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Edited Out By E. J. Copperman: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Edited Out. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Rachel is a mystery writer. At a book signing, she met Duffy Madison which was weird because that’s the name of her main character. The man has a similar job and pretty much all the traits and characteristics she gave the fictional Duffy. What’s worse, this guy has no memory of anything in his life that happened more than five years ago—right when Rachel started the series. He thinks his life began then. Rachel thinks this nut case is really Damien Mosley.

Rachel pretty much thinks Duffy, the man, is crazy. She and her assistant Paula, set out to prove it while Duffy helps so he can show he’s right. It’s all very confusing for Rachel. In the meantime, she’s having trouble writing Duffy the character because what if Duffy the man is right and Rachel writes about Duffy the character getting hurt? Will Duffy the man suffer as well? book

You can see the problem here. There are mentions of a Duffy Madison in a high school year book but no photos. Classmates don’t really remember him. However, there’s this one guy who might be of help if only they can locate him. No one knows for sure where he moved.

There was a man who was found dead from a fall, but he’s never been identified. Is he Damien like Duffy says? How could it be proven? No ID on the victim, no idea of who Damien’s dentist was, what is there to go on?

Duffy, nothing if not thorough, goes to the police station to find out more and to suggest an exhumation. Things go downhill from there as he’s arrested, released, arrested, and oh my, guilty or not guilty of the murder of a man he never met.

This is the second book in the Mysterious Detective series. Written Off was the first. While they could be read out of order, readers won’t want to miss a page of the Rachel-Duffy interaction. Both books end with a teaser about the next leaving readers hungry for more. It’s a clever premise and a tricky one to pull off, but Copperman does it smoothly and seemingly without effort. Along the way, Rachel toys with the idea of a love interest. It would be good for her. She needs more in her life than two Duffys. As do we all—write faster, Copperman!

To enter to win a copy of Edited Out, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “edited,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 8, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
July 1, 2017 at 10:02am

I love this author and would love to win a copy of the book.


2 Pam Priborsky July 1, 2017 at 2:59pm

Thanks for this opportunity!


3 Valerie Hoynacki July 1, 2017 at 9:10pm

Ooo! Aaaaa! I want to read a Coppermen book!!


4 Gloria Browning July 1, 2017 at 9:30pm

I had not seen this series before, but am anxious to start it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


5 Bertha Hammond July 2, 2017 at 6:19am

This book is on my “To Read” list. Would love to win a copy.



6 Doward Wilson July 2, 2017 at 8:07am

Thanks for a great review & chance to win this book!


7 Annette Naish July 2, 2017 at 9:05am

What a good premise for a series. And I know EJ is a talented author.


8 Jill Broussard July 2, 2017 at 11:42am

This book sounds very intriguing. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes(at)msn (dot)com


9 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
July 2, 2017 at 11:54am

Thank you for the opportunity to win your book. Love the title. pgenest57 at aol dot com


10 Autumn Trapani
Twitter: @Autumn
July 2, 2017 at 4:39pm

I read “Written Out” and loved it and loved the premise. Would love to win this.


11 Karen B July 3, 2017 at 2:53am

New series to me by a favorite author. Sounds fascinating!


12 Donna Gantt July 3, 2017 at 8:22am

Never read a Copperman book. Thanks for making me aware!


13 Carl July 3, 2017 at 10:43am

I’m totally ready to get into this literary mystery series. Thanks for the chance to win this book! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


14 Margit Curtright July 5, 2017 at 6:32pm

I’d love this book!


15 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
July 5, 2017 at 9:52pm

So this is a new series…yay…and please enter me. The plot sounds masterful.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


16 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
July 6, 2017 at 5:15am

I was able to get the first book from the local library. I’d love to actually own this one. E.J. is a really interesting author.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: The Weeks Fly by and Soon it Will be July! New Summer Reads for Your Enjoyment!My Profile


17 Donna Ingalls July 6, 2017 at 2:56pm

These books sound great. I haven’t read them yet.
Another new author to add to my reading list. Yay!


18 Dianne Casey July 6, 2017 at 3:19pm

This book is on my TBR list and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance.


19 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
July 7, 2017 at 5:16pm

Looks like a good read! Would love to win it! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com


20 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
July 7, 2017 at 6:21pm

I haven’t read this series yet, but want to thanks for the chance..


21 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 17, 2017 at 10:47am

We have a winner!


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