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The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts
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Jan 07, 11

Read in May, 2010

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 murdered his wife and then committed suicide. When the dead wife appears to Sadie and gives her a message that her husband was not the one to kill her, Sadie is determined to find out the real story. It's a difficult job convincing the police and they warn her not to do any more amateur sleuthing but she just can't leave it alone. After several attempts on Sadie's life and new evidence coming to light, the police start to take Sadie's ideas very seriously.

In The Remains of the Dead, a ghost dusters mystery, Roberts has come up with a unique character in Sadie but the main character alone can't carry a weak plot and have it be successful. I did like Sadie, Zack and the minor plot thread of Sadie's sister and her problematic romantic life but as far as the mystery part went, that's where the story fell short. In reality there were only two suspects and it was much too easy to see who the real culprit was.

A cozy mystery does usually have a small pool of possible perpetrators but two is just too small. If you are a cozy fan with a little paranormal and romance elements thrown in, you might try this one but don't expect to be stumped. I would give Roberts another try in the hopes that she can expand the mystery part of the plot a little more.
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