Have Couch, Will Travel: A blog about psychology and books

Book Review: Night Tremors by Matt Coyle

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…)

Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

May 15, 2016

Tags: book reviews, mystery

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…)

Book Review: The Bishop's Wife

May 8, 2016

Tags: book reviews, mystery, Mormon Church

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…)

Book Review: WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly Macmillan

May 1, 2016

Tags: mystery, psychological thriller

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…)

Book Review: The Suspect by Michael Robotham

April 3, 2016

Tags: book reviews

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…)

The Majestic Ballroom or how I got my start in police psychology

March 2, 2016

Tags: Dance hall, dance hall hostess, dime-a-dance

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…)

A Cop's Christmas Eve Poem

December 24, 2013

Tags: Cops, police, Christmas

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.


Surviving Christmas Grief

December 19, 2013

Tags: suicide, holidays, grieving

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.

Adventures on the book trail: meeting a budding author

November 4, 2013

Tags: children who write

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…)

Police suicide

October 11, 2013

When I give readings of my mystery Burying Ben audiences give an audible gasp when I tell them that the leading cause of death for cops is suicide. That's the bad news. The good news is that things are finally changing. No longer is the issue of police suicide being swept under the rug. It's taken too long, but now this is a subject that can be talked about without shame. And that's the only way to make it better.

Want to know more? Click on this link to a short video interview between law enforcement trainers Duane Wolfe and Dave Smith aka Buck Savage (http://www.policeone.com/videos/originals/product/6500976-The-day-I-put-a-gun-to-my-head/?source=newsletter&nlid=6510069). To read the original article Duane wrote in 2012 titled "The Day I Put A Gun To My Head" go to (http://www.policeone.com/health-fitness/articles/6051104-The-day-I-put-a-gun-to-my-head/).


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