Susan Dunlap. Diamond in the Buff (1990) 184 pp.
In the middle of a summer heat wave, Berkeley homicide detective Jill Smith is called in to investigate an assault on a nude dentist in the Berkeley Hills. The victim, Hasbrouck Diamond, claims a eucalyptus tree attacked him. At first, Jill thinks this is just another episode in an ongoing feud between the dentist and his masseuse neighbor, Leila Sandoval … until it is followed by a murder. “From the sidewalk tie-dye tables on Telegraph Avenue to the quaint ambiance of Panoramic Way, Jill’s case is as quirky a Berkeley in the ‘90s—a volatile mix of money, New Age, and murder” (Back cover blurb).