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A Fatal Frame of Mind

(Psych #4)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The popular tie-in novels to the USA Network series Psych

When the Santa Barbara art museum unveils its newest acquisition, the long-lost masterpiece by Dante Gabriel Rossetti isn't the only surprise behind the red curtain-so is the museum's curator. Dead. The case has everything Shawn likes: it's bizarre, it's baffling, and there's a snack bar at the crime scene. But th
Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by NAL (first published July 7th 2009)
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Lexxi Kitty
I'm frequently confused when I reread Psych books. I hasten to note that I do not mean confused as to what occurs in the book, but, instead, confused as to how I never seem to recognize the books as I read them (for the most part, with exceptions both for books and scenes). Did I read this one previously? Apparently I did since I marked it as being read in 2009. Soooo.....

Right, so. Probably this and other books in the series are easier/better read by those who watched and enjoyed the television
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was awesome and first international jumping adventure in books for our guys. This one was funny as hell and the banter between Gus and Shawn was in top form. This time the mystery was far reaching and far deeper but did it turn up the way the mystery does.

This time Lassiter was featured way more than the last books. I liked this one too and I had thought that this would be the nice touch to bring the nostelgia for the show back for me but these books made me watch the entire show again
Joy Crain
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
As a fan of pineapples, humor, and all things Psych I have to say this was a real let down.

This was told more in Gus's point of view than Shawn's and it most places...boring. It didn't follow the same vibe as the original show which I find a shame. Reading this I find myself saying more than once "yeah, this would happen in the show."

And I really didn't like the vulnerable Lassiter.

Try it if you will. This is appropriate for most audience.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book till the last showdown in the court, that's where it turned into a slap stick comedy, pretty much. Also, there was very little Juliet and Henry, and most of the book had very little to do with the murder that happened at the very beginning. Not that Shawn and Gus didn't help catch some real big bads but, yeah, the murder was solved on ten, fifteen pages top. ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed each Psych book I have read, but this one so far is my least favorite. It was well written and the main characters are just as lovable as on screen. However, in this book there is a professor who likes to lecture just to here himself talk. To me if there is a character I just can't stand it tends to change how I feel about a book. I understand the writer is trying to make the reader as miserable as Shawn and Gus but it was a little much.

This story just seemed to drag on and I fou
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
A Fatal Frame of Mind is the first Psych book I've read and it was great to kind of get more cases/stories with Shawn and Gus! While I do think the show was so much better with the humor and uniqueness of the characters, I did like this book and laughed several times. It was interesting to get to see things from Gus's perspective.

Overall, A Fatal Frame of Mind was a very enjoyable read that I liked. I plan on reading more PSYCH books someday. :)
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A friend gave this to me a couple years ago and I hadn't taken it off my bookshelf until recently, since I was heading to NYC for a few days and wanted something relatively light to read while there. I'm happy I did, since it was a good story and the writing style, in a sense, felt very similar to the storytelling and narrative of the show (which I deeply love). I loved the beauty and elaborately crafted history behind Professor Kitteredge's obsessive conspiracy and the twists and turns througho ...more
Christine Jones
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This particular installment in the book series lacked the humor that the show has. It could possibly have to do with the fact that it is written from the point of view of Gus and not Shawn. Even though Gus is a vital component of the show and the Psych agency the show wouldn’t have the cult following it does if it wasn’t for Shawn being the lead character. That is what this book lacked. Shawn’s uncanny ability to spot clues others don’t. It lacked Lassiter,s brass humor. I gave this a two becaus ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Entertaining, but not good. The Dan Brown-esque plot just doesn't work with Psyche, the writing is inconsistent at best, and the ending is rushed.
It was a nice change to have the story be from Gus's POV (occasionally alternating with Lassiter, a character the author has a surprising amount of sympathy for), but it's obvious very early on, the author didn't have the other character's voices down. He's particularly weak with Juliet.

(a side note, I'm not overly fond of Shawn & the author doesn't s
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I never expected a novelization of a TV show to be a masterpiece, but this was meh at best. If you are a fan of the show, you'll probably enjoy it enough. It is true to the characters on the show. If you aren't, don't bother. 95% of the book is a build up to a very quick and unbelievable ending that attempted to tie up all the random convoluted plot lines. ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This bland, mostly-forgettable 4th foray by Rabkin fails to capture the fun spirit of the show; whereas the 3 previous novels did so beautifully. This dull installment had me practically skimming the pages, just so that I could get to the good part. . . which never came. It felt as if the author was merely fulfilling a contractual obligation.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: media-tie-in
3.5 Stars Rounded Up
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Psych fans who want to read a good book (with whump!)
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Perry Reed
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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,
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
This book was fun, but not enough fun to overcome the glaring problem that the author failed to capture one of the key elements of this program, Shawn's ability to notice things...

