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Karma (Jill Smith, #1). (Jill Smith #1)

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A thirty-something junk-food maven and brash, brainy Berkeley cop, Jill Smith usually doesn't spend much time contemplating her navel.But she accepted an invitation to see the new guru in town.She was as shocked as the rest of the packed house when the young man's spirit rose to heaven before their very eyes . . . with a little earthly aid from the dagger buried deep in hi...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 8th 1991 by Dell
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Jersey Joe
The first in the Jill Smith series, a fairly standard police procedural introducing Smith as a beat cop in Berkley, Ca.
Sandy Weir
Apr 16, 2012 Sandy Weir rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandy by: Susan
My neighbor and friend suggested this series as I am frequently around Berkeley, she graduated from Berkeley, and we both like a good mystery. Jill Smith is a unique character who has experienced enough set-backs in life, so that she is perceptive in looking at the cast of suspects with a good sense of understanding. This first book in a series revolves around the bizarre murder of a Buddhist guru at a blessing ceremony at Bhutanese temple. The scope of characters is entertaining and thought pro...more
Kathleen Hagen
Karma, by Susan Dunlap, no. 1 of the Jill Smith series, b-plus, narrated by Teri Clark Linden, produced by Audible inc. and downloaded from audible.com.

Jill Smith is a cop in Berkeley. She goes with a friend to see what is supposed to be a guru in his temple, and while she is there, someone comes out on stage and murders the guru. She then is involved in finding out what the temple is about, who had it in for the guru, is he a fake, and which of the many interesting characters actually killed th...more
This is a hilarious, gripping, satiric, and always suspenseful mystery dealing with ambition, greed, fraud, and the very human lives of police detectives and criminals alike. Dunlap offers insights into the daily lives of those who solve murders and those who use murder for their own interests.

This is a totally involving, very fun read, with delicious touches of satire.
A light mystery set in a semi-Buddhist self-help center in California. Their charismatic leader is killed during a service, bringing to light a number of behind-the-scenes chicaneries. The solution is surprising and satisfying.

I inherited five of this series from my mother, whose book taste was both good and gentle. That's reason enough to read the rest of them.
It's a slight thing, this book. Yeah, I finished it, and yes, I more or less enjoyed it, but it sort of read as a...plot-genie first work. The bones were very evident, somehow. But I have read other Dunlap mysteries and liked them, so possibly it was more my mood than the book. I don't know, there just was a layer of meanness to this mystery.
An OK cozy style mystery. I will read another in this series.
Ryan Mishap
This is a collection of short stories where we meet Jill Smith.
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Susan Dunlap is best known for her Jill Smith detective series, but she is a prolific and much loved writer of crime and mystery fiction, including award-winning short stories.
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