Item description for The Dead Detective by Lorene Robbins...
CJ Thomas wishes she had never heard of Budge Dirkwood. It's not the fact that she stumbled over his dead body when she went to meet him for the first time, and it's not the fact that the victim's obnoxious rich cousin seems intent on having her arrested for the murder. It's not even the fact that the victim was a somewhat flaky pawnbroker who dabbled in the I Ching and believed in all the paranormal phenomena that CJ's rational mind automatically rejects. No, the problem is that the ghost of the victim won't leave her alone. CJ can't explain it, and isn't quite sure she believes it, but the ghost of Budge Dirkwood has popped into her life, and it seems the only way she can get rid of him is to help him solve his murder. With his help, she investigates all the possible suspects ranging from teen-aged gang members to the rich and powerful members of Highland Park society, checking out some wife beaters and Elvis impersonators in between. Will she find the killer and succeed in getting this ghost out of her life? Or will she be stuck with the ghost of a pawnbroker for the rest of her life?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2006
Publisher Swimming Kangaroo Books
ISBN 1934041041 ISBN13 9781934041048
Availability 59 units. Availability accurate as of May 25, 2017 06:28.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Dead Detective?
Great fun read! Jun 18, 2008
This was the first books I have read on my kindle and the first book I have read in years. I loved the character of Budge. He is so funny and likable. The banter between Budge and CJ is great. I wish there were more in the series. Fun mystery and it did keep me guessing until the end.
Entertaining Sep 1, 2007
Lorene Robbins has written a humorous ghost story with an entertaining ghost. Normally I dislike books which feature the supernatural, and I almost closed it as soon as the ghost appeared. He is such a delightful ghost, however, that I read on and enjoyed myself.
A pleasant diversion from the serious demands of reality. Jun 18, 2007
Reviewed by Patti Yackulic for Reader View (6/07)
A late Friday evening meeting, with a new client, scheduled in an unsavory section of town, definitely was not consistent with freelance-computer-consultant CJ Thomas' customary business pattern. Nevertheless, she readily deviated from her comfort zone when Leo Kajosh requested that she accompany him to his friend Cecil Dirkwood's home to upgrade Dirkwood's computer system. However, if CJ could possibly have anticipated the consequences of wavering from her routine, she would steadfastly have refused this appointment. After all, CJ could never possibly have entertained the notion that she would discover her client's body let alone that her client, turned ghost, would convince her to turn sleuth in order to solve the mystery of his murder. Nor could CJ have envisioned that this intrigue would kindle a flame for her and Lieutenant Frank Guerman, the police detective assigned to the Dirkwood murder investigation.
A murder, a ghost, and a love interest surely define all the requisite elements of the light "who-done-it" penned by the husband and wife team writing under the pseudonym, Lorene Robbins. Although this mystery, at times, is predictable, Robbins' integration of numerous characters with plausible motives ensures that readers are continually revamping their predictions. Nevertheless, the reader has ample opportunity to determine the guilty party well before the novel concludes. In the case of "The Dead Detective," predictability does not diminish the enjoyment of the readers as they plod through the pages. Obviously, Robbins never intended this novel to be an edgy mystery, but rather Robbins created the novel as an exercise in levity requiring the readers to stimulate their brains as they labor through possible scenarios much in the same fashion they would as they solve crossword puzzles. Indeed, Robbins' efforts are a resounding success; "The Dead Detective" is a pleasant diversion from the serious demands of reality.
What a surprise. Jan 29, 2007
What a nice find. This is a great book with an interesting and unusual plot, great writing, and excellent characterization. I loved it. Can't wait for the next book.
Fun Mystery Avoids Cliches Aug 3, 2006
Who would have thought that a pawnbroker could be such a great character for an amateur detective, particularly a dead pawnbroker? Nevertheless, in The Dead Detective, Lorene Robbins takes pawnbroker Budge Dirkwood and turns him into an annoying, funny, sensitive, and downright delightful counterpart for CJ Thomas, the extremely rational computer consultant who discovers his body. She doesn't believe in ghosts but she's stuck with budge until she solves his murder.
I especially loved the scene involving the Elvis Impersonator and the scene in Budge's funeral where they play The Age of Aquarius. Very funny! I would love to know what the Barbie doll, motorcycle and cheeseburger joke was, however, but Robbins never lets us in on that secret.
I hear this is the start of a series, I certainly hope so because this one was a lot of fun!