Work-at-home dad, devoted husband, hustling freelance writer, aspiring screenwriter—all ways to describe the unwilling sleuth Aaron Tucker, whom one reviewer dubbed a combination of “Bart Simpson and James Bond.” In A Farewell to Legs, the second installment of the Aaron Tucker Mystery Series, Aaron is back on the trail again, this time trying to ferret out the murderer of a former high school classmate, a D.C. lobbyist whose enemies finally stick it to him, literally—with a six-inch steak knife. The deceased leaves behind a bombshell of a widow, a secret bankroll of $13 million, and a cloud of political controversy, all of which lead Aaron to a barrel of red herrings.
But in the life of Aaron Tucker, one mystery is never enough (though he’d be quick to tell you otherwise). He’s also been delegated the odious task of tracking down Buzbee School’s secret stink-bomber. And, much to Aaron’s consternation, his wife, the beautiful attorney Abby Stein, is being stalked by a former client. All in a day’s work for the 5’4” freelance writer, who, as procrastinator extraordinaire, would rather be doing anything but investigating.
Despite a relatively short period of existence, Jeffrey Cohen’s Aaron Tucker series is fast gaining a cult-like following. Writing for Best Reviews, Angela McQuay probably provided the most insightful explanation why: “The best thing about Cohen’s books is Aaron Tucker himself. A non-stop wisecracker who refuses to take anything seriously, Aaron is the type of everyman whom readers can relate to and commiserate with. He’s our best friend, our neighbor, or even our husband. Unlike many of the toughtalking, hardheaded detectives that perpetuate fiction today, Aaron is someone we could easily know or be. It’s also refreshing to have our hero be a stay-at-home dad whose wife makes more money than he does and who doesn’t seem to think that cleaning up after dinner is beneath him.
“The lightheartedness of the book is also a joy. While many mystery books often leave us frightened of the way the world is today, Cohen’s books leave us with a smile and a feeling of gratefulness for what we have. Not only is there a chuckle on every page, but there’s a smile or tongue-in-cheek observation in every paragraph.
“Cohen has definitely created a goldmine with his Aaron Tucker mysteries. With each book, he’ll gain more loyal readers like me. We can only hope that his hero stays around for a long time, and that his creator graces us with many more books to come.”