Edited Out A Mysterious DetectivenMystery by E J Copperman is an unique, wacky and different take on a mystery.
Rachel Goldman is a mystery writer whose main character seems to have come to life or at least he thinks he is her Duffy Madison from her books. Duffy is trying to convince Rachel that he is her character and not a missing person Damien Mosley. Funny thing is while they are hunting for Damien, Dusty gets picked up for questioning in the murder of Damien's wife who was killed 5 years ago the same time Damien went missing and Duffy appeared. Confused? So is Rachel .
This is so different that it works. The characters are unique enough to make them interesting. I love the sarcastic things Rachel comes up with in dealing with Dusty. Dusty is matter of fact, no nonsense smart and mysterious while Rachel is smart, creative and sarcastic. The interaction between them is what makes this unusual take on this mystery work.
The idea that Duffy is somehow "the" Duffy from Rachel's imagination who meticulously investigates and hunts for missing persons is a puzzle. Then there is the problem of the body of an unknown man who died 5 years ago, the same time Damien went missing, and Damien's wife who has been murdered 5 years ago for another piece of the puzzle. Add the fact that Rachel thinks this Damien who went missing 5 years ago just when Duffy showed up is probably one and the same person and it all adds up to a multi-faceted, sometimes confusing, fun and uniquely quirky cozy mystery.
The only down side to this is that sometimes there is too much explaining going on that can be a bit boring. It moves slow at times but with so much going on there is no way around all the back story. It is a fun read and really a different fresh take on a cozy mystery.
This is the second book in this series but it can be read as a stand alone. I wish now I had read the first book before this one but it isn't a necessity.
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