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In Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), he took a job digging up a shallow grave. It turned out badly. In Single White Psychopath Seeks Same, he took a job as a bodyguard at a seance. It turned out worse. But now, meet the new, improved Andrew Mayhem. He has a real job. He's a better father and husband. And he's vowed to quit accepting money from strange women in In Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), he took a job digging up a shallow grave. It turned out badly. In Single White Psychopath Seeks Same, he took a job as a bodyguard at a seance. It turned out worse. But now, meet the new, improved Andrew Mayhem. He has a real job. He's a better father and husband. And he's vowed to quit accepting money from strange women in coffee shops to perform tasks that go terribly, terribly wrong. This time he's just taking a relaxing camping trip with his family and best friend. No shortcuts. The gas tank is full. The sinister warning of the crazy old man is taken seriously. Unfortunately, when you're Andrew Mayhem, you just can't help being attacked by a group of savage killers bent on inflicting ghastly torture and bringing horrific death. Relentlessly pursued through a booby-trapped forest, it's one crisis after another as Andrew fights to protect his family, loses a body part or two, and faces the single darkest moment of his entire life. Action-packed, twisted, and completely outrageous, Casket For Sale (Only Used Once) is the funniest and scariest Andrew Mayhem adventure yet!"


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In Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), he took a job digging up a shallow grave. It turned out badly. In Single White Psychopath Seeks Same, he took a job as a bodyguard at a seance. It turned out worse. But now, meet the new, improved Andrew Mayhem. He has a real job. He's a better father and husband. And he's vowed to quit accepting money from strange women in In Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), he took a job digging up a shallow grave. It turned out badly. In Single White Psychopath Seeks Same, he took a job as a bodyguard at a seance. It turned out worse. But now, meet the new, improved Andrew Mayhem. He has a real job. He's a better father and husband. And he's vowed to quit accepting money from strange women in coffee shops to perform tasks that go terribly, terribly wrong. This time he's just taking a relaxing camping trip with his family and best friend. No shortcuts. The gas tank is full. The sinister warning of the crazy old man is taken seriously. Unfortunately, when you're Andrew Mayhem, you just can't help being attacked by a group of savage killers bent on inflicting ghastly torture and bringing horrific death. Relentlessly pursued through a booby-trapped forest, it's one crisis after another as Andrew fights to protect his family, loses a body part or two, and faces the single darkest moment of his entire life. Action-packed, twisted, and completely outrageous, Casket For Sale (Only Used Once) is the funniest and scariest Andrew Mayhem adventure yet!"

30 review for Casket For Sale: Only Used Once

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not a review. This darn thing showed up on my books. As in a download. I thought I had bought this "thing." Fine. $ 2.99, I'm going to read this shit! Chezzus, plessuz! A funny horror story? Crikey. I'm not even certain I can read this shit. Not a review. This darn thing showed up on my books. As in a download. I thought I had bought this "thing." Fine. $ 2.99, I'm going to read this shit! Chezzus, plessuz! A funny horror story? Crikey. I'm not even certain I can read this shit.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bark | Ladies Of Horror Fiction

