A Lesson in Woo-Woo and Murder | Critical Book Review

Get ready for a quirky journey into the realms of woo-woo, murder, and some good ol’ humor with David Unger, PhD, in “A Lesson in Woo-Woo and Murder.”


Unconventional Sleuthing

Humor, weirdness, and a generous dose of fun blend seamlessly in this cozy crime tale that takes an unconventional twist. Therapist David Unger, inadvertently turned sleuth, stumbles into a chaotic world of bad juju at the Santa Monica Whole Life Expo. While maintaining a skeptical stance, David embarks on a mission to unravel the mysteries surrounding a high-maintenance client, a peculiar love doctor, and a murderer on the loose.


The Charm of 1980s Santa Monica

Set against the backdrop of 1980s Santa Monica, “A Lesson in Woo-Woo and Murder” adds a zingy flair to an already dynamic plot. David Unger’s dual role as a therapist and accidental investigator opens the door to a realm of possibilities, many of them hilariously entertaining. While he may lack prowess as a sleuth, his endearing open-mindedness and bumbling incompetence make him a prize of a main character.


Quirky Characters and Self-Referential Humor

The novel exudes a sense of fun from the get-go, playing with narrative conventions, foreshadowing, and voice. The self-referential humor adds depth to the storytelling, and a cast of eccentric supporting characters, from escaped alien abductees to tantric-sex teachers, contributes to the overall charm. The potential involvement of these quirky characters in the murders keeps the plot engaging and unpredictable.


A Slight Detraction

While the setting, characters, and atmosphere contribute to the novel’s appeal, there’s a slight drawback. The murders unfold at a distance from the main character, leaving a gap in the buildup of tension. Learning about the crimes through external sources rather than firsthand experience makes it challenging to fully immerse oneself in the suspense.


Final Verdict

For fans of cozy mysteries with a self-aware twist, “A Lesson in Woo-Woo and Murder” delivers a delightful blend of nostalgia, humor, and eccentric characters. While the story’s placement may hinder the buildup of suspense, the overall package makes for an enjoyable read.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewMystery, Thriller & Suspense / Cozy250 pages9781732339569

Get ready for a quirky journey into the realms of woo-woo, murder, and some good ol’ humor with David Unger, PhD, in “A Lesson in Woo-Woo and Murder.” Unconventional Sleuthing Humor, weirdness, and a generous dose of fun blend seamlessly in this cozy crime tale that takes an unconventional twist. Therapist David Unger, inadvertently turned…