I was very excited to read this book, as I love "cozy" mysteries and I'm a HUGE movie nerd- especially classics (and classic comedies!) This book is an endless reference to old classic comedies, especially the Marx Brothers. He also had my dream job, which is owning a small theater and showing films you want to show. While I enjoyed that, I wish he would have included more than just quick name checks. Honestly, the lead character didn't even seem to LIKE movies- he constantly complained about the theater and how nobody under 40 appareciates old comedies, and those that do are lonely and out of touch (as a 24 year old female this pissed me off.) There's also endless drama with the lead's ex-wife and the other women in his life... he doesn't seem to appreciate women beyond being beautiful, then he wonders why he has problems relating to them. This is tedious and doesn't involve any romance or comedy or even character insight, so I didn't much see the point.
The mystery in and of itself, which deals with a mysterious death and DVD pirating, was enough to keep the plot moving but not very engaging. At the end when one mystery is solved the lead character just forgets about the rest of them and I think the author expected us to stop asking questions at that point as well, which was a cheap, lazy and ineffective way to do a "surprise" ending. All in all, this was a decent book and a quick read, but both as a classic film fan and a mystery addict I was left dissapointed. If anymore books are released in this series I'll get them at the library or used.
This was my first book by Cohen and I wasn't impressed. At times the book was funny. The plot was pretty original. But overall the book really dragged for me. I almost didn't even finish it but I did want to know the "whodunit" so I stuck it out.
This is a really cute debut novel about a wonderful Jewish movie theater owner who gets in over his head very easily in any situation but has a tenacious attitude to see all things thru until the end because of the depth of his convictions. Although these may not end up on my keeper shelf, I hope it is the beginning of a series--I want to read more about Elliot Freed and his quest to save the planet one classic comedy at a time.
Elliot Freed loves classic movies - especially classic comedies. So he bought an old single screen theater and opened Comedy Tonight. His dream is to fix it up like the old time fancy movie theaters, but he only had enough money to fix enough to open the doors and hire two part-time teenage employees to help him run the place. And he has to show current comedies along with the classic comedies to make enough to keep those doors open. Still, things were going OK .... until the guy in Row S, Seat 18 was found dead after a showing of Young Frankenstein. And one of Elliot's employees has disappeared and is now a suspect. So you just know that Elliot has to "help" the police find out who is behind the crime and clear his employee's name.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's very well written and literate with witty and self-effacing humor throughout. Elliot Freed is a character to whom many people could relate. And there were multiple twists at the end of the book. I love a mystery with twists.
If you are a fan of classic movies, this is definitely the series for you (this book is the first in a series)!
Of course, there is one side effect of reading this book. It will make you want to go rent several classic movies and watch them right away. Myself, I'm feeling the urge to rent both Young Frankenstein and Topper :-)
1st in the series, and a very funny cozy mystery! After his divorce, author Elliot Freed uses the money from the book he sold to a movie studio to open up his very own theater. A huge fan of classic comedies, Elliot shows a double feature every night. One night, there's one guy in the audience not laughing....because he has been poisoned to death by his popcorn. This doesn't sit well with Elliot...after all, his theater should kill them with laughter, not poison, so he can't help but launch his own investigation. When Elliot gets too close to the truth, however, he finds himself in danger. The only problem is, he's not sure which "truth" he's stumbled onto! Lots of fun and suspense.
This is a 5 star cozy book. I just loved this book. I loved the main character, I am now so in love with the author, which will probably creep him out some cause we dont know each other but I play "words with friend" with him and "scramble" on my smart phone. Maybe he will never see this review, which would be great, because he a a good opponent at these games.
Jeffrey Cohen is also: E. J. Copperman Who writes The Haunted Guesthouse SERIES) : set also in New Jersey. I read the Haunted series first by this author, and I just loved the the story line in that series. But the Double Feature has been languishing on my Dusty To Be Read bookshelf. What a shame.
Most of us cozy mystery readers know the drill, The main character is an amateur sleuth who has a gimmick or a hobby that helps the sleuth solve the crime. Then add the police detective romantic interest, add a few quirky friends and some writing about our gimmick or our hobby. Dont forget a few red herrings, a few twist and turns. So now picture that our main character is a male this time, he is jewish, and we have a female police officer as the romantic interest. Plus the snappy lines, and movie references. I mean this book is awesome. This author is funny and witty and snappy. See why I want to marry him? If the author is anything like is main character and I betting dollars to donuts (unless the cops eat all the donuts), that Jeffrey Cohen is just like this main character Elliott, then you could see why women would love this book and this author.
So if you have been putting off the Double feature series jump right on it, and then see if you beat Jeffrey at a word game on your smart phone. By the way I am pretty sure he is already married, and very happily married.
What a great mystery. Jeffrey Cohen has such a sense of humor and it shows in his main Character Elliott. Comedy is his life not just his comedy club. This was fun, suspenseful and a great read. I am looking forward to more books in this series. RECOMMEND!!!! Barbara