First, for those who don’t want the “gay PC” or “gay agenda” “shoved in your faces,” not because you’re “not haters” but because “it doesn’t matter to the story”: I call bullshit. Would you complain and say Kate’s romantic relationship doesn’t matter to the story if her lover were a man? Of course not. A character’s love is part of who the character is. Characters drive a good story. It does matter.
You’re not fooling anybody.
That said, I enjoyed this book. Good police procedural, nicely plotted and paced, likable and realistic characters. Good flavor of the City by the Bay. I’ll definitely read the rest of the series.