The Curse of the Holy Pail

The Curse of the Holy Pail

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Is the "Holy Pail" cursed? Every owner of the vintage Chappy Wheeler lunchbox-a prototype based on the 1940s TV western-has died. And now Sterling Price, business tycoon and a client of Odelia Grey's law firm, has been fatally poisoned. Is it a coincidence that Price's one-of-a-kind lunch pail-worth over thirty grand-has disappeared at the same time?

Treading cautiously since a recent run-in with a bullet, Odelia takes small bites of this juicy, calorie-free mystery-and is soon ravenous for more! Her research reveals a sixty-year-old unsolved murder and Price's gold-digging ex-fianc#65533;e with two married men wrapped around her breasts . . . uh, finger. Mix in a surprise marriage proposal that sends an uncertain Odelia into chocolate sedation, and you've got an unruly recipe for delicious disaster.

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Praise:

"I'd like to spend more time with Sue Ann Jaffarian's Odelia."--The New York Times

"Plus-size paralegal Odelia Grey gets more than she bargained for when she accepts an unusual gift from a favorite client...Jaffarian plays the formula with finesse, keeping love problems firmly in the background while giving her heroine room to use her ample wit and grit."--Kirkus Reviews

"Jaffarian offers the perfectly flawed alternative for readers sick and tired of picture-perfect characters." --Booklist

"Odelia Grey is a keeper."--Library Journal

"Jaffarian's writing is sharp and sassy-like her protagonist-and she knows how to keep the suspense high."--Mystery Scene

"I have enjoyed both books in the series. Odelia is a resourceful woman, and I didn't chafe at her amateur sleuthing. The book has an inspired cookie recipe."--Deadly Pleasures

"Even better than her first...a major hoot!"--Thomas B. Sawyer, bestselling author of The Sixteenth Man, former head writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote

"Odelia Gray is a wonderful addition to the mystery genre, a smart, funny, engaging plus-size heroine who takes readers on a plus-size ride. You root for her, laugh with her and cheer at her ultimate triumph. If I were in trouble, I'd want Odelia on my side."--Denise Hamilton, Edgar and Willa Cather Award-finalist and national bestselling author of Prisoner of Memory

"More fun than a lunch pail full of plump paralegals, The Curse of the Holy Pail is a tale as bouncy as its bodacious protagonist."--Bill Fitzhugh, author of Highway 61and Resurfaced

"With a legendary curse, a possibly murderous little person, ruthless heirs, [and] charismatic thugs... a lively caper that will keep you guessing right till the end."--Kris Neri, award-winning author of the Tracy Eaton mysteries

"A funny read, with off the wall characters, a twisty plot and not a surplus calorie to be had. Recommended." --Bookbitch.com

"Well written and nicely paced, this is a good beach or airplane read."--Cycling.Finial.com

"Big women of the world, hang on to your hats, you're going to love Sue Ann Jaffarian's plus-sized Odelia Grey, amateur sleuth. This is funny, sexy, romantic, you name it, all wrapped up in one great mystery."--Cozylibrary.com

Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink, [2007], ©2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780738708645
073870864X
0738708645
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jaf
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 21 cm

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sanderoo
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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