Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor's office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working on her next book when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing person case. The caller's name? Duffy Madison.
Is this real, or has she lost her mind? She doesn't have much time to find out, because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.
Full of uncanny intrigue and witty humor, E. J. Copperman's imaginative series debut, Written Off, is sure to be a new fan favorite for listeners of Donna Andrews.
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It's been waiting for me for a while and I just thought, "let's see what it's all about," I'm so glad I did.
This is a fun story where a crime writer's mail character gets in touch one day and turns out to be real. Murders happen (I'm not spoiling stuff here) and they work together to find out what happened while she's also trying to work out who he is.
This is the first thing I've read (listened to) by this author, I'm off to find more :)
I love 'The Haunted Guesthouse' series by this author. As well as the narrator being the same for those books and this one.
A perfect way to get me to try the new book is to bring the two together again. So much so, I had this on pre-order, and once it was in my library I listened to the story in less than 24 hours. It is a different genre to what I have heard from E. J. Copperman before, but I wasn't disappointed.
The official summary does the book justice, so I won't repeat that.
I liked the fact that this is engaging enough to keep you interested. Yet is light enough to not be too taxing, giving you a good listen when you want something fun, but still with a bit of substance to the overall story.
This is tagged as the first book in a new series, and (hopefully without giving anything away) I'm looking forward to finding out if they can solve the mystery of D.M.
I like the narrator, and she does a good job of keeping the main character upbeat. It was nice that her voice didn't have me thinking of any other books she's read, because in the past I have found that can be distracting with some narrators. The engineering quality was also good - which is something that can be seriously lacking with some of the downloads from Audible.
All in all, I was pleased with pretty much everything this book had to offer.
"Another Great Hit by E. J. Copperman"
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy his Haunted Guesthouse series. The characters are engaging and well developed. The plot was realistic and fast paced. I can't wait for the next book.
"Not just suspend disbelief, but kill it dead!"
Before I get to the main problem, I'll get out of the way that the narration was convincing, and the main character, Rachel, well enough presented that I was interested in following her through the story. Her "creation" Duffy Madison, on the other hand, was about as boring as it could get. Copperman has a series featuring an Asperger's protagonist, so having a similar one here is just too much. The other secondary characters were okay, but not especially impressive.
I wasn't all that drawn into the plot regarding a serial killer targeting mystery writers, but am willing to give a first book a bit of a pass as the focus is on setting up a series. However ... the Big Reveal as to the killer left me shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!" Since Audible doesn't have a feature to hide spoilers, the most I can say is that Duffy and the Bergen County authorities are Too Stupid to Live (to borrow a phrase used repeatedly by Rachel).
Most charitable thing I can say is that having a character come to life unexpectedly was a idea with possibililities, but poorly executed here. I'll stick with Samuel Hoenig instead.
People in the next car thought I was nuts. I AM listening to Written Off again. It still makes me laugh..........the reader is perfect for this book!
Hope there is a follow up soon!
"Excellent start to a new series"
Well written E.J. Cooperman and well performed Amanda Ronconi. But I expect no less from the two of you. I can't wait to purchase the next book to this series.
"Has promise as a series."
I liked the overall storyline and the concept of the 2 main characters. however, the author needs to tighten up the actual crime features; the weren't always believable. the story was told in first person- Racheal-who spent a lot of time repeating that Duffy, the other main character, was created out of her imagination. more character development would have been better rather than hearing Rachel's internal thoughts. the narrators voice had a hint of whineyness that became grating towards the end. I do look forward to the next installment.
This book was fun and funny. it felt like a window into writer's life without taking itself too seriously. Definitely a few winks from the author thrown in.
I love everything this author has written (under both names) and this series is no exception. Interesting story, creative concept, and the trademark humor that I so enjoy from this writer. I'm already anxious for the next one!) The narration is also great (the talent of those who perform audio books never ceases to amaze me.)
"Full of twists and laughts"
Mystery with a fun twist. Very original. Chuckled out loud as I was listening to the Audio book.
Paula was fun, Rachael was funny, Dusty was unique, Dad was endearing. Others added to the mix. Very, very fun on a long ride.
She was a great reader. Did wonderful voices, and fun voice annotation. Very engaging story and she added to the fun.
Laugh, laugh, laugh!
"kept interest until locked room...spoiler alert"
very disappointed in the locked room sequence. thought of several options that might have been better given the lamp, tool case, and chest. am pretty sure duffy would have checked the chest regardless. seriously, why would he stand around trying to figure out where she was instead of taking the keys from the murderer and opening the two locked storage containers large enough to hold a person? btw, how would light come though roofing materials. glowing light through a worn patch on the inside of an attic roof? how did the inside of a roof become worn? maybe I misheard the narrator - it was a dark and stormy night when I listened to the last few chapters. still, i'm looking forward to the next book; I love all copperman's other books I've read. i can even accept the similarities between duffy and paul from the haunted b&b.
"The beginning of a cute series...."
Yes. I like the dialogue between Duffy and his creator. She also gives us a guick peek in to the world of the writer.
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