The holidays have arrived in postcard-perfect Guilford, CT, but someone’s taking the joy out of the season… Psychologist/advice columnist Dr. Rebecca Butterman gets a call in the middle of the night from the minister at her church begging for her help. He’s in custody after going to a fellow parishioner’s home and finding her dead. The murdered matron was the leader of a search committee charged with finding a new assistant pastor after the previous assistant left in a rush. Rebecca learns that the committee was divided–has someone tried to eliminate the competition? Rebecca puts her analytical skills to work to do her own search–for a killer–all while resisting the urge to break the seventh commandment with a very married detective, and praying she’s not the next victim.
Why did you take up writing mysteries, Roberta?
I’ve always read and loved mysteries, starting with the Bobbsey twins, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames, the nurse detective. I prefer to read a series where I can return to visit with the same characters many times. So this genre seemed a natural choice when I was thinking about trying to write a novel. It also happens that crime fiction fits well with my other profession, psychotherapy (I’m a clinical psychologist by trade). Both the detective and the therapist star with a problem and follow clues until they unravel its solution. I enjoy the puzzle aspect of mysteries and seeing the bad guys get their due—doesn’t always happen in real life!