Review: Hide & Snoop by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Title: Hide & Snoop {Odelia Grey Mystery #7}

Author: Sue Ann Jaffarian

Published: Midnight Ink September  2012

Synopsis: Beloved, plus-sized sleuth Odelia Grey fights for her job–and her life A merger at Odelia Grey’s law firm has put her job in jeopardy. Her new, icy-cold boss, Erica Mayfield, has it in for Odelia. The humiliation and stress triples when Erica dumps Lily, her three-year-old niece, with Odelia and disappears for the weekend. The nerve Pumped for a confrontation, Odelia impulsively goes to her boss’s house in the middle of the night — and finds Erica’s sister murdered. Odelia’s madcap attempt to prove her innocence and find Erica lead her to a black market baby ring run by an unlikely crop of criminals

Status: Read on August 27, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Midnight Ink/NetGalley}

My Thoughts:

When Hide and Snoop was offered for review I couldn’t resist even though it’s the 7th in the series and I am yet to read any (though I own the first 3 books). Despite being unfamiliar with the previous installments, Hide and Snoop worked well as a stand alone and I enjoyed my introduction to Odelia Grey.

In Hide and Snoop, Odelia is unhappy at the legal firm she works for after a recent merger. Her new boss, Erica, funnels the best assignments to the paralegal she bought with her and now, in a final insult, has stuck Odelia with babysitting her sick niece, Lily. When Erica goes missing, Odelia, with the tacit support of one of the firms partners, investigates and stumbles upon the murdered body of Lily’s mother.

It seems Odelia has an uncanny knack for finding dead bodies and winding up in the midst of dangerous criminal activity. With deft plotting, Jaffarian carefully draws several threads and characters together into a cohesive story that reveals adultery, a child abduction ring and murder for hire. Well structured, with crisp dialogue and nicely paced, Hide and Snoop is a smooth and quick read.

Odelia is a very likeable character, of the type that says ‘feel the fear but do it anyway’. Sure her decisions are sometimes a little questionable but she approaches them in the spirit of doing the right thing, in this case it is Lily’s happiness and well being that motivates her. I was a little worried Odelia’s size would be used as a comedic prompt or overwhelm her personality, and was relieved to find that wasn’t so. Odelia demonstrates loyalty and affection in her relationships with her husband and friends and a healthy sense of respect for herself, though she is not without flaws.

Hide and Snoop is an entertaining and satisfying cosy mystery with a cast of characters I will be happy to get to know better. Hopefully I can get started with Too Big to Miss sooner, rather than later.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue G (@luv2read66)
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 20:56:20

    I’ve seen these titles in our mystery section and never picked them up! Thanks for the info–another series I may have to try.



  2. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 21:55:58

    Sounds like a good series!



  3. Mark Baker
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 09:44:34

    I love this series. But I am highly disappointed with your review. You didn’t mention me at all. 🙂



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Sep 09, 2012 @ 12:19:16

      I was baffled by your comment Mark until I read your review at Amazon and then it twigged. How cool to be you 🙂



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