Most Likely to Die (A Kate Jasper Mystery)

Most Likely to Die (A Kate Jasper Mystery)

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by Jaqueline Girdner, Jacqueline Girdner
     
 

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The newest book in the popular mystery series featuring Kate Jasper, gag gift designer and amateur sleuth. At a barbeque reuniting the class of '68, Kate finds that Sid Semling, master prankster, is just as obnoxious as he was in school. But no one's laughing when Sid is suddenly electrocuted by Kate's pinball machine, making Kate the first in a class of suspects.

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The newest book in the popular mystery series featuring Kate Jasper, gag gift designer and amateur sleuth. At a barbeque reuniting the class of '68, Kate finds that Sid Semling, master prankster, is just as obnoxious as he was in school. But no one's laughing when Sid is suddenly electrocuted by Kate's pinball machine, making Kate the first in a class of suspects.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At her high school reunion (class of '68), Kate Jasper's former classmate, the annoying practical jokester Sid, dies when he's electrocuted by a rigged pinball machine. Once again, Kate's off and snooping, much to the dismay of Wayne, her hulking "sweetie." This is Girdner's (Fat-Free and Fatal) seventh book featuring Jasper. The characters, including Kate, are little more than a collection of tics and traits (Kate's an amateur sleuth/ vegetarian/ Northern Californian owner of a novelty company called Jest Gifts). As the sprightly first-person narrator, Kate is given to frequent recitations of the vegetarian meals she loves to eat. In a friend, this may be a lovable characteristic; in a fictional detective, it's an annoying distraction that slows the story. After and during several meals and snacks, Kate investigates her old classmates, eventually sniffing out the clever killer, but not before another murder. All the while, she tries a little matchmaking between old friends, works on her own romance (Wayne wants to wed; Kate's altar shy), and takes the reader on the usual tour of Northern California weirdness, including Kate's best friend, who is psychic, "but never at the right time." As lightweight mysteries go, it's entertaining but fairly pedestrian, a mild tail enlivened by Girdner's gentle wit. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Series sleuth Kate Jasper (Tea-Totally Dead, Berkley, 1994) attends a traditional 25th high school reunion, then witnesses the murder of the obnoxious class jokester at a social for her particular clique. Kate's hunky, live-in lover wants her to stay out of the caseparticularly because the murderer has to be one of her friendsbut she feels compelled to solve the crime. Smooth prose, moderately involving characters, and a unique barb to the hook recommend this for collections.
Kirkus Reviews
A hardcover debut for California's Kate Jasper, owner of Jest Gifts, a mail-order company for pranksters. Here, in her seventh outing, Kate's been invited—along with live-in lover Wayne, a conversationally-challenged chef—to a barbecue reunion of several graduates of Gravendale High School, class of '68. The host, at his condo apartment, is class clown Sid Semling, now working in sales at the computer company of classmate Natalie Nusser. Sid hasn't changed his vulgar ways—just expanded his practical joke repertoire—and so his guests aren't too surprised when rude jokes issue from the pinball machine he's borrowed from Kate. But everyone's in shock when Sid is electrocuted by the machine minutes later. Kate, ever the busybody, and over Wayne's objections, proceeds to poke about in the lives of all the guests: Lillian Kanick, a talented sculptor who runs an auto-repair shop, who gets much support from her serene mother-in-law Aurora, little from mildly schizophrenic husband Jack; shy Charlie Hirsch—gardener, handyman, author of children's books, and mad for librarian Pam Dauber; gay veterinarian Mark Myers; Elaine Timmons, a cousin of Sid's, married to Ed and mother of three; and near-alcoholic Becky Vogel, a lawyer and single mother of teenager D.V. All have unhappy memories of high school and Sid's often cruel jokes, but it takes another murder and a dangerous confrontation before Kate's nosiness pays off.

Lots of inane chatter, aimless to- and fro-ing, mundane characters, and a hard-working but uncharismatic heroine: in all, readable but a good deal less compelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425157213
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Kate Jasper Mystery Series
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.77(d)

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Gloria White
Don't miss Most Likely to Die, a summa cum laude murder mystery.
Dean James
With her inimitable mix of mirth and murder, Gerdner once again proves that murder Marin-style is highly entertaining.

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Most Likely to Die (A Kate Jasper Mystery) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story, easy to follow the plot