Some of you may not recognize my name, so how about “Mr. Odelia Grey?” Does that ring a bell? That’s right, I am married to Odelia Grey, the sassy, smart-mouthed paralegal who moonlights as an amateur sleuth.
Odelia and I met over a dead body. Well, not literary. Several years ago, a mutual friend of ours, Sophie London, shot and killed herself while being broadcast over the Internet. Odelia and I were the only ones convinced Sophie did not commit suicide and joined forces to investigate. We’ve been together since.
You know the old saying, “I never believed in love at first sight until … ?” I used to think that line was so sappy and lame. How could anyone fall in love as soon as they met someone? In spite of being in a wheelchair, I’d had girlfriends and even been in love, but those relationships had taken time to develop.
When I first spotted Odelia at the home of her friends Seth and Zee Washington, I knew something important had just rocked my world. I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was just after Sophie’s memorial service. Odelia was wearing this conservative navy blue suit and was seated by the pool with the Washington kids. It was tough playing it cool and talking to her about Sophie, when all I really wanted to do was plant a kiss on her, pull her onto my lap, and roll away in the sunset. It took her a little longer to feel the same about me, but not much longer. What can I say? Something just clicked between us.
We’ve been married several years now and have a great life. I have my own business – a growing graphics and print shop in Huntington Beach, with branches in Denver and Phoenix. Odelia works in a law firm. Our little family consists of two cats and a dog. We live in a cool house in Seal Beach not far from the ocean. In the morning Odelia takes the dog, Wainwright, for a walk while I stay in bed with the cats. By the time she gets back, I have coffee made. Sometimes she stops along the way home and picks up cinnamon rolls. After breakfast we both go to work. In the evening, we read or watch TV or meet friends for dinner. Weekends are usually spent with family or friends. I play in a wheelchair basketball league and Odelia is almost always there to cheer on me and my team.
Then there are the bodies.
Odelia has a penchant for stumbling across murder victims. At first, this habit of hers really bothered me. Not that I thought for a minute that she killed any of them, but I was worried about her safety. Dead bodies usually mean murderers are afoot. By sticking her nose into the deaths, Odelia always manages to stir up people and get herself into trouble and me with her.
Okay, I confess. I kind of like the danger element and thrill of the investigations. It’s like a giant puzzle or video game – until the bullets start flying or people get hurt. So far, Odelia’s been shot, broken her leg, and twisted her ankle. She nearly died in a fire, has been beaten, and held hostage at gunpoint. I’ve been beaten and kidnapped. So if we’re keeping score, I have a lot of catching up to do.
Nick and Nora Charles have nothing on us, except maybe a little drinking problem. And the cats and Wainwright could kick Asta’s butt any day of the week.
See, a simple and satisfying life.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to grab a Sam Adams and check on the steaks cooking on the grill. Odelia and I have a few people coming over, and at least for tonight the talk won’t be about murder. Then again, it’s still early.
Read more about Greg and Odelia in the Odelia Grey Mystery Series. HIDE & SNOOP, the 7th Odelia Grey novel is now available. Publisher’s Weekly called Hide & Snoop: “…enormously entertaining … offers tight plotting, first-class humor, and vivid descriptions.”
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Meet the author
Sue Ann Jaffarian is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed and best-selling mystery series: The Odelia Grey series, the Ghost of Granny Apples series, and the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries. In addition to mysteries, Sue Ann writes a non-mystery short story series for e-readers called Holidays From Hell. She is also a motivational speaker and full-time paralegal living and working in Los Angeles.
Kirkus has said of Sue Ann: “Like Stuart Kaminsky, Jaffarian juggles her franchises deftly, giving each a unique voice and appeal.“