    This was one wacky book. Something about the writing reminded me of Joe Lansdale who also successfully mixes humor and atrocities. I read somewhere that this book wasn't as disturbing as the previous books so I was quite shocked at some of the violent turns it took. I can only imagine what happened in the previous books and now I have to find them before I die. As I was reading, I could almost see the writer with a mad smile on his face, gleefully rubbing his hands together, while he plotted one This was one wacky book. Something about the writing reminded me of Joe Lansdale who also successfully mixes humor and atrocities. I read somewhere that this book wasn't as disturbing as the previous books so I was quite shocked at some of the violent turns it took. I can only imagine what happened in the previous books and now I have to find them before I die. As I was reading, I could almost see the writer with a mad smile on his face, gleefully rubbing his hands together, while he plotted one over-the-top scene after another. I enjoyed this book a lot even when I thought some of the plot turns were ridiculous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    The third book in the aptly titled Andrew MAYHEM (capitals added for emphasis) series sees Andrew taking an almost-earned holiday with his family, best bud and his new girlfriend though the backwoods area of the Unites States. Now, I don't live in the US, and I'm certainly not the smartest guy in the world, but I've now read enough novels and seen enough films to have convinced me that a visit to the Gaza Strip is safer than visiting anywhere with more trees than people across the entire North A The third book in the aptly titled Andrew MAYHEM (capitals added for emphasis) series sees Andrew taking an almost-earned holiday with his family, best bud and his new girlfriend though the backwoods area of the Unites States. Now, I don't live in the US, and I'm certainly not the smartest guy in the world, but I've now read enough novels and seen enough films to have convinced me that a visit to the Gaza Strip is safer than visiting anywhere with more trees than people across the entire North America continent. Casket For Sale (Only Used Once) does nothing to dissuade me of said conviction. Of course, Mayehm and co meet some unsavoury types. And of course those unsavoury types have nasty and death-filled plans for them. What I did not see coming was what those plans would specifically entail, and how integral to the plot both Mrs Mayhem and the Mayhem kids would become. I criticised the first book for using the kids as convenient plot device, but they're definitely not that here. I was a bit down on the second book because it seemed ridiculous that people could trade witty banter whilst almost being killed every second minute (at least outside of any buddy cop action film), but Strand must have worn me down because the same type of thing failed to irk me here. So, in my usual slightly long-winded way, what I'm trying to say is: I liked Casket For Sale (Only Used Once) just fine. In fact, I liked it the most of the series thus far. It's end may have been a little too convenient - and seems destined to cause more mayhem for Mayehm - but otherwise any fan of Strand won't go wrong with this one. Onto the next (and so far) last sequel ... 3.5 Extremely Well-Funded Baddies for Casket For Sale (Only Used Once).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    More adventures with Andrew Mayhem (this is the third in the series). I am a big fan of Jeff Strand so I was looking forward to this book but had to wonder what on earth else could happen to our protagonist Andrew. So.. this time out Andrew is at least trying to make good decisions but that does not seem to matter in the slightest. This is I think the most eventful, thrilling and disturbing book of the series. No matter what Andrew does it still goes horribly wrong for him, he attracts psychopath More adventures with Andrew Mayhem (this is the third in the series). I am a big fan of Jeff Strand so I was looking forward to this book but had to wonder what on earth else could happen to our protagonist Andrew. So.. this time out Andrew is at least trying to make good decisions but that does not seem to matter in the slightest. This is I think the most eventful, thrilling and disturbing book of the series. No matter what Andrew does it still goes horribly wrong for him, he attracts psychopaths like moths to a flame. It’s hard to really tell you about the content of the book without freaking people out, if it were real it would be utterly terrifying. There are psychopaths and a fair amount of people die, often in very inventive ways, some just almost die but it’s still messed up, and there are a LOT of corpses! - I think that’s it in a nutshell. Jeff has managed to pack so much action and so many incidents into one fairly short book (just 160 pages) but boy does it pack a punch. The action never stops there’s always something more scary/bonkers around the corner and it’s hard to put it down at any point because of that. This is some imaginative stuff and despite some truly awful horrors taking place there is still humour throughout the book! If you love insane and brutal fun which just keeps on escalating this is the book for you. I said “Oh My God” out loud several times whilst reading this book - that’s a good sign! Absolutely loved this - Wow Jeff you’ve done it again I cannot possibly give this less than 5*/5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    B.J. Swann

