Title: Death Hits the Fan: A Kate Jasper Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Apr. 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Hardback Mystery 1st. Ed. Fine/Fiine; 40025. Bookseller Inventory # 40025
Synopsis: The acclaimed author of the Kate Jasper mysteries-featuring the witty California sleuth and a host of quirky characters-returns with yet another highly entertaining adventure. Kate attends a bookstore reading that features three authors...and only slightly more people in the audience. But when one of the authors keels over dead, the ho-hum event turns into a harrowing mystery. Death Hits the Fan will definitely be a hit with those who've enjoyed A Cry for Self-Help, Most Likely to Die, Fat-Free and Fatal, and the other books in this appealing series.
From Kirkus Reviews: California's Kate Jasper, owner of Jest Gifts, which makes antic presents, in her ninth frenetic encounter with murder (A Cry for Self-Help, 1997, etc.). This time, the victim is Shayla Greenfree, writer of science-fiction mysteries, and the place is the Fictional Pleasures Bookstore, where proprietor Ivan Nakagawa has arranged a book signing for Shayla's latest work. Among others present, besides Kate and her lover Wayne, now owner of a restaurantart gallery, are: Ivan's ill-tempered assistant Marcia Armeson; nonselling author Ted Brown; Shayla's husband Scott Green and his lover, Dean Frazier; screechy writer Yvette Cassell with husband Lou; acupuncturist Phyllis Oberman, and artist Zoe Ingersoll. As all wait for Shayla to begin her talkafter she's clasped on her wrist a bracelet left on the table in front of herit's soon apparent that the speaker-to-be is dead, poisoned by curare-tipped needles inside the bracelet. Kate, as usual, feels challenged to find the killer. This time, though, she's matched in aggressive nosiness by Yvette. The possibly accidental death of Marcia Armeson will provide further excuse for more unproductive meetings of those at the signing; and torrents of inane chatter and a parade of unappetizing vegetarian menus ensue as Kate struggles to rid her house of unwanted guest Ingrid Regnary and a quartet of real-life skunks. Suspense and plot development are sacrificed to perpetual motion, cutesy chitchat, and a plethora of going-nowhere subplots. Busy but ultimately boring. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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