The Drawing Game by Deirdre Verne

The Drawing Game
by Deirdre Verne

This is a fun series that makes me wonder about the characters and their lifestyles almost as much as I wonder about the mystery itself.
~Michelle’s Romantic Tangle

I really loved reading this book. It’s a great mystery.
~Books, Dreams, Life

This is a really interesting mystery with lots of twists and turns! It is well written with a brisk pace and lots of interesting characters.
~View from the Birdhouse

This was a unique read from the start. CeCe is interesting and complex as a character, and her voice is strong …
~Christa Reads and Writes

I thought the story line moved along at a fairly good pace. I enjoyed the plot. There were twists in the plot that I didn’t expect, including the villain.
~Valerie’s Musings

Deirdre Verne takes these characters and intertwines their lives together to give us an outstanding and complex mystery. One that had me paying close attention and glued to the pages.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

The Drawing Game (A Sketch in Crime Mystery)
Release Date – December 25, 2016
Gatekeeper Press
Number of Pages 275


A lover of all things green, CeCe Prentice is not impressed when a fully-sustainable development, Green Acres, pops up next to her family’s homestead. It’s not so much the ridiculous price tag of the million dollar homes built entirely from re-usable materials and powered by the sun, but rather the new neighbors who think they can simply buy a green lifestyle.
To make matters worse, one homeowner turns out to be CeCe’s high school nemesis, Phoebe Purcell, a hair-tossing vamp who tried to break up CeCe and her long-time boyfriend, Charlie.

Already disillusioned by the so-called eco-friendly development, CeCe’s family home is threatened when a series of power-outages at Green Acres kicks off a rash of home invasions. When neighbors start showing up dead, the mood at Green Acres turns south. But when Charlie, CeCe’s on-again, off-again love interest is implicated in the murders, CeCe springs into action when she discovers the only clue – a portrait she painted years ago.

Guest Post from Deirdre Verne

Dumpster Diving for Clues

Thanks for stopping to read about The Sketch in Crime Mystery series. Meet CeCe Prentice, a Dumpster-diving environmentalist so idealistic her life is rather surreal. Clothing, furniture and an occasional meal? If it’s at the curb, it’s fair game as far as CeCe is concerned. And, it pays the bills which is pretty important for a starving artist.

If you’ve never heard of Freegan living, you’re not alone. Freegans like CeCe believe there’s simply too much consumerism in the world and you can get by, quite easily, living off of what others discard.  A fantasy? Not quite. The thing is, CeCe and her friends don’t care if you don’t get it. All the more for them.

Here’s the thing about garbage. It can hold clues and not just what you had for dinner the night before. So, whether it’s piled-up in front of a house or at the town recycling center, sifting through it has become a way of life for CeCe Prentice.  Taking the Dumpster plunge is certainly not for everyone, but this low-cost way to live works for CeCe whose sole source of income amounts to a few annual commissions for her portrait art.

In the third book in the series, it’s CeCe’s art that gets her in trouble when one her paintings turns out to be the only clue in a murder that occurred, literally, in her backyard. So, if you’ve got the stomach for a murderous mystery series with bunch of die-hard Freegans, dig into The Sketch in Crime books.

About The Author

Deirdre Verne is the author of Drawing Conclusions (2015), Drawing Blood (Feb 2016) and The Drawing Game (Dec 2017). Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character, CeCe Prentice, who Dumpster dives her way through the Sketch in Crime mystery series. “Verne’s mystery is a winner…” Kirkus Reviews.  A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s stories appear in all three NY chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters.

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