For Samuel Hoenig, Asperger's isn't so much a syndrome as it is a set of personality traits. And as the sole proprietor of a business called Questions Answered, Samuel's put his personality traits to good use, successfully answering every question he's ever been asked. But when his newest client asks about the true identity of her so-called husband, Samuel recruits his former associate, Janet Washburn, for insight into a subject that's beyond his grasp - marriage. Working as a team seems to be the right approach...until the inscrutable spouse is found dead in Samuel's office. Feeling like he's been taken for a fool, Samuel is more than willing to answer a new question posed by an unexpected inquirer: Who killed the unfamiliar husband?
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The main character in this series has Ausbergers Syndrome - which gives him a unique perspective on solving problems as he struggles with difficult social interactions. Samuel Honnig has formed a business to answer questions and he does so with the perspective and intense focus that comes with his syndrome. When a question brought to him becomes a murder investigation he continues his sleuthing with deductions that would do credit to Sherlock Holmes. Samuel does not understand most of the social activity around him, so he relies on social training and advice from his mother to muddle through his interactions with other people. A charming and practical young woman in need of a job becomes his assistant and her presence provides the anchor he often needs to deal with a world that doesn't make sense. The mystery is secondary to the interesting perspective of the main character, but it is a mystery indeed. This is the second book in the series and I highly recommend both of them if you like character development and problem solving without a lot of blood and gore.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I enjoyed the characters in this book but almost immediately you can figure out who the murderer is so that diminished the story. I am still excited for the next installment.
I love these books! They are fun and entertaining and insightful in many ways… I love the simplicity and portrayal of the characters. I am waiting eagerly for the next one!
This is the second book in this series that I have listened to and I have enjoyed them both. However, I wish the author would give us a little deeper look into our hero's personality and character. I think that often, to neuro-typicals, a person's autistic characteristics define them to the exclusion of much else. In fact, people on the spectrum are much more than just their autism. We don't get to know much else about Samuel, aside from his enjoyment of the Beatles and baseball, which is unfortunate. Adding some exploration of the rest of his personality could replace some of the constant repetition of explanations regarding his Asperger's, which feels pedantic after awhile. We, as readers, get it that he doesn't like to shake hands, and it becomes a bit irritating to be told this time and time again.I especially enjoyed Mark Boyett's narration, as he seems content to just read the story to us. I much prefer this to the attempts at theatrical performance that so many narrators give.
"The deadly game of marriage."
The way people think that Samuel is stupid...which is a very bad mistake to make.
Janet Washburn. She just knows how Samuel's condition works, and has that calming effect on him.
When Samuel got arrested.
Yes. But can be listen to in short spurts just as well.
I love the Asperger's mysteries. They are well plotted and written. With great narration from Mark Boyett.
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