Jaqueline Girdner. Fat-Free and Fatal: A Kate Jasper Mystery (1993) 234 pp. [pbo]
Kate has mother-in-common-law problems. Her sweetie Wayne’s mother Vesta is staying with them and Kate just wishes she could send Vesta back to the mental institution she came from. So Kate’s friend Barbara suggests a vegan cooking class at the Good Thyme Cafe in San Ricardo to get her out of the house. The food is fabulous and Kate is finally starting to feel more relaxed then she has in weeks. Only the good feeling doesn’t last long when she and Barbara stumble onto the body of the owner and cook of Good Thyme and the police suspect Barbara of choking her with a salad spinner.
Setting: Marin County; San Francisco; Oakland