Asking for Murder
by Roberta Isleib

The Berkley Publishing Group, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22331-4.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 08/15/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Dr. Rebecca Butterman discovers her best friend Annabelle Hart brutally battered and clinging to life in her home after Hart didn't show up for their lunch date. Rebecca, a psychologist, finds herself in the middle of a complicated web: who wanted Annabelle Hart dead? A psychiatric patient? A lover? Or was it merely a botched robbery as the cops claimed? As Rebecca takes over her friend's patients and strives to uncover the truth of Annabelle's near-demise, she unearths much about herself that she had kept hidden for many years. Yet while she is hot on the trail of clues and personal discovery, danger lurks around every corner. Will Rebecca survive long enough to act on her new revelations or will Hart's would-be murderer succeed in silencing her as well?

Roberta Isleib's new novel Asking for Murder is a unique mix of murder mystery and psychological exploration. The characters are believable, likeable, and easy to relate to. The prose flows well and the dialogue is intelligent. I couldn't put this book down. This was the first novel by Roberta Isleib that I have read, and from this experience I can hardly wait to read the next book in this collection. Just what will Dr. Butterman get herself into next?

Roberta Isleib is a clinical psychologist from New Jersey. She has been nominated for both Agatha and Anthony awards. Her advice columnist series debuted in 2007 with her novel Deadly Advice. Asking for Murder is the second novel in this series. Isleib lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her website.

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