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Die Geisterfeger (A Ghost Dusters Mystery #1)

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Ein Geist im Haus ist besser als ein Mörder vor der Tür …

Über ihren Job redet Sadie Novak nicht gern. Was soll sie auch sagen? Nach einem Mord bin ich diejenige, die das Blut aufwischt? Ach ja, und dann erscheinen mir die Geister der Opfer? Das klingt verrückt, findet selbst ihr Kollege, der attraktive Ex-Cop Zack Bowman. Aber es ist nun einmal so: Die Toten sprechen zu Sa
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Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published by Goldmann Verlag (first published December 4th 2007)
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Shelley
Jun 02, 2008 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelley by: Biz
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Have you ever wondered what book to NOT read at 2:30 in the morning? Wonder no more - I've got the answer. This book. For the love of all that is holy, don't read this one in the middle of the night. Like I did.

I meant to just skim it to get an idea of it, as Biz had left it behind for me. Next thing I know, I'm reading about gruesome deaths, even more horrifically detailed accounts of grisly crime scenes (the heroine and her partner clean up after murders), descriptions of a woman's throat pos
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Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
My God, the ending of this book was depressing.

Good book, and if I run into the second somewhere I'll nab it. I won't actively hunt for it or order it online, though.

Mystery wise it was average. There weren't many players in the field so it was easy to guess who it could have been. Not enough leads to other sources. I was able to guess the motive pretty early too if I was right on the killer (turned out being so.) Pacing didn't lag so the book was never dull and there were enough little shockers
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 10, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Wendy Roberts is a new (to me, at least) writer with a first book, "The Remains of the Dead", that's the harbinger of a new and interesting mystery series. The heroine is a woman who cleans up death scenes. She cleans not only the house, but also helps any ghosts left behind find their way home.

Sadie is an interesting heroine. The story of how she became involved in her cleaning business is part and parcel of the plot of this first book, so I'll just say that it hooked my attention and leave it
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Darcy
Feb 28, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, uf, ghosts
This was a fun book to read. Sadie was an easily likable character doing a job that I would never want to do. Her seeing ghosts was just a fun bonus that made her quirky. I liked hearing how she stumbled into her career and why she stayed there. I did seem though that for the last few years she has been stuck in her life. Her latest job was just what she needed to shake things up, a ghost needing her help. As Sadie helps the ghost is seems like everything in her life starts to go haywire. Her fa ...more
Amanda
Sadie is an awesome character!

I love the chemistry between Sadie and Zack!

I look forward to reading more novels in this series soon.
Lauren
The Remains of the Dead
3.5 Stars

In addition to her unusual occupation (crime scene cleanup), Sadie Novak has the added “gift” of being able to speak to the ghosts of the victims. When Sadie and her partner, former police officer Zach Bowman, are hired to clean up the scene of a murder/suicide, she is shocked to encounter not only a silent ghost with an urgent need to communicate, but a handsome man who is very much alive and has a troubling connection to the case. As Sadie begins to uncover the
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Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
Oct 31, 2011 Valerie ~ Val Hall ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost
This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for a while. I was recommended to me for slightly different ghost story. As a new author (to me), I had no expectations and was I on for a treat.

We first meet Sadie Novak, former teacher, now in the grizzly business of cleaning crime scenes. Normally in mystery stories, you have the detectives at the scenes and they solve the crimes and that's it. I never considered what happens to the scene when the body's gone. Who cleans the apartment or house where t
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CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause something just don't feel right
Just a quick review --

Decent premise, I like Medium - or rather liked Medium - and I am interested in Forensics so this book has a little of both that will appear to fans of both genres. A crime scene cleaner who can speak to the dead.

However, her hot partner thinks she crazy, her sister just shakes her head and her Mom tells everyone she is a House Cleaner. Which she is - if your house has brain matter and bone fragments on the wall.

Sadie Novack can see some dead people, not suicides because th
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Amy Rosenkoetter
You may have figured out by now I'm a sucker for supernatural mysteries. I love them dearly and while they by no means comprise my entire reading list, they make for a great majority of it.

This is the first book in what is so far a trilogy, but I suspect there will be more.

