Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Sketch Me If You Can - 1st in the Portrait of Crime Mystery series
Author: Sharon Pape
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Long Island New York
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sharon's Website/Blog: www.sharonpape.com
Rory McCain makes a living as a sketch artist for the Suffolk County Police Department. She lives with her folks but is about to inherit a house and business from her Uncle Mac, who dies very suddenly and leaves his property to Rory. Mac was a private detective who had a very unusual partner, the ghost of an Old West Marshal, Ezekiel Drummond.
When Rory, with the help of her mother is getting settled in the house, formerly owned by her Uncle, she is frightened by a ghost from the 1870's. Marshal Drummond AKA Zeke, was helping Mac with his cases. In exchange, Mac promised Zeke that he would help Zeke find the killer who had killed him (Zeke). (Isn't this a great idea?) There should be more books like this. When Zeke asked Rory to keep on with her Uncle's promise, after, of course, scaring her to death, she digs her heels in and says NO. Of course, having a ghost as a resident in ones house is bad enough but, when she is drawn into one of her Uncle's unsolved cases, she finds that she needs the help of a skilled detective, even one who is bull-headed, a real chauvanist and, of course, DEAD!!! When Rory finds the cold-blooded killer she realizes that she needs the Marshal's help to stay alive.
This book is very fast and blends a fine balance of fun and suspense. Sketch Me If You Can talks to me and is a first rate mystery. The plot is very well thought out and Rory is a wonderful character as is Marshall Drummond. Although, I don't know if I'd like him as a roomie. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from Rory and the Marshal. Enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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