Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Was Damien Mosley Edited Out?

EDITED OUT (Mysterious Detective Mystery #2)
E.J. Copperman
Crooked Lane Books
May 16, 2017

Edited Out continues the clever premise begun in the Mysterious Detective series with the first book, Written Off. Rachel Goldman is a middling successful writer of mysteries who lives and works in New Jersey. Her mystery series features a Sherlock-like protagonist named Duffy Madison. Imagine her surprise when a man who looks like her fictional detective shows up at her door claiming to be the living embodiment of Duffy Madison. He calls himself Duffy Madison and has no memory of a life prior to five years before when her first book was published. He even works as a consultant for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Rachel justifiably thinks that he is nuts but neither she, her terrifyingly efficient assistant Paula, or her friend Ben in the prosecutor's office can prove that he isn't Duffy Madison. But since he saved her life in the first book she is willing to roll with it, up to a point.

Rachel is working on her next book and having problems. Inspiration seems to have dried up and she is avoiding Duffy. That avoidance ends when Duffy contacts her about a man named Damien Mosley who went missing in Poughkeepsie, NY five years ago. Duffy thinks that Mosley might be the answer to his real identity. She, Duffy and Ben head off to Poughkeepsie to find out about the missing man. Their questions lead the local police to think that the missing Damien was actually murdered and Duffy is the most likely suspect. Or is someone setting him up for it?

E.J. Copperman has an easy and humorous writing style. I particularly like Rachel's "Jersey Girl" vibe and her absolute insistence on writing at least 1000 words a day, even if she thinks they are garbage. I can't predict where the series is going but it is an entertaining, quick read. 

Thanks to Crooked Lane and NetGalley for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.

RATING- 3 Stars

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