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Edited Out: A Mysterious Detective Mystery

(Mysterious Detective #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Mystery author Rachel Goldman and the real-life incarnation of her title character Duffy Madison team up once more in a case that brings them closer to Duffy's unknown past in the second in E. J. Copperman's "ingenious" (Donna Andrews) Mysterious Detective mystery series.
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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3 out of 5 stars to E.J. Copperman's novel Edited Out: A Mysterious Detective Mystery, the second in Jeff Cohen's (author's real name) "Mysterious Detective Mystery" series of books. It was really a 3.4999999 and I had to unfortunately round down. Now that I'm reviewing more ARCs, I find myself starting series in the middle, which is never a good idea... And though this was a good book, you should definitely read the first one before you take on book two. I'll explain why later on in this review ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I didn't find the second book quite as enjoyable as the first, but now I'm curious how long the author can sustain this amusingly ridiculous premise.
I would actually give this a 3 1/2 star. Rachel who writes a Duffy Madison series has had the real thing walk into her life. In this book Rachel and Duffy travel to Poughkeepsie in search of Damien Mosley who disappeared the same time as Duffy appeared.
My problem in the beginning there was a lot of repetitive, I knew he would act this way, I wrote him this way, but denies that she believes that he is the Duffy of her books. This is a quirk of mine, repetitiveness and probably will not bother mos
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, my-reviews
"Edited Out" by E.J. Copperman provides a unique twist on the cozy mystery genre. The protagonist, Rachel Goldman, is a mystery author. The over-arching premise of the series is that a man claiming to be Duffy Madison, her main character, appears in her life. In addition to solving the current mystery in which she finds herself involved, Rachel must try to figure out who the man claiming to be a fictional character actually is, all while trying to finish writing her current book.

What makes this
Mystery writer, Rachel Goldman is hooked up with a man who claims to to be her fictional sleuth, having the same name and occupation as her character, Duffy Madison. He asks her to help him find a missing person (Damien Mosley) who just happened to disappear in the same time frame as Duffy took on the personae. Real “Duffy” has no memory before the segue, so it leans towards the probability the two are one. As they investigate Damien’s disappearance, those that knew him remark on the noticeable ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited Out is the second in the Mysterious Detective Mystery series. Generally this is a bit of a problem for readers who have not read the first book in the series, but author Copperman spends the first few pages of Edited Out bringing readers up to speed on the basics from Written Off, the first book. So people should be fine starting with this book.
From that point on, the book moves quickly to an entirely new case (more like two or three) for mystery writer Rachel Goldman and Duffy Madison to
#2 in the Mysterious Detective mystery series. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. When I realized the book was the second in a series, I obtained and read the first, Written Off (2016). Although Edited Out (2017) may be read as a stand-alone, if both books are read they really need to be read in order or #2 will act as a huge spoiler when reading #1. The premise is that mystery writer Rachel Goldman created a character named Duffy Madison 5 years earl ...more
Marie McNary
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alright, friends. I know you read a lot of cozy mysteries. You also read a lot of book reviews. They usually tell you how awesome the book is and to go pick it up. And you’re left wondering how ALL the books reviewed can possibly be as awesome as the reviewers are telling you?

I just finished Edited Out by E.J. Copperman. Let me say. This one is really that awesome. It is a series to move to the top of your “To Be Read” pile. Here are my top five reasons why.

1. Unique series idea

The series focuse
Kathy Martin
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this episode, Rachel is having trouble writing her newest Duffy Madison mystery. She is sure it is because she is confusing her characters with the real Duffy Madison who is quite a man of mystery. He had no recollection of his life before five years in the past when he became convinced that he was Duffy Madison.

He convinces Rachel that they need to investigate his past in Poughkeepsie which he hopes will answer his questions and she hopes with make it possible to write again. Only Poughkeep
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edited Out by E. J. Copperman was an awesome book. I have never read anything by this author before, and I was delighted to find myself turning page after page in anticipation of what would come next. I was amused by the antics of the author in the book, as well as her “created” Duffy in real life. It was slightly reminiscent of the movie Stranger than Fiction, which is probably why I liked it. The book was an easy read and was goofy in some ways, but it kept the pages turning.
I was unsure wher
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Edited Out by E.J. Copperman

I received an ARC for and honest review. The mystery is about Rachel Goldman, a crime fiction writer. She is having writers block. It is mainly due to the fact her fictional character, Duffy Madison, has sprung to life. Or has he? The book follows Duffy and Rachel teaming together to find a missing man that Rachel believes could be who Duffy really is.

The book had me so confused at first because this is the second book in a series. The first book is Written
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Edited Out by E.J. Copperman is the second book in A Mysterious Detective Mystery series. Rachel Goldman lives in Adamstown, New Jersey and writes the Duffy Madison mystery series. She is working on her latest book, but she is having difficulties. Ever since meeting a man named Duffy Madison she keeps confusing her make-believe character with the real man. It is affecting her writing in a very negative way. Rachel has been avoiding Duffy’s calls for the last few months. Rachel’s assistant, Paula ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited Out is the second installment in the “Mysteries Detective” series. The second is actually even better than the first book. Plenty of dry humor, clever and witty writing makes this series so fun to read!

