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A Night at the Operation (Double Feature Mystery #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
It's hard for Elliot Freed to focus on his Comedy Tonight theatre with his ex-wife missing and accused of murdering her patient. With plenty of wanted? and unwanted?help, he embarks on a frantic search. Because murder is no laughing matter.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published February 21st 2009)
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Patty
Jun 07, 2009 Patty rated it it was amazing
I love Jeff Cohen's books. They are fun and humorous and have a great mystery all at the same time. This effort has a little more serious overtone because Elliott's ex-wife is missing and there is a dead body the police want to ask her about. Elliott of course can't let the police handle things alone, so in his usual manner he goes looking for the killer himself. There is the usual involvement of the staff and patrons of Elliott's theatre, including a hilarious scene that has to be read to be ap ...more
Patricia
Apr 12, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Everyone has to grow up sometime and now is the time for Elliot Freed, owner and operator of Comedy Tonight, a theatre that only shows comedies. Events change his life in a way that will be lasting. Elliot has not lost his sense of humor or his love of the comedy theatre but he faces new life-changing experiences in A Night At The Operation.

Elliot’s ex-wife Sharon is missing. This is scary enough for Elliot that he even joins forces with Dr. Gregory Sandahl; Sharon’s soon to be ex-husband. Shar
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Linda
Jan 20, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
I've enjoyed all of the double feature mysteries and am sorry this is my last. I really enjoy Elliot's personality - his wit and sarcasm. I love that movies I've seen are woven in, so much fun. I was surprised at who the culprit turned out to be and was laughing aloud as they were caught.
Alannah Davis
May 11, 2013 Alannah Davis rated it really liked it
#3 in the Double Feature Mystery series, and as delightfully written as the first two. I found this one to be slightly more serious than the first two, as movie theater owner Elliot Freed's ex-wife has disappeared. A doctor, she's given a critical diagnosis to an elderly patient, who then commits suicide.

Things often aren't as they seem in Elliot's world, and it makes for some nifty plot twists. The characters are fully fleshed out and growing. It's fun to see teenaged Sophie, who started out i
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Marlyn
Jun 19, 2009 Marlyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Third installment in the series.
Although Elliott Freed and his ex-wife Sharon have been divorced for some time, they are still close friends and still celebrate their wedding anniversary together. However, this time, Sharon's soon-to-be new ex-husband Gregory tells Elliott that Sharon has disappeared. Elliott is certain that this is a mistake, and that Sharon will contact him to let him know where she is, but there is no word from her at his house or his theater, Comedy Tonight. Elliott's friend
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Matt Allen
Feb 05, 2013 Matt Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
The third in a current trilogy--and a fitting ending if it's the last.

Cohen knows why you're here. You want to laugh a little, sleuth a little, and laugh a little more. He's not out to write a book that changes the world. He wants you to have half as much fun reading as he is writing. Mission accomplished.

The characters in A Night at the Operation are, just like the previous two before, colorful and memorable enough to stick in your mind. I will say the added weight of reading the first two bo
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Nikki
Jun 07, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Jeff Cohen's third Elliott Freed book, A NIGHT AT THE OPERATION, is even better than the first two. (And no, they were not chopped liver, either.) Elliott can't resist a snappy comeback, and I was chuckling before I finished reading the first page, but there was also a page where I had to put the book down for a while to breathe, because the suspense was too much for me to handle. Readers of the previous books in the series know that Elliott has an amicable (and even more, on his side at least) ...more
Vickie
Sep 20, 2010 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Elliot is such a sweetie. I enjoy watching his mind work out problems that occur, how he manages to get rides to places that are too far for him to ride his bike to get to, taking care of his people and his people taking care of him: at the theater, at the bike shop, at his ex-wife's medical practice. Even how he gets involved in the murder solving that keep happening around him.
He has extra reason this time since it's Sharon, Elliot's ex, who is accused of causing the death of one of her patie
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Viccy
Apr 21, 2010 Viccy rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Elliot Freed owns Comedy Tonight, the only movie house in New Jersey showing only comedies. His ex-wife, Sharon, who left him for another physician, is missing. She disappeared after one of her patients committed suicide, but did he? While Elliot frantically searches for Sharon, he wonders why she disappeared; he knows she is not responsible for the death of Russell Chapman. Soon we know that Sharon is planning to leave her current husband, Gregory. Elliot surmises she has gone away to think abo ...more
Susan
Dec 04, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Doctor Sharon's patient Mr. Chapman is dead. Well, thinks her ex-husband Elliot, who owns a decrepit movie house that shows only comedies, that comes with the territory. Then Sharon's second husband, whom she is also divorcing, tells Elliot that Sharon has disappeared. When she doesn't call him or her practice, he starts to get worried--especially when Chapman's corpse disappears. There are too many spoilers in this for more plot description, but Cohen's sad sack character, his still-burning tor ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2009
Comedy theater owner Elliot Freed is upset when his ex-wife goes missing. Then the police start looking for her in a suspicious suicide. What's going on? Yes, this is a comic mystery. And I laughed the entire way through. The climax came a little abruptly and the new characters were a tad flat, but I loved every minute of it.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Patricia Wynn
Aug 05, 2009 Patricia Wynn rated it really liked it
In this third Double Feature Mystery, Jeffrey Cohen manages to maintain his constant flow of humor and keeping his subsidiary characters active while introducing a whole new crew. The mystery is sound and full of complications with well-planted clues, but above all, I enjoy Elliot, his unusual life, his cohorts, and an apparently unending stream of one-liners. How does he do it?
Carol Evans
Mar 16, 2009 Carol Evans rated it really liked it
I love the one-liners and just how funny this whole series is. In this one, I think Elliott grows up a little and his relationship with Sharon is at the forefront. I like the secondary characters, too. They're all well-drawn and seem real, even the teenage employees. The mystery is a little quirky, but well-done.

Brenda Kirton
Nov 03, 2012 Brenda Kirton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun madcap type of mystery, that doesn't forget it is a mystery. I have really enjoyed this third installment in this series. Elliott Freed is an intelligent, quirky protagonist. I wish there were hints of another book in this series but I don't see any, alas.
Dancing Flamingo
Dec 11, 2012 Dancing Flamingo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
4 1/2 really.
Kathy
Dec 27, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
Lightweight mystery, but a thoroughly delightful read!
PWRL
Jul 14, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
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Ann Costello
May 16, 2009 Ann Costello rated it really liked it
Very funny and part of a series. Protagonist runs a comedy movie theatre in New Jersey where things happen. Likable characters.
Dawn
Aug 28, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it
Still some humor but not able to get through this one quick like the others. Didn't care for the focus on his ex wife in the second and third books
Jean Mejerle
Feb 15, 2014 Jean Mejerle rated it really liked it
An enjoyable series. A good mystery with a fun comedy movie education to boot!
Leslie Angel
May 02, 2009 Leslie Angel rated it liked it
good characters, wisecracking New Jersey type protag., nice comedy elements (Marx Brothers, etc.). He has another series which features his son who has Asperger's; that's good too. 3.5
Melissa
Mar 29, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Funny
Erin
May 08, 2016 Erin rated it did not like it
This one was a disappointment. It really dragged on and on. I enjoyed the first two in the series, but this one lacked the humor and was overly clichéd.
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Author of the Double Feature Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime, starting with Some Like It Hot-Buttered, and continuing in July 2008 with It Happened One Knife. Also author of the Aaron Tucker Mystery series: For Whom the Minivan Rolls, A Farewell to Legs, and As Dog Is My Witness. Wrote two books on rais
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