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The Question of the Missing Head

(An Asperger’s Mystery #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  879 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger's Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one--who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?

Arriving at the scene of the crime accompanied by his new colleague, Ms. Washburn, Samuel finds that what
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 8th 2014 by Midnight Ink (first published October 1st 2014)
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Ivonne Rovira
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have adored The Question of the Missing Head, the first in a funny cozy series that features not-quite-detective Samuel Hoenig and his sidekick, Janet Washburn. First of all, I adore E.J. Copperman’s other mystery series, which features a wisecracking single mom who runs a Jersey Shore guesthouse with two resident phantoms. Secondly, as a onetime Jersey girl, I appreciate that The Question of the Missing Head is likewise set in New Jersey, albeit in Piscataway and North Brunswick amongs ...more
Ron Turner
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's okay if you like cozy mysteries. I breezed right through it. I just wasn't thrilled with the Aspergers angle. I have Aspergers. I get tired of seeing everyone depicted as eccentric savants. I wish we were, but the vast majority of folks aren't. ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three out of three.
So far, I've enjoyed each book/series I've read in which the protagonist happens to be on the autism spectrum.

600 Hours of Edward, The Rosie Project, and now The Question of the Missing Head.

Samuel Hoenig's agency does not take on cases, but instead handles the much more precise objective of answering questions.

The question of the missing head is a lighthearted mystery involving cryonics, a missing frozen head, murder, and lots more mayhem. Samuel, his new associate, and his
Samuel is an Aspie (of the very male type, familiar to many) who has recently started a business answering questions. He is not a private investigator, which he has to explain to people quite frequently.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I disliked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, so was a bit hesitant about this one; that didn't last long as I got into the book right away! I think this one personalizes Aspies so that Samuel is a character I can easily root for. I don't usually rehash plots, but as this one's a series first, and it might help overall, here goes ...

Samuel has recently started his own business called Questions Answered, a sort of super-Wiki center in a strip mall, where he's the sole employee. Ja
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I thought this was an original plotline and that it was very suspenseful. I also loved the protagonist and his relationship with the woman who becomes his Watson. Her practicality and empathy are valuable to him.
Linda  Arnsdorf
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I realize that the author wishes to educate the public about Asperger's but his effort falls flat in the attempt at putting the Asperger persona in the form of a detective that shares every aspect of his personality and every thought that he has with the reader. Why not peak the reader's curiosity and give us the profile of Samuel Hoenig and have fun thinking about how Samuel will approach the problem? Samuel is an over drawn character who could better be defined by his actions rather than lectu ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought this was going to be a five star read when I started it; fresh characters and a truly weird, interesting mystery. I still really liked Samuel and Ms. Washburn by the end (and I could totally see Mr. Epstein joining their team; he seemed to fit in well), but the plot just became so bogged down and convoluted (which is really saying something when it starts with trying to find a missing cryogenitically frozen head!) that I lost interest in the story like three-quarters of the way through ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another book that has been on my TBR list for several years, but I never got around to it. I've been missing out. A favorite author of mine, I knew the writing would be great, and I was right. One of my favorite things about Copperman's books is the relationships between the characters, also a selling point in this book. Having an Aspie protagonist, written so that the reader could easily understand the intricacies of living with the disorder, made the MC so much more human and less "odd". The m ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jerjen

The Question Of The Missing Head by E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen is an incredible book. I have read E. J. Copperman’s Haunted Guesthouse series and I really love that series. So when I saw this book by the same author, I knew I had to try it. I’m very glad I did because I totally enjoyed it.

Samuel Hoenig, who runs Questions Answered, answers questions for a living. He doesn’t have very many clients but he works hard a
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an absolutely wonderful story that features a great whodunit too!

Samuel Hoenig has Asperger’s Syndrome and in fact is quite a genius. When you first start reading you may think he is like Adrian Monk of television fame and the books by Hy Conrad and Lee Goldberg, but Mr. Monk has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and that is very different from Asperger’s.

Samuel has opened up a business, Questions Answered, and his new client has a doozy of question – Who took the he
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanx to author & publisher for which I will give an honest review

I LOVED this mystery!! Refreshing & unique are just 2 words that instantly come to mind. The topic is actually believable, the mystery itself was very innovative and the solution was remarkably different yet quite logical, although not right away and esp not to a "normal" person

This is a story/mystery that begins with Samuel Hoenig who works for himself at his office called "quest
Gloria Feit
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Samuel Hoenig, the protagonist and first-person narrator in this newest book by E.J. Copperman, 29 years old and still living with his mother, opened Questions Answered, in Piscataway, New Jersey, three months ago as our story opens. His first client of the day is one Janet Washburn, who quickly becomes his invaluable colleague, assisting him in handling his second client of the day, one Dr. Marshall Ackerman, proprietor of Garden State Cryonics Institute, in North Brunswick, where they freeze t ...more
Debbi Mack
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
Samuel Hoenig is an unusual mystery protagonist. Not only does he have Asperger’s Syndrome, which gives him a unique perspective on people’s attitudes and mannerisms, but he’s neither a professional detective nor amateur sleuth. As the owner and operator of Questions Answered, it’s his job to do just that — answer questions, that is.

In the story, Sam is assisted by a certain Ms. Washburn, who had a question of her own, but got enlisted to help Sam with another question dealing with baseball and
Neil Plakcy
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important elements to me when it comes to enjoying a book is voice, and EJ Copperman has totally got that covered here. Samuel's voice is engaging, smart, self-aware and quirky, and a joy to follow. He's also a very curious character, a guy with Asperger's who has set himself up in business to answer questions from people.

