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Preaching to the Corpse

(Advice Column Mystery #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When Dr. Butterman's minister is charged with murder, she uncovers cutthroat church politics. It seems the "thou shalt not kill" tenet has a qualifier: "...unless thou art eliminating the competition."
Mass Market Paperback, 238 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by Berkley (first published December 1st 2007)
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May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Rebecca Butterman, psychologist and advice columnist, receives a phone call in the wee hours of the morning from the pastor of her church, which catapults her right into a murder mystery. While Dr. Butterman gives excellent advice to her clients and readers, she doesn't always listen to her own inner, rational voice. What follows is an investigation into the murder against the wishes of investigating officer and her semi-crush, Detective Meigs, and several misadventures for Rebecca. From ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
When psychologist /advice columnist Dr. Rebecca Butterman gets a call in the middle of the night from the minister of her church she is not only thrust into a murder mystery (her minister found a parishioner dead in her home) but church politics. The deceased parishioner was a member of a search committee looking for a new assistant pastor and Rebecca takes her place on the committee. Rebecca soon learns how competitive and hostile church politics can be, not to mention dangerous. Rebecca is ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really like the Advice Column Mystery Series by Roberta Isleib. Preaching to the Corpse is the second book in this three book series. In this segment, a member of a church team charged with hiring a replacement minister is murdered and Dr. Rebecca Butterman is called in to counsel the minister who found her and may or may not be a suspect and to replace the murdered woman on the committee. Detective Meigs features prominently in this book as he did in the first, although perhaps not in a way ...more
Mike Debaptiste
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of cozy mysteries and holiday mysteries
This is a very good read, a nice cozy Christmas mystery featuring a lady psychologist who is pretty much screwed up herself after a bad divorce. She writes an advise column for a local newspaper and is sort-of falling in love with a cop who is married to a sick-and-dying woman. Lots of angst. The murder here takes place at her church and it is a liturgical-Christmas mystery about the people of the parish, yet very modern. This author is very good and there are two more books in this series that ...more
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Dr. Rebecca Butterman receives a frantic phone call in the middle of the night from her pastor. One of the parishioners was murdered and he's in police custody. After being questioned and released by the police, Reverend Wesley asks Rebecca to fill the Lacy's empty position. Lacy was the chair of the search committee to hire a new assistant pastor. Rebecca agrees hoping this will lead to clues to solving Lacy's murder. Was Lacy killed over her choice for the new assistant pastor? It's up to ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like all of this author's work, under both her names.
This is an entertaining psychological mystery with interesting church overtones.
Plus, the main character is still trying to figure out where she stands with the sort-of married detective.
Well written and entertaining.
Debbie Heaton
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a harrowing psychological suspense tale meticulously told. Rebecca Butterman is smart, sympathetic, and caring, a female sleuth whose advice you can trust. I will definitely look forward to the next installment.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This second book in the series set in Coastal CT doesn't disappoint. The main character, Rebecca, a psychologist has been asked to help at her church by being on the search committee for a new assistant minister. All the politics within the members of the church group is so believable - but most churches don't have people who resort to murder!
Connecticut is the setting for a surprisingly small number of mysteries, compared to its sister state New Jersey. (Then again people seldom make fun of Connecticut, so it all evens out). It's true that Connecticut is the third smallest state in area, but it is fairly thickly populated, and has a variety of classic mystery settings -- gritty cities, ritzy suburbs, small towns, museums, colleges and prep schools -- and churches!
When I saw that Roberta Isleib's second "Advice Column Mystery" dealt
Elizabeth Jules Mason
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
In a word: OK

*possible subtle spoilers*

While I enjoyed the mystery part of this book and the setting (Christmas time in New England) I didn't really like the heroine much. The heroine is Dr. Rebecca Butterman, a divorced successful psychologist who writes an advice column. What I didn't like about her, was she was so judgemental of people. She came across as being self righteous and looking down her nose at the people around her. I didn't like that. Also, she was crushing on a married cop whose
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Who knew that searching for a new pastor would be so difficult and so deadly? Dr. Rebecca Butterman had no intentions of becoming a member of the pastoral search committee, but when Lacy Bailes is found dead and an intern pastor is sent careening down a greased staircase, Rebecca takes it upon herself to not only find out why the last pastor left suddenly, but also discover who wanted Lacy out of the way, and in so doing, finds a couple of secrets among these upstanding citizens.

This is the
Dec 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Dr. Rebecca Butterman, psychologist
SETTING: Guilford, Connecticut
SERIES: 2 of 2
RATING: No rating
WHY: This is not the kind of book I normally care for at all, but due to poor planning on my part, was the only book I had to read on a recent business flight which explains why I finished it. The amateur sleuth conducts an ongoing investigation of a murder despite repeated direction from the police not to do so. She is a psychologist but has no self confidence about making her own
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, holiday, cozy
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Micky Cox
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great plot line that left you scrambling for clues to figure out who did it! The character development was significantly improved in this book. I'm so glad that I gave this series a second chance. Now, I need to get the next book in the series to see what antics this sleuthing therapist gets into next!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a very cozy book. I did not like the fact that the person who "did it" wasn't really on the radar in the book. It is one thing to have red herrings but to bring someone in at the end is the worst ending for a mystery! I might read another book by the author but with caution. If this is her MO then I will pass.
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Not as dark as the first mystery in this series. Still a good plot that has you guessing until the end. I enjoy this series much more than the writer's mysteries based on the Woman's Pro Golf Tour.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cozy mystery series.
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I especially enjoyed the psychologist as protagonist.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
A nice cozy. Flowed well and had a good plot. Very enjoyable. Wonder what the third book will bring? Will Dr. Butterman and Meigs get togw=ether??
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting characters and a solid story line.
Catherine  Mustread
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Quick good read! Didn't go above my (limited) tolerance for religion. Advice Column Mystery #3
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, 2009
Advice columnist/psychologist turns detective in this typical whodunnit.
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
OK. A little choppy in places but overall a average mystery.
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New Jersey born clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib took up writing mysteries to justify too much bad golf. Her Cassie Burdette series was nominated for an Agatha and two Anthony awards. Her new series debuted in March with DEADLY ADVICE, starring a psychologist/advice columnist. PREACHING TO THE CORPSE will follow in December. Roberta is the president of Sisters in Crime National.

Other books in the series

Advice Column Mystery (3 books)
  • Deadly Advice (Advice Column Mystery, #1)
  • Asking For Murder (Advice Column Mystery, #3)