Book Review: The Question of the Felonious Friend by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen—and a Giveaway!

the-question-of-the-felonious-friendThe Question of the Felonious Friend
An Asperger’s Mystery #3
E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen
Midnight Ink Books, September 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7387-4351-6
Trade Paperback

Samuel Hoenig has opened a business where he, along with his partner, Ms. Washburn, find answers to questions their clients are not able to discover on their own. A young man named Tyler Clayton, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has come to him with a question, and now Samuel is faced with a moral question of his own. Can he report back to his client with an objective answer? Tyler, unsure of his own perceptions, wants to know if a store clerk in a convenience store is his friend. Samuel, himself contending with Asperger’s, is intrigued with the question and resolves to find out. Unfortunately, before he can bring the case to a satisfactory close, the store clerk is murdered and, according to Tyler himself,Tyler is the killer. Why?

The story is a mystery as to motive. It also explores friendship and loyalty. Most interesting to me, however, is the depiction of Asperger’s Syndrome. As one who didn’t know much about it, the story opened this reader’s eyes and I enjoyed the bit of information I gained.

In the previous books I’ve read by the author, Jeff Cohen/E.J.Copperman, there’s been a major element of humor. This book lacks that, although there are moments that drift toward being funny, seemingly by accident. In accounting for the crime, Samuel’s challenge is understanding the personalities of the characters, even as his total objectivity leads him through a difficult maze.

I won’t say this is a great book, but it did prove interesting, not only in the exploration of Asperger’s, but in the mystery. Mr. Cohen is a very good writer who knows how to entertain.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, October 2016.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder and Four Furlongs.


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9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Question of the Felonious Friend by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen—and a Giveaway!

  1. I enjoyed the book, mostly because of the Asperger’s and autism viewpoints, as someone said previously. However, when I got to the end and found out the secrets that the characters had, it became highly implausible to me that the person who brought the autistic guy to have his question answered would have done that and set the ball rolling for her own secret to be revealed. Better to misdirect/redirect him and not start digging into all that. But that’s one of my quirks–trying to make sense of it all afterward. If you are interested in how someone non-neurotypically wired might think, this series is cool. Not as funny as previous books, as someone noted above!


  2. My 31-year-old son was diagnosed in his late teens with Asperger’s. There was precious little info about it back then. The “autism spectrum” was in it’s infancy. Other than Jodi Picoult’s book ” House Rules”, which threw in every possible symptom of autism into one character (overkill, in my opinion), this series of mystery books sounds more down-to-earth about people with Asperger’s. Thanks for introducing me to this series. I will read these and pass them along to my son also!


  3. Would make a great read for myself and community. Definitely donate to local library for their permanent collection after read. Thank you for writing on subject of such importance.


  4. Thanks for your feature and giveaway and your review. This book sounds unique and intriguing. I would enjoy the opportunity to read this story.


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