I just recently discovered Psych and found that its goofy sense of humor suits me well. It also helps take my mind off how rough things are right now. So, I did some research and discovered that the books supposedly hold up quite well with the series and don’t take place in any particular order or season, which is good since I’m just on season two.
I decided to start with A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read because it was the first published. It’s well written and the characters are true to form. My only complaint is O’Hara got lost in the shuffle some and that was a bummer.
The story is your typical Psych procedural type story with Shawn and Gus getting pulled into a conspiracy following the death of a man working at an impound lot where the Blueberry was being held. For a while they are suspects and then a slew of other characters come in and out of the story in typical Psych format.
The author, William Rabkin, didn’t attempt to re-invent the wheel or change up the characters or the story format and that made me happy. This book felt like I was reading an episode of Psych and to be honest, that’s what I was looking for. This isn’t the type of show that needs the characters fleshed out in the novels.
William Rabkin has written for quite a few mystery TV shows including Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Spencer for Hire, and even an episode of Psych. He brought his ability to tell a good murder story to this novel and I really appreciate that.
Overall A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read was a fun, easy read and I look forward to checking out the rest of the Psych tie-in novels.