Former teacher Sadie Novak has left the classroom in favor of the world of gory crime scenes. (Not much difference, you say? As a former 7th-grade girl, I hear ya. Kids live to draw blood.) Armed with disposable clothing, glo
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Jess
Feb 03, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
I have to say I really enjoyed this one. The main character Sadie owns a "clean up company" that goes in and cleans up crime scenes with gory remains or sites of unattended deaths (where bodies are left for long periods of time and ya know, rot). She also has this little skill of seeing dead people. She helps usher them on to their next life by listening to them. While cleaning up the scene of a murder/suicide of a husband and wife, the ghost of the wife comes and manages to get the message acro ...more
Hope Corizzo
Sep 02, 2008 Hope Corizzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal thriller readers
Sadie is a cleaning lady- of grisly crime scenes. Oh yeah, and she can talk to the dead who are haunting their own crime scene. Totally cool!

I chose this book from the big A.com because it had near 5 stars, and it was a worthy read. I ordered a ton (okay, 10 or so) of books with good ratings, expecting fluff and lots of grammatical errors. I was wrong! The writing is more than competent; the characters are well drawn, and not cliched. There's definitely a series in the works for this character (
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Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Had this book on ice for some time, always meaning to give it some attention but being distracted by a flashier release. to not mince any more words, I'll start by saying I liked it. I liked it so much, I ran out and bought the next 2 books in the series the afternoon I finished it.

The heroine of this series is Sadie, owner of a Crime Scene cleaning business in Seattle with the ability to talk to ghosts. She's bright, loyal ,and tough. The added additions of a pleasant cleanness or simplicity to
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Susanne
A fairly good mystery series. I grabbed the first two books in the series about a Seattle woman named Sadie who started her own crime clean-up service after the suicide of her brother. After discovering her brother's body two weeks after his suicide, and having to clean up what was left of his remains, Sadie starts the bio-cleaning service so that other bereaved families do not have to do what she had to do: clean up the blood, bone fragments, decomp, etc. of their family members.

But after Sadi
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Carissa Brown
Sadie has an unconventional career choice. Her brother committed suicide 5 years ago and she has decided to save other families the trauma of cleaning up after an unattended death or murder by opening her own business. Scene-2-Clean cleans up the remains of the dead. Not only that but Sadie also helps the recently deceased pass over to the other side.

When she goes to the Toth house to clean up a typical murder-suicide it turns out the be anything but. She gets pulled into an investigation that
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Dani
2.5 stars rounded down due to the fact I knew who did it from very early in the book.

This story had problems, many many problems. It starts with having an obvious mystery with an obvious misdirect and an obvious real killer.

It makes a pretty major misstep right in the beginning when the protagonist "forgets" information she just told us. Suicides don't appear to her and since her brother suicided she'd never forget that fact, nor that a victim was a suicide. There are other less criminal story
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Ronda
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Melissa (The Lit Queen)
Mar 08, 2014 Melissa (The Lit Queen) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I love cozy mysteries with a side of supernatural so this seemed like a perfect read for me. I really enjoyed it. I personally don't know if I would call it 'cozy' as it can get pretty detailed and grisly when describing the crime scenes and it was more heavy on the supernatural than the mystery, but what was there, was done well. I love her partner, ex-cop Zack and can't wait to see more of him in future books. I guessed the who-dun-it about halfway through the book but that didn't stop me from ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Sadie Novak, is the owner of Scene-2-Clean, a crime scene cleanup company in Seattle, Washington. Sadie is smart, "mostly has common sense and at times has a great sense of humor. She also shows great compassion when dealing with the grieving relatives of the people who died. And she is also able to see and talk to ghosts. Of course sometime ghosts remain in the house of the crime scenes that she cleans.
In this novel, Sadie and her only employee, Zack Bowman, get a call to clean up a crime scene
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Imalady
I think I've tried reading this 3-4 times, hoping that I'd get over the issues I had as I kept going, but I just couldn't. The protagonist is just really stupid and rude, not likable at all. She confessed she would 'distance' herself so as to not become emotionally involved, but it really read as her just annoyed and just couldn't be bothered to be interested/sympathetic with the ghosts/living relatives. Not a sympathetic character at all. And I couldn't get over her being attracted/agreeing on ...more
Mary Lea
Aug 29, 2008 Mary Lea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast read... the main character got on my nerves but I wanted to see who the murderer was so I kept reading.
Aishuu
Feb 10, 2016 Aishuu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this version of "she is a ghost counselor" fic. The setting is what made it for me - crime scene clean-up. I'm a big fan of Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, so this worked for me.

