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Deadly Advice, Speed Dating and Murder

Yesterday afternoon, I got a chance to read a mystery, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0425214745?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0425214745″emDeadly Advice, /em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0425214745″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / sent to me by author Roberta Isleib. Surprisingly, Isleib is a clinical psychologist and the main character of the book is Dr. Rebbecca Butterman, a psychologist who also writes an online advice column. It sounded rather familiar so I figured it was worth a read. It was.br /br /The storyline starts out with Butterman’s neighbor dying from what looks like a suicide intiitally but turns into a murder investigation. Dr. Butterman gets involved with trying to find the killer and finds out that her neighbor was involved in a seedy underworld of speed dating and erotic parties. Okay, I added the seedy part about the speed dating–some of you out there might have tried it and found it okay. The neighbor apparently was screwing at various parties and then putting the information along with pictures up on a website for the world to see. br /br /Anyway, the descriptions of this uptight psychologist trying to delve into this underworld and her lack of confidence in herself are pretty interesting. Dr. Butterman spends much of the book second-guessing her looks and determining that she is some type of old maid at the age of 38. The online advice column she writes is not bad, but leaves her feeling rather unfullfilled since she gives silly flippant advice to women about the most intricate aspects of their lives. She seems for the most part, to be one of those types who think that “psychological complexity” is the mark of a higher status of being, when in reality, it is often a sign of a royal pain in the ass. br /br /I won’t ruin the plot line for you should you ever read the book, but it makes for a fun afternoon of reading if you like this genre.