Books by Howard Engel

Howard Engel was a producer for the CBC for many years. The Cooperman Variations is his tenth Benny Cooperman novel, and he has also written Murder in Montparnasse and Mr. Doyle and Dr. Bell, a Sherlockian delight. A founding member of the Crime Writers o


THE MAN WHO FORGOT HOW TO READ by Howard Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"Insider's view of brain damage clarifies the experience with honesty and humor."
Straightforward account of how the author of the Benny Cooperman mystery series coped with a life-altering stroke. Read full book review >
MEMORY BOOK by Howard Engel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"The past 20 years have seen plenty of detectives with disabilities. Engel, one of the few writers to share the same challenges as his sleuth, has produced one of the most unusual and affecting mysteries ever."
Engel, whose stroke five years ago left him unable to read, foists the same condition on his imperishable Ontario private eye. Read full book review >
MR. DOYLE & DR. BELL by Howard Engel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2003

"A stylish departure from Engel's amusing Ontario p.i. Benny Cooperman (The Cooperman Variations, 2002, etc.), rife with clues, misdirection, and an obvious love for the Holmesian canon."
Edinburgh medical student Arthur Conan Doyle plays Watson to Dr. Joseph Bell, his professor's Sherlock Holmes, in this charming paean to the Victorian detective duo. Read full book review >
THE COOPERMAN VARIATIONS by Howard Engel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2002

"Deliciously wicked twitting of the TV industry and a droll homage to Laura produce a comic standout."
Using Vera Caspary's classic of mistaken-murder-victim-identity Laura as a springboard, Engel involves Benny Cooperman, the most feckless sleuth in Grantham, Ontario (Dead and Buried, 2001, etc.), in his wittiest case ever: the gal of his college dreams, Vanessa Moss (née Stella Seco), hires him to protect her from whoever's shot Renata Sartori instead of her and now wants to correct that little mistake. Read full book review >
DEAD AND BURIED by Howard Engel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Tricky but stodgy, with less of Benny's self-effacing charm than usual, and an all-too-brief cameo appearance for his smart-mouthed mom."
When feckless Benny Cooperman, the only Jewish private eye in Grantham, Ontario, agrees to investigate the purportedly accidental death of Jack Dowden, a trucker for Kinross Disposals, at the request of his widow, he finds irregularities in the inquest testimony; a suspiciously fortuitous arrival of the company doctor at the moment of death; and hints of illegal dumping of PCBs by Kinross and its parent company, Phidias Manufacturing. Read full book review >
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN by Howard Engel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Benny's a charmer, and Engel again skewers Americanisms while serving up a deliciously nonsensical murder-on-wry."
Benny Cooperman, the low-key Grantham, Ontario, private eye who has as little success shushing his Jewish mother as getting Kogan, the janitor of his building, to fix the leaky hall toilet, agrees to a trade: If Kogan will deal with the plumbing, Benny will plumb the death of his pal Lizzy Oldridge, who died of starvation because her safe-deposit box cosigner, Thurleigh Ramsden, wouldn't release funds to her. Read full book review >
MURDER IN MONTPARNASSE by Howard Engel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 1999

"The main break with Engel's Benny Cooperman series (Getting Away with Murder, 1998, etc.) is that this really is set in the period that series evokes."
GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER by Howard Engel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 1998

"Benny's return (A Victim Must Be Found, 1988, etc.) is an amiable retro puzzler marked by endless rounds of Q-and-A with the unmemorable suspects, much of it clever but none of it believable for a moment."
Having dispatched a trio of strong silent types to Grantham p.i. Read full book review >