Welcome to the web home of Jeff Cohen, author of funny mystery novels and books on parenting a child with an Autism-Spectrum Disorder. Here you’ll find information on all of Jeff’s books, some news about upcoming events, and hopefully a few surprises. You’ll be able to contact Jeff, there are links to social media and bookselling sites, and maybe even a fun music video or a word about comedy films and history.
Want an autographed IT HAPPENED ONE KNIFE bookmark? Want if for FREE? No problem! Just send an email to jeff [at] jeffcohenbooks [dot] com and it’ll be on its way! (Make sure you include email and snail mail addresses!)
The book tour hits the road in December! To celebrate the publication of the sixth (!) Haunted Guesthouse mystery INSPECTOR SPECTER by E.J. Copperman and the publication of THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD by E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen, I’ll be crossing the country to meet readers, so I hope you’ll be there! Here’s the itinerary (so far):
Monday, December 8: Aunt Agatha’s in Ann Arbor, MI at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9: Murder by the Book in Houston, TX at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10: The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 12: Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach, CA at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 13: Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA as part of the store’s holiday celebration (going on all day).
If you’re in one of the neighborhoods, please drop by and say hello! And if you’re from a bookstore near San Francisco and would like to have an event on December 11, hurry up and get in touch!
But if you don’t live in one of those cities, there’ll be the cyber-tour! I’ll be at the following blogs with more about books and writing:
Gotta Write Network on Monday, December 1;
The Qwillery on Tuesday, December 2 (and a chance to win a copy of the book);
Lori’s Reading Corner on Wednesday, December 3 (giveaway);
Marie’s Cozy Corner on Tuesday, December 9 (giveaway);
Stuff and Nonsense on Wednesday, December 10 (giveaway);
Debbie’s Book Bag on Friday, December 12 (giveaway);
Fresh Fiction on Tuesday, December 16;
Dru’s Book Musings on Thursday, December 25 (although you might have other plans that day–but there will be a giveaway!).
And of course you can still find me in one incarnation or another every Monday at Hey There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room.
VERY BIG NEWS: A new series from Jeff Cohen and E.J. Copperman has begun! The Question of the Missing Head, the first book of (at least) three about Samuel Hoenig, a borderline genius with Asperger’s Syndrome who has set up a business answering questions–about anything–for a fee. When he and his new associate try to solve a burglary at a New Jersey cryogenics lab, they stumble onto a murder investigation. But Samuel won’t exercise his brilliant mind on the death… until someone asks him a question.
MISSING HEAD CHALLENGE: Thanks to those who posted a picture with a copy of THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD! The Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN) has received its contributions in the names of all those who posted. And you can still add to the total! Just post a picture of yourself with a copy of THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD on Facebook or Twitter (or anywhere else you can be sure we’ll see it) and $10 will be donated to ASPEN. Thanks!
Also: To win one of five free copies of THE QUESTION OF THE MISSING HEAD, look here!
Publisher’s Weekly said: “(D)elightful and charming… What works best… is that the book doesn’t shrink from depicting Samuel’s idiosyncrasies–they are simply part of who he is.”
Booklist agreed:”In this well-crafted story, the Asperger’s element, rather than becoming a distraction, provides a unique point of view on crime-solving, as well as offering a sensitive look at a too-often-misunderstood condition.“
To read an excerpt: Click here!
BIG NEWS: The Comedy Tonight Mysteries are back! New editions of Some Like It Hot-Buttered are now available for Kindle, for Nook, and from Smashwords for other formats, and in print from Amazon. It Happened One Knife is available for Kindle, Nook and Smashwords, and again in print from Amazon, and A Night at the Operation can be found for Kindle, Nook and Smashwords, and in print from Amazon. Will there be more stories from Elliot and the gang? Only sales will tell (if enough people want them…)
The French version of As Dog Is My Witness (or as we now call it, Un Témoin Qui A Du Chien) is now on bookstore shelves in, you know, France! I’ve received my copies, and I’m taking them at their word that it’s the same book. A brilliant (I’m sure) translation by Claire Beton, and a very neat cover!
“The Gun Also Rises,” the Aaron Tucker short story that ran in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, won the Barry Award for best short story (given by the fine folks at Deadly Pleasures Magazine) at Bouchercon 2012 in Cleveland, OH!
You say you want to write a novel, but story is driving you nuts? 21 authors (full disclosure: the other 20 aren’t me) give you their best advice in Making Story: 21 Writers on How They Plot, a new e-book for the Kindle (other formats are on their way)! Only $3.99!
Articles for the Good Men Project, asking, What if we celebrated science like we do the Olympics? Also, one on the lack of male role models in comedy–take a look!
The Aaron Tucker series of audiobooks is now available on Audible!
The Aaron Tucker mysteries are now available as audiobooks! Books In Motion has released FOR WHOM THE MINIVAN ROLLS, A FAREWELL TO LEGS and AS DOG IS MY WITNESS, all read by Damon Abdallah! To download or purchase on CD, click here.
The Gun Also Rises:
The Gun Also Rises is the Aaron Tucker prequel that originally ran in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine–and now you can hear it as an audiobook for FREE! Just download it here–no strings attached, no catch, no nothing. A completely FREE audiobook. (Okay, maybe we’re hoping you’ll like it enough that you’ll buy the three Aaron novels as audiobooks from Books In Motion–see above!)
“The Gun Also Rises” is also available as an e-book! Look here for Nook, here for Kindle, and here for everything else! As little as 99-cents! See Aaron as a younger dad, trying to figure out who framed his son for a heinous crime–bringing a water pistol to school–while investigating the death of a minor league baseball player. My first e-book, so let me know (by downloading it) that you’re interested!
What people have said about Jeff Cohen’s books…
“Cohen may be the funniest mystery writer on the planet.”
“Jeffrey Cohen is the Dave Barry of the New Jersey Turnpike.”
“Movies, murder, characters who are real people, laughs, danger, and damn good writing.”
“He doesn’t just make you laugh, he makes you care about his characters.”