Overall, I liked the heroine, but she did hit my "idiot" button a couple of times (particularly in relation to a guy she suspects committed a murder). Most of the plot was pretty obvious, but it was a fun ride, and there was a really nice twist I didn't see coming.
Susan
An interesting premise for a new series. I really liked the protagonist, Sadie Novak.
Megan
I found this to be one of the most refreshing cozy mysteries I've read in a long time. Not that the mystery itself was refreshing, or even the least bit surprising. That part was, in fact, boringly expected. But let's be honest, this is a cozy mystery, it's few and far between that actually have a challenge in the who dunn'it category and I think it's pretty safe to say that that's not why we're reading it in the first place.

But don't get me wrong, the book DID have a surprise in it, the kind th
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Mary Brown
Oct 10, 2015 Mary Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:

The first book in a new paranormal mystery series featuring Sadie Novak, a professional crime scene cleaner and amateur medium.

Sadie Novak's got the kind of job that kills cocktail chatter dead: she owns Scene-2-Clean a crime scene cleanup company. And if wiping up after murders weren't spooky enough, she can also see and talk to the ghosts of the victims...

When grieving relatives hire Sadie and her employee, ex-cop Zack Bowman, to clean up after the murder-suicide of Trudy and Grant To
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Jennifer  (Books That Hook)
4.5 stars

The Remains of the Dead (2007, Obsidian) is a great ghost & psychic story.

The backstory is: Sadie’s brother had killed himself and she had been the one to clean up afterward. She decided she didn’t want other family members to have to go through that, so she opened her own bio-recovery business that cleans up after people who die. While working these jobs, she was contacted by spirits who were still bound to our world.

By the beginning of the book, she’s adapted to her ability and is
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Bookgeek
I put this book about 2.5 stars,

The book is well written, fast paced, and for the most part enjoyed.
I liked most of the characters, I even liked the different crime clean up side stories, my issue with the book is Sadie Novak herself.

Our main heroine is for the most unlikeable, rude, and there's a few pages where is falls into the classic 'to stupid to live,' column.

I'm on the fence about continuing the series, but haven't ruled it out completely, over all I'd say it's a C+ or a B-
Sabine
Apr 04, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadie Novak war eigentlich Lehrerin in Seattle - bis ihr großer Bruder in der Badewanne Selbstmord beging. Danach gründete sie eine Reinigungsfirma, die sich darauf spezialisiert hat, Orte von den Hinterlassenschaften von Morden, Selbstmorden und anderen ungewöhnlichen Todesfällen zu reinigen. Das wäre ja noch nicht mal so ungewöhnlich - aber seit dem Tod ihres Bruders kann Sadie Geister sehen, allerdings keine Selbstmordopfer. Sadie betreibt die Firma zusammen mich Zach, einem ehemaligen Polizi ...more
Morgan
This was a purchase from a library booksale for all of a quarter. :)

More of a 3.5 than a 3, but not quite so much that I bump it to a 4.

I'm going to check out the other titles in the series though, because it definitely kept me guessing about the whodunit for longer than a lot of mystery books. (Well, to be honest, I just doubted myself for a lot longer. haha. I suspected the outcome for awhile.)

It was a nice break from all the paranormal romance and such I have been reading lately.

I didn't br
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Elizabeth
The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts was a new series to me. This one isn't one of the extremely popular series that is always at the top of a recommendation list. I learned of it through http://www.cozy-mystery.com/index.html.

The heroine of the books is Sadie, who after the suicide of her brother launches a new career for herself cleaning up crime scenes and discovers she has the ability to speak to the recently departed in the process.

Sadie is ambivalent about her "gift." But she seems to
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Calisto
Sep 04, 2011 Calisto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fluffy mysteries with ghosts
Sadie Novak is a crime scene cleaner who just happens to see ghosts and help them 'go into the light'. During a clean up of a murder-suicide she discovers that there is more going on with the case then it appears.

Now, I have to confess that I stayed up all night reading this story. I was hooked. But calling this a mystery is akin to calling The Ghost Whisperer a drama just because it doesn't have a laugh track. This is a fluffy paranormal story where the reader isn't told everything up front and
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