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Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

J.B. Cameron
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 her mother's murder, have reawakened in her after a near-fatal shooting. Along for the ride is Sarah's irrepressible thirteen-year-old childhood "imaginary friend," Anna Nigma, a most atypical poltergeist. Amid fears for her sanity, Sarah must come to grips with the realization that her reality is now a mix of the natural and supernatural, where powerful, ancient mystic symbols can grant amazing powers over life and death, and paranormal influence extends even into her current murder investigation. Forced to hide her abilities from everyone, Sarah, aided by her spectral friend, has no choice but to bring Raithe to justice on her own, before the sinister forces behind his murder spree claim yet another victim.


Editorial Reviews

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"This is for a crime thriller reader who likes full characters, and contemplation of the psychological dimensions of the dark ... certainly it's powerful." - Leslie Gardner for e-thriller.com

"I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a good plot, some paranormal twists, and characters that will leave you wanting more. A great read!" - Tracee Gleichner for Readers' Favorite

From the Author

The Reading The Dead series originally began as a screenplay I wrote back in 2011, purely for fun. After moving on to short stories, I began to feel the urge to try my hand at something bigger. While going back and reading my original script, rough though it was, I found a bit of magic in the evolving relationship between the two main characters, LAPD Detective Sarah Milton and her teenage, ghostly sidekick, Anna Nigma. I realized as I read it that not only did the story work across different genres, encompassing everything from a paranormal comedy to a crime thriller, but at its heart, it was really about none of these things. The police drama, suspense, thrills, supernatural and mystic elements - they were just the icing on the cake. What drew me to my original script, and what I endeavored to pass along in this book, was the tale of two best friends, separated by years, who must find a place in their lives for one another again, after going on alone for so long. That's what this book series means to me. I hope you'll find something of equal value when you read it for yourself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: J.B. Cameron; 2 edition (February 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BGE5DEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read March 12, 2014
By Sharon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good paranormal/police procedural with a 'ghost' as one of the main characters I found very interesting and a bit different from the usual.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Ghostacular Muder Mystery August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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 never boring. If you like crime novels with strong female protagonists, you'll probably enjoy this series.
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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. Growing up, she was an outcast and people thought she was crazy because that thought that she talked to herself. When Sarah was in her teens, her mother was murdered and Anna Enigma disappeared - just when Sarah needed her the most. The murder wasn’t solved.

Now, Sarah holds a doctorate in criminal psychology and is a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit. Sarah and her unit are hunting down a psychopathic killer. During this time, Sarah has a life-altering incident with the result being that she can see and communicate with Anna Enigma again (as well as other ghosts). Anna turns out to be a pivotal member of the Violent Crimes team in tracking down and capturing the killer. Of course, Sarah has to figure out a way to explain what she knows to her coworkers.

This is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. The last part is action packed and full of suspense. I love a great paranormal story and I love a great mystery story. When they are combined together in such a great way, well I am now a devoted fan. On top of that, the characters in the story are great, even with their flaws. This includes Sarah’s fellow police officers and friends. There is a lot of humor in this book, which just makes it even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read July 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given the book Reading the Dead (The Sarah Milton Chronicles,#1) written by J.B. Cameron in exchange for an honest review.
J.B. Cameron started writing this book as a screenplay, After many revisions and a lot of editing it turned into the series we see today.

Sarah Milton grew up known as "schizo" Sarah, because of her snarky imaginary friend Anna Nigma. In her world Anna was the only real companion she had apart from her books. Kids at school found her unusual so they steered clear of her.
At fifteen her mother is murdered and the day of the funeral she wakes up and cant find Anna.with Anna gone Sarah can function normally, no more conversations with thin air.
As her mothers killer is still at large Sarah throws herself into the police academy much to her fathers dismay. Eventually she finds herself working for the LAPD Violent Crimes Unit on the hunt for the serial killer known as Raithe. After a close brush with death Sarah wakes up in hospital to find Anna sitting beside her. She soon comes to realise Anna isn't her imaginary friend but a ghost a very powerful one.
On a quest to find Raithe before he strikes again they uncover mysteries hey never thought possible.