Not really a private eye, he gets called in to answer a simple question: who stole a woman's cryogenically frozen head from the facility where it was stored? W
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
There is a saying, “If you’ve met one person with autism (or Asperger’s), you’ve met one person with autism (or Asperger’s). Being an adult with Asperger’s syndrome (diagnosed as an adult) I found the main character, Samuel Hoenig, to be very relatable and believable.

Referring to the review left by the mother of two daughters on the autism spectrum - I, also, have to remind myself to look people in the eyes, I still have problems with sarcasm, facial expressions, and social situations in general
Alice Liu
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Question of the Missing Head" was everything I expected as a long time fan of E.J. Copperman: A tightly plotted, clever, and fun mystery. But it is also unique with it's main character, Samuel Hoenig, a young man with Asperger's. I loved that Sam is a fully functioning adult with his own successful business, and that he allows his personality traits to come through without apology. Rather than a detective business where he solves crimes, he has Questions Answered, where he can solve a crime ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely have a meet such a charming man as Samuel Hoenig. He is a man with Asperger's Syndrome and he will just win your heart. His job is finding answers to questions and his latest question comes from the administrator of a Cryonics Institute. It seems there is a stolen head and Samuel is ask to find who stole it. And there comes the plot of a wonderful new book- which I hope will be the first in a series. Samuel hires a charming and helpful woman to assist him. Lots of laughs and action. I can ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable, unique mystery told from the point of view of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. This was a lot of fun, and I hope this is the start of a regular series! ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new to me series, I look forward to more and adding to my understanding of autism. While I may have mostly figured out “who done it” it was quite interesting to watch Samuel work it out and in the process save more than I expected.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very amusing mystery starring a young man with Asperger's. While he winds up investigating the disappearance of a frozen head (cryonics), he keeps up a commentary on his coping mechanisms and limitations (which sounds like it might be tedious, but is actually fun). Samuel Hoenig is his name, and I want to read more of him. ...more
Ellyn Van
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, easy read
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cosy, series
The Question of the Missing Head: An Asperger’s Mystery Series Book 1

The Protagonist: Samuel Hoenig is 29 years old lives, with his mother and is the proprietor for Questions Answered where he answers questions for a living. That could make him a sleuth, but Samuel insists he is not, he only answers questions. Samuel has Asperger's Syndrome: a condition on the autism spectrum. For Samuel, it manifests with him possessing a quite literal approach to social situations. So the nuances of human beha
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I picked this book up because of the title, the cover and the words "an Asperger's mystery". I have enjoyed other titles with protagonists who are somewhere on the autism scale: the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is one of my favorites. I liked the protagonist in this book - Samuel Hoenig. He has set himself up in business in a store front. He hung a home made banner in the front window, Questions Answered. Ms. Washburn comes in to ask him a question, but he asks her to help him a ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Question of the Missing Head is an enjoyable first book in the Samuel Hoenig series. Samuel has Asperger's Syndrome, He has opened a business called Questions Answered where he will answer questions for a fee. Samuel tells the story in the first person. He sees Aspergers as a personality trait and not as a disorder. He is a Beatle and baseball fan. I especially liked the part of the book where he asks a person their favorite Beatle tune. He relates it back to the personality traits that the ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of mysteries, primarily cozy mysteries, and this one stands out for a lot of reasons. To start with, our "detective" has Asperger's. As a parent to a child with autism, I found this uniquely interesting, however, you don't need to know anything about autism or Asperger's to appreciate the main character, Samuel. Samuel's Asperger's means that he lives by rigid routines, takes things quite literally, and has some trouble navigating social norms. Samuel recognizes all of those things ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is a book that is clever, witty, and good -- and I use good here in a very different sense than clever.

The book cleverly misdirected the original question -- what happened to the missing head? -- away from the real mystery of the book. The writing, as one can expect from this author, was witty and frequently funny, with deftly-drawn characters that are revealing enough to draw us in without taking up large chunks of a first book in a series with long-winded descriptions. A phrase here and t
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you like mysteries, you'll like this book. I good who done it without giving away too many clues. The main character is Samuel Hoenig who has a business called "Questions Answered". People call him with question they can't answer or don't have the time to research. Samuel gets the answers for them charges a fee and that's the end of that. When Samuel is asked "Who stole a preserved head from a Cryonics Institute", he has no idea what it'll take to answer that question. When Samuel goes to Gar ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I started this book a long time ago and put it down because it didn't snag my interest right from the start. I gave it another chance and liked it. Both the main character having Asperger's and the plot line of cryogenics was unusual and the twists and turns, despite the limited suspect pool, kept me guessing.

Yes, Samuel's Asperger's is mentioned several times and gets a bit wearisome, but it makes sense since he's meeting a lot of new people and I think it's reasonable for an explanation to be
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
These three are library reads I picked up recently. The Question of the Missing Head is a book club read for the Booktrader of Hamilton book club. The protagonist Samuel has Asperger's Syndrome and it is is his quirky behavior and reactions that drive much of the action. His sidekick, Ms. Washburn, is an interesting character in her own right. Finding herself unemployed and with a "question" she contacts Samuel and they fall into a partnership of sorts at Samuel's business - answering questions. ...more
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