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Summary

"Is Richard Handy really my friend?"

It's been one year, two weeks, and three days since Samuel Hoenig opened the doors of Questions Answered. The personality traits of his Asperger's Syndrome help him maintain objectivity - a critical component of his business's continuing success.

But when Tyler Clayton, a young man who also has Asperger's, asks if a store clerk is truly his friend, Samuel, for the first time, can't bear to give an objective answer. It's a dicey situation that only gets worse when one of the key players ends up dead. Resolving to do the right thing, Samuel, with help from his associate Ms. Washburn, wades into the murky waters of friendship, and the answer he finds may be a revelation to himself most of all.

©2016 E.J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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"The ways of the neurotypical continue to perplex this unusual protagonist, much to the delight of readers of all cognitive stripes." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Really enjoyable!

Thoroughly enjoyable story, perfect narration. Needmore of the series in audible if more exist... please. Love the characters.

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Great

I am still enjoying these novels . The way they are written and the narration are symbiotic . These books calm and intrigue , making my work days pleasurable.
I would like to listen to more but this is the last one .

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Very Enjoyable

Loved all 3 books in the serious that are on audible, very enjoyable and well wrote. Would definitely recommend!

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Another question another great mystery

I like this quirky mystery series and think this is another interesting question that gets asked. I really like the main character because he is so different from the normal amateur sleuth that is out there and with the author's understanding of the syndrome he is easy to understand and like, he also has a great sidekick in Ms Washburn. The idea of starting the investigation because of a question really works and this question is a real quandary. The story takes a few different directions as it unfolds and I look forward to the next book to see where the author takes the series next.
A young man who also has Aspergers asks Samuel if the store clerk is his friend, Samuel finds it hard to answer the question. When he finally gives his client the answer things take a deadly turn and the client gets arrested or murder. The brother blames Samuel and poses another question for him to answer. Samuel and his assistant Ms. Washburn find themselves investigating a murder and the gaming world. Can they prove there client is innocent even though he was found holding the gun and keeps confessing?
I like the narrator, he shows a good understanding of the characters which helps to make them come to life.

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Getting better and better

EJ Copperman has written another cozy mystery which is amusing and easy to listen to and the narrator does a gread job. The author explains the way that someone with autism sees and experiences the world - as well as offering some useful tips for interactions. I really hope that the remaining books in the series are recorded as audiobooks.

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it was yet another great listen..really enjoyed this storyline and audio. looking forward to the next one very soon

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What is a friend?

This did feel a little rushed initially (I think there were a couple of syntax errors and might need a final edit) but for me this was the best 'question' so far. The characters continue to develop and as with the previous questions, this is about so much more than a mystery. Mark Boyett's delivery takes me there and i can 'see' everything in my mind's eye. i note there are at least 2 more in the series but these are not currently available on audible. If this is ever rectified, please make sure that it is Mr Boyett who does the reading.

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Need the rest of the series

Fab series - need the rest of the series added to Audible asap! Hoping it happens soon!

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Loved it

I do hope this series continues - it is light and clever and witty - with just the right amount of mystery.

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  • 12-05-22

loved it

I am enjoying the series, can wait till the next one. Narrator was extremely good.

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  • 29-03-17

Fun and Light Mystery

I love this series! The character of Samuel is well developed and likeable, and his sidekicks, "Mother" and Mrs. Washburn, play off him perfectly. The concept of answering a question for a business is intriguing, and I like how the author turns the question into a mystery. Samuel reminds me a little bit of Mr. Monk, and his unique perspectives help solve the mystery. I also like that Mrs. Washburn is given credit for her contributions and is more than just a potential love interest for Samuel. This is the third in the series, but the first one I listened to on audio. I thought that the audio version would make Samuel come alive as I have found in some series, but I found that the printed versions were just as enjoyable.

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  • C Warner
  • 09-07-17

Loved it 😁

Good humor, psychologically accurate, reminds one that people are NOT their "disorders." Very entertaining listen.

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  • zeekaybee1
  • 08-01-22

another fun read

i love the dry humor and character building in this series. recommended for everyone.

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  • Mariana
  • 30-01-19

please bring in the other books to audible!!!

These books are original and fun and the narration brings them to a whole other level that is very important in understanding the different personality, as Sam would say it. if you enjoy it please request the content from audible.

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  • Elli
  • 15-03-21

So so book

I didn't think this book was as good as the first two in the series. The author spent way too much time constantly repeating that Samuel has Aspergers and going over all of the idiosyncrasies that go with it which he had already explained earlier in the book. Additionally, we constantly must read that "Ms. Washburne is an invaluable associate"; I understood this the 1st 10 times. The story itself was okay. The story plots in this series aren't the deepest or most intricate but I still like the audiobooks because the narrator does an awesome job. Reading the books I'm not sure I'd enjoy them as much.

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  • Pam Tiedtke
  • 28-10-19

good

very light listening but it's teaching a lot about autism. story line held my interest.

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  • lisa
  • 19-10-18

Love these little Cozies

Samuel Hoenig, proprietor of Questions Answered, has been asked a new question. Is Richard Handy really my friend? The question presents a problem for Samuel, as his Aspergers leaves him highly objective, but the question is not an objective one. His client, Tyler, is a young man also on the autism spectrum, and not equipped to answer this question for himself, a point of significance for Samuel and his associate, Miss Washburn. They take the question.

They were not surprised to ascertain that Richard Handy was not really Tyler's friend, but when Richard is shot and the police find Samuel's client standing over the body with the gun, answering the question of who shot Richard Handy proves much more difficult. Tyler has confessed.

I really do enjoy these cozy mysteries. After the fashion of Dame Agatha, it's always that one thing we didn't know that clinches these plots together. This story, while still very enjoyable, has a bit of a plot hole. There are explanations around it, but none of them are especially satisfying. Not a major point of contention for me. I enjoyed where this one ended.

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  • Janet tolley
  • 03-01-17

Aspergers

Aspergers is an interesting topic. I think as my third novel you waste too much time speaking about it.

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  • Donna
  • 23-11-16

Skip this one

When the author gets past explaining every, and I mean every, detail of life on the autism and allied disorders spectrum - then I will read another in the series.

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