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The Call of the Mild

(Psych #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  909 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Based on the hit USA Network series

A new novel fans will be totally "psyched" about...

Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic.

Now, he's either going to clean up-or be found out...

Shawn Spencer has always hated the wilderness-by which he means anything outside the delivery radius of his favorite pizza place. But Psych has been hired to solve a baffling ca
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by NAL (first published 2010)
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Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really great story. Definitely had the vibe of Psych. It was perfect for me to read it now since I miss Psych so much. It had a great dynamic and the story kept me interested. I always to wanted to read more to finally find out who did it. I especially like the wilderness part. It reminded me a little bit of Agatha Christie's "And then there were none". So, if you liked that element you should definitely check that book out too.
The only thing it would have made it better, if it were
Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm going to repeat this review for all of the Psych books that I've read, since they're essentially all the same.

If you like the TV show, and it is one of my favorites, then the books aren't bad. Unfortunately, they're not very good either. I expected them to read more or less like an extended episode of the show, but they don't, really. Instead they almost entirely ignore the characters of Detectives Lassiter and O'Hara and focus pretty much exclusively on Shawn and Gus. Mostly Gus, actually,
Aug 26, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-owned-books
I AM MISSING THE END!!! It is very clearly a publisher/printing error but I am so... ARGHHHH!!

Updated 8/27/22:

So. I really enjoyed this, overall. Rabkin portrays Shawn and Gus in a very familiar way. I felt I could immerse myself in a nice, long episode of Psych. It was delightful and comfortable. Like others, I also felt this had a bit of inspiration from And Then There Were None.

However, the end is abrupt and leaves several loose ends. I’m still not convinced that was the actual end. I feel I
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book. I would recommend this to any Psych fan. William Rabkin does a wonderful job of capturing the Characters from the television show and translating them into this book. Were I must admit that Shawn and Gus are not the same as in the show; there is no way someone can fully capture what the actors bring to the characters.

The book was a very fast read and I found myself totally engrossed in the story line. While I read this on my Kindle app at work when I was bored, I fle
Better than the last book. An eccentric billionaire head of a prestigious law firm hires Shawn and Gus to ferret out a murderer amongst his lawyers. He sends his team (Shawn and Gus, included undercover) to an isolated mountain-top and leaves them there. The team has to trek all the way down by themselves. Only one among them has the map and they're not telling. Shawn and Gus have to survive the perilous descent under the watchful eye of the murderer while making sure they're all not killed off ...more
Sam Falco
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-tv
Laugh out loud funny in many places, a fun read.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would you enjoy reading it again:
Yes. The book read just like a Psych episode: it was interesting, well thought out and funny - 5

Did you enjoy the plot:
Plot was amazing/ unique. I knew who the killer was all along but it kept on making me guess, and it remained interesting. The book did a good job keeping me entertained; and I could actually imagine Shawn and Gus actually saying this stuff- 5

Did you enjoy the writing style:
Not really. There was a lot of 'tell' rather than showing. It was writte
Ethan Smith
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had high expectations for this book, being a huge fan of the show. I was disappointed. The kind of humor that makes the show great is hard to translate to literary form, but even with that said it was still lacking in humor. Gus’s character is whiny and annoying, unlike the show, which changed the feel of the story. Also, Lassiter and Juliet were barely mentioned. I Thought that the ending was well done, but the rest of the story was strange, and didn’t feel like psych.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, laughs, re-read
2.) Reread April 21, 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable reread, enhanced by the fact that I'd forgotten who the murderer was in the intervening five years. This is definitely my favorite of the Psych books -- good character development, fantastic setting, and quite a good mystery with some high stakes -- and I've no doubt I'll be rereading it again. Fun stuff.


1.) Read January 27, 2010

I have three requirements when it comes to tie-in novels: a well-written plot; that the charac
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-english, 2018, tie-ins
In certain places the books simply dragged and some of Shawn's shenanigans were rather obnoxious. What I truly loved was that one heart to heart Shawn and Gus had in the woods, almost at the end of the book. That was sweet. ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With the show no longer being in production, I love reading these books. It's like getting a bonus episode. ...more
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May 21, 2022 rated it liked it
I was confused for most of this book to be honest
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another novel and another wish that this story would be picturized as well. Nostalgia is one thing but this books have made me start the series again and I am already in the 2nd season of my rewatch of the entire series.

