Rhythm & Clues
An Odelia Grey Mystery #11
Sue Ann Jaffarian
Midnight Ink, November 2016
This is the eleventh in Sue Ann Jaffarian’s popular Odelia Grey mystery series. Odelia is a 220-pound, 5 ft. 1inch paralegal/amateur detective who, as far as I can tell, doesn’t actually work at her paralegal job very much. The story begins with Odelia having coffee at a Starbucks (where else?) with Shelita Thomas whose father, Art Franklin, lives in the Seaside Retirement Community where Odelia’s mother, Grace, also lives. Shelita asked to meet with Odelia to discuss a phone call she received from the management at Seaside complaining that Grace and Art were repeatedly complaining to them about another resident, Bo Shank, who appears to have gone missing. In fact, they have gone so far as to file a missing person report with the police. Shelita wants Odelia to do something to stop her mother whom she believes is goading Art into taking action. Odelia, quite sensibly it seems to me, believes they are both adults and there is nothing she can or should do to stop them from looking for their friend.
However, Odelia is drawn to the problem because Bo Shank happens to be the former lead singer of Acid Storm, a band Odelia adored when she was a teenager. So, she agrees to help look for Bo. And therein lies the story. Odelia is assisted in her search not only by her mother and Art but also by her niece, Lorraine, a somewhat ditzy young woman who is visiting from Chicago. When Grace and Lorraine go off without Odelia to sleuth they find a dead body and the chase is on.
Despite the dead body, this is an amusing mystery, fast-paced and full of memorable characters with the obligatory detective that Odelia does not get along with. Rhythm & Clues is a great summer read!
Reviewed by Melinda Drew, July 2019.