For Samuel Hoenig, Asperger's isn't so much a syndrome as it is a set of personality traits. And as the sole proprietor of a business called Questions Answered, Samuel's put his personality traits to good use, successfully answering every question he's ever been asked.
But when his newest client asks about the true identity of her so-called husband, Samuel recruits his former associate, Janet Washburn, for insight into a subject that's beyond his graspmarriage.
Working as a team seems to be the right approach...until the inscrutable spouse is found dead in Samuel's office. Feeling like he's been taken for a fool, Samuel is more than willing to answer a new question posed by an unexpected inquirer: who killed the unfamiliar husband?
"Captivating."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Samuel is a fascinating character...His second adventure will captivate readers."Library Journal
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 EJCopperman.com.
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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Samuel Hoenig, the protagonist and first-person narrator in the second book in the series (following the wonderful The Question of the Missing Head last year) by E.J. Copperman, is 30 years old and still living with his mother. His business, Questions Answered, was opened six months ago in Piscataway, New Jersey, and as the tale begins a woman about 27 years old who introduces herself as Mrs. Sheila McInerney hires him to answer a rather startling question: “Who is the man in my bed who calls himself my husband?” She relates a scenario wherein she met this man at a party, shared a few glasses of red wine with him, and has no memory of the next three days, at which point he told her that they were so taken with each other that they married on the 2nd of those days. Samuel was diagnosed at the age of 16 with Asperger’s Syndrome, has an IQ that he describes as “barely in the genius range,” and depends to a large extent on his mother to interpret social cues for him. He modestly says “I have a talent for observation and research. Most people have some talent. That happens to be mine.” To assist him in answering the question with regard to which he has been hired, he persuades a former client, Janet Washburn, to work for him. She proves herself an invaluable assistant as he works to untangle the question posed, not an easy job by any means. When first one, then another dead body is found, things get much more complex. The author’s trademark humor is on display in nearly every sentence of this delightful book, with suspense ratcheting up till nearly its conclusion. I must admit to some moments of confusion with the large cast of characters, at times difficult to differentiate among. As I said about the first book in the series, perhaps one of the most intriguing things about this series has to do with the character of Samuel, whose Asperger’s he believes is not a disorder, but merely a “facet of his personality.” He tends to be obsessive about some things, e.g., the Beatles and the New York Yankees (which this Mets fan skimmed hurriedly). Although perhaps not suspenseful in the usual way one might expect, I devoured this book in little more than twenty-four hours. I probably don’t have to add that I loved it, and it is highly recommended. Reviewed by Gloria Feit
Another winner from E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen! A woman shows up in Samuel's office with a very unusual question: she says there is a man living with her who claims to be her husband. The problem is, she has no recollection of marrying this man. Samuel figures answering the question of whether or not this man is her husband should be easy enough, but the case takes a strange turn when he and his associate Janet Washburn are arrested and the husband is then found dead in his office. Lots of twists and turns and great characters.
Title: The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband An Asperger's Mystery 2 Author: E. J. Cooperman & Jeff Cohen Published: 10-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; ISBN: 978073874509 ASIN: B006CZD1QC 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. 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 another's mood or intentions. Samuel is considered brilliant and has opened a business called Questions Answered. This is the second book in the series and his client Ms. Sheila McInerney asks him who she is the man she is married to he is intrigued and asks Mrs. Washburn to help him understand the concept of marriage. When the woman's husband Oliver Lewis' dead body is found in Samuel's office he becomes the lead suspect and must locate the now missing Ms. McInerney and find out about the history of Mr. Lewis and who could have killed him. A first date, an arrest and plenty of stress are a to for Samuel to cope with. This is a series that holds you captive from beginning to end with the endearing Samuel, Mrs. Washburn, Samuel's acquaintances and especially his mother will win you over quickly. The concept and plotting are unique and keep you coming back for more. Even though this is the second book it can easily read as a stand-alone. This is a well-written series that can appeal to a wide variety of ages. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This series is a must read if you like mysteries. I read the first book, The Question of the Missing Head and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book will not disappoint and gives more details on the characters. I love this author's writing and his characters. The story takes place in New Jersey and the main character, Samuel, love the Beatles! Do yourself a favor a read one of his books you will not be disappointed.