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.
Will she be able to convince the police that Grant did not murder his wife before someone silences her for good?
Sadie, who turned the tragedy of her brother's suicide into a business that helps other people. I had never thought about this before, who did clean up after a crime. Sadie is very smart and does real investigation into solving this crime as the police have the perfect scenario for murder-suicide and don't see any reason to change it.
Zack, ex-cop, who had taken a bullet for his partner, got hooked on painkillers and resigned before they could ask for his badge after roughing up a suspect. He kicked his painkiller habit but had found it hard to get a job until Sadie came along. Very nice guy, ready to back up Sadie with advice and his gun. Not too thrilled about her talking to dead people he can't see while they're cleaning.
Pam - her best friend - special ed teacher who has helped her through her worst times.
Maeva - The psychic her sister Dawn drags her too. Maeva can talk to the dead who have already crossed over, but she has a little trouble convincing Sadie of that, even though she has a message from Grant Toth, who obviously doesn't want everyone thinking her murdered his wife either.
Sadie and Zack cleaning up a store that sells sex toys, with a son who's more worried that he can't open the next day than the fact that his father had been murdered in a robbery the night before.
Hairy - her pet rabbit who sleeps with his own little stuffed rabbit.
Good mystery, although the killer is obvious long before Sadie figures it out.
This book is able to walk that very fine line between being able to bring humor to a subject that could easily have gone off into bad taste.
The ending - the last 2-3 pages brought tears to my eyes.
The killer: As if often the case in first books, the author doesn't quite have that magic touch to hide who the killer is. As they try to lay the clues so that the ending makes sense, they haven't yet got that ability to confuse the clues enough that the real killer isn't so obvious.
For a book that I was hesitant to read, I found it to be well-written, enjoyable, humorous, without going into sick humor and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.