Saturday, August 23, 2008

Book Review: Asking for Murder

Sometimes when you read a book with a non-professional investigating a crime, you wonder why in the world the character keeps insinuating himself into the crime, but not with the lead in Asking for Murder by Roberta Isleib. Dr. Rebecca Butterman is a psychologist and advice columnist and she’s thrown right into the center of the crime and has to stay involved to protect patients.

She’s a believable character who wants to be a good friend, needs to straighten out her own relationships, and realizes her life is in danger. She’s not getting a whole lot of help from the police, the family of the victim, or fellow professionals.

But it’s not like she has a whole lot of choices. She can’t turn her back on those who need her. She has to figure out not just the who of the crime but the why.

That’s what I liked about this book – I believed Dr. Butterman and was anxious to discover the ending along with her.


  1. It's true in a lot of amateur sleuth books, one has to suspend disbelief (and some authors handle it better than others),so it's nice to get such a solid endorsement for this author!

  2. I'll put this author on my list. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Good review, one that has my interest piqued.


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