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Edited Out
Mysterious Detective Mystery #2
E.J. Copperman

Crooked Lane
May 9, 2017/ ISBN 978-1-68331-130-0
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Rachel Goldman and Duffy Madison are at it again in this second installment. Rachel is a mystery author, and Duffy is a real person who believes that he came to life five years ago when she started writing a character by the same name. Do you feel befuddled? Well just imagine how Rachel feels! She wants to learn the truth about Duffy’s past so he will realize that she didn’t “create” him. He remains unconvinced.

Duffy is ready to find the man he may have been before, if only to help Rachel because she’s having trouble writing her latest mystery novel with the real-life Duffy around. The last thing Rachel wants to do is hang around with Duffy, but it looks like there is a murder involved again, and Duffy needs her help. He is suspect number one and things are only going to get more complicated.

As Rachel and Ben Preston set out to help Duffy find out who really killed Damien Mosley, the trio uncovers a trail of seemingly unrelated clues. Will the ever-logical Duffy be able to hone in on what is really going on, or will he end up in jail for a murder (or two) that he may or may not have committed? Even Rachel and Ben start to have their doubts about Duffy. There are more other possible suspects than you could shake a stick at, but the police are keeping their focus on Duffy and his lack of a background beyond five years ago doesn’t help his case.

Original and clever, this mystery is paced nicely and full of enough twists and turns to keep the most seasoned of mystery readers guessing. Duffy is droll and one of a kind, and as the story continues you realize just how much he and Rachel really are entwined in each other’s lives. With Ben as a potential suitor for Rachel, one has to wonder if this will become a romantic triangle in future books.

I look forward to the next installment, as it will be interesting to see how Copperman can further humanize Duffy while keeping the spirit of the series intact. I thoroughly enjoyed “Edited Out” and as usual can unequivocally state that anything E. J. Copperman writes is not to be missed.

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Reviewers Note: E.J. Copperman also writes the Asperger’s Mysteries and The Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries

Reviewed 2017