A SENSITIVE KIND OF MURDER
Berkley, Jan 2002, 5.99, 272 pp.
Somehow Kate Jasper has meddled in eleven homicide investigations. Murder has become such a way of life for Kate, the police and friends dub her as the “Typhoid Mary of Murder” and raise a cross when she is nearby(just kidding). Her husband Wayne Caruso always worries when his wife becomes a murder investigation participant.
So no one including Wayne is surprised when she comes to pick him up at a sensitivity meeting sponsored by the Heartline Men's Club and they witness a deliberate hit and run killing of group member Steve Summers. The deceased left behind a wife Laura, a member of the state assembly. Surprisingly, Wayne wants Kate, leading his Men's Club members, to hunt down the perpetrator. Another member is killed and Kate barely saves the life of her husband. Now the investigation is personal, but the suspects are numerous while the clues are few.
A SENSITIVE KIND OF MURDER is the twelfth but final Kate Jasper mystery though the author will start a new series next year. This tale is one of the best of a strong series as no one can positively identify the killer until the final chapter. Ms. Girdner completes her delightful Jasper novels in triumph, but hopefully this is one of those cases of never say never as amateur sleuth fans will want at least a baker's dozen.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner