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The Remains of the Dead (A Ghost Dusters Mystery #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,999 ratings  ·  156 reviews
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 r
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by NAL
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Jun 02, 2008 Shelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Julie (jjmachshev)
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
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
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
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
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
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
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 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 (
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
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
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Melissa the Shelf Stalker
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
Sadie is an awesome character!

I love the chemistry between Sadie and Zack!

I look forward to reading more novels in this series soon.
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
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.
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
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

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
Sep 04, 2011 Calisto rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sadie runs an unusual business; she and her sole employee Zack clean up death scenes. Whether it is a murder, a suicide or an unattended death, Sadie's business is a one-of-a-kind in the Seattle area. But Sadie also has a special talent; she can see the dead person and talk to them except if they were a suicide. Usually it's because they are having trouble passing over and Sadie helps them in the process.

Her latest job involves a cut and dried case, or so the police insist, of a husband who mur
As a fan of both supernatural & mystery stories, I'm always eager to pick up anything that mixes the two. When I started this book, I was a little curious. The idea of a woman seeing ghosts & solving crimes isn't a new thing, but the chosen profession of the lead character is.

The story surrounds Sadie, a woman who has begun to see ghosts after the traumatic suicide of her brother years before. As a way of dealing with her brother's death, she's formed a business where she cleans up after
Sylvia Sybil
When Sadie Novak's brother committed suicide five years ago, she learned that the police do not clean up crime scenes. She was forced to scrub her brother's brains off the bathroom tile herself. So Sadie started her own company, specializing in cleaning up after the dead, to fill the niche. To complicate matters, she soon realizes she can see ghosts. Now she's been hired to clean up after a husband/wife murder-suicide. The wife's ghost is present but weirdly cannot hear or speak to her. Sadie's ...more
I actually really enjoyed this book. It was quick read at about 2 and half hours continuous reading.

The SL was interesting even if the killer was very, very obvious.

Sadie owns a crime scene cleanup company. Her and ex-cop turned employee Zack Bowman clean up what remains of the dead. The catch is, Sadie also sees ghosts. Generally ghosts that are left over at the crime scene cleanups.

After being called into a murder-suicide cleanup, Sadie is confronted with the ghost of the murdered victim who d
Wendy Cantu

I wouldn’t say Wendy Robert’s Ghost Dusters Mystery series was bad, but it lacked the right proportions necessary to make it a good mystery.

I’m going to use a baking analogy (oh, come on, everyone love’s a good ol’ baking analogy): Say you are making a cake. You have cake mix, eggs, and oil – all the basic elements that will yield a perfectly acceptable cake. You can tweak the recipe, add things, or even turn it into cupcakes by using a different pan, but you have the fundamentals. But what ha
The premise was intriguing - a woman who cleans up murder/suicide scenes who can see the dead. The book read to me as if it had been written in the first person originally and then changed to the third person - but only from the female protagonist's point of view - because there were a couple of errors where it was in first person. There were also a few times where the wrong person's name was used which always throws me out of the story.

I didn't find Sadie to be someone I would want to hang out
I've had the worst time trying to get into and stay in a book within the last month. With the demise of the bookclub that I was in, I just don't have the motivation nor do I really have the time with the holidays coming up which is one of the reasons I picked this book up. I didn't expect very much from it. All I wanted was a light read that I could put down whenever I wanted.

This book delivered on the light read. It wasn't overly absorbing, but it had enough to keep me reading. The whole premi
Sadie owns a cleaning service, mopping up after a messy death (think "Sunshine Cleaning", the movie) with her employee, ex-cop Zack. She started the job after cleaning up after her brother's suicide. She can also talk to the dead, all but those who have committed suicide. So, no talking to her brother to find out why.

If you don't like gory details, this isn't the book for you. But, it's also full of humor and mystery.

Sadie and Zack are working on a job at the home of a murder-suicide when she
Jennifer Wardrip
I'm so mad at myself for not reading THE REMAINS OF THE DEAD sooner! It's been sitting in my to-be-read pile for months, and I'm so sad I missed out all this time! Once I started reading I couldn't stop, and read this one in the course of a day.

Sadie Novak, owner of Scene-2-Clean (a business that cleans up after violent or unattended deaths), has the ability to see ghosts. Usually, she's quite happy to help them "cross over" to the other side. But while dealing with a clean-up after a horrible
From Goodreads:

"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 Toth, Sadie figures she's bound to meet at least one chatty ghost. But Kent, the man Sadie first encounters at the scene,
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Wendy Roberts was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where she fended off frost bite in winter and mosquito bites in summer.

At the tender age of eight Wendy's writing career sprouted and she wrote the poignant tale of a cup of flour's journey to become a birthday cake. It received mixed reviews from her peers. After a hiatus that lasted a few decades, she rediscovered her muse.

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