Preaching to the Corpse: An Advice Column Mystery


When Dr. Butterman's minister is charged with murder, she uncovers cutthroat church politics. It seems the "thou shalt not kill" tenet has a qualifier: "...unless thou art eliminating the competition."
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When Dr. Butterman's minister is charged with murder, she uncovers cutthroat church politics. It seems the "thou shalt not kill" tenet has a qualifier: "...unless thou art eliminating the competition."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425218372
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Series: Advice Column Mystery Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    A good mystery

    Dr. Rebecca Butterman receives a frantic phone call in the middle of the night from her pastor. One of the parishioners was murdered and he's in police custody. After being questioned and released by the police, Reverend Wesley asks Rebecca to fill the Lacy's empty position. Lacy was the chair of the search committee to hire a new assistant pastor. Rebecca agrees hoping this will lead to clues to solving Lacy's murder. Was Lacy killed over her choice for the new assistant pastor? It's up to Rebecca to find out before the killer silences her vote too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Do the church and murder go together?

    Is the minister at Rebecca Butterman¿s church a murderer? He becomes the prime suspect when he finds the head of the church search committee struggling to stay alive. Who put lard on the landing at the top of the stairs causing the pastoral intern to fall and get a nasty head injury? Did someone shot at Rebecca? Who¿s the killer? Wait for it? The tense action packed climax tells it all, and its worth the wait. I promise you¿ll be surprised. I knew I would enjoy this book after having read the first Advice Column Mystery by Roberta Isleib some time ago. I hope the wait isn¿t as long for the next. Review by Wanda C. Keesey (author Lost In The Mist release May 2008)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    A Delighful Sequel

    When a call in the middle of the night awakened Connecticut psychologist Rebecca Butterman, she braced herself for the worst. What she didn¿t expect was for the caller to be her minister Wesley Sandifer, in the custody of the police after he discovered the poisoned body of a female parishioner. Even as he declares his innocence Wesley seems to be more concerned that Rebecca replace the dead woman on the church¿s search committee to find a new assistant pastor than he is about the murder. When the married detective Rebecca has been crushing on asks her to ask questions about her fellow church members she throws herself in the investigation, perhaps a little more enthusiastically than Detective Miegs intended. In between discovering that Wesley¿s wife recently left him and the murky reasons behind the assistant pastor¿s own quick flight Rebecca provides quirky advice as a columnist and juggles her patients, her sister, and her feelings for a man out of her reach. In this sequel to DEADLY ADVICE, Isleib proves that she can create two incredibly entertaining and unique series with strong, intelligent, and witty heroines with neurotic tendencies 'the other series featuring professional golfer Cassie Burke in the Golf Lovers¿ Mysteries'. A practicing psychologist as well as an advice columnist for BLOOM magazine, Rebecca¿s own life is less than perfect, with a mother who committed suicide and a father who then abandoned his two daughters to be raised by their grandparents. As a result, Rebecca has serious Daddy issues that leaves her confused about her ex and chasing after a detective whose wife is dying from Lou Gehrig¿s disease. Despite this fracture in her personal life, or maybe because of it, Rebecca is a remarkably competent therapist with a near-obsessive compulsion to discover the murderer in her congregation. Full of humor and with a leading character who is superbly likable, Isleib crafts her own twist on the village murder mystery in this very promising series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fantastic amateur sleuth tale

    Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Butterman is woken up in the middle of the night by her minister of the Shoreline Congregational Church. He asks her to come over to the emergency medical clinic off exit 59. Dr. Meigs takes the phone from him and explains that the minister was with parishioner Lacy Bailes when she died. He refuses to talk to the detective unless Rebecca is with him. When she arrives at the clinic, the minister is more interested in having Rebecca on the committee to find a new pastor than he is of being a murder suspect because he doesn¿t believes the victim who was a good person was poisoned like the doctor suspects........................... Rebecca agrees to serve on the committee, but finds the group is not even close to a selection. There are two candidates: a woman from out of town and Reverend Wesley¿s choice Paul a divinity student graduate who the pastor demands they choose immediately. Paul and Rebecca fall down a flight of stairs that have been greased by Crisco. This adds credence to the theory that Lacy was poisoned. That conclusion is solidified when someone fires a bullet that whizzes past Rebecca when she is near her front door. She believes someone fears that her questions are leading her to identifying the killer of Lacy, but instead of taking the safe ¿smart¿ road, she intensifies her investigation............ Rebecca Isleib has written a fantastic amateur sleuth tale in which it seems everyone except the detective and the heroine¿s sister and niece have something to conceal and thus push personal agendas to guard against revealing their secrets. Although some will question why a psychologist would turn to sleuthing especially of a homicide (besides needing it for the plot), the protagonist is ideal for the job as she is an expert on human nature and will need her reading of people skills to determine who are the most likely suspects. Sub-genre fans will enjoy accompanying Dr. Butterman has she makes her inquires................... Harriet Klausner

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