This book was slow to grab my interest, but once it did I was hooked. The murder takes place in a chiropractor's office and it had to be someone who was there either as staff or a patient. Everyone seems to have a connection to the victim in the past at one point or another. Kate Jasper is asked to look into it and see if she can solve the murder. Lots of suspects, but not so easy to determine who did it.
This is a fun mystery to read. It is a little slow in the beginning, but it picks up once Kate Jasper goes to her chiropractor's appointment and meets a group of very strange patients in the waiting room. When Maggie, the chiropractor, orders Kate to tell a patient on her way out to the waiting room that Maggie will be right with him, Kate finds him dead, trips over a metal bar and picks it up, putting her fingerprints all over the murder weapon. Any one of several people could have killed this man, and Kate's sleuthing helps uncover the motive and the murderer, while putting her in danger.
Kate and Maggie are very humorous characters and it turns out to be a good cozy mystery after all.
1st in the Kate Jasper cozy mystery series
from the Jaqueline Girdner website:
"Kate Jasper is Marin County's own, organically grown, amateur sleuth. She lives in Marin County, California. Kate eats a lot of vegetables and practices tai chi. She collects old pinball machines. And she owns her own business, a gag gift business called JEST GIFTS."
"In Kate Jasper's offbeat, totally California lifestyle, there's no such thing as "routine" -- a routine visit to her chiropractor, for example, leads to cold-blooded murder when a dead body turns up on the examining table. There are no known motives for the death of Scott Younger -- only a handful of possible, and very unlikely, killers seated in the doctor's waiting room.
But Kate suspects that old-fashioned vengeance is behind this thoroughly modern murder. Now Marin County's one and only vegetarian-divorcée-detective finds herself in the midst of a positively bone-chilling crime..."
This book is alittle worn and older, but I had to list it. It's hard to find and the character is so funny. Who knew a trip to the Chiropractor could be such an experience.