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

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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
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ebook, 288 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Erin ☕ *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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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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Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 22, 2008 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 03, 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
EmmaMay
Mar 31, 2017 EmmaMay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of this story - much more so than the delivery of it. It failed to grab me. The plot felt ho-hum and the main character was irritating.
I pushed through to the end, but it left a bad taste in my mouth as it failed to live up to the idea potential.
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.
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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Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
Jan 11, 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 - It's only a Paper Moon
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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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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Jess
Jan 05, 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 01, 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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Alyssa White
May 18, 2013 Alyssa White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This read was a solid 4 stars. Almost 5. The idea behind the story is wonderful and you can feel the characters for real people, not written ideas. The story jumped scenes a bit, but it was over all well crafted. I already ordered the second book.
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.
Susan
An interesting premise for a new series. I really liked the protagonist, Sadie Novak.
Coreycw
Feb 16, 2016 Coreycw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fun new mindless series for me to enjoy when I just can't handle a DEEP subject.
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
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M
Jun 10, 2017 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good cottage reading- the technical details about the profession were a real highlight.
Lezlie
Mar 13, 2017 Lezlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good easy read. A bit predictable but entertaining.
Samantha
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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Vilia
Review from Backchatting Books

Wendy Roberts’ new paranormal mystery series features Sadie Novak, a professional crime scene cleaner and part time medium. Often ghosts remain when people die violently and Sadie helps them come to grips with what has happened to them, much to the dismay of her partner and ex-cop Zack Bowman. When Sadie is hired to clean up the murder-suicide of Trudy and Grant Toth, she meets Trudy’s ghost who insists that Sadie prove Grant’s innocence. Trudy won’t talk no matter
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Mary Brown
Oct 16, 2012 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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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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Chibineko
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sabine
Jan 23, 2014 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
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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Kaye
May 26, 2010 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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
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Wendy Roberts is an armchair sleuth, fan of all things mysterious but a huge chicken at heart. Her mind is often in a secretive, cloak and dagger world of intrigue while her physical presence is usually at home feeding feral cats and a demanding guinea pig. Wendy resides in Vancouver Canada where she happily writes about murder and is always at work on her next novel.

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