Pat Welch. Still Waters (1991) 193 pp. [tpo]
Publishers description: Helen and Frieda are at a luxury lakeside resort [up in those hills between Berkeley and Orinda] for a weekend that will, hopefully, mark a new beginning. A weekend to heal the growing rift between them. The discovery of the battered body of a news reporter on the sandy beach changes everything. Because the victim is an old friend of Helens, the weekend suddenly turns into a murder investigation and a new case for Private Investigator Helen Black. Does the story the reporter was working on hold the key? Or is her death an ex-lovers revenge? And what of the attractive, frightened Marta and her link with the enigmatic priest, Father John? Seemingly everyone has secrets. The apparently successful resort is in financial trouble. The hotel guests have their own frictions and deceptions. The angelic beauty of the owners daughter masks dark needs … and is a new element to threaten the fragile relationship between Helen and Frieda.
Setting: Still Waters Lodge (in the hills between Berkeley and Orinda); Berkeley