    The third Andrew Mayhem book is even crazier than the first two. Andrew Mayhem is back and getting in even more trouble. What is up with this guy? How many murderous maniacs and deadly situations can one person encounter? Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride as Mayhem comes up against a backwoods band of colorful creeps in his wildest, most horrific, most disturbing, and possibly funniest adventure yet! This is another great entry in the Andrew Mayhem series. Somehow it manages to up the ant The third Andrew Mayhem book is even crazier than the first two. Andrew Mayhem is back and getting in even more trouble. What is up with this guy? How many murderous maniacs and deadly situations can one person encounter? Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride as Mayhem comes up against a backwoods band of colorful creeps in his wildest, most horrific, most disturbing, and possibly funniest adventure yet! This is another great entry in the Andrew Mayhem series. Somehow it manages to up the ante even more in every category. There’s more suspense, more gore, and certainly more horror than ever before. At the same time, there are some scenes that are just totally hilarious, including a car chase that manages to perfectly combine cinematic, white-knuckle action with slapstick. There’s also an amazing hallucination sequence. This book is as compulsively readable as the first two. If you liked those, you’ll probably gobble this up like a fat kid at a pizza party, just like I did.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robert Mingee

    This was exactly the kind of light, funny, clever break I needed right now!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Having never read Jeff Strand, I opened his third installment of the Andrew Mayhem series with a bit of trepidation. I had just finished a black comedy “supernatural” detective story that went south after the first chapter, so I’m sure you can understand my suspicion towards Casket. Can you believe I read that damn book in one sitting? Why damn? Because I didn’t get any housework or paperwork done, I didn’t even remember to eat. For five hours I was Jeff Strand’s bitch, and I have to say people, Having never read Jeff Strand, I opened his third installment of the Andrew Mayhem series with a bit of trepidation. I had just finished a black comedy “supernatural” detective story that went south after the first chapter, so I’m sure you can understand my suspicion towards Casket. Can you believe I read that damn book in one sitting? Why damn? Because I didn’t get any housework or paperwork done, I didn’t even remember to eat. For five hours I was Jeff Strand’s bitch, and I have to say people, I loved every minute of it. Now before we even get started I want to make something crystal clear, even though there is comedy throughout the book it never overshadows and takes over the story. What’s that mean in layman’s terms? This isn’t a beach book that only requires a quarter of your attention with the option to skim. This story involves you, sucking you in page-by-page until your heart’s racing right along with the characters. And yes, Strand is aware of the hurdles that must be jumped in order to create something unique, but don’t worry he came prepared. Been-there-done-that situations are acknowledged, stereotypes are noted, and the setting is welcomed - then all are thrown out the door without even a pat or kiss. Mr. Strand, Jeff, can I call you Jeff? Jeff, you are my hero. Kicking off with intrigue, the pace picks up speed as you delve deeper into Mayhem’s world and never loosens its vise until the end. I promise that by the time you close the book, the momentum that was created and sustained throughout will leave you breathless with beads of sweat dripping down your face. The setting is detailed, but not overwhelming. The location is random. It can be any back-road, in any town, and that is what makes it memorable. Between the eerie atmosphere and the scent of perspiration mixed with blood, Strand manages to evoke pure desperation. With gallant honesty and tense prose, Strand’s style of writing is easy to read, but very intense. He keeps it simple without dumbing it down. With nothing to prove or preach about, he pens his tale for entertainment for both you and himself. Yes, I actually do think this one author who laughs out loud when he reads over the banter and sarcastic remarks during editing. You can tell he had fun writing this, and that is just as important as the story itself. Taking a somewhat conventional story in which focuses more on the characters and less on the actions, he exposes what would happen in reality. Bringing forth characters that while are not always brave or admirable, are true. Mayhem’s life may constantly be filled with danger and adventure, but it’s the bond between all the characters that truly makes this story. Their interaction with both each other and the group of adversaries is what endears you to them. They elicit sympathy and respect, friendship and affection. Nicely done! My only complaint – I must now abuse my credit cards in order to get everything and anything Jeff Strand has ever written! -As reviewed for Horror-Web.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Will

