About the Author

Born in Lisbon, Ruth grew up in Portugal, Spain and Israel. A graduate of Bar Ilan University, she earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego. Dr. Shidlo currently lives in Tel Aviv, where she works as a psychologist and trauma therapist. The Rosebush Murders (2012) is her debut novel. The second Helen Mirkin novel, Murder in the Choir, was published in 2016.

In addition to the Helen Mirkin detective series, Ruth is working on a stand-alone novel aimed at both young adults and adults. It deals with searing questions of identity and the search for biological roots.

She recently edited The Enigma of Childhood by Dr. Ronnie Solan (Karnac, 2015).

Ruth founded and is active in Shorashim: Israeli Donor Families (a community-based, volunteer-driven organization aimed at advocating the rights of donor conceived offspring (children, adolescents and adults) in Israel and abroad. Her recent articles have been published in BioNews, Ha’aretz, Medicine and Law, and Assia.

A somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP), she is also on the team of the International Healing-Trauma Institute (ITI – Israel), assists in SE trainings, and works as an emotional first aid (EFA) volunteer in Sderot with various groups, including an elementary school.