Plus points as Midnight mystery tops the best sellers

Sue Ann Jaffarian's Hide & Snoop has leapt to the top of the tree on the Kindle best-selling list.
Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Hide & Snoop has leapt to the top of the tree on the Kindle best-selling list.

A plus-size paralegal has knocked J K Rowling off the top of the Kindle best sellers’ list (for a short while at least). The new book in Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Odelia Grey Mysteries series has rocketed to No 1 place three weeks before the official publication date.

Hide & Snoop, which is priced fairly highly for an ebook at $8.69, zoomed up from a ranking around 136,000 to take the top spot from The Cuckoo’s Calling by J K Rowling, AKA Robert Galbraith.

This is the seventh book in the very successful Odelia Grey series, which stars a middle-aged, plus-size paralegal amateur sleuth.

The new novel has provided a sales boost for the first book in the series, Too Big To Miss, which has leapt from a paid Kindle ranking of 150,000 to 322, priced at $4.99. In fact, all the other ebooks in the series seem to be selling reasonably well with rankings in the area of 4,000-6,000.

Jaffarian is a prolific author who also writes the Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries series, the Madison Rose Vampire Mystery series and assorted other fiction.

The books are published by Midnight Ink, which was set up in 2005 to be a fresh new voice in mystery fiction. It’s an imprint of Llewellyn Publishing and represented quite a departure for the company which is the world’s oldest and biggest independent publisher of books for mind, spirit and body. Llewellyn also added a second fiction imprint, Flux, aimed at young adult readers.