Sisters in Crime San Diego Chapter Board Member and Special Guest Host Corey Lynn Fayman will interview First Responder psychologist and author Ellen Kirschman about her work, including The Fifth Reflection, her new Dot Meyerhoff mystery. From Ellen's website: "Writing fiction has given me the chance to do a lot of things I couldn’t in my role as a psychologist. For one thing, I get to take pot shots at cops, my fellow psychologists and a few ex-husbands. My protagonist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff – named after my mother and grandmother – gets to do things I wouldn’t dream of, like impersonating a public official, breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon. She is a spunky fifty year-old who takes orders from no one, not even her chief, and persists in solving crimes when she should be counseling cops. Her love life is confined to an ambivalent relationship with Frank, who is modeled after my husband Steve, the photographer known as S. Hollis Johnson. I have shamelessly plagiarized his entire life to create this character and he still loves me. My other characters, like the bumbling, badge-heavy Eddie Rimbauer or Lupe Ochoa, the desperate wife of a troubled young investigator, are inspired by people I’ve worked with as a psychologist. My hope is that readers will enjoy a good mystery at the same time learn something new about the hidden complexities and emotional challenges of police work." Corey's latest work featuring guitar-playing detective Rolly Waters is Desert City Diva.
A shocking police procedural told through the eyes of a police psychologist. When a young child goes missing, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime. Torn between her allegiance to the troubled investigator and her complicated connections to the missing child, Dot must find a way to help--or lose everything she holds dear.
Officer Randy Spelling mistakenly shoots and kills a pregnant teen. Officer Spelling will pay a much bigger price than the law would deem appropriate, as will police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, who plunges into the investigation with unlikely allies and unconventional tactics.
Dot Meyerhoff has barely settled into her new job as a psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department when Ben Gomez, a troubled young rookie, commits suicide without warning. He leaves a note blaming her, and suddenly her promising new start becomes a nightmare. At stake is her job, her reputation, her license to practice, and her already-battered sense of self-worth. What really drove Ben to kill himself? Why did Dot's psychologist ex-husband recommend that Ben be hired in the first place? Ben's surviving family--including his pregnant, sociopathic widow--and everyone else associated with him are unshakable in keeping the real story secret. Despite disastrous consequences, Dot's persistence pays off when she uncovers the truth behind Ben's suicide, and brings those responsible to justice, ultimately recovering her confidence and her reputation.
Rolly Waters has a new client. Macy Starr wants Rolly to find out what happened to the woman who rescued her as a child and then disappeared. The only clue she has is a one-stringed guitar.
His investigation leads to a world of alien-obsessed cults, a strange desert hideaway, and to a 20-year-old unsolved murder case.