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
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.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Reviewers Note: E.J. Copperman also
writes the Asperger’s Mysteries and The Haunted Guesthouse