Jeff Cohen is the nom de plume for Jeffrey Cohen, writer of intentionally funny murder mysteries in the Double Feature and Aaron Tucker series. As E.J. Copperman he writes the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series, the Agent to the Paws series, the Mysterious Detective series and now collaborates with himself on the Samuel Hoenig Asperger’s Mystery series.The newest of the bunch is the Jersey Girl Legal Mystery series, starting with Inherit the Shoes and Judgment at Santa Monica, and the Fran and Ken Stein (take a moment) Mystery series, in which two mostly-humans try to help adopted people find their birth parents. Ostensibly.
He’s been writing for a (nominal) living since graduating from Rutgers College during the Paleozoic Era, and has had articles published in The New York Times (which included lawn care tips from the head groundskeeper at Yankee Stadium, back when it really was Yankee Stadium), USA Weekend, Premiere, Writer’s Digest, Hollywood Scriptwriter and many others.
When the idea for one of his countless unproduced screenplays wouldn’t cooperate and become a script, Jeff wrote it as a novel called For Whom the Minivan Rolls, and the book was published by Bancroft Press in 2002. It was followed in the Aaron Tucker series by A Farewell to Legs and As Dog Is My Witness. Aaron returned in a 2011 short story, The Gun Also Rises, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The story won the Barry Award (at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame!) for best short story of 2012.
The Double Feature Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime began with Some Like It Hot-Buttered, which introduced Elliot Freed and his all-comedy movie theater, Comedy Tonight. It was followed by It Happened One Knife and A Night at the Operation. A short story, “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Girl!” was published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine in 2017.
Under the name E.J. Copperman, Jeff writes the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, which began with Night of the Living Deed and continues with An Uninvited Ghost, Old Haunts, and Chance of a Ghost. The series continued with the tenth entry, Bones Behind the Wheel (no, it’s not about Dr. McCoy piloting the Starship Enterprise).
In his copious spare time, Jeff is an unaccomplished amateur guitar player, a fan of Major League Baseball, a couch potato and an avid crossword aficionado. He’s also available for weddings and bar mitzvahs, but don’t expect an expensive gift.