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Some Like It Hot-Buttered

Some Like It Hot-Buttered

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by Jeffrey Cohen

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All Elliot Freed wanted to do was to make people die laughing. But he didn't mean it literally.

The dead guy in Row S, Seat 18, is no joke. Elliot Freed, recovering writer, socked all his savings-and the alimony from his ex-wife-into the Comedy Tonight movie theater, never suspecting it would become a murder scene. And murder can't be good for ticket sales.


All Elliot Freed wanted to do was to make people die laughing. But he didn't mean it literally.

The dead guy in Row S, Seat 18, is no joke. Elliot Freed, recovering writer, socked all his savings-and the alimony from his ex-wife-into the Comedy Tonight movie theater, never suspecting it would become a murder scene. And murder can't be good for ticket sales...

Death by popcorn was the cause. Poisoned popcorn. To the chagrin of the police, Elliot takes to his bike to start his own investigation. A growing attraction to a beautiful detective, the discovery of a DVD pirating operation, and one missing employee later, Elliot's still waiting for the punch line. But this one might knock his theater-and Elliot-out for good...

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Introducing Elliot Freed, rescuer and proprietor of an abandoned New Jersey movie theater, Cohen fires up the gag reel for a new tongue-in-cheek mystery series sure to please fans of his Aaron Tucker mysteries (As Dog Is My Witness). After selling his novel to Hollywood, movie-obsessed Freed sinks the windfall into a beloved single-screen relic. When the lights go up after a showing of YoungFrankenstein, it appears customer Vincent Ansella has had his last laugh-what at first looks like a fatal heart attack is soon revealed to be murder-by-popcorn. After the police shut down his theater, Freed decides to help investigate (if only to quicken the reopening), getting some help from his amicable, alimony-paying ex-wife and an alluring police detective. When Freed's projectionist, a young film student, suddenly goes missing, he's billed suspect number one by the police, but Freed has other suspicions. Ruffling feathers and getting violent warnings, Freed solves the mystery and earns his amateur sleuth credentials, promising more comic adventures to come. Cohen develops his lively characters almost as effortlessly as he delivers the jokes-and the occasional guffaw-and manages to sneak in some suspenseful twists besides. (Oct.)

