About the book (from the publisher): 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 identity of her so-called husband, Samuel recruits his former associate, Janet Washburn, for insight into a subject that’s beyond his grasp – marriage.
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?
My review: In two words: thoroughly delightful. This is the second book in the series and you may be sure I will be reading the first. It’s narrated from the point of view of the protagonist, Samuel Hoenig. Seeing the world through his eyes is fascinating. Navigating social interactions, making literal interpretations of idioms used in daily conversation – all the adjustments he has to make (through therapy) to navigate a world in which he has to interact with his clients – all of this is written beautifully by the authors, with a liberal dose of dry humor that made me chuckle out loud many times.
Add to that a complicated plot with many twists and turns that keeps the reader on his/her toes and you’ve got a wonderful read. What a terrific idea this is – writing about someone who has Asperger’s and manages to create a business and solve crimes. Asperger’s covers a broad spectrum, of course, and Samuel has a specific set of personality traits.
This reader was quite taken with him.
Samuel’s mother (with whom he lives), Janet (his colleague), and Mike, the cab driver, round out the supporting players.
I really think you’ll enjoy this series. I look forward to reading more.
About the authors: E. J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse series (Berkeley Prime Crime) with nearly 100,000 copies sold. Writing as Jeff Cohen, he has published two non-fiction books on Asperger’s Syndrome, including The Asperger Parent.
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