    Another hysterically chaotic thriller from Jeff Strand. One hell of a great read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    "So you're thinking of taking the whole family to a beautiful country park, for a nice, peaceful, relaxing vacation, in a lovely, luxurious, state-of the-art rented camper van, yes?" - well before you go then you must definitely read this fun-filled, action-packed, comic horror romp...then again, maybe not! However, if you think that you would enjoy a wonderfully entertaining, ridiculously absurd, creative, imaginative, gruesome, gore-filled, wicked - but highly "humorous" adventure that contain "So you're thinking of taking the whole family to a beautiful country park, for a nice, peaceful, relaxing vacation, in a lovely, luxurious, state-of the-art rented camper van, yes?" - well before you go then you must definitely read this fun-filled, action-packed, comic horror romp...then again, maybe not! However, if you think that you would enjoy a wonderfully entertaining, ridiculously absurd, creative, imaginative, gruesome, gore-filled, wicked - but highly "humorous" adventure that contains, well, just about everything...then this book is definitely for you. Anyway, this time the whole Andrew Mayhem family somehow manage to "meat" your usual selection of everyday Psychos, Hillbillies, Cyborgs and even more baddies on their travels, when they just want to get away and try and forget their recent distressing and highly traumatic past experiences. In fact, heaven knows what might have happened if they opted for the "banjo duel" deliverance excursion option, too!! Ah well, never mind, maybe next year.... This adult comic horror adventure deserves no less than 6 stars - absolutely brilliant! Thank-you so much, Jeff - you're a genius!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The final adventures of Andrew Mayhem - the majority of the action takes place about 6 months after his Alaskan adventure has concluded. Andrew has tried to learn his lesson - he's going to get a real job, he's stopped taking money from women for seemingly innocent tasks, and now he's planning a nice family vacation with his wife and kids and Roger and Roger's girlfriend. What could go wrong? Well. when it's Andrew Mayhem, plenty. Helen has some exciting news for him, he thinks Roger's girlfrien The final adventures of Andrew Mayhem - the majority of the action takes place about 6 months after his Alaskan adventure has concluded. Andrew has tried to learn his lesson - he's going to get a real job, he's stopped taking money from women for seemingly innocent tasks, and now he's planning a nice family vacation with his wife and kids and Roger and Roger's girlfriend. What could go wrong? Well. when it's Andrew Mayhem, plenty. Helen has some exciting news for him, he thinks Roger's girlfriend could be Satan's spawn, and the old man at the convenient store warns them not to go to the campground. Then things get weird. This is dark and violent - maybe more than the first two in the series - but still has plenty of snarky humor. It is a quick read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Well done, Mr Strand.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This is the third in the Andrew Mayhem series and I have enjoyed all of them. I would give this 3 1/2 stars instead of the usual four for what may be a matter of personal taste. The other two had a tone of darkly comedic spoof that was present in this one til about halfway through when several very disturbing scenes disrupted this tone. Clearly, these are comedies of the darkest sort, but I felt that these particular scenes were out of place considering the overall tone of the novels and left a This is the third in the Andrew Mayhem series and I have enjoyed all of them. I would give this 3 1/2 stars instead of the usual four for what may be a matter of personal taste. The other two had a tone of darkly comedic spoof that was present in this one til about halfway through when several very disturbing scenes disrupted this tone. Clearly, these are comedies of the darkest sort, but I felt that these particular scenes were out of place considering the overall tone of the novels and left a bad taste in my mouth. Again, probably personal taste and I really don't want to say any more. If you like Andrew Mayhem I would definitely read it and if you haven't read any of the books, you are missing out on a very good series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    OMG this book is so wrong, so depraved. I don't think the author is even human! Even worse? I laughed through the whole thing. Definitely my favorite of the series. I need to read something wholesome or get my brain rewired... OMG this book is so wrong, so depraved. I don't think the author is even human! Even worse? I laughed through the whole thing. Definitely my favorite of the series. I need to read something wholesome or get my brain rewired...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Mixing comedy and horror, Jeff Strand has pulled it off. One moment you're laughing out loud, then in a flash you're cringing, saying to yourself, "holy crap"! Andrew Mayhem at times is like the Three Stooges, wrapped in a good hearted body. This was a very fun and entertaining trilogy. Mixing comedy and horror, Jeff Strand has pulled it off. One moment you're laughing out loud, then in a flash you're cringing, saying to yourself, "holy crap"! Andrew Mayhem at times is like the Three Stooges, wrapped in a good hearted body. This was a very fun and entertaining trilogy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Jeff Strand is fast becoming my favourite writer. I love his sharp wit and frenetic action style. Superb!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Hilarious third volume of Andrew Mayhem. This time Andrew and his family and their friends Roger and Samantha embark on a much deserved Georgia camping vacation that becomes a fight for their lives against a backwoods band of inbred rednecks sporting names like Ogre, Goblin, Witch and Troll. Wall to wall bloody action and humor abound. Highly recommended

