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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What I liked: I spent many of the days of my childhood tagging along through flea markets, yard sales, and auctions with my dad and pap. There is something comforting about the personality of the people that you find in these places. Many times they seem so gruff and nasty but the more you get to know them you find that they are the most loving and compassionate people you’ll ever meet. I was in awe with how Mr. West was able to bring these people back like I just visited yesterday… okay, so maybe I did ;).
The mystery was perfectly suited for a chilly afternoon by the fire.
By the way — I utterly LOVED the title & how it fit the book!
What I didn’t like: There were a couple of places that detailed some icky stuff but I just skimmed those paragraphs and got on with an excellent book.


Author: C.J. West
Source: Partners in Crime Tours
Grade: A
Ages: 15+

Author Bio:

C.J. West is the author of seven suspense novels including The End of Marking Time and Sin and Vengeance, which was optioned into development for film by Beantown Productions, LLC (screenplay by Marla Cukor).

Websites & Links:

C.J. blogs at You can also find him at and

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3 Replies to “Review: Dinner at Deadman’s”

  1. Thank you Gina!

    I’m glad Dinner At Deadman’s reminded you of times with your family!

    Thanks for a great review.


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