Second-Hand StiffMy daughter, Odelia Grey, told me this Dru Love person is one of her favorite book bloggers and that I should help her out this week. My name is Grace Littlejohn. I’m in my eighties and I’m a blogger too, so I guess we blogger gals should stick together.

My blog is called An Old Broad’s Perspective. It used to be kind of boring. You know, just about stuff that went on in the retirement home in New Hampshire that I live in and my old lady views on news events and TV shows. Stuff like that. But one can only talk about the vileness of green jello or the fact that old man Hanover stinks like canned farts just so much before folks lose interest.

My daughter and her husband, Greg Stevens, have an interesting life. They’re always getting mixed up with corpses and murder and bad people. I was visiting them this Thanksgiving when I got to see all the excitement for myself. Land sakes! Never in my day have I been so scared or had so much fun. Odelia even let me tag along with her when she questioned people. Actually, she didn’t invite me along. I kind of insisted. Oh hell, I gave her no choice. My son Clark, an ex-cop, was pretty mad about it, especially since we both almost got killed more than once. I just told him to watch his blood pressure and to mind his own business.

MYOB, Clark. MYOB. Clark’s has his own secrets he’s keeping from me and, mark my word, one day I’ll figure it out. I am his mother and mothers can always sense these things. I’ll bet my dentures it has to do with Willie, that mysterious cousin of Greg’s, who I finally figured out is no relation at all, but some shady, secret friend of Greg and Odelia’s.

But back to the blog. Remember, I’m in my eighties. Much as I hate to admit it, from time to time my mind tends to wander like a toddler onto a busy street.

Anyway, once I started writing about all the fun I was having in California, my blog took off like a rocket to the moon! Now thousands of people read it. Life in California, bodies or not, sure beats the bejeezus out of listening to old biddies complain about bunions.

I’m moving from New Hampshire to California soon. Odelia and Greg are encouraging me to do it and so is Clark. Even though I’m not too keen on all that California traffic, living where the sun shines most of the time will sure beat the hell out of New England winters. I even have my eye on a condo in a retirement place near the beach. It’s close to Odelia and Greg, but not too close. After all, I need my privacy. Can’t have them snooping into my life like they do everyone else’s. I may not have anything to hide, but you never know. I’m expecting a lot more fun to come my way once I make the move.

Then there’s Odelia herself. I haven’t always been the best mother to her. I used to be a drinker, but I’ve been sober now for decades. When she was sixteen I disappeared without any word. I just packed my bags and took off. The Thanksgiving trip gave us both a chance to iron out those bad feelings. Now we’re pals and I think she’s turned out to be one of the loveliest and nicest people I know. No thanks to me. I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time with Odelia and Greg.

I guess I’d better get a move on. I’m going to take a short nap, then I have to start packing for my move to California. I just hope Odelia doesn’t stumble over another dead body before I get out there.


You can read all about Grace and Odelia’s Thanksgiving adventure in Secondhand Stiff, the just-released 8th book in the “Odelia Grey” mystery series, published by Midnight Ink.

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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 stories. 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.

You can visit Sue Ann on the web at www.sueannjaffarian.com, Twitter and Facebook.

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