A tie-in readers will be totally ?psyched? about...
Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he?s psychic.
Now, HE HAS TO either clean up? or be found out?
After the PSYCH detective agency gets some top-notch publicity, Shawn?s high-school nemesis, Dallas Steele, hires him to help choose his investments. Naturally, their predictions turn out to be total busts. And the deceptive Dallas is thrilled that he has completely discredited and humiliated Shawn once and for all?until he?s found murdered.
But the police have a suspect?found at the scene with a smoking gun. And she says Shawn took control of her mind and forced her to do it. After all, he is a psychic?
In psychic slavery
By E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" - January 24, 2009
It helps a mystery novelization if the person writing it has actually written mystery scripts for the series.
In the case of William Rabkin, he's not only penned an episode for "Psych," but also episodes for "Monk," "Diagnosis Murder" and "Nero Wolfe." That said, "Psych: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read" is a fun if imperfect little read -- it preserves the wacky, mildly lawless flavour of the TV series, but one of the subplots overstretches credibility.
After Shawn publicly saves a wealthy widow in court, he and Gus earn the wrath of the hate-spewing district attorney, Coules. He takes his revenge by having Gus's car impounded -- and when the boys try to get it back, Shawn's observations prompt the attendant to start shooting. Then poor Gus gets hit with a Mercedes, driven by a sexy, obviously-insane woman named Tara.
Things have not improved when he wakes up: the attendant has been found dead, and Tara has vowed to serve Shawn in all things,... read more
Great TV show, good book
By John Foley - January 15, 2009
I'm a fan of the tv show and enjoyed the book. The author captures the great relationship between Shawn and Gus with witty dialogue that we all know and love from the show. However, their actions seem just a little bit off--being slightly more rebellious/illegal than I would expect from them! I was disappointed that I didn't remember reading about any pineapples (but maybe I missed it--let me know). Also, I felt the show's other characters don't get as much attention or are as accurate representations.
Still, it's a fun read--especially for the last 80 pages or so. Those read more like how you would expect an episode to go.
Definitely recommended for fans of Psych. I'd suggest to save it for the hiatus periods though as you'll appreciate it more for feeding your need for more Psych.
Worst in the novel series,
By T. Nield - August 23, 2011
I love Psych. I love the show and I love the novel series. However, "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read" is awful. The characters are bitter, hostile, and self-serving. They are nothing like they are in the rest of the books or TV series.
It's no secret Shawn takes advantage of and exploits people, but he does draw the line between self-amusement and just plain malice. In the book his exploitation of others goes a little too far to the point it is just untrue to the series.
Juliet was the worst. In the show, she is always nice and bubbly. She is the center of Shawn's love interest. But in this book it is like they are enemies. She is bitter and resentful, and even takes pleasure in seeing Shawn fail. Nothing fits to hold true to the series, and as a Psych fan it is a completely depressing read.