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Sketch Me If You Can (Portrait of Crime, Bk 1)
Sketch Me If You Can - Portrait of Crime, Bk 1
Author: Sharon Pape
She's a police sketch artist. He's a dead lawman. Together, they put a face on murder. — When her uncle dies, police sketch artist Rory McCain get's a list of clients from his private detective business and a beautiful, old house with a ghostly inhabitant: Federal Marshal Ezekiel Drummond, aka Zeke. — Having a ghost a...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425236048
ISBN-10: 0425236048
Publication Date: 8/3/2010
Pages: 304
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Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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This is the second book in the last few days I have read that had a cowboy ghost. Rory was a good main character and I enjoyed the addition of Zeke. Good story line and good character developement. I look forward to the next book in the series. 4 stars.
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First Line: It was over in less than three minutes.

After her favorite uncle's death, police sketch artist Rory McCain discovers that there was much more to the man than met the eye. Rory inherited his private detective business and decided to contact everyone on his client list to settle all the accounts.

However, when she moved into his beautiful old Victorian house, she discovered that Uncle Mac had a business partner-- a federal marshall named Ezekiel (Zeke) Drummond. Trouble is, Zeke was a marshall back in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s, and he had the misfortune to be murdered in Uncle Mac's... make that Rory's... house on Long Island. Zeke's not going anywhere until he finds his killer either.

Rory's still trying to decide if she's lost all her marbles when she's drawn into one of Uncle Mac's unsolved cases. As she's drawn in deeper, she realizes that she needs the help of an experienced investigator. Zeke applies for the position, but Rory's having none of that-- until a killer on the loose changes her mind.

Rory McCain is a very impulsive and very stubborn character. Zeke Drummond may be old-fashioned, cantankerous and sexist, but he also has a good sense of humor and has a steadying influence on her. Pape gives us just enough of Zeke's story to get us hooked and looking forward to more.

There's a heaping helping of humor in Sketch Me If You Can, and I found myself smiling and laughing out loud several times, as when Rory is confronted with her ghostly housemate and wonders why there aren't books like Living With a Ghost for Dummies or Chicken Soup for the Haunted House Owner. My favorite scene, however, was when Rory asked her parents and her aunt to help her investigate the scene of the crime. I hope she asks them for help again because they made quite the team!

Although it wasn't difficult to deduce the killer's identity, and I felt the cast of secondary characters outside of Rory's family needed a bit of fleshing out, I found Sketch Me If You Can to be very entertaining, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Although it was a bit difficult to get the characters sorted out at first, I have to say I really liked this book. The main character is believable and likeable, and there is good character development of the secondary characters. Great plot, lots of action. Did not see the end coming! Five stars! Looking forward to the next books in the series. The second book was published in June, titled "To Sketch a Thief" and the third will be published March 2012 and is currently "Untitled Book #3." Put 'em on your wish list!