Reading the Dead is a wonderful mix of crime thriller and paranormal fantasy. I found myself drawn to the characters of this book especially Anna a snarky thirteenear old with a mischievous side. I could also relate to Sarah who uses books as a way to escape reality.
I really enjoyed reading this book and i am looking forward to reading more of this series. I give it 5 stars as it is very professionally written, you can find it at Itunes and Amazon for under $4.
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By SGL
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When's an invisible freind not a friend? Some friendships are just harder then others. Anna is just such a friend, rambunctious, irreverent but steadfast. Sarah Milton may be a cop armed with a Phd, neither helps her come to grips with her newly returned childhood invisible friend. After all it's not possible, she can't be real and she didn't want to be crazy Sarah Milton once again.
Very creative with a dash of fun. The are engaging and well written. I was just a little uncomfortable with Sarah's treatment in the beginning but it works to allow you suspend disbelief in the ghost aspect. Let alone crafted well enough to evoke that discomfort. So even if you aren't typically a paranormal reader this is well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Mystery- Very good! June 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Reading The Dead #1 by J.B.Cameron: This paranormal mystery has so many twists and turns. You work along side Detective Sarah Milton of the LAPD’s Violent Crimes Unit and watch as she and her team tries to combat a serial killer that just keeps going. One day after freak accident where Sarah is almost lost, her ‘imaginary friend’ Anna shows up and really throws Sarah’s world into a tailspin. This book mixes mystery, adventure and ghosts. Excellent read, I highly suggest you pick this book up and devour it.

My favorite character of this whole thing is a very minor role. Marcie Yang is this spunky young girl with an amazingly large attitude who works at her grandmother’s shop in the heart of China Town. I love Sarah and Marcie’s dialogue and their quips. The rest of the characters were very well developed and you get a sense of their backstory as well. You are provided with the same clues that Sarah is and you, the reader, even try to figure who could be this mysterious ‘Raithe’ that keeps striking the innocent. But are they really innocent?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A great heroine stuck in an average story
Sarah Milton is a good cop. She's a great profiler, and she's got an uncanny ability to get inside the heads of killers. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Josh Mauthe
5.0 out of 5 stars Detective story with a paranormal twist....I loved it!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com and the Author. Read more
Published 9 months ago by NicePuppy
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery? Paranormal? Ghost Story? All and more!
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by So, I Read This Book Today
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I truly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last one. It written very well. Highly recommended to any age group
Published 10 months ago by D. Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading the Dead
Reading the Dead is an original, fresh take on ghosts and the psychics who interact with them. Sarah Milton is a homicide detective desperately trying to catch a serial murderer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Symphonie
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this book was great. had me hook from the 1st page. just wish i didn't have to wait so long for another book. i just wanted to keep reading.
Published 12 months ago by terri grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Crime and a Little Humor all in one!
I received this book through Goodreads from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I just want to say that this was an engaging and thrilling read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TMBorgwardt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Story
I loved this book and had it read inside two days. The authors notes at the end explained the writing process and the visualization of it being a mini US drama, and that's exactly... Read more
Published 13 months ago by AnthonyJ
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More About the Author

J.B. Cameron spent over two decades working in IT, most recently as the IT Director for an online university in New Brunswick, Canada. In his off hours, he writes books, short stories, and screenplays.

A product of American TV, his often dark style and black humor typically places fun, exciting characters into situations of suspense or urban horror, making an exciting roller coaster ride to both chill and amuse his readers.

Author of numerous short stories and screenplays, his first published novel, "Reading The Dead - The Sarah Milton Chronicles," introduces a supernatural detective series for Kindle and Kobo.

In additional to Facebook, you'll also find his blog at http://jbcameron.blogspot.ca

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