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Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor's office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working on her next book when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing person case. The caller's name? Duffy Madison.
Is this real, or has she lost her mind? She doesn't have much time to find out, because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.
Full of uncanny intrigue and witty humor, E. J. Copperman's imaginative series debut, Written Off, is sure to be a new fan favorite for listeners of Donna Andrews.
©2016 E. J. Copperman (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Readalot on 23-04-2018

Lighthearted Fun

I enjoyed this one for a few reasons. One was the performance. I've listened to a few books read by this actor and she's one of my favourites. Then, I liked the bits of humour. I liked the concept. Finally, I liked the insight into the way novelists work, and how would-he-really works in plotting. I knew that already (I'm a writer too) but it was fun to read about it and to be nodding along.

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2 out of 5 stars
By John S. on 06-09-2016

Not just suspend disbelief, but kill it dead!

Before I get to the main problem, I'll get out of the way that the narration was convincing, and the main character, Rachel, well enough presented that I was interested in following her through the story. Her "creation" Duffy Madison, on the other hand, was about as boring as it could get. Copperman has a series featuring an Asperger's protagonist, so having a similar one here is just too much. The other secondary characters were okay, but not especially impressive.

I wasn't all that drawn into the plot regarding a serial killer targeting mystery writers, but am willing to give a first book a bit of a pass as the focus is on setting up a series. However ... the Big Reveal as to the killer left me shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!" Since Audible doesn't have a feature to hide spoilers, the most I can say is that Duffy and the Bergen County authorities are Too Stupid to Live (to borrow a phrase used repeatedly by Rachel).

Most charitable thing I can say is that having a character come to life unexpectedly was a idea with possibililities, but poorly executed here. I'll stick with Samuel Hoenig instead.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Crystal on 04-08-2016

Terrible book.

The main character is totally unrealistic. Her life is in danger.... so she goes to bed. Magical duct tape shows up after the author drills into your head over and over that there "was nothing in the room"

Waste of 9 hours.... i kept waiting for it to get better.... it didnt.

Great narrator tho.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Crackdown on 16-06-2016

As good as 'The Haunted Guesthouse' series.

I love 'The Haunted Guesthouse' series by this author. As well as the narrator being the same for those books and this one.

A perfect way to get me to try the new book is to bring the two together again. So much so, I had this on pre-order, and once it was in my library I listened to the story in less than 24 hours. It is a different genre to what I have heard from E. J. Copperman before, but I wasn't disappointed.

The official summary does the book justice, so I won't repeat that.

I liked the fact that this is engaging enough to keep you interested. Yet is light enough to not be too taxing, giving you a good listen when you want something fun, but still with a bit of substance to the overall story.

This is tagged as the first book in a new series, and (hopefully without giving anything away) I'm looking forward to finding out if they can solve the mystery of D.M.

I like the narrator, and she does a good job of keeping the main character upbeat. It was nice that her voice didn't have me thinking of any other books she's read, because in the past I have found that can be distracting with some narrators. The engineering quality was also good - which is something that can be seriously lacking with some of the downloads from Audible.


All in all, I was pleased with pretty much everything this book had to offer.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Roobarb on 24-09-2016

Where did I find this?

It's been waiting for me for a while and I just thought, "let's see what it's all about," I'm so glad I did.

This is a fun story where a crime writer's mail character gets in touch one day and turns out to be real. Murders happen (I'm not spoiling stuff here) and they work together to find out what happened while she's also trying to work out who he is.

This is the first thing I've read (listened to) by this author, I'm off to find more :)

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