Dinner at Deadman's

Dinner at Deadman's

by C. J. West



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Dinner at Deadman's by C. J. West

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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780976778868
Publisher: 22 West Books
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Dinner at Deadman's 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CathyF7 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the style of CJ West’s writing.  It was as though Laredo, the main character, was sitting and telling me the story in person, with broken sentences as if recalling his thoughts and memories.  He was a bit of an oddball with a huge heart.  The vivid character descriptions gripped me before the actual mystery.  It took me a while before it was clear what the book was about, but it was so interesting anyway, it didn’t matter.  I was just lost in it.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I received my copy as a Goodreads giveaway.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Dinner at Deadman's (Lorado Martin Mysteries) by CJ West Lorado Martin collects junk. He makes most of his money on estate sales, selling the recently deceased items. He also maintains housing for recovering addicts, and some of them even work for him. When an addict he has known since childhood is due to inherit a large sum of money from his grandmothers death Lorado wants to help. Things are not turning out the best for his friend and Lorado is set to straighten things out. He is determined to find out what happened to his friends grandmother. Fast paced page turning murder mystery. I have been a long time fan of C.J. West and Dinner at Deadman's (Lorado Martin Mysteries) did not disappoint. I highly recommend to murder/mystery lovers. I also recommend his other books as well.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
DINNER AT DEADMAN’S is a very entertaining read. The characters are well developed as well as the storyline. It is definitely a great who-dun-it mystery and will keep readers engaged. I did find it predictable at times but that in no way affected by enjoyment of the novel. Rating: 4 Reviewed by: KellyR,My Book Addiction Reviews
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
C.J. pens "Dinner at Deadman's" with a storyline that keeps you guessing. A murder mystery with a touch of humor that is fast paced with very well developed characters. I found the beginning to be paced a bit slow, but once you get through the first chapter, it hooks you right in. A must read for all murder mystery fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
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.
SteveCapell More than 1 year ago
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.
GinaFava More than 1 year ago
My Review:  A traditional who-dun-it mystery, Dinner at Deadman’s revolves around a burly, family-man junk dealer with an affinity for aiding recovering addicts.  Lorado Martin is an atypical, intriguing character with whom anyone would want to sit back and have a beer and some laughs before jumping into his car to take down the local riff-raff that’s messing with his family or his junk. The other characters are also well-thought out, but it’s mostly his wife, Roxie, and his brother, Chris, who always have Lorado’s back, that kept me wanting to come back for more. Great local flavor seeps from the pages of the story.  I felt like I was traipsing the neighborhoods of the Massachusetts South Shore tracking murder suspects right there with Lorado; it left me wondering if the underbelly of society might be closer to home than I once thought. I must admit that I guessed the identity of the murderer early on, but the perfectly paced suspense, the hearty helpings of humor, and the affability of the main character kept me reading until the end.  The journey was worth it. I’d recommend this novel to anyone looking to sink their teeth into a juicy mystery with an unusual, yet solid premise, based around an unlikely hero that one just can’t help rooting for. My Rating:  It’s worth a hill of beans, 4 out of 5 FAVA beans to be exact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read.