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asking for murder

asking for murder

asking for murder

Berkley Prime Crime (September 2, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0425223314

When Rebecca's friend and fellow therapist Annabelle Hart is found badly beaten and left for dead, Rebecca is determined to help search for answers. But this time, no one wants her help. Not Detective Meigs, who thinks the crime was either a botched robbery or the result of a relationship gone sour. And not Annabelle's sister, who makes it clear that Rebecca isn't welcome in family matters.

The only place where her opinion matters is the therapist's couch. She's agreed to see Annabelle¹s patients, but it won't be easy. Annabelle's area of expertise is sandplay therapy, which Rebecca knows little about -- yet with a would-be killer on the loose, she can only hope the clues are buried within easy reach

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Discussion questions for Asking for Murder:

Mental health professionals are committed to protecting their patients’ privacy. Of course, there’s more pressure on confidentiality when a crime has been committed. How did you feel about the way Rebecca handled withholding/giving information to the police about her friend’s caseload?

Rebecca mentions that the advice column sometimes acts as a Greek chorus, echoing the issues in her own life. How did you feel about the presence of the advice column in the book?

Rebecca describes sandplay therapy as a nonverbal method of therapy that provides a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious. How did her reaction to this kind of treatment change over the course of the book? How about yours?

Talk about the role that food and cooking plays in Rebecca’s life.

Mystery writers struggle to play fair, showing enough of the villain through the story to leave readers feeling satisfied about their chances of solving the crime along with the protagonist. At what point did you guess correctly about the villain? What were the clues that allowed you to make this discovery? Did the author play fair?

Where do you see the relationships with Rebecca and her ex and Detective Meigs headed?

Rebecca finds an article on her friend's desk called "On Treating the Hated and Hateful Patient." How did you feel about her disclosure that therapists sometimes react negatively to their patients, just as other people in their lives might?


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