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A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read by William Rabkin
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bookshelves: z-2009, california, doorway-character, funny-adult, mysteries
Read in April, 2009

Shawn and Gus have wacky hijinks while solving the murder of a wealthy Santa Barbara investor. Lassiter is disapproving. Shawn finds a girl who thinks he's communicating with her psychically (Gus is skeptical.) Henry starts a scrapbooking service. Shawn is banned from a few local businesses. You know, the usual.

I have to give this credit for being a really decent TV tie-in novel. Most of them are fantastically bad, but this was not badly written, funny, and in character. In fact, there were times I enjoyed it more than the show, because there was an explanation of what was going through their heads, rather than just seeing them behave bizarrely.

It's possible that the mystery is not the most intricately plotted thing ever, but have they ever been with this show?
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Reading Progress

05/13/2009 page 30
10.42% "Opens with Gus in the middle of an exciting drive that requires his full concentration -- he's 5mph over the speed limit in a school zone."
05/20/2009 page 80
27.78% "At one point, the author uses a "bowl of Lucky Charms" metaphor to describe a geographic feature. That's so bad it's actually pretty funny."

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