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This series gets better and better. I really enjoy the humor and horror mix. There were so many great story twists and turns. I liked that Helen was proximately featured. I'm looking forward to reading book 4! This series gets better and better. I really enjoy the humor and horror mix. There were so many great story twists and turns. I liked that Helen was proximately featured. I'm looking forward to reading book 4!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thainwyn

    Very great mix of horror and comedy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This one is fast and furious, so not so much of the plot and intrigue of the earlier Mayhem books and more "turn it on and sit back" This one is fast and furious, so not so much of the plot and intrigue of the earlier Mayhem books and more "turn it on and sit back"

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Jackson

    Strange...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nawal

    Scarred for life

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Wrye

    Definitely a "ride"! I'm so glad that I finally dived into the Mayhem pool! This is so far my favorite in the series. I'm ordering the fourth one immediately. Definitely a "ride"! I'm so glad that I finally dived into the Mayhem pool! This is so far my favorite in the series. I'm ordering the fourth one immediately.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Hahn

    OMG Another top notch Jeff Strand book. Andrew Mayhem and Roger are an unbeatable duo, in to the next in the series

  23. 4 out of 5

    Veronik Durocher

    Excellent! Bloody, gory, funny and witty! I absolutely adored that series! That author is my new discovery and you bet I'll read all his books! Excellent! Bloody, gory, funny and witty! I absolutely adored that series! That author is my new discovery and you bet I'll read all his books!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adam Wilson

    Casket For Sale is the third Andrew Mayhem novel but it is very different than the first two. The first book, graverobbers Wanted, seems to be mainly humor with some nice horror thrown in. It was brutal but nothing that would make horror fans flinch in my opinion. Single White Psychopath Seeks Same was about half and half with a lot more brutality that just couldn’t be made funny in certain cases. This one follows the trend into overwhelming violence and brutality by being the most serious novel Casket For Sale is the third Andrew Mayhem novel but it is very different than the first two. The first book, graverobbers Wanted, seems to be mainly humor with some nice horror thrown in. It was brutal but nothing that would make horror fans flinch in my opinion. Single White Psychopath Seeks Same was about half and half with a lot more brutality that just couldn’t be made funny in certain cases. This one follows the trend into overwhelming violence and brutality by being the most serious novel of the three. Since these are Strand’s early novels, it seems like he was moving away from the ridiculous and funny stories and characters to something much more emotionally horrifying. This book contains one of the most black humored scenes I have ever read and I am sure that, if you read it, you would agree with me and you probably wouldn’t need me to point out which scene I am talking about. My only complaint is that this book was almost harmed by the humor in it instead of helped like the first two. It was just too serious to include annoying commentary. Still, an excellent novel and a great end to the Andrew Mayhem series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Criscione

