after book, but I have to tell you, Odelia just knocked V.I. Warshawski to second place!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of characters, action, and plot twists. It's got Zing!,
This review is from: The Curse of the Holy Pail (The Odelia Grey Mysteries) (Paperback)
In The Curse of the Holy Pail, Jaffarian has done an excellent job of capturing the essence of a real person and turning that spark into Odelia Grey. Odelia is a 47 year old paralegal at a Los Angeles law firm with an obnoxious boss, a great boyfriend, and six boxes of Thin Mints in the freezer. Her boss, Mike Steele, calls early one morning before work and asks her to go to a client's office on her way to work to notarize some papers.
When she arrives at the client's office, she discovers he is a collector of lunch boxes, which are proudly displayed in his office. The client shows her the prize of his collection - The Holy Pail - a one-of-a-kind lunch box that is much sought after by collectors. Odelia only hears later that The Holy Pail is cursed when she is informed of the death of her client and the theft of The Holy Pail. As one of the last people to see both the client and the missing lunchbox, Odelia is drawn into the mystery.
While the blurbs on this book say a lot about Odelia being a plus-size detective, her weight isn't the focus of the book but a facet of her character. More importantly, you will find the plot to be pleasingly complicated with lots of characters, action, and plot twists. I found this book very absorbing, both because of the complexity and because the voice of Odelia rang true. A plus-size paralegal herself, Jaffarian is writing what she knows and the truth of it is apparent.
Favorite character? Odelia is great, but her relationship with the heel Steele gives the book zing. Did I guess it? Sort of. Will I read more? Definitely!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book: couldn't put it down!,
The style of writing and the main character, Odelia Gray, are as skillful as can be. No one can outdo Sue Ann Jaffarian in presenting stories that are filled with humor, sensitivity, great intelligence, and overall fun, fun reading. Please, please, Amazon, keep Sue Ann's books in stock forever, as I want my grandchildren to read her works, and my copies may be completely worn out by then!!
A fan forever,
Kay Bradley, Indianapolis, IN
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The Curse of the Holy Pail (The Odelia Grey Mysteries) by Sue Ann Jaffarian