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Dead Down East (Jesse Thorpe Mysteries Book 1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Dead Down East is a fictional murder mystery. It is both detective noir and smart screwball comedy, rolled into one. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator operating out of Augusta, Maine, narrates the tale.

Jesse’s vacation on Great Pond is cut short when he receives a mysterious phone call from a former client, Cynthia Dumais. She begs to be rescued from an island s
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published May 25th 2016 by Carl Schmidt
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Richard Bunning
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character of this book is private-eye Jessie Thorpe, and a relatively believable one when compared to so many private sleuths from fiction. This the first in Schmidt’s proposed series of books, is unsurprisingly based on one of Jessie’s first cases, and certainly his first murder. Jessie is a bit of a middle-class smart arse, who at the start of the book has had an interesting life but perhaps not achieved a great deal. Jesse has many skills, as a guitarist in a group, an odd job carpen ...more
K.T. Munson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
There is a stream of characters at the beginning but they rotate back through them so it isn’t overwhelming. Jesse is a man’s man. He fishes, has misplaced women’s negligee, and names his car/gun. He keeps cheap wine in his cupboards, likes his women a little crazy but passionate, but values people and doesn’t seem to be a judgmental person. I shook my head more than once at his antics but I didn’t dislike him - well maybe a few times but he is a charming character.
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Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Jesse Thorpe is a carpenter and member of a local band, who happens to be a P. I. on the side. The P. I. part doesn't seem to take up too much of his time or draw much attention to itself, few people in his life know that's one of his professions. Still, he's had a few clients, taken care of a few cases -- enough to give him some confidence in what he does. Then one day, a fishing trip is interrupted by a former client, who just found herse
Vigilant Reader
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title – Dead Down East
Author – Carl Schmidt
Genre – Mystery, Humor
Amazon Pages 241
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 9/9/2016

Jesse Thorp is a part time detective who also plays in a band with friends.
Cynthia Dumais was having an affair with the governor of Maine when she witnessed his murder.
Agnele is Jesse's attorney girlfriend.

The plot is soft core, interesting and humorous.
Jesse is a laid back New Englander who resists carrying Rhonda, his handgun, unless a dire need is perceived. Cynthia conv
Danielle Urban
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Down East by Carl Schmidt is a mystery readers everywhere won't be able to get enough of...especially of the main character, Jesse Thorpe. I am hoping there's going to be more books out soon. Otherwise, I will go bat crazy trying to come up with new adventures this new detective will engage. Absolutely, the most charming, hilarious, and intriguing detective noir that I have read. This is a new series, I would recommend to all.

Carl Schmidt's writing is that of a seasoned writer. Words that
Sarah Jackson
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dead Down East” by Carl Schmidt is the first book in the “Jesse Thorpe Mystery” series. When part-time musician, part-carpenter and part-time detective, Jesse Thorpe receives a phone call from former client Cynthia Dumais, his vacation is cut short. Ms Dumais has witnessed the murder of the Governor, with whom she’s been having a illicit affair, and is seeking protection and counsel. Jesse must safeguard his client and solve the murder, all the while balancing his relationships with the band, Ms ...more
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed a story that would take my mind off a grim and dark tale I had just read and reviewed. Thankfully, this story helped me do just that.

Sometimes we come across characters who are totally out of luck and are so lovable that you feel like empathising with them throughout. The protagonist of this story, a private investigator, is just that. The plot revolves around an affable character and his tryst with the solving of a crime case. For the whats you need to read the story.

The writing is ama
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was a bit leery when I started reading, concerned that it would be filled with fishing scenes, (one thing I really do not enjoy doing), but after the opening, which was written well and gave some thoughts to ponder upon, I delved into a world of politics filled with lots of secrets and suspects.

To me it seemed like Schmidt put a lot of himself into this book, from the fishing to the band, which is something I always enjoy. After reading a book like this, I want to take the writer out for drink
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jesse Thorpe is a musician, a carpenter and a private investigator. For the first 6 years of having a PI license he has had maybe 6 cases. While on a fishing trip in his native Maine he learns that William Lavoilette, the Governor of Maine has been murdered. Everyone is shocked as the governor was a well-like politican.

Suddenly, a former client calls him to come and protect her, she will explain the details when he sees her. He is to pick her up from the island where the Governor was assassinat
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Murder investigation

Mr Thorpe and friends investigates the death of the Governor of Maine, a rather diverse and interests of characters help out
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, Dead Down East.

I thought in my mind that it was going to be like Jessica Fletcher meets Sam Spade. However, it was not and I was completely surprised. I love the story, the mystery, the characters and their witty banter.

Our main character is Jesse Thorpe. Jesse is many things. He is a carpenter, a bass player in a local band, a fly fisherman, and a private investigator. He seems to stay busy. Jesse has lots of friends and a likable personality. Jesse is someone I woul
Ashley Tomlinson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not going to lie, I really did not want to read this book. Mostly because I thought it was going to be about fishing and no thanks. Thankfully, it wasn't about fishing. It had fishing in it but it didn't feel like I was reading about a man fishing. It was a pretty good whodunit that I didn't see coming.

Carl Schmidt did a good job with describing scenes in a way that made me feel like I was in Maine. I've always wanted to visit Maine and now I feel like I have. I thought the dialogue between
Lisa Arrington
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
In Dead Down East we are introduced to several characters, the main being, Jesse Thorpe. It was a well paced story and I enjoyed the plot line, however, I found the characters had to relate to. It may have been how the dialogue was presented (in large chunks) and how we were never really given a lot of information on the secondary characters to make a connection. Even through that, I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong on 'whodunit' and would recommend this to other mystery readers.
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Carl Schmidt is the author of a series of the mystery/humor novel series entitled, Jesse Thorpe Mysteries. The first two books in the series are Dead Down East & A Priestly Affair.

Carl resides in Sedona, Arizona, but for the first 30 years of his life he lived in eleven different US states, Newfoundland, Philippines, Japan and India.

He chose Maine for the setting of his Jesse Thorpe Mystery novel

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