First of all, thank you St. Paul Public Library for owning this small-press, originally self-published mystery and sharing it with me via Interlibrary Loan.
The protagonist is the ultimate anti-heroine, a fat, middle-aged Black lady. She's smart, capable, self-deprecating but not too, and has the obligatory detective novel quirky pet, a green cat named Seamus.
At first Jaffarian lays the similes on a little thick, but she either calms down as she gets into the story, or you get used to it and start to enjoy them. The characters and plot are compelling enough that I'm going to have to hit NYPL up with another ILL request, this time for the next in the now six-book Odelia Grey series.