Larger Than Death (A Josephine Fuller Mystery) by Lynne Murray
St. Martin's Minotaur, April 2000
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Krista

Josephine Fuller is just getting back on her feet and enjoying her new job. She takes some time off to visit her friend Nina, only to find out that Nina was murdered. Jo is not about to let this case be unsolved and thanks to Nina's will she has names to research. Even the idea of getting killed does not deter her. Jo wants justice for her friend.

Josephine Fuller is full in every way, not only in size but also in character. She is recently divorced and doing her best to move on with her life. She never could picture the tragedy that would strike and she feels guilty. Yet she perseveres and wants to make sure she finds Nina's killer and ensure that he/she does not hurt another woman of size. She also does not look down on anyone no matter what they look like or the size of thier clothes.

My other favorite character is Maxine. She is the manager of the apartment building that Nina lived in. She is also a woman of fullness. She is so sweet and loving to everyone. I could not get over how often she had mood swings, but when you are an emotional person that happens.

There were quite a few plus size character but they didn't let the their size get them down. They loved themselves for who they were and were confident in it. I appreciated how real the characters were all of them. A couple of examples are Val (a gay man), to Joan (a plus size woman), and Mulligan who was Nina's boyfriend before she was murdered brutally. I really liked Josephine because she made a point of telling whomever she met that she liked the way she looked and was not going to change.

I read this book in one day because I had to see what would happen as Jo went on her many adventures seeking out the truth. She is a true heroine because she did what she thought was right. Now at times, I thought Jo was crazy because there was always the chance of her getting killed but she pursued things in spite of it. Nina had so many friends and I was sad to see that she was killed. You have to be able to accept who you are no matter what you look like and this book depicted that in a real way. It left me really refreshed and wanting to pick up and read the rest of the books in this series.