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A Cry for Self-Help (A Kate Jasper Mystery)
     

A Cry for Self-Help (A Kate Jasper Mystery)

by Jaqueline Girdner, Jacqueline Girdner
 

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"Welcome to Marin County, California where characters in theis quirky mystery want only to reclaim their inner cores, merge emotionally, eat vegetarian (organically grown, of course), or murder one another...[This] endlessly appealing mystery...will leave readers energized and blissed." -Publishers Weekly

Kate Jasper tries to find out who put a permanent end

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"Welcome to Marin County, California where characters in theis quirky mystery want only to reclaim their inner cores, merge emotionally, eat vegetarian (organically grown, of course), or murder one another...[This] endlessly appealing mystery...will leave readers energized and blissed." -Publishers Weekly

Kate Jasper tries to find out who put a permanent end to self-help guru Sam Skyler's human potential - in the latest addition to the quirky series that has mystery fans raving!


First time in paperback
The latest in the popular mystery series praised by Carolyn G.. Hart as "fresh, vivid, and off-the-wall original...a treasure!"
Also available: Adjusted to Deat, The Last Resort, Murder Most Mellow, Fat-Free and Fatal, Tea-Totally dead, A Stiff Critique, and Most Likely to Die
Girdner's new hardcover, Death Hits the Fan, is also available this month from Berkley Prime Crime

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Welcome to Marin County, Calif., where the characters in this quirky mystery want only to reclaim their inner cores, merge emotionally, eat vegetarian (organically grown, of course) or murder one another. Kate Jasper's eighth appearance (after Most Likely to Die) finds her and her fianc, restaurant owner Wayne Caruso, on the trail of a killer who pushed renowned self-help guru Sam Skyler off a cliff. Sam, wealthy and charismatic founder of the Skyler Institute for Essential Manifestation, had a troubled pasthe had nearly been convicted of murdering his wife by pushing her off a balcony. His present followers are fanatically devoted and hound Kate and Wayne mercilessly when they begin to pry. Much of the sleuthing is secondary to a galaxy of colorful characters all involved in New Age activities: searching for "the manifestation of their essence"; becoming cosmically charged; or just seeking good karma. Yvonne stages wedding ritual seminars; Diana is a tantric yoga goddess; Emma writes a children's book series whose heroine is Connie the Condom. Kate's relentless questioning reveals that Sam had been at odds with Martina, his institute's director, over a lucrative buyout offer. She also discovers a bewildering variety of other motives. Kate's gag-gift business, Jest gifts, seems a perfect metaphor for this offbeat, tongue-in-cheek and endlessly appealing mystery, which will leave readers energized and blissed. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
Eighth in this only-in-California series featuring Kate Jasper, inventor and merchandiser of antic gift items (Most Likely to Die, 1996, etc.). Kate and restaurant owner/fiancé Wayne Caruso are enrolled in a Wedding Ritual seminar run by bouncy Yvonne O'Reilley. Unconventional ceremonies are observed by class participants before they plan their own nuptials. Among others in Kate's group are grandiose guru Sam Skyler, head of the Skyler Institute for Essential Manifestation; his gorgeous fiancée Diana Atherton; Diana's mother Liz; Sam's son Nathan and his statuesque lover Martina—both active at the Institute; funeral director Tessa and her soon-to-retire policeman Ray Zappa. The members of the seminar are gathered at the top of a craggy cliff to watch an undersea wedding on the beach when Kate spies Sam's body spread- eagled on the rocks below. The police call it murder, and, aware of Kate's past crime-solving exploits, Diana asks her to help with the investigation. In the end, the solution owes nothing to Kate's efforts, but before it's arrived at the reader is treated to a spate of New Age phenomena—Tantric yoga, tai chai, vegetarianism, and a panoply of guruisms from finger puppets to slogans like "Grief Into Growth."

Kate's in perpetual motion here; the scene itself has some amusing moments, though the story, except for the exotic trimmings, remains stubbornly unexciting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425156308
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Kate Jasper Mystery Series
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Susan Dunlap
Kate Jasper is one, witty, woman.
Carolyn Hart
Fresh, vivid, and off-the-wall original, this series is a treasure!

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