Rachel Goodman is a mystery writer who meets the protagonist of her books, Duffy Madison, only this character is fictional. Now that Rachel is in a writing slump, Duffy Madison brings her a real mystery to solve. Lots of twists and turns!
Carmen Slaughter
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had not read book one of the series and that put me at a disadvantage. The mystery within a mystery angle is intriguing but I wasn't fully invested in the characters and their dysfunctional relationship is the key to this series. The author added enough twists to keep me engaged while the reluctant partners worked to solve the mystery but I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending. I plan to read Written Off before book three ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to be sent an ARC of E.J. Copperman's Edited Out. This is book 2 in the Mysterious Detective Mystery series and the first in the series I have read. It was captivating from the first page and a mystery I very much enjoyed. I love the idea of this series, the writer who creates a character, and a person who shows up with no memories prior to the creation of that character who claims to have the same name and occupation of the character. This mystery man may not be who he seems to b ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited Out is the second installment in E.J. Copperman's Mysterious Detective Series and deals with the intriguing premise of the main character of a fictional novel seemingly coming to life and showing up at the author's doorstep. Rachel Goodman is a mystery writer who one day meets a man claiming to be the fictional protagonist of all of her books, Duffy Madison. (Because the meeting occurred in the first book of the series, Written Off, I would recommend reading it before starting Edited Out, ...more
Linda Baker
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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 t ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Mystery within a Mystery
Edited Out is an intriguing mystery that takes you behind the scenes of a mystery writer caught up in her own personal mystery, while solving a murder mystery at the same time. It is impressive how the author is able to intertwine the two with great success. Especially of interest is how the main character Rachel Goldman, the mystery writer, is more interested in creating and writing her fictional mystery world than solving an actual crime. Unfortunately for her, she al
Still trying to prove that Duffy Madison, the real person, did not magically appear after she started writing about Duffy Madison, the fictional character, Rachel Goldman finds herself involved in investigating the disappearance of Damien Mosley (note the initials). Rachel doesn't want to go to Poughkeepsie to look for Damien, she just wants to stay at home and write her thousand words a day until her next novel is finished. But Duffy's existence is driving her crazy, and if there's a chance tha ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read E.J. Copperman before, so this is my first time with him. No idea if this is typical of his wit and skill, but I thoroughly enjoyed it....even if it was a bit wacko!
Will start reading one of his other series, now.
This book was refreshing, smart, funny and a rather different story line.
Gloria Feit
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the publisher: Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation, Duffy Madison, has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel lives. Wait. No. She’s not getting used to it at all, and the presence of this real-life Duffy is making her current manuscript – what’s the word? - - lousy. So she doesn’t want to see Duffy – the living one – at all. To make matters worse, when he shows up at her door and insists on t ...more
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Although E.J. Copperman's Edited Out is fun with its dry humor and old movie references, I'd still recommend that readers start with the first in the series, Written Off. It's easier to suggest that than to explain how Rachel Goldman, a mystery writer, with a series about a police consultant named Duffy Madison, now has to cope with the missing persons consultant named Duffy Madison who insists she's his creator. He has no memory of existence previous to five years earlier when she started the s ...more
Sherry Lynn
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely have I found that a series requires the books to be read in order. There are some that I realize that I want to go back and read them all from the beginning. They are just that good.

The A Mysterious Detective Mystery Series is one of those.

Don’t stop here and think you must read Written Off before Edited Out. The author does an excellent job of presenting a story that is captivating and intriguing! I was not lost from having jumped in with book 2.

Briefly the story is about mystery author
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited Out by E J Copperman is a unique, wacky and different take on a mystery.

Rachel Goldman is a mystery writer whose main character seems to have come to life or at least he thinks he is her Duffy Madison from her books. Duffy is trying to convince Rachel that he is her character and not a missing person Damien Mosley. Funny thing is while they are hunting for Damien, Duffy gets picked up for questioning in the murder of Damien's wife who was killed 5 years ago the same time Damien went miss
Dana Busenbark
Who is Duffy Madison and what does he do for a living? Who is Angela? Where are they? I love how Duffy is sort of lost in his own little world. That was funny to me. Do we ever find out what Angela is trying to talk to him about? Who is Paula Sessions? I find Rachel Goldman endearing shortly after meeting her through the book for whatever reason. I can't quite put my finger on it. What happens when your fiction suddenly becomes your reality? Who is Ben? What does he do for a living? I like Rache ...more
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
A lot of mystery authors write books in a series using a handful of the same characters. In Edited Out that is no exception but it is in a unique way..... In Edited Out the main character, Rachel, is herself a mystery right ? But it gets even better ! It seems that the main character in her series, Duffy Madison, exists. Unfortunately that is not a good thing for Rachel. For one thing it makes writing about a fictional character hard when they are "alive". And it gets even better ...more
Susan Johnston
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here:
Rachel is a reasonably successful crime novelist who is struggling to write her latest book. Matters are not helped when her lead character, Duffy Madison, enters her life and messes up her creative juices as well as her head. Duffy cannot recall anything prior to five years and is convinced Rachel created him. It is very confusing for both Rachel and the reader. Is Duffy crazy or might there be something to his theory no matter how mad it sounds.
In trying to prove Duffy
Gaynor Thomas
I have read, and enjoyed, books in EJ Copperman's Aspergers Mystery series so I was looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately I was disappointed. In the Aspergers Mystery books the main character has autistic traits which define the way he thinks and influence his investigations. The way the books are written somewhat reflects this, and it works. However, I found the style of writing in this book to be similar, which didn't work so well. I liked the premise of a character coming to life, bu ...more
Micky Cox
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so intrigued by this cozy mystery series. The concept is very original. The premise is that a cozy mystery author has created an investigator who works with a prosecutors office as a consultant to help find missing people. Then one day, she gets a call from a real person going by the name of her character that she created and claiming that he not only needs her assistance, but that he is indeed her creation as he has no memory of his existence prior to the 5 years that he has been around and ...more
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Librarian note: E.J. Copperman is the pen name for author Jeff Cohen

E.J. Copperman is a mysterious figure, or has a mysterious figure, or writes figuratively in mysteries. In any event, a New Jersey native, E.J. has written for such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, American Baby and USA Weekend. Night of the Living Deed is the first E.J. Copperman novel. It will be fol

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