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Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

on November 29, 2013
All of the Kate Jasper books are wonderful. Supreme wit. Funny. Sexy. The series has to be read in order or the viewer will miss the context.
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on July 28, 2001
If you like books in which the amateur detective is an aggressive female, her lover is a whimp with muscles, all the meals are meatless, and an irritating parrot repeats phrases after hearing them once, Death Hits the Fan is just the book for you. In this mystery, a science fiction author is murdered at a small meet-some-authors gathering at a bookstore. The premise is good, but the characters are either boring or irritating. I kept hoping that one of the men in the book would eat a steak, say "shut up" to one of the women, and find a backbone. I also hoped the parrot would fly away, that the female characters would exhibit some common sense, and that the book would end. The book finally ended, but none of my other hopes were realized.
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VINE VOICEon October 18, 2014
Might have been a passable mystery were it not padded with anecdotes about skunks under the house, long descriptions of vegetarian dishes, and a few characters that were odd beyond all belief. I generally enjoy bookstore/library mysteries, but his one was simply disorganized and unable to make up its mind whether it was a mystery, a cookbook or a comedy.
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on June 8, 2005
I really wanted to like this book, but the author must have had a different idea. In fact, for the first time ever, I skipped over 100 pages of this book and read the ending to find out who the killer was. I just couldn't take another page of the terrible dialogue.

The author has created several characters with colorful quirks and traits she probably felt were endearing. They aren't; they are just annoying. One woman swears a lot, but is trying to avoid saying bad words. Actual passage from page 163: "'Shi-shick, we were all there,' she was insisting. 'Someone must have seen fuddin' something. Huh, huh? I mean...'" And it's not just a few times to give you the idea. In every conversation with this character, you see the "shi-shick" and "fu...fuddin'." The novelty wore off after the first conversation, so by the end of the book, I couldn't believe she wasn't one of the murder victims.

And as if she wasn't enough, another character has a very similar problem. Actual passage from page 144: "'Well holy moly and howdy-hi,' came a new voice into the medly. A bass to our sopranos. Felix rubbed his hands together happily as he came up the stairs. 'Finally, I've got you two gonzo brains together. Now we can friggin' talk.'"

Who talks like that? The story itself wasn't so bad, but the dialogue was so truly terrible that I just could not bring myself to read the whole thing. I've never written a review on Amazon before, but this book actually made me so angry that I felt I had to warn everyone else - save your money. I only gave it one star because they wouldn't let me give it less.
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on February 24, 1998
Some people cannot help attracting trouble. However, gag supplier Kate Jaspar goes one step beyond and seems to always find a murder that has just been committed. Kate cannot walk away from homicide until she has solved the case even though she constantly places herself in danger. Her long suffering live-in lover, Wayne Caruso, does not try to stop her anymore. Instead, he assists her on her i nvestigations so he can be near to protect her from harm.
When Wayne and Kate attend a science fiction-mystery authors' book signing, there is one protester who claims that science fiction is demonic poisoning. However, things change for the worse when one of the writers puts a bracelet on her wrist and abruptly dies. The bracelet contained a syringe filled with a poison that was injected when the writer snapped it on her wrist. Kate and Wayne try to determine who left the poisoned bracelet on the table. They soon learn that many of the attendees had the opportunity and the motive.
Anyone in the doldrums should try DEATH HITS THE FAN for a fast uplifting rush. It is difficult to remain sad when one is surrounded by quirky characters who make sense in a crazy kind of way. The secondary sub-plots are humorous, making it impossible not to smile even as the reader tries to solve an interesting mystery. Jacqueline Girdner demonstrates that her talent is at the Mensa level.
Harriet Klausner
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