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Jesse Thorpe Mysteries

Written by Carl Schmidt

Three Jesse Thorpe Mysteries have been completed and fully edited:

Dead Down East, A Priestly Affair and Redbone.

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Dead Down East
(first book in the series)

Review notices for Dead Down East:

“In Dead Down East, Carl Schmidt introduces his readers to Jesse Thorpe, a charming but slightly down on his luck part-time private investigator. (Readers who — like me — fall in love with Jesse will be happy to know this is the first in a series.) Along with his fiery girlfriend, Angele, he is unexpectedly swept up into the investigation of the murder of Maine’s governor. The book’s pacing is crisp and rolling, a perfect summer read. And there are extra points for Mainers or New Englanders at heart, who love a fishing tale or a lusty “Ah-yuh” once in a while. As Jesse sets out to solve the crime, he does so with a buoyant and addicting tongue-in-cheek humor that is sure to make you a fan. And chances are you’ll dive right into the next in this delightful series.”
~ Linda DeMers Hummel – Freelance writer.
Linda's work has appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Huffington Post and others.

“In Dead Down East, Carl Schmidt introduces a new protagonist, well-developed male and female characters, and a finely crafted narrative built around the murder of a governor of Maine (hence the 'Down East' of the title). The story evolves in a well-paced and believable manner. There is no fitting of events and characters into a formula, no long disquisitions to prove the author is an expert (in law, medicine, weaponry), or deus ex machina resolutions once the convolutions get too convoluted. Also refreshing is a subtle humor that seems organic to the characters, not set-up jokes or wisecracks. And there is substance to the tale, as a high-profile political murder is seen to be part of human failings of greed, unconcern about environmental impacts, and the dangers of politician succumbing to the allure of power and cash. The characters, good and bad, are presented as real-world complex individuals. The book is a page-turner in the best sense.”

~ Kennard Bork – Professor Emeritus, Denison University


Introduction to Dead Down East:

Dead Down East, a fictional murder mystery, is both detective noir and smart screwball comedy rolled into one. Jesse Thorpe, a young private investigator operating out of Augusta, Maine, receives a mysterious phone call from a former client, Cynthia Dumais. She begs to be rescued from an island south of Brunswick, within a mile of where William Lavoilette, the governor of Maine, was assassinated the night before. She insists that her life is in danger, but is unwilling to provide any further information. Reluctantly, Jesse goes to fetch her.

Fresh, witty and loaded with eccentric characters, this first novel in the series is both clever and sylish. It's an old-school private eye tale with inventive twists and local charm. If you enjoy a well-crafted and zesty narrative, lively banter, or take pleasure in the company of Mainers, you'll love Dead Down East.

Go to Dead Down East to read the opening chapter.

To order through Amazon go to Paperback or Kindle.

A Priestly Affair
(second book in the series)

Review notices for A Priestly Affair:

"A Priestly Affair by Carl Schmidt is an extraordinary read. It combines danger, suspense and mystery as well as humor into one marvelous book. The plot is full of action. The intrigue will leave readers on the edge of their seats as the scenes roll on by. A Priestly Affair is the second Jesse Thrope Mystery novel. I was fascinated. From beginning to end, Carl knows how to hold onto my attention. I loved reading the page turning tale. Jesse Thrope is hired on a mission to follow a priest's daughter whom the priest has not once meet due to the mother. The mother having been a seductove parishioner...but soon Jesse as before, found himself in a bigger and more deadly investigation. Money, blackmail, and a deadly case. Jesse Thorpe will once again drag readers into his world of mystery. I loved the humor throughout the story. It made the tale more interesting. Well-written and well-developed, A Priestly Affair is a must read for all. I highly recommend this new book to readers everywhere."
~ Danielle Urban

 "What a fun read! A Priestly Affair by Carl Schmidt combines a page turning 'who-done-it' with hilarious characters, intrigue and insight. The setting in Maine is skillfully captured in the characters, their dialog and the plot. The plot is an all to believable sting operation that has resulted in murder and blackmail; will Jesse Thorpe and his team bring the criminals to justice? There are also a number of subtle but serious passages in this book that speak to relationships, including friendship. So slow down to savor these nuggets as you race through this fast moving, enjoyable mystery. A must read."
~ Addicted to Books
Introduction to A Priestly Affair:
A Priestly Affair is a lively and offbeat thriller set in Maine. Monsignor Francis O'Reilly has a three-year-old daughter, conceived during a one-time sexual encounter with a seductive parishioner, Nicole Levesque. A DNA paternity test confirms that he is the father of the child, but Nicloe has never allowed him to see "Evelyn." Father O'Reilly hires private investigator, Jesse Thorpe, to find her. In short order, Jesse uncovers an organized "family" of con artists, willing to use threats, and even deadly force, to keep their operation running without a hitch.

This second novel in the Jesse Thorpe Mystery Series is an intricate and riveting tale, percolating with oddball characters and tongue-in-cheek humor, as Jesse works his way through a collection of grifters and victims from Maine to Florida. A Priestly Affair is a can't-put-it-down book for connoisseurs of both detective mysteries and dark comedy.

Go to A Priestly Affair to read the opening chapter.

To order through Amazon go to Paperback or Kindle.

(third book in the series)

Introduction to Redbone:

Julio Whitehorse Redbone is a likeable and strong-willed, though tragic, figure.  When he is three years old, his father, Chayton Enapay Redbone, a full-blooded Sioux Indian, is killed in Operation Desert Storm.  From that point on, he is raised in Portland, Maine by his kind-hearted Hispanic mother, Juanita.

At the age of nine, Julio meets his childhood sweetheart, Hannah Cummings.  They are virtually inseparable for the next five years—until she becomes pregnant with his child, two weeks before her fourteenth birthday.  Hannah’s father, Gaylord, whisks her away to Boston to have an abortion.  When they return home, Gaylord tells Juanita that Julio must stay away from his daughter, permanently, or there’d be trouble.  “Big trouble.”  Julio complies.

In his senior year of high school, Julio is awarded a full-ride athletic scholarship to Boston University.  But before he leaves for college, he shows a renewed interest in Hannah, and their romance reignites.  Immediately, the axe falls on Julio’s head.  Gaylord Cummings has Julio arrested for Gross Sexual Assault.  For a conviction, all that is required is to show that Julio had sexual relations with Hannah before her fourteenth birthday.  In court, Gaylord produces a surprise document, a DNA analysis performed on the fetal tissue, which proves conclusively that Julio is the father.  He is sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

After spending eight years behind bars, Julio receives a pardon from the Governor.  By that time, Hannah has married Randolph Brewer.  Julio is out of prison, but heartbroken.  A month later, he dies from lethal dose of potassium cyanide.

Juanita and Julio’s friends are certain that he has been murdered, but after a cursory investigation, the Portland police conclude that it is probably suicide.  Juanita approaches Jesse Thorpe, a local private investigator, to find Julio’s killer.  He takes her case, pro bono, and sets out to solve the murder.

This is where our story begins.

Go to Redbone to read the opening chapter.

Soon to be vailable through Amazon in Paperback and Kindle.

Author's Bio

        Carl Schmidt 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.  Yet Maine's natural beauty and its colorful personalities have always held a special place in his heart.

Special thanks to JanMarie Moullen who edited all three of these novels.


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