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Reading The Dead (The Sarah Milton Chronicles)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  71 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Note: Alternate cover edition for ASIN# B00BGE5DEM

The first book of an exciting paranormal detective comedy/thriller series!

While investigating the brutal murders committed by a mysterious serial killer known only as "Raithe," bookish LAPD Detective Sarah Milton is unprepared to have her entire world turned upside down. Innate powers to see the dead, lying dormant since he
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 323 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by J.B. Cameron
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Beth (^v^)/
4 Stars!

This book was kindly provided by the author for an honest review.

Sarah has always been a little different. When she was a child, other people were afraid of her, and considered her crazy because she talked to herself. But of course, Sarah is not crazy. She can just see ghosts - especially one ghost in particular, Anna. Many years later, Sarah is a detective, investigating terrible murders committed by a serial killer with no pattern.

This book was engaging and Sarah, while bookish - is ne
Janet Hecht
I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads Group Lovers of the Paranormal in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I really thought this book was great and immediately after I finished it, I started reading the next in the series – which is always a good indication of my level of enjoyment.

Sarah Milton has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. When she was a child, she had a ghost friend who she named Anna Enigma. Of course, others thought this was an imaginary friend. Gro
So, I Read This Book Today
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery, suspense, ghost, paranormal
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Author
Reading the Dead – the Sarah Milton Chronicles

Sarah Milton is special. Oh, she wouldn’t agree that she was special – she is more inclined to believe that she is just an oddball who grew up with an invisible friend as a child. An invisible friend who disappeared when Sarah’s mother was murdered, when Sarah needed her the most. Lonely and heartbroken, Sarah disappears into her books, and her obsession over her mother’s murder.

Now grown, Sarah is a police officer in Los Angeles, assigned to the V
Michelle Willms
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
Reading the Dead by J.B. Cameron
The Sarah Milton Chronicles
Sarah Milton was six was when Anna Nigma first appeared. Anna was twelve or thirteen, a child of the 1930s, with long blonde hair, always dressed in a red dress and bobby socks. As Sarah grew older, Anna stayed the same age, not disappearing until Sarah’s mother died with Sarah was fifteen.
Anna’s presence during Sarah’s childhood led to Sarah being ostracized by others and labeled a “freak” within her school. Once Anna vanished, Sarah t
Sam Austin
Wow is what I thought. I was given a copy to read and review, so since I didn't go out and get this from a best seller list I was open to the possibility that I might not like this book.

Wrong. I loved it. About the only complaint I had was a minor thing about possibily too much telling rather than showing at the start, and the motivation for the murders seeming obvious to me, but I think these are my quirks. I'm the sort that can tell a twist is coming a mile away, and that in no way stopped me
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormail fiction, crime fans
Recommended to Rosemarie by:
I quite enjoyed this novel; the characters are engaging and the plot kept my interest. I especially enjoyed the development of the relationship between Sarah and Anna. Anna is a great character; she pulls pranks, is gobby and obnoxious, prone to temper tantrums, loves Sarah unconditionally and likes to play Scrabble. There’s a lot of potential in this series of books, especially for the development of the damaged Sarah, and her relationship with Ryan (a colleague), and the solving of her mother’ ...more
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review LoP. The main character, Sarah, has an imaginary friend, Anna Nigma. From the time she is a child Anna is Sarah's constant companion; then suddenly after a life altering event, no more Anna. Sarah comes to terms with the abandonment of her friend for the most part. Sarah is a book addict, like me, so I can relate. She's also a Criminal Profiler who specializes in putting away the really bad guys and she's very good at her job. She's ...more
Christine Hayton
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: rated-reviewed
Disclosure: I purchased the Kindle version of "Reading The Dead (The Sarah Milton Chronicles #1). I do not know the author, other than some brief interactions on the Goodreads site, nor have I ever had any communication with him about this book. The comments that follow are my own personal opinion. I received NO compensated of any kind, or from any one, to provide this review.

I enjoyed this book. Although I am not normally a fan of paranormal - I am definitely a crime/thriller fan and this book
Cheryl Duval
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on and the Author.

This was a terrific paranormal detective story. I absolutely loved Anna Nigma. Her character is a really snarky girl in her early teens and she is Sarah Milton's "imaginery" friend (or maybe not). This story was well written and entertaining. The detective story was great and the paranormal element added a great twist. I highly recommend this book to lovers of detective st
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense/ psychological and paranormal thriller fans
Recommended to Molly by: Axpreaderland, Booksprout, instafreebie
My first glance at this series was a few chapters in preview from Amazon.

I eagerly took advantage of the free advance copy of this book I received via Booksprout.
I'm pleased to have had the chance to read some amazing stories.

A tough LA cop who had suffered the loss of her mother at a young age was a character I enjoyed
discovering is a good sleuth, and an intuitive profiler, even before a serious injury forces her to face some
of her other abilities and vulnerabilities.

