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Dinner at Deadman's (Lorado Martin Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. West
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Book Description

"I will never again go to a flea market, garage sale, or rummage sale without thinking about Lorado. If you’re looking for your next treasure you will find it in this amazing novel." Steve, True Media Solutions

“[Dinner At Deadman’s] transported me; giving me a glimpse of lives totally alien from my own; ensnared me into sympathizing with and relating to a fringe society of people.” Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

“I LOVED this book. I wish that I could give it more than 5 stars.”
The Deal Sharing Aunt


Lorado Martin has loved junk since his grandparents took him bottle digging in the backwoods of New England when he was a boy. The search for antiques and collectibles led him to a unique hobby: digging through the estates of the newly deceased, arranging the sale of goods for the heirs, and keeping the leftovers for himself.

To make a living he builds and maintains housing for recovering heroin addicts and along the way he’s employed a number of his clients. The men wrestle with the siren call of drugs and teach Lorado about the difficult struggle to stay clean one day at a time.

When these two worlds come together, Lorado learns that not every elderly person dies of natural causes and that some estates are sold to benefit a killer. His latest project hits close to home. A woman he’s known since childhood haunts him from a fresh grave. Her grandson, an affable addict who has fallen off the wagon, stands to inherit a considerable sum whether he deserves it or not.

Mystery / Substance Abuse / Estate Sale

Product Details

  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (October 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TB0844
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery writing that will entice. December 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
While reading this amazing novel I found myself many times reminiscing about the trips that my family would take to the local flea market. I found these excursions to be fun while scavenging around the tables that displayed the junk and misfits that the various owners were willing to depart with for my money. I'm sure you've all heard the saying that one man's junk is another man's treasure. This book is centered around a junk dealer named Lorado. Lorado makes a living by selling people junk ... or in other words - treasures! Lorado also has a passion too not only find buyers for junk, but also to hire some of societies misfits such as recovering drug addicts. He feels that by giving these recovering addicts one more chance they too can fit back into society just like the junk he sells. Lorado finds himself in the middle of a mysterious murder and also finds out that someone is trying to kill him. He now has some real problems to contend with and at the same time keep his junk business alive and in front of the next customer.

I found this novel to be especially fast-paced and at the same time filled with hilarity and down to earth, living, breathing, characters. C.J. West weaves a mystery with copper wire, cracked ribs, drugs, prostitution, friends, enemies, and soldiers that will have to wait another day to be sold. Does this sounds interesting and intriguing? I assure you this novel will not disappoint. One final comment -- I will never again go to a flea market, garage sale, or rummage sale without thinking about Lorado. If your looking for your next treasure you will find it in this amazing novel.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Different! October 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
CJ West has, once again, proven what a truly versatile artist he is, and that he has a great sense of humour! Every single one of CJ's books is entirely different, and completely enthralling. I read this tale in one sitting, as I really had no choice in the matter. I was hooked! I cannot ever remember reading any novel , and feeling compelled to make audible comments to the characters, while I was so intently engrossed in their fates! Fabulous characters, awesome concept and thrilling who-done-it! Extremely well done!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinner at Deadman's January 12, 2013
By tmtrvlr
Picker, junker, hoarder, whatever they call them these days, Lorado Martin's hobby is collectibles and antiques. When someone dies, he arranges for the estate sales, adds to his own collection, and makes a little money off of the sales. He makes his living building and maintaining homes for recovering addicts. He also employs some of these same addicts and helps them with their fight to stay clean. The death of one elderly woman from one of his sales haunts him, especially when he finds a note hidden in one of her belongings - with his name on it.

Dinner at Deadman's is an intriguing mystery that unfolds slowly to introduce each character and their role in the story. I appreciated the fact that although these characters were working to improve their community, they were also realistic people with major flaws.

There were several things I really liked about this book. The mystery takes several rabbit trails as Lorado misinterprets events that take place. The author details the physical and psychological permanent damage from drugs that has take place in these recovering addicts. I also found interesting Lorado's mixed feelings in helping these broken people, but also seeing them as takers in society compared to his father's work ethic. That part of the book really stood out to me.

I did have two issues that were difficult for me. First, all of the women in the book are pretty much defined by their breast size. Then there was the beginning of the book. It was not a pleasant start. The overly descriptive bodily function was difficult to get through, but if you can get through that first chapter, you will find a satisfying mystery with interesting characters.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Interestimng January 9, 2013
I enjoyed Dinner at Deadman's. The opening scene depicts our main character, a treasure collector, Loredo Martin, sleeping in the pink covered bed of Mrs Newbury, deceased. He had eaten some cereal from the kitchen and became deathly ill and thus begins a history of who Loredo Smith is, what he does for work and to help his community, who his family is, who his employees are and a late revelation that Mrs Newbury, may not have died of old age as everyone assumed. And the search is on for her alleged killer. Several folks land on Loredo's radar as potential poisoners, but he eventually narrows it down to the actual perpetrator.

The story was intriguing and began slowly, but smoothly so you got a great feel for everyone's role in the storytelling. There was a closeness between brothers, friends and family as well as animosity between those who weren't friends, those who dealt in drugs and prostitution. And it was all very realistic. I could relate in particular to the cops who were not too intent on helping Loredo out with the vandalism and thievery he faced from the local punks. I could also relate to Loredo's image in the community. My husband is a big guy and not too many people try to push him around, whether that assumption is made correctly or incorrectly.

As murder mysteries go, I liked this book quite a bit and felt it was definitely worth the read. Thank you CJ it was unique and a good read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but don't get excited about it
Several times, I wavered toward putting the book down, but I perservered and finished it. The main character is a bit of a slob and I just couldn't like the fellow all that much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by theweed
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book that kept me coming back for more!
I grew up in Rochester, Massachusetts and know the man the character, Larado Martin was based on. I never thought anyone could describe New Bedford and the towns in that area so... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blueraven60
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid good read!
I read Wests' book, The End of Marking Time, and really enjoyed it. So, I was excited to read one of his books again, but with a different premise. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This novel is well paced with many plot turns. Lorado Martin, an antique dealer/ estate buyer is an unusual protagonist.
Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline
Once you get past the misogynistic portrayal of the lead character this is a pretty good story. It does tend to be a bit longer than necessary, but the seamy side of quaint New... Read more
Published 20 months ago by HappyCamper
3.0 out of 5 stars Lorado Martin Mysteries

This is mystery about the strangest cast of characters in novel, I may have seen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joseph Donigian
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep You Guessing
I greatly enjoy CJ West's writings. I love that he keeps you guessing until the very end. The way he weaves the story to have a lot of surprises at every corner. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars This got very old very quickly
This book must be for 13-year-old boys. I'm nowhere near a prude, but the constant discussion of Lorado's girlfriend's boobs got so boring. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Gab
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I have been a fan of C.J. West since his first book "Sin and Vengeance". His stories are intriguing, diverse in many ways and have some of the most interesting of characters. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Toni Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner at Deadman's
Great book, got it for my husband and he enjoyed reading this book. He likes western type books. Thank you
Published on April 19, 2013 by Barbara Pendergrass
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