Have Couch, Will Travel: A blog about psychology and books
June 13, 2016
This book deserves 10 stars. It's a book about books and their meaning in our lives. So beautifully written and lovingly optimistic I hated to see it end. The characters are unique and deeply drawn. Author Gabrielle Zevin tells the sometimes tragic story of bookseller A.J. Fiery and his adopted daughter, Maya, with a (more…)
May 22, 2016
I don't usually read noir fiction. But Matt Coyle is a fellow Oceanview author, an Anthony Award winner and a particularly nice guy. I plunged in and didn't stop reading until the end. It was a wild ride, lots of curves and u-turns. His series protagonist, Southern Californian, ex-cop P.I. Rick Cahill, has (more…)
May 15, 2016
Jessica Knoll has been compared to Gillian Flynn. I think she's better. Her protagonist TifAni FaNelli speaks with a unique voice. The roots of her cynicism are deeply embedded in past events that Knoll doles out in tantalizing tiny doses driving the story forward at warp speed. Every character and every scene is written (more…)
May 8, 2016
I met Mette Ivie Harrison briefly in 2015 at the Left Coast Crime conference. She was on a panel talking about the challenges she faced being a devout Mormon while writing a mystery whose protagonist, Linda Wallheim, takes on the church, some of its practices and a few of its practitioners. I was so impressed (more…)
May 1, 2016
An absolutely wonderful psychological mystery. Macmillan writes beautifully. it took my breath away. The plot is fast-moving and the structure of the book is unique. A child goes missing and the story is told from three different points of view; the mother, the primary investigator, and the psychologist who is treating the investigator for (more…)
April 3, 2016
I am always on the lookout for other books featuring (or written by) psychologists, I stumbled across Michael Robotham and his protagonist, Dr. Joseph O'Loughlin. What a find! The Suspect, first in the series, is a good, solid read. Dr. O'Loughlin is struggling to accept a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease at the same (more…)
March 2, 2016
I am a police psychologist and the author of three non-fiction books and two mysteries featuring my fictional counterpart, police psychologist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff. I'm often asked how I got started in police psychology. The answer is far from simple.
I grew up in the 1950ís when my job prospects were limited to teaching (more…)
December 24, 2013
I'm a regular grinch. I rarely send Christmas cards and I certainly don't send smarmy Christmas poems. But this guy is so appealing and has such a way with words that I couldn't resist. Happy holidays and a safe, peaceful and healthy New Year to all.
December 19, 2013
Holidays are the hardest for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Doesn't make any difference how they died, illness, murder, suicide, or old age, the pain of their absence seems sharper at this time of year. Diane Kratz's terrific blog, profiles of murder.com, is a must read this month. Her guest is Dr. Debra Holland, author of Grief and Grieving. Diane's blog is very personal as are the nearly 80 comments from readers. Dr. Holland's advice is sound and you'll also find an extensive list of resources. Don't suffer alone or in silence. Go to: http://profilesofmurder.com/2013/12/18/surviving-christmas-grief.
November 4, 2013
I was doing a meet-and-greet front-of-the-store event for Barnes and Noble in Philadelphia. Just me and an enormous, somber-faced bouncer. (Who knew bookstores needed bouncers?) The weather outside was chilly with episodic splatters of wind and rain, making the bookstore an appealing refuge. "Like mysteries?" I crooned to the steady stream of shoppers, sounding (more…)