Rachel Goldman’s Character by E.J. Copperman

Written OffThe thing about writing crime fiction is that your mind never really turns off. You (the author) think about interesting ways to kill people with whom you have no particular argument and then how to conceal the deed in a way that seems impenetrable but has one fatal flaw, because the sleuth you send to catch the dastardly villain has to outsmart him/her in the end.

It’s exhausting.

I’m Rachel Goldman and I write the Duffy Madison series. Duffy, as you’re aware if you’ve been following the four books in the series, is a special consultant to the Morris County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office whose expertise is in missing person cases. If you misplace a loved one in Morris County, Duffy is the guy you want on the case.

My days as a mid-list author are fairly normal most of the time, and chronicled in some detail in Written Off, a new “novel” (for legal reasons) by E.J. Copperman that depicts my new dilemma: a man claiming to be the real Duffy Madison (as if there were such a person) shows up at a book signing of mine and asks—pleads, if you want to be honest—for me to help him in his current case. It seems someone is abducting, and eventually killing, women of a certain profession.

That’s right—crime fiction authors.

So when Duffy showed up in my life (and I call him “Duffy” because he refuses to answer to any other name) I did what any intelligent, considering human being would do: I freaked out. I mean, it’s one thing to have devoted fans but this was taking it to a disturbing new extreme, don’t you think?

So my routine has become somewhat less normal these days. In addition to revising the fictional Duffy Madison book I have on my hard drive, I’m dealing with the flesh-and-blood “Duffy Madison,” who has the character down so perfectly he’s sort of becoming the man in my head. And he’s leading me into places only a TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) character in a crime fiction novel—the kind I try scrupulously to avoid—would go.

I’m not going into detail because this Copperman person has the rights to the story, but for the sake of clarity let’s assume I am not a completely willing participant in the proceedings, and when the maniac who’s going after crime fiction authors gets wind of my involvement. . . Well, you’ve no doubt read the back cover of a mystery novel before, so you can insert the proper cliché. One that ends with “might be next on the killer’s reading list” or some such hyperbole.

And I can’t count on Duffy Madison to help me out of a jam because, well, who knows if he’s real or a figment of my imagination?

It’s going to be a long week.


Written Off is the first book in the NEW Mysterious Detective mystery series, published by Crooked Lane Books, June 2016.

Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working on her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing persons case. The caller’s name? Duffy Madison.

Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn’t have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.

Full of uncanny intrigue and witty humor, E.J. Copperman’s imaginative series debut Written Off is sure to be a new fan favorite for readers of Donna Andrews.

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About the author
E.J. Copperman is the author of Written Off, the first in the Mysterious Detective Mystery series, as well as the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series (Ghost In The Wind) and the co-author with Jeff Cohen of the Asperger’s Mystery series (The Question Of The Unfamiliar Husband). But don’t worry—next year Copperman will add another series to fill the time.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Murder by the Book. US and Canadian entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 20, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

43 comments

  1. I have been looking forward to this book with its creative twist and would be very happy to win it!

  2. Oh, my goodness, this sounds wonderful! I can not wait to read it. Thank you for offering the chance to win.

  3. I really enjoy E.J. Copperman’s books. I’m looking forward to this new series. Thanks for the heads up!!

  4. This sounds like a great read, thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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  5. I had to chuckle as I read this blog. I love the character of Rachel and her obvious sense of humor! I think I own all of E.J.’s other books and have enjoyed her wit. This promises to be another great series and I can’t wait to read WRITTEN OFF. 🙂 Thanks Dru for having E.J. as today’s feature. E.J., you are offering us excited readers a very generous opportunity to get this book and more! Thank you! ❤

  6. Love the Haunted Guesthouse and he Asperger’s mysteries.
    I’m on the wait list at the library for Written Off – can’t wait to read it.

  7. What an interesting premise! Will be sure to look for this in my local bookstore -unless I win 😉

  8. Sounds like a great new series! I love the premise – what fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Looks like this Duffy person, who might be a fictitious person, is going to be a hoot! Thanks Dru and E.J.

  10. E.J. Copperman is a “new-to-me” author. This new series, the Mysterious Detective Mystery series, sounds like one I’m going to enjoy reading. Thank you for introducing me to E.J. Copperman and for the chance to win this awesome giveaway.

  11. I enjoy Copperman’s other series, and this sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win the gift card.

  12. I just read a good review of E.J. Copperman by Hank Phillipe Ryan. I have not yet read his books, but would love to win this mystery novel, especially a first-book. Thanks.

  13. I have about 6 of E.J.’s books but as of yet,havent read them..I also found out recently that E.J. is a man,lol not that it matters at all,just an interesting fact to see a male wrote about ghosts..lol thank you for this chance

  14. I love witty, Mystery Writers and I can tell this would have elements in it…the character sounds fascinating . Thank you for the synopsis and also for the contest. Great Contest by the way…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  15. I love the Haunted Guesthouse series & I’m sure I’ll love this new one, as well…….

    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  16. New author/series. Would very much like to see how E.J. Copperman develop’s Rachel’s character. That certificate will work towards that. I have yet to read this author. So I am hoping this will be a start. Thanks for the heads up to another author and series. It always gives me something to look forward to.

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