Sketcher in the Rye:
(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…
Rory and Zeke take on a case for Gil Harper of Harper Farms. It seems his future plans for events and general business decisions are being leaked to his biggest competitor. There have also been a few instances of sabotage and Gil wants Rory to undercover the culprit responsible before someone gets hurt. Because it is a family business no one is off limits, even his own wife.
Before Rory can even get started on her investigation she finds the body of the company accountant in the Harper Farms Corn Maze. So now the sketching sleuth has another crime to solve. Rory uses her contacts at the medical examiner’s office and local law enforcement to try to “assist” them catch the killer before anyone else is found dead among the corn stalks.
I love the way Sharon Pape writes and she also gives us more than one mystery to solve.
In each installment we learn a little more about Marshall Zeke and this time it was pretty significant. Sharon takes us back in time and ties it to the present seamlessly. There are also those little touches – figures of speech or words Zeke is just not totally familiar with – “it must be of those sidekick things” sidekick – psychic – these just crack me up.
The characters are all terrific – Zeke and Rory of course, but Eloise, Olga, Aunt Helene, Hobo and I hope Aaron sticks around. Hobo is quite a dog and has stolen my heart as well as Rory’s. I am going to have to see what my dog’s think of whipped cream, it is a treat Hobo loves. But I will be keeping my dogs away from any piglets, I don’t think I could handle the “piglet/puppy love” 🙂
I do have to say the way the main mystery played out was very surprising. It did bring a few tears to my eyes but I don’t wait to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by telling too much.
This is a fantastic story as is the whole series. I highly recommend starting at the beginning to see how the sketch artist and the Marshall came together.
Check out the rest of the tour for more reviews, guest posts, interviews and giveaways!!!
December 11 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
December 12 – readalot blog – Review
December 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
December 14 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
December 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
December 16 – Books-n-Kisses – Review
December 17 – Socrates Book Review Blog/Socrates Cozy Cafe – Review – Giveaway
December 17 – Mochas, Mysteries and More – Interview – Giveaway
December 18 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
December 19 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Guest Post – Giveaway
December 20 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post – Giveaway
December 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
December 22 – My Devotional Thoughts – Review, Guest Post – Giveaway
December 23 – Thoughts in Progress – Review – Giveaway
December 23 – Dru’s Book Musings – Guest Post
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