too rich and too thin, not an autobiography
When psychologist Jessica LeFave is summoned to profile the killer who drove a spike through the heart of the notorious Bernice Jackson, she has a deeply personal reason to be excited.

Bernice Jackson, dubbed “the biggest liar in Texas” had plenty of enemies. She’d soared to the top of the Lone Star State’s celebrity lists by shamelessly re-writing treasured historical events into wildly successful soft-porn novels and movies. But the piece of history Jessica cares about is that Bernice had been a psychiatry patient of her husband's at the time of his death.

Since watching her husband dragged from the bottom of Lake Austin—a Hilton receipt and another woman’s wedding rings in his pocket—Jessica has been a little crazy, obsessing over his files, even stalking patients with dodgy reputations. No one but Jessica believes her husband was murdered.

On her own, Jessica immerses herself in the bizarre movie-making family starring a doped up basket case son, a daughter on a death wish eating binge, and the ghost of Bernice Jackson who’d pushed her obsession with seeing herself as young and beautiful beyond any psychotic dream.
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Psychologist Jessica LeFave is still mourning the death of her husband, David, a few months earlier and frustrated that the police refuse to believe he was murdered. A chance to prove the truth comes unexpectedly when one of David's patients, (David was a psychiatrist) is murdered along with her husband, Harrell. Jessica thinks the murders are linked to David's death, but finding the truth isn't easy. Jackson offspring, Ruthie and Hank, are terribly messed up adults surrounded by people who may or may not have their best interests at heart. Jessica, however, is desperate and obsessed.
Too Rich & Too Thin takes the reader on a humorous adventure filled with mishaps as Jessica tries to investigate without much support from the police. On a deeper level, author Barbara DeShong explores the pain and anguish of family dysfunction, and the lengths some people will go to gain love, respect, and a positive self-image.
The novel was filled with entertaining, eccentric characters and this whodunit kept me guessing the killer's identity to the end. In hindsight, there were enough carefully plotted clues to have figured it out, but I'm just not much good at this. I loved Jessica and her best friend George, and hope to read about many more of her adventures in the future.

Debra Purdy Kong "mystery writer"