Dead and Kicking (Ghost Dusters Mysteries, No. 3)
by Wendy Roberts
Review by Beth Slater
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451228628
Date: 01 December 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
We rejoin Sadie Novak in book #3 as she continues to do crime scene clean up with her partner and boyfriend Zack. Sadie has an extra job to do on some of her clean-ups - she helps ghosts cross over whether they want to or not. But she never expected one of them to be someone close to her - or how difficult something like that would be. So she delves into work to avoid her home life – but the two don't seem to be able to separate themselves and her life just gets turned upside down and inside out!
After her father's funeral, Sadie was hiding in the bathroom where she had to explain that he was dead. Try telling THAT to your parents! Well, anyway – telling your father he's dead and that you can see dead people, which one is worse?
Then Sadie follows Zack and finds that he's at the house of his former girlfriend. After some misunderstandings, it comes out that the girlfriend's mother was a hoarder, and she, Paula, didn't want anyone to know. Zack had taken the job since Sadie was preoccupied with the funeral. Now that it is over, the two take on the job together, but Sadie discovers an extremely nasty ghost upstairs. She warns Zack, but he ends up breaking his foot because of it. As a recovering addict, he is supposed to avoid any kind of pain medication, but he doesn't and he and Sadie hit skidsville.
But once again, Sadie doesn't go home and bury her head in the sand. She keeps chugging along, doing her jobs that need to be done and helping her family work through their grief. Along the way she follows the clues to the problems she's having at the hoarder's house, despite issues she's having. That just means she's getting closer, right?
Feeling like the world is out to get her, Sadie throws herself back into work, but work throws back. But Sadie is an extraordinary person who doesn't let the out of the ordinary or the bullies of the world win. She's a fighter, and I hope she inspires the women of the world out there to fight, as well. Even though she's a fictional character, she's got real flaws and insights that could help real people to see what life is like. If you get pushed down, get back up. Things can only hurt you if you let them.
Keep writing, Wendy! It may be a cozy but it's a cozy with some depth to it!