Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sketcher in the Rye by Sharon Pape
(A Portrait of Crime Mystery)
4th in Series
InterMix (December 17, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
In her new job as a private eye, former police sketch artist Rory McCain has a spirited partner: Old West marshal Zeke Drummond. He may be a ghost, but when these two combine their skills, they reap justice…
Trouble has sprouted at Harper Farms. Top secret info has been leaked to the competition, and now there’s serious sabotage cropping up. So the farm’s beleaguered owner, Gil Harper, has called on Rory to dig up some dirt. But what Rory discovers raises a new field of questions…
Someone shucked Harper’s accountant and left his body in the farm’s corn maze. While Gil is quick to hire Rory to solve now not one but two crimes, the sketching sleuth isn’t so sure why the farmer wants her to focus her attention on his own family.
Regardless, Rory and Zeke will need to put their hands to the plow and solve this case before someone else is planted six feet under
My Review: Sketcher in the Rye
Sketcher in the Rye is full of interesting characters. Rory McCain is the main character. She is now a detective out on her own. Al least for most of the people that's true. She has a former Marshall that helps her but he is dead.
Rory used to be a detective and police sketch artist. She inherited her late Uncle's house complete with a ghost.
Marshal Zeke Drummond was a marshal in the late 1800's in the wild west. Before Rory owned the house he was stuck just being a ghost their. Now he can leave but has to stay within a 100 yards of her. He helps Rory solve her cases. He can get a lot of information by going through walls or being invisible. He has old fashion ideas about courting.
Rory has a fun family, former police friends. Even starting to date someone new.
Rory has a new case to find out who is leaking information and trying to hurt Harper Farms. On her way back from first meeting her dog drags her into the corn maze and she finds a dead body.
The plot was good, has some good humor, The pacing was good. It kept you guessing to what and who was doing what till the end.
I liked how the story was more than solving the mystery. We learn about Rory's family and life. We also learn a little about Zeke's past. I like Rory's wacky neighbor. It made for a good story that I wanted to come back to see what the characters are going to do next.
Sketcher in the Rye is also a clean read except for pigpen!
I have not read any of the previous stories in this series and don't feel that I have not missed anything in this story. I would enjoy going back and reading them sometime.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review and being part of its blog tour by Netgalley & PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put letters together to form words. From that day forward, writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family. After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish to high school students, I was also writing poetry — some of it in French.
After several years, I left teaching to be a full time mom, and when my two children started school, I went back to writing. To my delight I found that the muse was still there, still waiting patiently for me to come around. My first novel, Ghostfire, was published at that time. It went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine (the first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed.) Then came The God Children and The Portal. Redbook also published my first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. With two great kids, a golden retriever and a loving, supportive husband (whom I’d met at the beach when I was fourteen — but that’s a story for another day), I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be in my life. But fate had another plan for me, and it went by the name of “breast cancer.”
Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was that the cancer was discovered at such an early stage, but at the time it was all very overwhelming. Once I was back on my feet, I wanted to help other women who were newly diagnosed, worried and afraid. I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society and went on to run the program for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. A number of years later, with the help of my surgical oncologist and two other volunteers, I started Lean On Me, a nonprofit organization that provides peer support and information to breast cancer patients. When Lean On Me celebrated its tenth anniversary it no longer required as much of my time, and I once again found myself free to pursue my first love — writing.
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