The Question of the Missing Head

The Question of the Missing Head

by E. J. Copperman, Jeff Cohen


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ISBN-13: 9780738741512
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Series: Asperger's Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 311,410
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

E. J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse series (Berkley Prime Crime) with nearly 200,000 copies sold. Writing as Jeff Cohen, he has published two nonfiction books on Asperger's Syndrome, including The Asperger Parent. You can visit him at

Writing as E. J. Copperman, Jeff Cohen is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse series (Berkley Prime Crime) with nearly 200,000 copies sold. Writing as Jeff Cohen, he has published two nonfiction books on Asperger's Syndrome, including The Asperger Parent.


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The Question of the Missing Head 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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 head of a woman from my cryogenics lab? Another woman, Mrs. Washburn, had come in to ask Samuel a question herself but this newcomer’s question definitely takes precedence. In fact she tags also as Samuel’s assistant in his endeavor to find this “missing head”. I love Samuel. I love the way he takes care of his mom and she takes care of him. I love how quickly he gets close to Mrs. Washburn and they way she understands his unique personality. These characters a flashed out and real and they jump off the pages. Then we have the characters at Garden State Cryonics Institute. They are a very interesting group from the CEO that asked the “question” to the Security Commander who thinks everyone is pointing figures his way for the missing cranium. We also meet Detective Lapides who is really in uncharted waters with a case of this magnitude. Nothing like this have ever taken place for him to investigate. Plus he needs to deal with Laverne and Arthur Masters, the mother and brother of the woman whose head was being preserved at the institute and is now missing. Most of the story takes place at the cryogenics lab and it is quite a place. It seems to give Samuel more questions than answers at first. The reader gets to follow him through his process of interviewing suspects, identifying clues and following where they lead and basically getting to understand the way Samuel evaluates things to answer the question. The authors have also shown us a bit of the funny side to Samuel’s life, things that those around him have grown to love about him. So truthful as those who have loved ones with this disorder will recognize. It affects people differently and at different levels but I feel the authors are created a wonderful protagonist and written a great mystery around him while at the same time creating awareness about Asperger’s. I truly can not wait to read the next story in this series. These authors have hit it out of the park on this one! and I think Samuel has answered his baseball question as well!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samuel Hoenig has joined my list of favorite detectives. I can hardly wait for the next question that Samuel has to solve. Thank you for creating him.
BandTeacher More than 1 year ago
There is a neat mystery to solve in this book (a literal missing head), but the enjoyment of the mystery is multiplied by the setting. Samuel Hoenig, of "Questions Answered", has Asperger's Syndrome, sometimes called high-functioning autism, is quite intelligent, and sees the world differently, and often more literally, than many people. (Do not come to Questions Answered with a statement. Only questions will do.) He has some quirks because of his disorder, which are treated honestly and gently. Hoenig, who comes off a little bit like Data of Star Trek, or a kinder, gentler, non-arrogant Sheldon, ends up being assisted by a woman who understands him. The mystery is satisfying to the brain, but the unique characters bring in some humor. For example, Hoenig is asked, "Is there anything you think that I should know?" and then thinks, 'There were a great many things I believed Detective Lapides should know, but I knew enough about conversation after many hours of social skills training to realize that he meant something else by his question.' This mystery is a joy both as a mystery and as a novel.
Kate1016 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy who done it books this is one that you should definitely read. This is a new series and one that I am so happy I read. In fact I can not wait for the next book in the series. The characters are wonderful and personable. I particularly enjoyed Samuel as he is quite direct. E. J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen has done it again. The saying the goes "Do not judge a book by it's cover" definitely holds true. You will become so involved in this story and it will keep you on your toes. Do not miss this one!
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of E.J. Copperman and was so happy to see he has started a new series. And I just loved the protagonist Samuel Hoeing. Samuel has Asperger's Syndrome and runs his own business called Questions answers. In this episode the administrator of a Cryonics Institute comes to him with a big question. A head has gone missing and Samuel is ask to find out who took it. Samuel hires Janet Washburn as an assistant and off they go. The perfect pair. What happens next is a great adventure. Did I mention how charming and lovable Samuel is in his own way. There are laughs and action in this one. Don't miss it.
dibbylodd 6 months ago
I kept coming across references to this book and my curiosity was piqued. I'm glad I finally gave in and read it. This is a unique, interesting, and entertaining book. The concept is solid. The characters interesting. And the mystery quite puzzling. I will certainly read more.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
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 about himself and works very hard to adjust for them, is an astute observer, is very smart, and quite caring and protective. His job as a general question solver (think an adult Encyclopedia Brown) gets really interesting when the man who owns the nearby Cryonics lab comes in to report a missing head. Samuel takes the case and soon finds himself in over his own head, determined to solve the case no matter what. Samuel is a very likeable and relatable character, and it's refreshing to read a cozy mystery where romance is not a running theme. The only flaw in this book is that, at times, the pace became a little slow. Highly recommend if you are looking for a good mystery with a unique plot with complex characters.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Question of the Missing Head - An Asperger's Mystery 1 Author: E. J. Cooperman & Jeff Cohen Published: 10-8-2014 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 336 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; ISBN: 978073874512 ASIN: B00NK2UGHI Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Samuel Hoenig uses his own disability Asperger's Syndrome to help him focus completely on a person's facial expressions and body language to accurately read someone. With a nearly. Samuel suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. A form of Autism which is a developmental disorder that causes a person to have difficulty with social interactions. They usually have trouble reading facial and body indicators of anothers mood or intentions. Samuel is considered brilliant and has opened a business called Questions Answered. His first client Mrs. Washburn becomes his assistant for his second client, Dr. Marshall Ackerman who proposes the question, Who stole the head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute? When Samuel and Washburn go to the facility to investigate they discover the bizarre theft is now a murder! so begins Samuels new business and a wonderful new series. My great-nephew was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was very young. Which enabled his parents to learn and try new techniques to help him adjust to his unique world. Until then I had never heard of this off shoot of autism. He allows my hugs and sometimes even a casual kiss to the cheek because it makes his Aunt Del happy. I picked this series because of the main characters personality and the hope it gives me for my great-nephew's future. This is a series that does not dwell on the differences of Samuel, but rather his desire to understand and overcome his circumstances. He knows he is different but so are we all. At 29 years of age Samuel has found a place where he can be productive and at peace with himself and the world. Join Samuel on his search for answers and get to know him better. He will soon become someone you will want to visit again and again. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. This has become one of my favorite series and one I was happy to share with my great-nephew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there are more books to come with these characters. Fun, different, witty, appealing, intelligent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom recommended this book to me, saying it was really funny and good. And she was right! The main detective has Asperger's, which, I admit, I don't know much about. I actually feel like I know more after reading this book. He's a wonderful character, and his nonsequiters are hilarious (though, he's just thinking logically). If you're looking for a fun read with a real cast of characters, check this one out. I'm awaiting the next one (I hope!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, would recommend to anyone