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A Day in the Life of Duffy Madison by E.J. Copperman

My days are varied. Sometimes I have no work, in which case I tend to my personal business and finances. I will research some aspects of missing person cases because that is my specialty.

On days when I am commissioned by the Bergen County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office to investigate such an event, I will confer with my colleague Ben Preston on the particulars of the case and then interview possible witnesses or those with some knowledge of the missing person. This is usually not complicated by the fact that Ben is currently dating Rachel Goldman, the woman who created me.

Rachel doesn’t like to admit it, but when she started writing crime fiction centered on the character Duffy Madison, a man dedicated to finding missing people, she somehow gave life to me. It is the only logical conclusion one can reach, as I have no memories beyond five years ago, when Rachel began the series of novels.

I realize that sounds impossible. It doesn’t seem to make sense in a physical context. But I can find no other theory that fits all the facts, so the conclusion that I am the living manifestation of Rachel’s fictional character is the only one that can be true.

Recently Rachel attempted to disprove my theory by asserting that I had another identity until five years ago. She believed I had been Damien Mosely, a man who had vanished from his home in Poughkeepsie, New York at almost the same moment I must have come into being.

Again, I understand her reluctance to accept my version of the truth and I can certainly see how her theory makes some sense in Rachel’s mind. Here was a man who lived in the town she had written as my birthplace. He had the same initials as I do (which isn’t much proof but is an improbable coincidence). He left his home without any explanation and had not been seen since, and the timing was eerily close. I can see how Rachel would make that mistake.

So I proposed that we go to Poughkeepsie and investigate Damien Mosely’s disappearance. Finding the truth would obviously contradict the notion in Rachel’s mind and she would accept who I really am.

But Rachel refused. She was not interested in anything other than writing her latest Duffy Madison novel, which she said was going badly because now that she’d met me she could no longer imagine the character she’d created accurately enough to make him real on the page. I found this ironic but kept my opinion to myself as it would have no positive effect on the conversation.

Eventually I did convince Rachel to travel with me to Poughkeepsie and we began an investigation into Damien Mosely’s disappearance. While the consequences of that investigation were quite unexpected—including my being arrested for murder—the things we discovered were downright surprising and eventually quite dangerous for both Rachel and myself.

I’m not sure if I will ever truly convince Rachel of my identity. For a novelist who creates fiction completely from her imagination she is surprisingly grounded in the conventional explanations of phenomena. So my existence, in Rachel’s mind, must be the result of some trauma I have suffered which led to hysterical amnesia. She believes she will eventually be able to prove to me that her theory is based more in science than mine and that I will accept it if she can find the person I “used to be.”

But I know the truth, and now, so do you.


Duffy Madison appears in Edited Out, the latest Mysterious Detective Mystery from Crooked Lane Books.

Mystery author 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 talking to her, it’s about the one thing she doesn’t want to do: Find a missing person. But the man Duffy seeks this time around might be able to solve Rachel’s problem. He might just be the man Duffy was before he became Duffy five years ago. The only problem is she could be letting Duffy lead her into danger yet again. . .

Entertaining and witty, the second in E.J. Copperman’s Mysterious Detective Mystery series Edited Out will delight his fans, both new and old.

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About the author
E.J. Copperman writes Mysterious Detective series as well as the Haunted Guesthouse and Agent to the Paws series, and with Jeff Cohen, the Asperger’s Mystery series. That seems like a lot of series.

Visit E.J. at ejcopperman.com.

All comments are welcomed.

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My Musing ~ You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron

You’ll Never Know, Dear by Hallie Ephron is a novel of suspense. Publisher: William Morrow, June 6, 2017

Lissie Woodham was only seven years old when her little sister Janey disappeared. They had been in the front yard, playing with their dolls, custom creations made for them by their mother Miss Sorrel, a famous dollmaker. Lissie wandered off for a moment. When she returned to the yard, Janey was gone, and so was her doll.

Now an adult with a college-aged daughter of her own, Lis has never stopped blaming herself for what happened, and it continues to haunt her. Every year on the anniversary of Janey’s disappearance, Miss Sorrel places a classified ad in the local papers with a picture of Janey’s one-of-a-kind doll, offering a cash reward for its return. Never, in all these years, has anyone brought her a doll that could be Janey’s—until now. Four decades after Janey went missing, a woman responds to the ad with a broken porcelain doll.

What begins as a small clue in a tragic cold case turns into something far more sinister. The women in Miss Sorrel’s family may be in danger, because whoever knows the truth about what happened all those years ago will do anything to keep it hidden.

This was a hauntingly exquisite tale of suspense that had me immediately immersed in this well-written drama that I could not put down until I knew how this was going to end. A missing daughter. A missing sister. And when by chance a doll is brought into their presence, the pieces of the past fall apart and secrets are exposed to tell a story of betrayal and deceit. The narrative was visually descriptive putting the imagery of the words in my mind as a film as I clutch at every word said and acted out among this cast of characters who all played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale. The anticipation, the awareness, the discovery, the coming to terms and the final betrayal, all created a wonderfully executed page-turner that consumed me from beginning to end. A terrific read by one of the gifted authors in this genre.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.

My Musing ~ A Grave Calling by Wendy Roberts

A Grave Calling by Wendy Roberts is the first book in the NEW “Bodies of Evidence” mystery series. Publisher: Carina Press, June 5, 2017

There had been no attempt to bury the dead girl, naked except for the white ribbon tied to her wrist

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Hall has a unique ability: when she takes up a dowsing rod, she finds not water but bodies. To Julie, it’s a curse, not a gift, and one she rarely uses—she prefers her quiet life in a trailer, with her grandfather and her dog for company. But when FBI agent Garrett Pierce shows up at her door seeking help with a case, she has no choice but to assist with their search.

Three girls are still missing. The killer is still out there. As bodies are discovered and more girls disappear, the case becomes almost more than Julie can bear. And when the killer turns his sights toward her, even her growing relationship with the protective Agent Garrett may not be enough to save her.

A serial killer is on the loose and the FBI seeks the unique skills of Julie Hall and thus began this fast-paced and hauntingly mysterious drama that pulled me immediately that I could not put down until the last sentence was read. The pacing was on par with the tempo of this story as each chapter took me deeper into the mindset of the main protagonist and the turmoil that surrounded her as she fought for her sanity and the innocent victim of the nefarious doings of the serial killer.

The author staged this tale with narrative that was visually descriptive placing me in the middle of all that was happening on the pages. This mystery was filled with suspense, intrigue and trepidation and my heart palpitated with thump, thump, thump as it became clear that who I thought was the killer was not and then the author revealed the killer’s identity and OMG, I did not see that one coming. That scene just blew me away.

The lead protagonist is flawed and vulnerable and yet that gives her the strength to prevail through what life has handed her. I enjoyed my time spent with Julie and the supporting cast of characters that kept me engaged in all aspects of this story. I look forward to reading the next book in this captivating series.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.