    Definately over the top... seriously how can Andrew's life get any worse, Strand pours it on in this one... both the psychokiller/ adventure side of his life and his relationship with his wife and kids gets totally overamped and to be honest i think Andrew's life is made even worse. These books are funny and a fast great read... but if you step outside the humor and really look in, Andrew is a totally damaged man... from scars and the loss of a finger in this one... to finanical ruin (compounded Definately over the top... seriously how can Andrew's life get any worse, Strand pours it on in this one... both the psychokiller/ adventure side of his life and his relationship with his wife and kids gets totally overamped and to be honest i think Andrew's life is made even worse. These books are funny and a fast great read... but if you step outside the humor and really look in, Andrew is a totally damaged man... from scars and the loss of a finger in this one... to finanical ruin (compounded with his wife's pregnancy in this volume)... to sheer "badluck" that hounds the man and the horrible strain on his relationship with his family... including tons of mental damage to both his children... Anyway... lets shake off those thoughts, it must be the time of year... Putting aside the deep thoughts we have a story that is fast paced, humourous, and very entertaining.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Seaberg

    I just love books where it seems things go from bad to worse - and just when you think it can't get any worse, it becomes even worse! This is a terrific little series. It's full of humor and horror and funnies and grossness. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, and don't want it to end. Fortunately I have 1 more to go, and I'm really looking forward to it. Because it's about to end, I'm going to interrupt my reading with another couple of books, but then I'll be back! I would highly recommend this series I just love books where it seems things go from bad to worse - and just when you think it can't get any worse, it becomes even worse! This is a terrific little series. It's full of humor and horror and funnies and grossness. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, and don't want it to end. Fortunately I have 1 more to go, and I'm really looking forward to it. Because it's about to end, I'm going to interrupt my reading with another couple of books, but then I'll be back! I would highly recommend this series! Terrific!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    #3 in the Andrew Mayhem series of murder mysteries, and possibly the last? I don't know if the author is planning any more sequels to this rather fun series. In this, Andrew and his best friend Roger try to plan a peaceful family vacation but encounter a pack of scary, murderous rednecks in backwoods Georgia. I enjoyed this as much as I have enjoyed the previous 2 books and the author did leave an opening for a 4th book. I was only sorry that the end came so soon! #3 in the Andrew Mayhem series of murder mysteries, and possibly the last? I don't know if the author is planning any more sequels to this rather fun series. In this, Andrew and his best friend Roger try to plan a peaceful family vacation but encounter a pack of scary, murderous rednecks in backwoods Georgia. I enjoyed this as much as I have enjoyed the previous 2 books and the author did leave an opening for a 4th book. I was only sorry that the end came so soon!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I cannot believe how many times Mayhem has almost died!! I really enjoyed this story, the only thing I wasn't prepared for was the gore....which wasn't a ton or offensive, but when it was happening, it was very descriptive...I guess the point of a story is to evoke reader reaction...my reaction came from my rolling stomach! I like Mr. Strand's style of writing. It's easy to follow and very funny. I cannot believe how many times Mayhem has almost died!! I really enjoyed this story, the only thing I wasn't prepared for was the gore....which wasn't a ton or offensive, but when it was happening, it was very descriptive...I guess the point of a story is to evoke reader reaction...my reaction came from my rolling stomach! I like Mr. Strand's style of writing. It's easy to follow and very funny.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ubiquitousbastard

    Unapologetically violent and kind of predictable. But for some reason I kind of enjoyed reading it. Maybe because there was no filler, just constant rather sickening violence, and some sarcasm. I don't really like the idea/execution of children in books, like at all. I don't like children all that much, and I dislike them even more in book form. That shouldn't bother other readers, since at (then 25 now 26) and female, I don't think I'm the target audience. Unapologetically violent and kind of predictable. But for some reason I kind of enjoyed reading it. Maybe because there was no filler, just constant rather sickening violence, and some sarcasm. I don't really like the idea/execution of children in books, like at all. I don't like children all that much, and I dislike them even more in book form. That shouldn't bother other readers, since at (then 25 now 26) and female, I don't think I'm the target audience.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    Bizarre, twisted, sick, demented and those are not even the worse parts. The story line is just plain weird. How do you decide to go camping and wind up between two trucks with murderous maniacs trying to kill you. I am not sure how Andrew Mayhem and his family and friends did either, but I could not put it down. There are definitely reasons why people can not read his stories. I would not recommend it to anyone except maybe Jeffery Dahmer or Hannibal Lecter.

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