Sadie Novak, former teacher has started her own business. Scene-2-clean, a cleaning company that specializes in cleaning up death scenes. After the tragic suicide of her brother Brian, Sadie found the tragic truth was after, murder, suicides and other death, the police don't clean up the mess and it usually falls to the family.
She wanted to prevent other families from having to deal with the horror of this job after the death of a loved one. Being the only company in Seattle that deals with this type of cleaning and being recommended by the police has made her company a success.
The only problem for Sadie is that along with cleaning up, she has also discovered that she had the ability to see and speak with the dead. Many of them not able to leave as they still are unaware that they're dead. Sadie isn't too pleased with this part, but does get a good feeling when she is able to help the spirit pass on. Unfortunately, suicides do not appear to her and that is her one regret, that she couldn't ask her brother why he committed suicide and it has haunted her for the last five years.
During what she considered a normal cleanup at the murder-suicide house of Grant and Trudy Toth, Sadie is surprised when the murdered wife appears to let her know that her husband did not kill her. Unfortunately, Sadie had helped Trudy leave a little too soon and the woman disappears before she could tell her who the real killer was.
With her ex-cop, employee Zack, as backup, Sadie is determined to right this wrong, especially when someone tries to scare her off by shooting at her and by trying to make it appear she is stealing valuables from the homes she's cleaning.Read more ›
Wow...this book exceeded my expectations. I began reading because the story is set in Seattle, Washington, although the setting isn't shoved down our throats with details of landmarks. But I found myself really caring about the complex heroine, who's mourning her brother while maintaining a rather gruesome business. She reminds me a little of Sharon McCone, but with a few twists.
The supernatural details are handled well -not overdone, not in our faces, but surprisingly plausible. Heroine Sadie gives a realistic "yuk" when she inadvertently touches the dead and she's gotten pretty irreverent about telling it like it is. In some ways, I was briefly reminded of the TV series, Dead Like Me, which I loved. And at the very end (do not peek!) you get a wonderful surprise.
It's rare to get a book that combines qualities of The Sixth Sense movie, the Sharon McCone mystery series (early volumes) and more. The plot and pacing are flawless - twists ad turns in just the right places.
In a few places, the writing seems a bit awkward, as though the author still learns to move her characters around. But I soon stopped paying attention because the plot held me.
And I must say I was surprised at Sadie's choice for a pet - rabbit named Hairy. Gimme a break. Even a cat would be better.
But the *worst* part is we have to wait a whole year for the next volume.
I could not put this book down. I was hooked from the first page. Thirty-two year old Sadie Novak, is the owner of Scene-2-Clean, a crime scene cleanup company in Seattle, Washington. I immediately like Sadie. She is smart, has common sense and at times has a great sense of humor. She also shows great compassion when dealing with the grieving next of kin. And then there's this little thing of being able to see and talk to ghosts. Sadie and her lone employee, Zack Bowman, get a call to clean up a crime scene where a murder-suicide of a husband and wife took place. The ghost of Trudy, the wife, appears and insists that her husband did not kill her. Sadie is reluctant to get involved, but soon gets caught up in trying to find out who did kill Trudy and her husband.
I enjoyed the relationships between all the characters. Sadie, Zack and Sadie's best friend, Pam, compliment each other well. Sadie and Zack have great chemistry. There is definite potential there. Pam brings a lighter side. She is spunky and upbeat, but not to the point of being annoying. There is also a Medium named Maeva. I laughed out loud at the bickering between her and Sadie. I really hope Maeva shows up in future issues.
I wasn't sure what to expect with the talking ghosts, so I was pleased when the author pulled it off very nicely. There was nothing cheesy or cheap about it. The author does an excellent job with detail, so if you have a weak stomach and like to snack while reading, like I do, leave the snacks for another time! There was nothing really surprising about the mystery itself. I pretty much had it figured out by the middle of the book. However, it was an entertaining read getting to the conclusion. There was a surprising twist at the end.Read more ›
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I was really intrigued when I saw that this first book in the "Ghost Dusters Mystery" series was concerning the totally unheralded job of cleaning up the aftermath of the death of a person, whether from natural causes, suicide, or criminal activity. This book had a very interesting premise, one which caught my attention immediately. Unfortunately, it lost my attention very quickly. I continued to read because I hoped the author would settle in and make the decision of what type of novel she wanted to write. What I ended up reading was a semi scientific/chic-lit/mystery/paranormal/fluffy/cozy/whodunit. Now perhaps some of those elements could have been melded together to form a cohesive whole, but not all of it in one book.
First of all, the Ghost Dusters aspect immediately takes away from the seriousness of the profession this character was engaged in. If this had remained more on the serious side of the mystery novel equation, it would have stood a better chance of remaining interesting despite the heroine who seemed to have a split personality. One minute she was kidding and joking around with her male employee and thinking of him in physical, personal ways and within four or five pages was incensed that he might not remember he was an employee and she was the boss. Actually, he acted entirely properly in each situation, it was the female lead who had all the problems. And did I ever get tired of all her problems! Can you really spend five years fixating on the suicide of your brother (and the majority of a novel) and then within a few paragraphs decide you are over that and it's time to move on? In every situation Sadie Novak flip-flopped on the issues. It was extremely disconcerting for me. I never could empathize with her because she kept changing her position.Read more ›
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