By Sue Ann Jaffarian
With the category bully murdered at her thirtieth highschool reunion and her boss, the aggravating Michael Steele, lacking, Odelia does not comprehend which gap to poke her enormous nostril into first. This determination is made for her as she's back swept into the motion concerning agreement killers, tangled relationships, and deadly buyer's regret. all through this event, Odelia offers together with her on-again, off-again dating with Greg and her allure to detective Devon Frye.
"Odelia is a personality which may simply be a very good good friend. She's all the way down to earth and likeable. whereas she does not healthy into Hollywood's dimension zero physique standards, she's an outstanding, plus dimension healthy for the true humans and secret readers of the world."―Deadly Pleasures
"Written with a gentle contact yet a willing eye for aspect, this pleasurable access within the Odelia gray sequence additionally has room for a bit romance."―Booklist
"Jaffarian's transparent expertise is that she offers characterization so good drawn it destroys cliché, tramples trite expectancies, and grants a heroine pulsing with personality."―Crime and Suspense
"Snappy dialogue."―Kirkus Reviews
"I want i would had Odelia gray as my paralegal while i used to be at the perform. Gutsy, shrewdpermanent, and loveable, she is the suitable take-no-prisoners heroine for modern-day woman."―Camryn Manheim, Emmy Award-winning actress
“Sue Ann Jaffarian does a masterful task. when you get to grasp Odelia gray, you’ll love her. i do know I do.”―Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning writer of Snakeskin Shamisen
"Thugs and Kisses is a truly relaxing examining experience."―Harriet Klausner, Genre move around Reviews
"[L]ight and breezy...a sturdy time to move your lunch holiday with."―Feminist Review
"[H]ighly prompt to these drawn to a enjoyable, suspenseful mystery. You should not disappointed."―Reader Views
"Odelia gray is easily a strength to be reckoned with."―ReviewingTheEvidence.com
"Jaffarian tells a superb story...a pride to read."―ReviewedByLiz.com
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He paced as he talked, the chain snaking in the back of him. “The hood was once up and an aged girl used to be status subsequent to it, having a look particularly helpless. ” “Short and stocky, with brief, curly grey hair? ” “Yes, precisely. you recognize her? ” “Unfortunately. ” whilst I didn’t provide a proof, he shrugged. “I pulled over to determine if i'll aid, and the following factor I knew i used to be behind the van with a bad headache and a number of other indignant girls conserving weapons and donning ski mask. ” He stopped and checked out me. “They held me down whereas considered one of them positioned anything over my mouth and nostril. subsequent factor I knew, I awakened the following. ” “Did they ever inform you why they have been maintaining you? ” He shook his head. “Every time one in all them got here down with nutrition they wore a ski masks, with the exception of the older lady. She used to be the one one whose face I observed. She stored telling me it might be over earlier than I knew it. I didn’t be aware of if she intended my captivity or my existence. ” I shuddered, remembering how shut we’d come to the latter. larger Steele no longer be aware of, a minimum of no longer but. He sat down back in a single of the folding chairs. “You be aware of why I’m the following, don’t you? ” I nodded. “And? ” “Maybe we must always try and get out of right here. This position is beautiful demanding to discover, particularly at the hours of darkness. Wouldn’t wish the police to overlook their huge probability to rescue us. Hate to spend the evening right here. ” “You’re babbling, gray. ” “I am? ” “Yes, and also you constantly babble whilst you’re fearful and/or keeping off anything. So out with it. ” Why did it need to be me to inform him the total sordid tale? “I came across you. I’ll enable another person let you know what’s been happening. ” “Tell me now, gray. ” “Did you recognize that Greg and that i broke up? ” “I’m sorry to listen to that, actually. ” His eyes bore into me. “Now give up stalling. ” whilst I didn’t say something, he further, “Does it have whatever to do with Silhouette? ” “It has every little thing to do with Silhouette. no less than the half related to you. ” “What do you suggest via that? ” “It’s a slightly complex tale with loads of avid gamers and as many explanations. ” Steele sighed. “Just ahead of this occurred, i found that somebody on the place of work used to be changing files within the Silhouette case. i've got a sense it used to be Fran Evans. ” He checked out me for remark, and that i proven his suspicion with a nod. “Did Fran have me abducted? ” I shook my head. “Not technically, however it is hooked up. ” “I’m all ears, gray. We’ve acquired not anything else to do. ” “Yes, we do. we will be able to get out of right here. ” With huge discomfort, I shifted myself to the sting of the pull-out mattress. “I’m now not ready the following one other minute. It’s creepy and too tricky to work out from the line. ” i used to be additionally nervous that the trigger-crazed Lisa could get back and end the activity, only for the thrill of it. With my damaged leg and Steele in chains, she’d be capable of choose us off as simply as nailing Bambi at a petting zoo. “What approximately me? ” Steele picked up his chain and rattled it as if auditioning for the a part of Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol. I appeared round for whatever to damage or lower the chain yet observed not anything. The padlock fastening it appeared strong.