Read Murder in Vein (2010) Online
Authors: Sue Ann Jaffarian
"Odelia Grey is delightfully large and in charge."
"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."
"[Odelia Grey] is an intriguing character, a true counter
against stereotype, who demonstrates that life can be good,
even in a world where thin is always in."
"An intriguing, well-plotted mystery
that will entertain and inspire."
-The Strand Magazine
"... a real treat for chick-lit and mystery fans
who like feisty women."
-Library journal, starred review
"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 Pest Control
"[Curse of the Holy Pail is] even better
than her first...a major hoot!"
-Thomas B. Sawyer, author of The Sixteenth Man and
former head writer/producer of Murder, She Wrote
"Sue Ann Jaffarian does a masterful job. Once you get
to know Odelia Grey, you'll love her. I know I do."
-Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author
of Snakeskin Shamisen
"A plus-sized thumbs up. Jaffarian's a
new sharpshooter in crime fiction."
-Brian M. Wiprud, author of Stuffed and Pipsqueak,
winner of the Lefty Award for Most Humorous Novel
"Odelia Grey is everything you want in a heroine...
smart, funny, and completely unapologetic."
-Tim Maleeny, award-winning author
of Stealing the Dragon
"Odelia Grey is the perfect take-no-prisoners
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"Ghost a la Mode is a charming tale,
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-Harley Jane Kozak,
Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awardwinning author of Dating Dead Men
"A delectable first in a new paranormal
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"A fun new series. Ghostly puzzles are one of the trendy
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n addition to the Fang-in-Cheek Mystery series, Sue Ann
Jaffarian is the author of two other best-selling mystery
series: the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series and the
Odelia Grey Mystery series. She is also nationally sought after
as a motivational and humorous speaker. Sue Ann lives and
works in Los Angeles, California.
Visit Sue Ann on the Internet at
SUE ANN JAFFARIAN
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For Darrell and Diana James.
Thanks for everything!
While writing is a fairly solitary endeavor, the publishing of a
book is not. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many
capable and talented folks.
For Murder in Vein, in particular, I would like to express my
very special gratitude to Terri Bischoff, my acquisitions editor at
Midnight Ink, who supported me from start to finish in the birth
of this manuscript and this new series.
And, as always, thanks to Whitney Lee, my agent; Diana James,
my manager; and all the good folks at Llewellyn Worldwide/
adison had been in Los Angeles just over two years when
she found herself facedown on the ground in a wooded
area. Her clothes were in tatters. Duct tape held her hands.
A filthy rag muffled her screams. Fear coursed through her battered body, scraping and tearing with jagged edges as she fought
to maintain control of her slippery mind. It was the only weapon
she had left.
When she turned her head slowly to the side, pine needles
and gravel ground into the cuts and bruises on her face, the
pain bringing clarity to her mind for a fleeting moment. Bobby
Piper had smacked Madison around pretty good while dragging her from the car. After roughing her up and ripping at her
clothes, he'd stopped, then moved away, seeming to have second
thoughts. He certainly hadn't had any second thoughts an hour
ago when he had grabbed her in the parking lot outside the diner
where she worked.