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The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin

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Cover art: The Call of the Mild Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: The Call of the Mild - 3rd in the Psych Mystery series
Author: William Rabkin
Publisher: Signet
ISBN-13: 978-0451228765
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
William's Website/Blog: williamrabkin.com


The Call of the Mild is the third book in the Psych series after A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read and Mind Over Magic. The main characters in this book are Shawn Spencer, the owner of Psych a psychic detective agency which he runs with his friend and partner Gus. Shawn’s ability as a detective has been helped along by his father, Henry a great detective himself.

Shawn and Gus take the case of Ellen Svaco, a woman who tells the two men that she lost an important necklace while on a field trip with her students. Gus and Shawn find the necklace quite easily but soon find themselves held at gunpoint and robbed by a mime.

When Shawn and Gus return to Santa Barbara to confront Ms. Svaco about the necklace, the men find that Ellen has been murdered. Unable to figure out the importance of the necklace, Shawn and Gus search for the mime and discover who he worked for. Unfortunately, the mime ends up dead and things go from bad to worse.

After speaking with Oliver Rushton, Gus and Shawn end up going on a mountain backpacking retreat in order to see who with Rushton’s company may be connected to the two dead people. Confronted with wild animals, steep cliffs and another dead body, the detectives face many perils and some very funny moments.

This book was enjoyable, the only problem being too many side plots and the rush at the end for the conclusion. Other than that, the writing was crisp, the story entertaining and the relationship between the two detectives and Henry fun and amusing. If you get a chance, it may be worthwhile to check out the television show of the same name on the USA network.

Wendy

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