The typical cozy mystery features an amateur sleuth, often a spunky young woman, who falls into mysteries by stumbling over bodies. Not so with the mysteries by the singular team of E.J. Copperman & Jeff Cohen when they write about Samuel Hoenig, proprietor of Questions Answered.
Samuel is not just an untypical hero, he is neuroatypical, what used to be called Asperger’s on the autism spectrum, and his overly rational way of looking at things is what allows him to answer questions that stymie neurotypical people.
In the fifth book in the Asperger’s Mystery series, The Question of the Dead Mistress, Samuel hands the lead over to his associate, Janet Washburn, because she believes in ghosts and he doesn’t, which means she is better suited to answer the client’s question: “”Is my husband having an affair with a dead woman?”
He has his own questions to answer, especially ones about his relationship with his recently returned father and his feelings for the woman he always calls Ms Washburn. And there is a murder to consider, perhaps two, maybe three.
For readers, there is a glimpse into the mind of someone who may not think as they do but to whom they can easily relate. The series characters are evolving, including Samuel’s mother and taxi driver Mike, which keeps the stories fresh and makes the people real. I look forward to reading many more.
The Question of the Dead Mistress won’t be released until October 2018 but can be preordered on Amazon here. The other books in the series can be ordered by clicking on their titles: Book 1, The Question of the Missing Head; Book 2, The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband; Book 3, The Question of the Felonious Friend; and Book 4, The Question of the Absentee Father.
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