New York, NY
Monday, September 24, 2007
The third volume in the Dr. Mary Wells Mystery series, "Who Killed Marcia Maynard?" or "The Psychoanalyst is Dead" has just been published. Dr. Marcia Maynard, famous child psychoanalyst and infant researcher, has been murdered in her bed at the El Dorado Apartment House in Manhattan by an unknown killer. Dr. Mary Wells, full-time psychoanalyst and part-time sleuth, helps solve the mystery with her acute analytical and psychological skills. In conjunction with her lover Detective John Franklin, they are an almost unstoppable team. Finding someone angry enough to kill Maynard was not difficult, as many people had histories of being mistreated by the doctor.
The suspects include:
*Her beautiful Indian housekeeper, Asha Rupashi, whom Maynard continually abused and who was a beneficiary in Maynard's will,
*Her chief associate and co-author, Dr. James Whirter, a man her colleagues said she treated "like a lapdog,"
*Rogerio Chavez, a Chinese restaurant delivery man, whom Maynard had insulted and infuriated, and several suitors whom she had rejected.
*The stunning psychoanalyst, Ruby Malone, who had given a paper in Maynard's area of expertise. An observer said, 'Maynard wiped up the floor with her in front of the entire membership. One by one, she cut down each of Malone's points so viciously she couldn't catch her breath enough to answer" Could Ruby have killed Maynard, to get even with her for the public attack?
*A young boy, Buster Baines, who saw the delivery man sneaking out of Maynard's back door, is kidnaped before he can testify. Dr. Wells's car is brutally attacked, and a fire started in it from which she narrowly escapes with her life. Detective Franklin suspects that the kidnaper is the arsonist, in an attempt to get rid of the sleuth who is hot on the trail.
Through Dr. Well's expert interrogation of all suspects, the killer finally breaks down and confesses the murder.
The series, which includes "The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle," and "Murder on the Streetcar," is highly marketable in that it is the first to cover the apprehension of killers from the perspective of a psychoanalyst. The book is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn in a painless manner the secrets of psychoanalysis, as they are used to understand the criminal mind. In addition, all three books are written in a fast- paced and compelling style which makes them impossible to put down.
Dr. Bond received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University, and went on to become a psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years. Since her "retirement" from practice in 1991, she has had 13 books published, including "The Autobiography of Maria Callas, a Novel," "Camille Claudel, a Novel," "Old Age is a Terminal Illness," "Tales of Psychology: Short Stories to Make You Wise," "Who Killed Virginia Woolf? A Psychobiography," "Is There Life After Analysis," "Dream Portrait," "Deborah Sampson: America's First Woman Warrior," and "On Becoming a Grandparent" Her latest book, "Margaret Mahler: The Biography of a Psychoanalyst," is presently in publication with McFarland Publishers.
She is also a playwright, whose play "Maria," about the life and loves of Maria Callas, was successfully presented off-Broadway several years ago. Dr. Bond appeared on Entertainment E! TV as an expert on Maria Callas, and was recently appointed dramaturge at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre as advisor for the play "The Master Class," about Maria Callas.
She belongs to the International Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychological Association, and is a fellow and former instructor of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Dramatists Guild, Florida Freelance Writers Association, and a faculty member of WritingSchool online, where she teaches Psychology and Writing.
She is the widow of Rudy Bond, famed stage, screen, and TV actor, and author of "I Rode a Streetcar Named Desire," the mother of three children, all of whom have published books, and the grandmother of seven.
Dr. Bond will be happy to send a review copy or copies to interested reviewers.
New York, NY