I don't think it woul
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Friends forever. That saying takes a whole new meaning when forever is really forever. Sarah enjoyed her invisible friends when she was young. She and Anna were inseparable. However, the grown-up Sarah has a definite problem realizing that she has a gift, a gift of being able to see ghosts. Sarah calls it a curse, not a gift. You will be entirely enchanted with the hard boiled cop that Sarah believes herself to be and her quirky ghost best friend Anna. The story is quite entertaining and I ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm gonna jump right into my favorite thing about this book. Sarah Milton is tough, but without being hard or jaded. She's awkward but still tries to flirt. She has trauma in her past, but is perfectly willing to acknowledge her issues. Basically, she's not the stereotype female detective. That's pretty awesome. So I loved Sarah. Anna, on the other hand, had me wanting to twist her little head off for most of the book. She redeemed herself in the end, but the majority of the time, she was a very ...more
Laurie Beemer
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I love to read paranormal and this has to rate right up there among my top 8 new series discovered this year. I loved everything about this book, but the main character was the best. What happens when the past rears its ugly head and with it comes the return of something you once thought was lost, and now your life is changed forever? Sarah was an amazing character and this book was filled with nonstop twists ...more
Susan Hokanson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is always nice to read a book with a new twist. A good detective who is good at her job without any paranormal help finds herself surrounded by paranormal. Her imaginary childhood friend returns, the crimes she is investigating may have paranormal roots and she meets a woman who can also see and talk to the imaginary friend. There are all kinds of threads in the story that were left open to explore in future books, and kept my interest enough that I look forward to reading more in this series ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
This murder mystery with just a touch of paranormal by J B Cameron was a true delight to read and enjoy. This was much more than just your average detective story as it included a much deeper look at the police involved in the cases, along with their fun loving sidekick. I have already added the next book in this series to my TBR pile for sure. This is a very very late voluntary review of a review copy of this book from
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

This is the first book of a paranormal mystery series and I really loved it! There are gritty scenes, romantic ones, and hilarious as well. I love the mixing of genres with mystery books as it is my all time favorite genre! The characters were fleshed out well and gave me enough intrigue to get sucked in. I look forward to more of these books.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well J.B. Cameron, this book was awesome!

As a believer (with experience), I love this story.

For someone to hear AND see, how lucky can you get.

I loved the twists and turns, the intrigue and the suspense.

How to catch a serial killer with NO (almost) clues to go on.

Grab this and treat yourself to a GREAT read!
Suzanne Withers
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A well written crime thriller with paranormal elements. It has a good plot great characters, ghosts, thrills, mystic elements, drama and a powerful story. I enjoyed this story and will read more by this author in the future. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg this was fab!.. heart pounding nonstop action. Ghosts, specters, death,
murder by proxy.. In the beginning I was liking it, but then it grabbed me and I was done for and couldnt put this book down! Mystery. Psychics
Pat Raab
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A thrilling murder mystery, but the ending left me figuratively hanging in the air ..
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Great book!!! I really loved this book.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

great twists and turns really enjoyable read
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book was a great book.
Patricia Reding
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was provided a copy of this book through Goodreads’ READ AND REVIEW program in exchange for my fair and honest review. I thank the author for this opportunity.

I rate Reading the Dead 4-1/2 stars!

I generally begin my reviews with a comment on how “readable” I found the work at issue to be, in light of possible grammar and editing issues. They happen—and most of the time (though not always) they can be disregarded. This is one of those cases. There were a few—but only a few—such issues and so, t
Michelle Olsen
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
First off, I’m going to state that the author kindly provided me with an e-pub copy of his book to read, rate, and review!

Female protagonists always, ALWAYS without a doubt steal my heart. I don’t know what it is about female protagonists, but when written correctly, they can be some of the most exemplary powerful people out there. Reading this book, I definitely felt that Sarah was one of those characters. When getting to know the character herself, I actually found myself comparing her to oth
I received an e-pub copy of Reading the Dead, by J.B. Cameron, in return for an honest review (LoP), and for some unknown reason, I was slightly skeptical about this book before I began my reading of it. I can’t explain why, but I had a strange feeling that I was not going to enjoy this book at all.

How wrong I was!! J.B. Cameron has created two fresh and engaging characters in Sarah Milton and her childhood, “imaginary” friend, Anna Nigma. So as not to leak any spoilers, I’ll let you all decide
Aoibheann { ⊱Aoibh Reads⊰ }
5 Stars!


As a child Sarah Milton was considered weird and a loner with her imaginary friend, Anna Nigma. Following the death of her mother, Anna disappears from Sarah's life and Sarah finally tries to follow a path to a normal life. Determined to track down her mother's killer, she finds herself in the police career.

Sarah now works in the LAPD and is on the hunt to track down the latest serial killer who goes by the name of Raithe. On a trip to the pet store to buy dog food, an event c
Trista Borgwardt
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I just want to say that this was an engaging and thrilling read. From the first couple of pages, I was hooked. I felt the portrayal of the lead character Sarah Milton was well developed and I enjoyed learning her back story to see the woman that she developed into.

We learn that Sarah had to grow up with a Politician for a father, so he wasn't around all that much, and this situation was made worst when Sarah's mother died. Sarah had her 'imaginary' friend Anna to keep her company,
Theresa Needham fehse
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Free book for honest review.

Sarah was a normal 6 year old child, one day a friend showed up to play. Not just any friend but a secret
friend and her name was Anna. Anna and Sarah was as close as sisters and yet no one could see Anna
which made their friendship even more special. When Sarah’s mom was murdered. Anna drifted away.
It is now 15 years later and Sarah is a Detective. She is trying to capture a serial killer, RAITHE. Raithe has
a brutal way of killing and lea
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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R2R (LoP) Reading the Dead (The Sarah Milton Chronicles)

I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.

Imaginary friends are a common thing to have when your a child, but could they really be more than just a figment of an imagination? Sarah had a young friend, Anna, that was her constant, along with reading. But then, with the sudden disappearance of her mother, Anna also vanishes and Sarah is left alone, to deal with her grief and loneliness. She starts to obsess with finding ou
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Author of the paranormal detective comedy/thriller series "Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles" and the urban fantasy novella "Magpie & Jynx", J.B. Cameron hails from New Brunswick, Canada. His vivid adventure tales typically place fun, believable characters in situations of suspense or urban horror, making for an exciting roller coaster ride to both chill and amuse his readers.
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Other books in the series

The Sarah Milton Chronicles (3 books)
  • Anna's Adventures (The Sarah Milton Chronicles, #2)
  • Reading The Dead: Fidelis In Aeternum (The Sarah Milton Chronicles, #2)