In this book things start one way but they veer wildly to the wild side as Shawn and Gus finds themselves on a mountaintop with bunch of lawyers one of whom is a killer as well. Well as always Shawn is right wrong and funny as the trend for these books it is again mostly focused
Dianne Munro
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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Lexxi Kitty
Rereading books can be fun, for many reasons. Especially if you liked the book in the first or previous readings, and do not have instant recall of the entire book when you start a new rereading. On the other hand, I believe my lack of remembrance, for the most part lack of remembrance of the story-line here, is due less to the great number of years and books between first reading and this rereading, and more because the book itself is kind of . . . to put it bluntly . . . boring.

On the other ha
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, mysteries
Psych is one of my favorite TV shows, and I thought A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read was better than a typical television tie-in novel, but this one just wasn't as good. The plot was a little hard to follow, a flaw made worse by suspects who were barely indistinguishable from each other and obscure pop culture references used to make key points in dialogue. ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite psych book. It was loosely based on "and then there were none", which I did not enjoy. When I pick up a book based on the tv show psych, I expect it to be fun and enjoyable WITHOUT mass murder. Not the best read
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the banter between Gus and Shawn (like in the TV show) and all the movie references. I thought is was really wild and fun. It was hilarious. I laughed out loud many times. I look forward to reading more of the series.
Jeff Alexy
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Love the characters from the TV show. Plot was pretty good but the ending was a little anticlimactic.
Mytchel Chandler
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
William Rabkin’s, Psych: The Call of the Mild plants us on another phsyicic episode induced journey with our favorite characters from the show, Shawn and Gus. Tasked with retrieving a stolen necklace, Shawn and Gus follow their leads and misguided instincts, only to return empty handed and find their client deceased. Following tracks to a Law Firm, they are excited to learn that the owner is aware of the situation and wants to send them on a company retreat with the other lawyers to figure out w ...more
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read
Rating: 2 stars.

This was one of my least favorite of the Psych books. It dragged on. A lot. There was also a lot of pointless side tracks the case took that wasn't necessary, this book didn't need to be over 250 pages it could have easily been a solid 200 or even in the 100 page range. It seemed the author dragged the story on just to hit the 250 page goals.

I do wish the books were from Shawn's point of view instead of Gus'. I know the show followed Shawn's view and the book wanted to give Gus
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book read like an episode of Psych. I could picture all of the characters doing and saying everything that occurred. I would have liked to have seen more of Juliet in this book, but that would have taken away from the time spent with Shawn and Gus.

I enjoyed this book and found myself looking forward to reading more. The reveal was well done and a great twist; I did not see it coming.

However, there were so many typos and mistakes in the book (especially towards the end) that it made it diffi
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
By book three, they finally hit their stride. The characterization was spot on with the TV show, the banter was improved, and they managed to work in most of the main characters in a way that worked out exactly how an episode would. The mystery itself was interesting, however it lacked the huge final reveal that we typically get where Shawn makes a big (humorous) speech. However, it worked out out in an interesting way because we get some Gus POV. In my opinion, the best of the first 4 books.
Olive Swan
May 27, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
As a Psych book, this definitely kept the spirit of the show. The conversation, the back and forth. With one exception early in the book that was not family friendly.

As a mystery, there were a few plot holes not buttoned up at the end that you have to make some assumptions about. And a few characters that you never hear of again.

Other than that, an enjoyable read even if it did take a while to get to the wilderness section.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
started it on the first day back at college. finished it the weekend before i leave. lol.

started off really good, but the plot was very confusing. the author did an AMAZING job at writing the characters of Shawn & Gus. could hear them saying the dialogue in my mind.

but the plot was very confusing + kinda all over the place. looking forward to reading the other books in this series. :)
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the show and this series does a good job or capturing the same tone as the show. This book had a more “and then there were none” feel too it and got darker and more overly complicated than the shows usually do. Overall a good quick read but not as good as the show or other mysteries.
Jackie Layton
Mar 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is so much fun ! I bet it will keep you guessing.

The real thing that surprised me is how much it’s about Gus. In the TV series, Gus is the sidekick and Shawn is the main character. Still, it’s a good story.
Deyth Banger
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not the best choice

Nothing really keeps me into being interested into this series
Shirley Eiswerth (Quackenbush)
Cute and funny and just like the show...
Kent Archie
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I miss Psych and this was like having an extra long episode.
If you're a fan, this is worth checking out. If you aren't familiar, it would be better
you watch some episodes first.
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William Rabkin is a two-time Edgar Award nominee who writes the Psych series of novels and is the author of Writing the Pilot. He has consulted for studios in Canada, Germany, and Spain on television series production and teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and as an adjunct professor in UC Riverside's low-residency masters program.

William Rabkin has written and/or produced more than 300 hours

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