Judgment at Santa Monica
by E.J. Copperman

Hollywood stars, sunshine, stabbings . . . New Jersey prosecutor turned LA family lawyer Sandy Moss is back with a bang in the second book in this fun, witty and fast-paced cosy legal mystery series.

The last person family lawyer Sandy Moss expects to walk into her courtroom, right in the middle of a trial, is TV star Patrick McNabb: prime suspect in her first (and she hopes, last) murder case.

Sandy knows what Patrick’s like. Friendly, overconfident, dazzlingly handsome . . . and a well-meaning menace. But his request seems harmless enough. His dear friend Cynthia is getting divorced, and he thinks Sandy’s perfect for the job. She accepts – because he’s Patrick and there is no denying him.

But of course it’s not that simple. Soon Sandy’s tangled up in yet another murder – and Patrick, who’s currently playing a private detective on TV, believes he’s essential to solving the whole thing . . .

Fast-paced, funny and larger than life, with a joy of a protagonist who “could give Perry Mason a run for his money” (Kirkus Reviews), JUDGMENT AT SANTA MONICA is a perfect escapist read and a great choice for fans of legal mysteries and TV shows.


“Legal mayhem at its finest”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

“Terrific ... This breezy book is a pure pleasure to read”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Readers won’t want to miss a minute of the mayhem. In or out of the courtroom, Copperman’s right on the money”

Kirkus Reviews on Inherit the Shoes

“Sandy is a Jersey girl, a competent, tenacious, yet vulnerable heroine in a cast of vividly described characters and in a story with multiple plot twists that's enlivened with humor and set against the glittering backdrop of Hollywood”

Booklist on Inherit the Shoes

“Delightful, witty ... Readers who appreciate Miranda James’ mysteries will savor this fun cozy”

Library Journal Starred Review of Bird, Bath, and Beyond

“Pitch-perfect heroine”

Kirkus Reviews on Bird, Bath, and Beyond

“Charming ... Cozy readers should savor this romp through the world of animal acting and television production”

Publishers Weekly on Bird, Bath, and Beyond

“A ton of spirited fun”

Publishers Weekly on Bones Behind the Wheel

E.J. Copperman

E.J. Copperman is the nom de plume for Jeff Cohen, writer of intentionally funny murder mysteries. As E.J., he is the author of the Haunted Guest house series, the Agent to the Paws series and the Jersey Girl Legal mysteries, as well as the brand-new Fran and Ken Stein mysteries. As Jeff, he is the author of the Double Feature and Aaron Tucker series; and he collaborates with himself on the Samuel Hoenig Asperger’s mysteries.A New Jersey native, E.J. worked as a newspaper reporter, teacher, magazine editor and screenwriter, before his first book was published to critical acclaim in 2002. In his spare time, Jeff is an extremely amateur guitar player, a fan of Major League Baseball, a couch potato and a crossword addict.

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Judgment at Santa Monica by E.J. Copperman is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029812231st March 2022139 X 215mm240£13.99
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