Friday, August 14, 2009

The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts

Copyright: 20107
Publisher: Signet
Genre: mystery (Ghost Dusters mystery #1)
Pages: 288
Challenges: 1st in a series challenge
New-to-me author? yes
Author's website

Simple Description
Sadie owns a cleaning company, but one that is very different from what you would expect. She cleans up after the dead. This could be a crime scene or a suicide or just somebody who died alone in their home. She started the business after her brother passed away 5 years ago and she had to clean up the house. She didn't want other families to have to do the same thing.

To make matters worse, Sadie can see the dead. So while she is cleaning up she can often see the people who passed away. She is cleaning up after a murder-suicide when she realizes that the woman who was murdered is telling her that it wasn't her husband who killed her. Sadie tries to find a way to tell the police this, but all the clues lead to the husband killing the wife and then killing himself.

Things get more complicated when Sadie is attracted to and actually goes on a date with the man that she later suspects is the murderer.

Mixed in to the story are different things going on with her family, dealing with her brother's suicide, and also a local psychic who can speak with the dead.

Now what you really want to know…my thoughts:
Overall I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed it enough that I want to continue with the series. The only thing that bothered me was that I figured out who did it way before Sadie did and so it annoyed me when she would miss obvious clues. Normally I'm not that quick at figuring out who the murderer is, often I don't figure it out before I'm told in the book. But this was just too quick and easy for me. Does this mean I'm getting better at figuring things out or does this mean the author made it too easy? I don't know. I just wanted to mention that in case you decide to read the book. I do recommend it. I think those who like a good cozy mystery will really enjoy it. I loved the paranormal aspect to it too.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


bermudaonion said...

This book sounds like a good one - I haven't read any paranormal books, but the concept of that one sounds like it would work well.

Beth F said...

This one sounds too spooky for me!

BookAddict said...

I purchased the first two in this series one day on a whim. Thought they would be cute. Haven't read them yet though.

Stepfordmomto2 said...

I really enjoyed this one too. The next one in the series isn't bad either. Check it out when you can.


Bookfool said...

I LOVE the title of this book!!! Cute cover, too. But, I'm not going to read it. I still can't get myself to read many mysteries, although there is that one that I need to read so I can send it to you. Remind me, okay?

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - I thought it worked well..made for a cute and different cozy.

Beth - haha! I didn't find it spooky..but I do love a paranormal book.

BookAddict - I bet you will enjoy them..Barbara did (she sent me the book).

Bookfool - it was good..but if it's not your style..I can understand not wanting to read it.