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Summary

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.

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

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As good as 'The Haunted Guesthouse' series.

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.

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Blehhhh!

I bought this because I quite enjoyed the guesthouse series, but this was irritating and painful to listen to! It gets a 2nd star because I did listen all the way through, I did skip a few chapters though.

Totally daft, and the self deprecating humour is really poor. The plot isn't much better! I definitely won't be following this series!

I really do not like the narrator's voice it is very harsh and I find it grates. This lady has narrated all of the guesthouse series and somehow she's better reading those!

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Where did I find this?

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 :)

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Amusing tale we'll performed.

I had never heard of Amanda Ronconi. But this was a good performance.

The tale is quite light hearted and easy to listen to. Nothing spectacular but I would not put it down. I listened while doing housework.

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odd sort of a tale.

this listen was ok. a novel about a novelist and her main character coming to life. the preparation was better than the ending

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Different

This was a completely different cosy mystery to the ones I am used to. I found the premise very interesting and I spent most of the book trying to figure out what was going on with Duffy Madison. There is some humour in the story which I liked a lot and the mystery was very good although identity of the killer and the motive was a bit flimsy.
I enjoyed listening to this book and I will probably listen to the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.

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Good story

This one keeps you listening. Light hearted and fun with a touch of danger...

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Great twist to a great story!

I haven't read this authors work before but I am certainly going to read more. Brilliant!

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brilliant

I enjoyed the haunted guesthouse series so was overjoyed to find this, I really enjoyed it.

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Wonderful listen!

I stumbled upon this gem while looking for a distraction from the housework! And boy did it deliver! Couldn’t stop listening! Looking forward to getting the next mystery in my ears next!!

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  • John S.
  • 06-09-16

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.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-07-16

Laughed outloud....

Would you listen to Written Off again? Why?

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!

Any additional comments?

Hope there is a follow up soon!

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  • Jessika
  • 21-02-19

painfully slow and repetitive

I have really enjoyed the ghosts in the Inn series by E.J. Copperman, but this booking was really boring and repetitive to the point that I had to fast forward in 30 second increments to make it through.

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  • Crystal
  • 04-08-16

Terrible book.

The main character is totally unrealistic. Her life is in danger.... so she goes to bed. Magical duct tape shows up after the author drills into your head over and over that there "was nothing in the room"

Waste of 9 hours.... i kept waiting for it to get better.... it didnt.

Great narrator tho.

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 18-08-17

Little content

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Little plot or character development. Lots of inane dialogue. The idea of a fictional character becoming real is interesting but most of the text is inane chatter.

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  • LOYL-00
  • 25-06-16

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.

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  • Jeanne
  • 28-07-16

I got bored

I love Copperman's Haunted guesthouse series. They're funny, nothing too terrible happens the endings are always happy. They are fun entertainment between heavier and darker reads. So, I had the same expectations for this book.

My expectations were not met.

I didn't like the book's heroine, mystery writer Rachel Goldman. For someone who apparently is a able to make a living writing mystery books, she seems to have very little understanding of how investigations work, or any curiosity about how they work. When confronted with the news that someone is killing off mystery writers, she just wants to go home and work on her current book. It isn't until she becomes a target herself, that she begins to show some interest. Not, "Oh, my God, someone is trying to kill me" interest, instead "I just want to go home - alone" and pretend it's not happening kind of interest. At a minimum you would think that maybe she would think there might be book in it for her.

Cozies aren't meant to be taken all that seriously, I get that. But, they should at least be entertaining and this book wasn't. That said, I'm still looking forward to the next book in the Haunted Guesthouse series.

As for Amanda Ronconi's narration, it's always great, even when the story isn't.

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  • Dtmurphy1
  • 03-07-16

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.

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  • Laura King
  • 03-03-21

Way too much inner monologue - very slow moving

So much excessive and unnecessary filler detail given at every turn. I don't understand why someone didn't edit out just about every other sentence? I only got through the first 7 chapters because the detail drags the story down to a snail's pace and I found myself feeling super frustrated listening to it. The actual narrator does a good job given what she is working with, but I just got so tired of the quirky inner monologues of the storyline narrator. It's fun at first but it just goes on and on and on.

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  • Beatrice
  • 18-06-16

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.

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