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Some Like It Hot-Buttered (Double Feature Mystery Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
Ahhhhhh....this was such a good book to read as a bedside book! I always went to sleep smiling. I have to find more of Jeffrey Cohen's books, really anything he writes. Elliot is my kind of guy, the people I like to surround myself with. People who want to make others happy through laughter and what a way to do so with a movie theater that only plays comedies. One classic comedy and one newer (less funny comparatively) to bring in the crowds. But the crowds don't show up until the dead guy is found in Row S seat 18. So now the cops are thinking that Elliot makes a good suspect, especially once the boxes of pirated DVDs of movies being shown at Elliot's theater are found in the basement of said theater. Elliot gets on his bike and rides to each investigative clue or hitches a ride with his dad (who gladly drives to escape the house for a bit). Or he gets a ride with his ex-wife who he's still friends with even after she left him for her anesthesiologist..... See why I went to sleep smiling each night? So do yourself a favor and get this book! It's a wonderfully funny amateur sleuth mystery, excellent characters and fab story. Five die laughing beans....
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
The first few pages of the book I was a little hesitant. There were quite a few references to movies I have never heard of or seen before - then again I'm not a movie buff at all. I barely watch them (as I prefer reading) and only will do so once in a while to take a break from reading. However I decided to stick with the book. I have to make my 100 page limit to see if I'm still interested. I was interested sooner than that. It actually got me hooked. Elliot is quirky, sarcastic and witty without being overly silly. The comedy in this mystery is well written and well done. The mystery and intrigue is also well done so there's a good striking balance between the two. I have to say there were at least two or three parts of the book where I found myself bursting out in giggles because of Elliot's wit and actions. I'd have to say I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I thought I had the mystery solved in my head - yet I was surprised. It was nothing like I had pictured and it's good! I didn't want a predictable outcome of the mystery. I believe I was close to the answer, but not quite as I had thought. The characters in the book are all right, although the ones that have something to do with Elliot's personal life weren't really that outstanding - although I have to say, I liked Elliot's father (he reminded me a bit of a mix between Seinfeld's dad and George's dad from the Seinfeld show) and added more to the comedy, I'd like to see more of him in the next future books. When it comes to Elliot's love life, it's funny too as he doesn't seem to be headed in the right direction with any of the ones he meets except his ex-wife (which for some reason, I didn't really like her in the book she just didn't seem to be a great character in my opinion). They both seem to have a very different sort of relationship you wouldn't find in most divorced couples but perhaps that adds more to the quirkiness of this book. The criticism I find in this book is the references to movies which I have never seen before and therefore can't really understand. Yet I'm sure if there's movie buffs out there that love reading about movies and who know their movie trivia would probably enjoy this book ten times more than I did (not to say I didn't enjoy reading this! I truly did!). If I knew the movies and understood the references, I would probably be chuckling a lot more than I did while reading. Other than that, there really is nothing else I dislike about this book. Overall, a wonderful light story with an equal amount of mystery and comedy that makes it a delightful read. This is definitely a series to look into if you're a cozy mystery fan. If you're a movie buff, give this book a try as well. Perhaps you'll be able to identify some of the movies mentioned in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read, with many surprises. It's a big change from a mystery book by a woman about a woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Elliot Freed noticed that the man seated in the audience wasn¿t laughing during a screening of Young Frankenstein, the Comedy Tonight theatre owner knew something was wrong. What Elliot didn¿t expect was to be told that Vincent Ansella was dead, poisoned by popcorn. The sudden disappearance of the Comedy Tonight¿s projectionist/usher/etc. Anthony, combined with the discovery of boxes of pirated DVDs (of a Rob Schneider ¿comedy,¿ no less) has the police focusing on the Rutgers student despite Elliot¿s belief that Anthony had little interest in making money. Encouraged by his father and attracted to the lovely police detective, Elliot decides to track down his missing employee and protect his beloved theatre from ever again becoming a crime scene despite someone¿s attempts to sabotage it. Cohen¿s extensive background in the entertainment business as well as his love of comedy films shine through in this vastly entertaining and humorous mystery. Elliot, still tied to the ex-wife who pays him alimony, proves to be an extremely complex character who immediately engages the reader with his wit and intelligence. Half of the fun of this new series is learning movie trivia, with the other half being Cohen¿s delightful characters, primarily a wannabe goth girl and a savvy police chief. Elliot proves to be a surprisingly adept investigator yet it¿s no shock that it¿s his knowledge of comedy films that helps him to uncover the guilty. This is a very enjoyable new series that creates its own niche in the mystery genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The opening lines of Jeffrey Cohen¿s new novel are: ¿The guy in row S, seat 18 was dead, all right. There was no mistaking it. For one thing, he hadn¿t laughed once during the Blind Man scene in Young Frankenstein, which was indication enough that all brain function had ceased. For another, there was the whole staring-straight-ahead-and-not-breathing scenario, and the lack of a pulse, which was good enough to convince me.¿ [If that doesn¿t put at least a smile on your face, your humor gene needs a tune-up.] Right away you know you¿re in for a treat, that is, if you like a good mystery written with great humor as well as warmth and wit. This book is the first in a promised new series by Mr. Cohen, previously the author of, among other things, the Aaron Tucker mystery novels. The above-quoted lines are spoken by Elliot Freed, who has recently bought an ancient, long-abandoned and rapidly deteriorating New Jersey movie theatre which shows only comedy films, both old [read ¿classic¿] and new, and the dead man was found sitting in the audience after the film had ended. It is later found that the man¿s popcorn had been poisoned. Elliot is a man receiving alimony from his ex-wife [a doctor now remarried to another doctor], with whom he maintains a very amicable friendship. He takes personally the fact that a murderer apparently chose his theatre in which to commit the murder, and feels it incumbent in him to get involved, especially when the investigation leads to uncovering a scheme involving pirated DVDs. Elliot doesn¿t want to believe one of his two teenage employees could be connected to either event, but suspicions certainly do point in that direction. Then, when the father of one of the youngsters, who is under increasing suspicion, begs him for help, he feels he has no choice. His growing attraction to the beautiful detective working the case only complicates things. But solving the mystery and finding those responsible for the crimes is only part of the fun in this wonderfully entertaining book ¿ Mr. Cohen¿s writing and wry sense of humor is a delight. [How could you not love a writer who quotes Mark Van Doren and Woody Allen on the same page, as well as providing an interesting if heretofore unsuspected use for Milk Duds?] Welcome, Elliot Freed ¿ I can¿t wait to read the next one!
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