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The Question Of The Missing Head (2014)

by E.J. Copperman(Favorite Author)
3.67 of 5 Votes: 4
ISBN
0738741515 (ISBN13: 9780738741512)
languge
English
genre
publisher
Midnight Ink
series
Asperger’s Mysteries
review 1: I picked this book up because of the title, the cover and the words "an Asperger's mystery". I have enjoyed other titles with protagonists who are somewhere on the autism scale: the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is one of my favorites. I liked the protagonist in this book - Samuel Hoenig. He has set himself up in business in a store front. He hung a home made banner in the front window, Questions Answered. Ms. Washburn comes in to ask him a question, but he asks her to help him answer an earlier question. While they are working together, Dr. Marshall Ackerman, head of the Garden State Cryonics Institute, comes in with his question - "Who stole one of our heads, Mr. Hoenig?" As Ms. Washburn has been of some help in dealing with Dr. Ackerman, Samuel asks h... moreer to work with him for one day and then asks her to drive him to the Cryonics Institute. When Dr Ackerman takes them to the storage area to see the security systems, they find a dead body. Although he's only been hired to find the missing head and the thief, Samuel's mother and Ms. Washburn convince him to find the murderer as well. His mother cheats a little, asking him the question, "Who killed Dr. Springer?" The co-author of this book, Jeff Cohen, has written several books about parenting Asperger children so I'm fairly confident that what he's added to the book is his knowledge in writing about the quirks and mental processes of Samuel. Samuel does not feel handicapped by his diagnosis. For example, he knows that he has trouble reading people's faces, so he and his mother have practiced that. In fact, his mother has taught him very well and Samuel has little trouble dealing with the people in this book. When he does have trouble, Ms. Washburn comes to his rescue and as the book continues he begins to think he wants to hire her for more than one day. Samuel's logical mind comes in quite handy in working out this puzzle of the missing head and the dead body. The mystery is a good one and watching Samuel figure it out step-by-step is enjoyable. I recommend this book to people who like a good mystery, who like an interesting and different detective, and who like to recognize things about the characters that they don't.
review 2: Rarely have a meet such a charming man as Samuel Hoenig. He is a man with Asperger's Syndrome and he will just win your heart. His job is finding answers to questions and his latest question comes from the administrator of a Cryonics Institute. It seems there is a stolen head and Samuel is ask to find who stole it. And there comes the plot of a wonderful new book- which I hope will be the first in a series. Samuel hires a charming and helpful woman to assist him. Lots of laughs and action. I can not say enough about how great this book is. less
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coolman
I relly liked it,i like mystery books and i could not put it down either.
Carlos
Enjoyable. Great main character. Maybe a little too predictable.
ohlee456
A pretty good mystery with a very interesting main character.
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