Thugs and Kisses: An Odelia Grey Mystery
by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Review by Sherry Lilley
MIDNIGHT INK Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780738710891
Date: 01 February 2008 List Price $13.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Odelia's 30th high school reunion is here, and she's going with her friend, Detective Devin Frye, because Greg is home nursing a cold and Odelia is NOT going the reunion without a date. She could have taken her best friend, but Odelia wanted a date, sort of arm dressing to face down some not particularly pleasant high school memories. It is quite a shock to see the decorations at the reunion –- a repeat of her high school prom. Her high school prom is a night Odelia doesn't want to think about, much less repeat. And when Donny Oliver, the bane of her high school prom, turns up, Odelia is even less happy. When Donny is murdered at the prom, the murder makes the news, and Greg learns that Odelia went to the reunion with Devin, and didn't tell him. Greg is not amused.
However, Odelia soon has other worries when her boss goes missing. She doesn't like her boss as a person, but she has great respect for him as an attorney. He is never out of contact, but when he's been gone, completely out of pocket, for four days, Odelia knows something is wrong. The law firm agrees, and asks Odelia to try to find him.
Meantime, her old high school enemy has asked Odelia to help solve the murder of Donny Oliver. It seems the old high school enemy had a good reason for wanting good old Donny dead, and until the real murderer is caught, the old high school enemy is in a bit of a pickle. However, a little bit of asking around reveals that a lot of people had a reason to serious dislike Donny. Most of them are glad the man is dead, and think whoever did it should get a medal.
Meantime, where is her boss?
The answer is at the end of twisted trail, and when Odelia reaches the end, she has gets a rather large surprise.
This is a delightful book to read. The story moves right along, getting more and more interesting. Anyone looking for a unexpectedly good book should read this, as well as the other books in this series.