Book Reviews of Diamond in the Buff

Diamond in the Buff
Diamond in the Buff
Author: Susan Dunlap
ISBN-13: 9780440207887
ISBN-10: 0440207886
Publication Date: 4/1/1991
Pages: 184
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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The prospect of a pleasant day with her partner/lover is dashed for California detective Jill Smith when she is called in to investigate a felony assault on a nude, sunbathing dentist who claims he was attacked by a branch of a eucalyptus tree. In this fifth novel featuring the smart and sassy Detective Smith, what appears to be the latest episode in a silly feud between neighbors turns deadly serious when the body of a likable but opportunistic young man is found catapulted from his sundeck down the mountainside. While investigating this seemingly motiveless murder, Smith encounters a cross section of eccentrics that includes a foot masseuse, a lady mountaineer and an obsessive lawn waterer, in this romp through the Berkeley Hills. Although a couple of coincidences strain the reader's credibility, this witty police procedural reveals much about life among the denizens of this university town and a knowledge of some of the quirks of its legal system--especially as it pertains to trees.
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The complaint of a nude, sunbathing dentist who claimed he was attacked by a eucalyptus tree had ruined sassy Berkeley cop Jill Smith's plans for a lazy summer afternoon. She would have chalked up the "assault" to another incident in a silly feud between Hasbrouck Diamond, DDS and his masseuse neighbor...if it hadn't been followed up by murder. From the sidewalk tie-dye tables on Telegraph Avenue to the quaint ambience of Panoramic Way, Jill's case is as quirky as Berkeley in the '90's...a volatile mix of money, New Age, and murder.
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The prospect of a pleasant day with her partner/lover is dashed for California detective Jill Smith when she is called in to investigate a felony assault on a nude, sunbathing dentist who claims he was attacked by a branch of a eucalyptus tree. In this fifth novel featuring the smart and sassy Detective Smith, what appears to be the latest episode in a silly feud between neighbors turns deadly serious when the body of a likable but opportunistic young man is found catapulted from his sundeck down the mountainside. While investigating this seemingly motiveless murder, Smith encounters a cross section of eccentrics that includes a foot masseuse, a lady mountaineer and an obsessive lawn waterer, in this romp through the Berkeley Hills. Although a couple of coincidences strain the reader's credibility, this witty police procedural reveals much about life among the denizens of this university town and a knowledge of some of the quirks of its legal system--especially as it pertains to trees. Detective Book Club selection. (Mar.)
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the complaint of a nude sunbathing dentist who claims he was a attacked by a eucalyptus tree had ruined sassy Berkley Cop Jill Smith's plans for a lazy summer afternoon. She would have chalked up the assault to another incident in the silly feud between Hasbrouck Diamond and his masseuse neighbor.. if it has not been followed up by murder.