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Author Photos
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Advice Columnist Dr. Aster
a.k.a. mystery writer Roberta Isleib
(photo by Ruthanna Terreri)
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Roberta and canine friend Tonka
(photo by Ruthanna Terreri)
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Book Covers
asking for murder

Asking for Murder
Third Rebecca Butterman
Advice Column Mystery
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preaching to the corpse

Preaching to the Corpse
Second Rebecca Butterman
Advice Column Mystery
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deadly advice

Deadly Advice
First Rebecca Butterman
Advice Column Mystery
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Final Fore
Fifth Cassie Burdette
Golfing Mystery
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Author Bio
New Jersey born clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib took up writing mysteries to justify time spent on the links. Her first series, featuring a neurotic professional golfer and a sports psychologist, was nominated for both Agatha and Anthony awards.

Roberta's series starring a Connecticut psychologist and advice columnist, debuted in 2007 with DEADLY ADVICE, followed by PREACHING TO THE CORPSE and ASKING FOR MURDER (Berkley Prime Crime.) Her short story "Disturbance in the Field," published in SEASMOKE by Level Best Books, was short-listed for both Agatha and Macavity awards. Roberta says the work of the detective in a mystery has quite a bit in common with long-term psychotherapy: Start with a problem, follow the threads looking for clues, and gradually fill in the big picture. So this career move turned out to be a natural progression. Roberta is passionate about portraying her psychologist character as a competent professional (with flaws of course!)

Roberta is the past-president of both the International Sisters in Crime and the New England chapter. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the Authors Guild. She lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Talks & Presentations
  Roberta is delighted to talk about the writing life and her books to libraries, business groups, golf associations, women's groups, and psychology or community service organizations. Her previous experience has included over one hundred libraries, golf organizations, psychology conventions, bookstores, business associations, and radio/TV appearances.
For more information, see Invite Roberta to Speak for details, or Contact Roberta.

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Press Release

October 8, 2007
Contact: Dr. Roberta Isleib


Anchorage, Alaska

At the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, Roberta Isleib was elected to serve as the 21st president of Sisters in Crime (SinC). SinC was founded in 1986 by a small group of writers including Sara Paretsky and Nancy Pickard, and has grown to an international organization with over 3400 members.

Sisters in Crime began by monitoring review space in newspapers and pointing out potential biases to reviewers. The group found that a book written by a man was seven times more likely to be reviewed than a book by a woman, important because libraries and fans make choices depending on reviews.

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Roberta Isleib receiving the "seal" of office from retiring SinC board member and best-selling author SJ Rozan. (Photo credit to Bonnie Cardone.)

Over the past twenty years, Sisters in Crime has continued to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries.

"We've just completed a wonderful year celebrating our twentieth anniversary of opening doors for women writers," Isleib said. "We're very excited about looking ahead."

Isleib is a clinical psychologist who resides in Madison, CT. Her new mystery series, set in Guilford and New Haven, debuted in March with DEADLY ADVICE (Berkley), starring a psychologist/advice columnist. PREACHING TO THE CORPSE will follow in December 2007. Isleib's golf lovers' mysteries have been nominated for both Agatha and Anthony awards.