The book follows GUS and GUS' attitudes, ideas, and thoughts-- which was probably a good choice-- but it causes the author to avoid focusing on Shawn's mischief, until nearly the end of the book.

The dialogue captures the banter, the insanity, the wit of the actual series. However, this is not quite enough to replicate
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Our favorite "psychic" Shawn Spencer and his partner Gus find their new case not quite so picture perfect in William Rabkin's A Fatal Frame of Mind. Although probably the best written of the first four Psych books, this novel took a bit longer to get into the case. I enjoyed having more Lassiter in this book than the previous ones. Shawn and Gus are written just like they are on the show, which is a plus. The exploits are a bit zany, and I enjoyed the theories on conspiracy theorists. If you're ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
If you like the television show you should find "Psych: A Fatal Frame Of Mind" somewhat enjoyable; otherwise, it's not that great. The three of William Rabkin's Psych books that I have read seem to place the focus more on Gus and very little, if at all, on Shawn. I find this very odd, because the show focuses the most on Shawn Spencer and very rarely on Burton "Gus" Guster or anyone else. So if you can't wait for more Psych, these books will help - but be warned they are not nearly as good as th ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, psych-tv-show
I'm glad Rabkin calls himself crazy because I totally agree.
For around 40 chapters this book was better then the two other psych-books I already read ("The Call of the Mild", "Mind-Altering Murder") but then there is this "plot-twist" that messes it up. And neither am I satisfied with the very end.
I think Rabkin is really good in building a story (and he wrote the charakters really nice this time with the charme of season 1), but he fails at evolving the plot into a satisfying end. Every time.
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction, 2010
I think the last book was better. I enjoyed the plot, and it had a great buildup with Bond-esque twists and locations, but the climax/resolution was pretty weak for me.
I did love that various episodes were mentioned, and think it helped with continuity and establishing the same feel s the show. For example, Lassie was contemplating asking Shawn and Gus for help and bought up the plot from "Lassie Did A Bad Bad Thing" as evidence of how they'd been quick to help him in the past.
Mark Baker
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Shawn and Gus get involved in a murder at the Santa Barbara art museum and wind up on the run with Gus' old art professor. Lots of fun, as you'd expect from the franchise, but the art history lessons got a little long winded, leaving the climax way too rushed.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Grant Polachek
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-humor
Another fun book in the Psych series. The ending was a little rushed, but all in all a fun read. But if you're not already a Psych fan, you should probably skip the book series all together, as I don't feel that any of the books stand on there own. If you already love the characters, then the books are golden--except for the third in the series. Finally, I'd definitely say that this one is the best of the Psych books, although I haven't gotten to book five yet. ...more
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very fun read, if you like the TV show, you'll love the book. As I was reading it, I could picture James Roday (Shawn) and Dulé Hill (Gus) bantering back and forth. If you really like the series, the books seem to allow the fan to get further into the minds of these two "detectives", and in this case, they actually get to get out of Santa Barbara for a bit. ...more
Jacqui Ainsworth
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was my favorite of the Psych books. Like Da Vinci code but Psych-style. I love how the books are from Gus's viewpoint, you get a different appreciation for all the characters. I liked Lassiter's part in this book as well, it helped to flesh him out as a character as well. ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
The thing that makes the Psych series so funny on TV; doesn't translate into a great book. The funny quips were there as was the different descriptions of each of the characters. The story was really lacking. If this were an episode on TV it would probably be really good. A let-down. ...more
Zachary Smith
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
The constant, every-3-pages paragraph breaks are annoying ...

The characters are a little more cartoon-y than they are in the series.
Not a whole lot of father-son depth/Shawn-Jules depth/etc.

Still, these books are clearly getting better. My thanks to William Rabkin!
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Funny, although not as funny as the show. It's a spoof off of Dan Brown's conspiracy theory books, it even references them directly. I'd read the rest of the series if they were available in Barrow. ...more
Charlene H.
In my book, some persuasion was when Shawn and gus were trying to persuade Leonard to turn on his group who thought less of him. "I guess all the smart people get to ride up front." is what Shawn said to persuade Leonard into thinking he was less which he is in the opinion of the father-son duo. ...more
Crystal Caldwell
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-on-nook
I like reading the Psych books, if for no other reason than to relive some adventures with beloved characters on a tv that is over...anyway, the story was pretty intriguing and worth a read if you are a Psych-O :)
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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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