Sadie Novak cleans up crime scenes. Unfortunately, she also has an uncanny knack for seeing ghosts of the
departed, all except for suicides. In fact, her brotherís suicide was the reason she started her company. Her
employee, an ex-cop named Zack Bowman, doesnít understand her paranormal abilities, but he accepts that she
helps the departed cross over.
Sylvia Toth asks Sadie to clean up after the murder-suicide of her son, Grant, and his deaf wife Trudy. When
Sadie and Kent arrive, Sadie isnít surprised that she doesnít see Grantís ghost, for the police are certain he
killed his wife, then shot himself. But when Trudyís ghost appears, the dead female insists her husband didnít
kill her. Then a strange man appears in the Toth kitchen and Sadie learns from Sylvia Toth that the visitor is
Kent Lasko, Grantís best friend, who is very much alive.
Determined to discover the identity of the true murderer, Sadie seeks Kent Lasko.†Kent admits to having an
affair with Trudy, one that ended long ago. He†was at the house to retrieve a necklace he gave Trudy - one that
would lead Sylvia to realize they had an affair.† While the explanation satisfies Sadie, when she and Zack return
to the Toth home, the ghostly Trudy signs the identity of her killer: the letter "K". Sadie suspects Kent, but
Zack has learned Kent has an airtight alibi.
When Sadieís van tires are slashed, and someone shoots at her twice, Sadie and Zack realize someone wants
Sadie out of the picture.† While Zack falls on his old connections as an ex-cop to protect her, Sadie finds help
in the form of a Medium named Maeva.
The Remains of the Dead is a clever, fast-paced mystery with a paranormal twist. Ms. Roberts delivers
tight, crisp dialogue, an exciting plot, and true to life characters. I especially liked the bickering between
Sadie and Maeva, and the potential of romance between Sadie and Zack. This story was so enjoyable that I didnít
want it to end. Fortunately, the next book in the series is due out in December 2008, and itís one I will eagerly
await. If you like CSI, Medium or Ghost Whisperer, youíll absolutely love The Remains of