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Posted November 1, 2014
I've read books by this author (under other names) and enjoyed them. This is my first foray into her clinical psychologist series.
This is a darker story than some of her others, but just as enjoyable.
It's a well crafted look into what people hide from themselves and others, consciously or not.
Who can you trust? Why is this person (seemingly) so unpleasant? What's with these desperate dating service people?
A good puzzle and an energetic resolution.
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Posted March 17, 2013
My frinds jesse and danielle broke up so i went to ask out danielle but my friend chuck beat me to it. Then me and danielle got into a big fight and now i need help on what i should doWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Rebecca Butterman's neighbor was found dead in her condo. Apparently from a suicide. Her mother doesn't believe her daughter would kill herself and insists Rebecca look into her daughter's death. As Rebecca retraces Madeline's last steps, she realizes her neighbor had a secret life. Can Rebecca find out what really happened the night Madeline died before the killer stops her?
Posted March 22, 2007
WOW! I just closed the cover of Deadly Advice. I¿d invite Rebecca Butterman into my life just for her culinary talents. But then there is the rest¿ This book is deceptive in its apparent simplicity. Everyone in the world could get caught up in this type of doubt. But it¿s Rebecca Butterman who¿s dragged into a web of deceit and secrets. Madeline Stanton is found shot in her bathtub. Her mother, Isabel pleads with her daughter¿s neighbor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Butterman to find a reason and the truth. Was it suicide or murder? Dr. Aster (Butterman), as she is known in her advice column, plots through her own life while finding disturbing truths about her deceased neighbor. There is no shortage of possible murderers¿if it was murder. Dr. Isleib has spun an intricate tale and an exciting ending. A definite ¿You gotta read this one!¿ And what¿s even more exciting this is the first in a new series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2007
I couldn't put this one down. The suspense is sublime--Roberta has this pegged. The writing itself is elegent. In addition, the protag is likeable--intellegent and sinfully curious but her self-doubts connect with all of us. The setting is well developed--a quiet community with enough busybody neighbors to add just the right amount of humor. I make a game of fingering the culprit in a mystery before either the sleuth or the authorities get to it, but this time I was way off. I am looking forward to the second in what should be a long series. I see movie possibilities--Sandra Bullock?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2007
After writing five award-winning mysteries about a conflicted pro golfer and the psychological messes the pressures of the game and her own messy personal life involve her in, author Isleib has now turned to a new character in a new milieu. Her protagonist in this outing is a clinical psychologist named Rebecca Butterman. She¿s recovering from a failed marriage¿something I find interesting in itself¿and lives in one of those ubiquitous town house communities. You know the kind. Not quite gated but almost. The community has managers and resident busybodies and a range of tenants, mostly middle class and mostly a little desperate or a little nuts or both. Butterman¿s other job, the one she has to help her financial recovery, is as an advice columnist for an on-line magazine. Think an electronic Dear Abby or any of the plethora of other questionable advice gurus that take up space in our newspapers. A couple of immediate problems are apparent. Butterman¿s young editor at the magazine is pushing the magazine into a more aggressive stance toward a more youthful market. Butterman doesn¿t feel entirely competent in this area, especially when the editor enthusiastically endorses speed dating. But, because she¿s been out of circulation for several years, Butterman allows herself to be coerced into doing reality based research by joining some speed dating sessions. They sound creepy to me and sure enough, creepy creeps in. The other problem that surfaces early is a suicide in the home next door to Butterman¿s. Butterman arrives home to find the area overrun with cops and other officials and as the scene develops, she¿s forced to realize that she hardly knew her close neighbor. Isleib handles these themes with an adept hand. While the novel is neither startling in its insights nor does it break new ground, it is true to its context. The novel is well-written, moves well and leaves the reader with some things to think about. With some fresh insights in succeeding books, Rebecca Butterman is a character readers may want to followWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2007
When I first saw that Roberta Isleib was introducing a new Advice Column Mystery series, I have to admit that I was disappointed. As a long-time fan of her Cassie Burdette Golf Lover¿s Mystery series, I wasn¿t sure whether I would enjoy a new series featuring Dr. Rebecca Butterman, a clinical psychologist who was a romantic rival of Cassie and not a character I was supposed to like. I shouldn¿t have worried at all though, as Isleib has developed a wonderful new series around a character who is likeable, witty, and very sharp. When told that her next door neighbor has died of suicide, Rebecca feels guilt-ridden and flawed that she was unable to pick up on the signals that Madeline Stanton must have been sending. As a psychologist and advice columnist, Rebecca thinks that she should have known that Madeline needed help. So when Madeline¿s mother comes to Rebecca with the belief that it wasn¿t suicide after all and asking for advice and aid, Rebecca is unable to refuse. What Rebecca discovers is that Madeline had a secret life involving online dating and a blog journaling her diverse sex life. With her own dating life at a standstill and pressured by both her friends and her editor, Rebecca plunges into the thirties-and-up dating scene which proves to be just as harrowing as the search for a possible murderer. Speed dating, an ex-husband who is sneaking back into the picture, and an abrasive cop who rubs her the wrong way finding a murderer should be easy in comparison. Roberta Isleib succeeds in creating yet another entertaining series with a strong character who is both vulnerable and strong and who the reader can¿t help but love. Rebecca Butterman is a very complex and sympathetic character, and readers will look forward to watching her grow in future installments. Congratulations to Ms. Isleib for introducing readers to yet another engaging mystery series full of humor and suspense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Butterman is finally getting over the trauma of her divorce caused by seeing her husband having sex in their bed with another woman. She has a clinical practice and writes an advice column for an online women¿s magazine. One day when she comes home, police cars are at her next door neighbor¿s house. She finds out from the investigating officer that her neighbor Madeline committed suicide and left a note on her computer. Madeline¿s mother, Isabel Stanton asks Rebecca to watch her late daughter¿s cat until she can place it with someone. She also asks the psychologist to find out if her daughter really committed suicide because she doesn¿t believe it. Not quite sure why she is doing it, Rebecca starts investigating and finds out that Madeline had a very erotic blog and secret love life. A forensic linguist that Rebecca asks to analyze the blog and the suicide note determines that different people wrote each of them. When Madeline¿s neighbor on her other side is bludgeoned, Rebecca believes the incident is linked to Madeleine¿s death and her nosing around almost costs Rebecca her life. --- DEADLY ADVICE is a fine amateur sleuth mystery that has advice questions and answers throughout the book. They give credence to the heroine¿s career as an advice columnist with a psychology degree because her answers are always realistic. Rebecca is a strong-willed woman who is making a new life for herself after the debacle of her divorce. The only quibble is that the protagonist behaves like a trained cop, following the same path as a homicide detective. Could this mean police officers and psychologists think alike? Judging by the bickering between the sleuth and the shrink they act like two sides of the same coin. Readers will love this mystery because they know ¿dating can be deadly¿. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.