Some Like It Hot-Buttered
by Jeffrey Cohen
Jeff is the author of the Aaron Tucker series which I loved. This is book is the first in a new series for Jeff and it sounds like a good one:
“Some Like It Hot-Buttered is the first in the Double Feature Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. It centers on Elliot Freed, a recovering writer who comes into some money and buys himself a dilapidated movie theatre in central New Jersey. He renames it Comedy Tonight, and shows only comedies – one classic, one contemporary each week. But when a man turns up dead after the evening’s showing of Young Frankenstein, and the cause is determined to be poisoned popcorn, Elliot takes it personally, and begins to investigate.
It’s always been a dream of mine to do just that: buy a small theatre and show only comedies. Through Elliot, I get to indulge my tastes (the Marx Brothers are prominently showcased in Hot-Buttered) without the financial burden of having to compete in a multiplexed world. Fans of the Aaron Tucker series might recognize a character or two (both series take place in the fictional town of Midland Heights), and everyone will (hopefully) get a kick out of Elliot and his extended family of characters. But when someone realizes Elliot’s getting a little too close… well, it gets a tad uncomfortable for the new theatre owner.
Chris Grabenstein (author of the John Ceepak novels) was kind enough to give Hot-Buttered “two buttery thumbs up,” and comedy writing legend Larry Gelbart said: ‘Knock, knock. Who’s there? Cohen. Cohen who? Cohen buy yourself this most entertaining book.'”