With the class bully murdered at her 30th high school reunion and her boss, the annoying Michael Steele, missing, Odelia doesn't know which hole to poke her big nose into first. This decision is made for her as she's again swept into the action involving contract killers, tangled relationships, and fatal buyer's remorse. Throughout this adventure, Odelia deals with her on-again, off-again relationship with Greg and her attraction to detective Devon Frye.
"The best title yet in a priceless series...a real treat for chick-lit and mystery fans who like feisty women."-Library Journal
(starred review) "Odelia Grey is delightfully large and in charge in Jaffarian's third entertaining romp (after 2003's The Curse of the Holy Pail
"The best one yet...an intriguing, well-plotted mystery that will entertain and inspire."-The Strand Magazine
"Odelia is a character that could easily be a good friend. She's down to earth and likeable. While she doesn't fit into Hollywood's size 0 body criteria, she's a good, plus size fit for the real people and mystery readers of the world."-Deadly Pleasures
"Written with a light touch but a keen eye for detail, this satisfying entry in the Odelia Grey series also has room for a little romance."-Booklist
"Jaffarian's clear talent is that she delivers characterization so well drawn it destroys cliche, tramples trite expectations, and delivers a heroine pulsing with personality."-Crime and Suspense
"Snappy dialogue."-Kirkus Reviews
"I wish I'd had Odelia Grey as my paralegal when I was on The Practice. Gutsy, smart, and loveable, she is the perfect take-no-prisoners heroine for today's woman."-Camryn Manheim, Emmy Award-winning actress
"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
"Thugs and Kisses is a very enjoyable reading experience."-Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews
"[L]ight and breezy...a good time to pass your lunch break with."-Feminist Review
"[H]ighly recommended to those interested in a fun, suspenseful mystery. You will not be disappointed."-Reader Views
"Odelia Grey is definitely a force to be reckoned with."-ReviewingTheEvidence.com
"Jaffarian tells a great story...a delight to read."-ReviewedByLiz.com
"[Odelia] 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." "I'd like to spend more time with Sue Ann Jaffarian's Odelia, a plus-size fat liberationist with a handsome, wheelchair-bound lover.... [Odelia] does not hesitate to give justice a small, well-plotted forward shove at every opportunity."