Same Difference
by E.J. Copperman

Nineteen-year-old trans woman Eliza is missing . . . and her worried father sets private investigators Fran and Ken Stein on her trail in this second instalment of the light-hearted and fun cozy mystery series with a paranormal twist.

Taking a break from their usual business of helping adoptees find their birth parents, New York private investigators – and super-sized, ever-so-slightly-paranormal siblings – Fran and Ken Stein accept a job to find a missing young woman.

Nineteen-year-old college student Eliza Hennessey is trans – and she has a rocky relationship with her father, their new client. Brian’s convinced his daughter’s vanished, rather than run away, but Fran and Ken aren’t so sure she wants to be found.

The PI duo investigate, and soon Fran is butting heads with her irritating sort-of-ex-boyfriend Mank at the NYPD, who has what seems to be a similar case on his desk. But not even Fran could guess how tangled their investigations are going to get, and how deep they’ll need to dive into murder and mayhem to solve the case!

The new instalment of the Fran and Ken Stein mystery series, following Ukulele of Death, has it all: unique characters, witty humour and a twisty mystery plot to die for!


“It’s Fran’s resilience, intelligence, and — most of all — her irrepressible, sassy, laugh-out-loud humor that make this book so entertaining”


“A hilarious quest”

Kirkus Reviews

With unique, larger-than-life characters (literally), and an outlandish premise, this one
may appeal to Janet Evanovich fans

Booklist on Ukulele of Death

“Loads of fun . . . zips along at a fast and furious pace”

Publishers Weekly on Ukulele of Death

“With an enjoyable mix of sci-fi and mystery elements, Copperman’s latest features an intriguing and likable pair of detectives”

Library Journal on Ukulele of Death

“Wacky premise . . . [Features Copperman’s] most offbeat protagonist to date”

Kirkus Reviews on Ukulele of Death

“Twisty and bonkers and fun”

Multi award-winning author Catriona McPherson on Ukulele of Death

“This book is a total delight . . . if the next volume in the series isn’t released soon, I’m heading to New Jersey and downloading it from the author’s computer myself”

First Clue Reviews on Ukulele of Death

“Sprightly characters and smart dialogue drive the plot . . . Those seeking pure escapist fare will be delighted”

Publishers Weekly on And Justice For Mall

“Copperman has [zaniness] on tap for his latest dose of legal mayhem”

Kirkus Reviews on And Justice For Mall

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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Same Difference by E.J. Copperman is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483120304th June 2024150 X 220mm224$29.99
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