Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Great New Series: Sketch Me If You Can by Sharon Pape

Amazon Product Description:  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 as a housemate is bad enough, but as Rory's drawn into one of her uncle's unsolved cases and faces a cold-blooded killer, she may need the marshal's supernatural help to stay alive.”

I am a huge mystery fan and I’m a wannabe artist, so of course I had to pick up this new mystery by Sharon Pape.  As an elementary librarian, mother of two active boys, military wife and an amateur photographer my time is tight. Even though I multi-task and multi-read, there’s never enough time to read everything I want or to check out every new series.  It’s not often that I will add a new series to my must read list.  This series is a new addition to my list of series I will follow.  It’s well written. I didn’t figure out the culprit until closer to the end of the book. (I pride myself on being able to solve the crime before the protagonist, but I enjoy the book more when the author makes it challenging.) I also enjoyed the glimpses into the late 1800s and the events surrounding Marshal Drummond’s own mystery.  

I look forward to reading more about this crime solving partnership.  One of the aspects I truly enjoyed in this book is the relationship between living, modern day Rory and old fashioned, deceased Ezekial.  In a world where they were both living, the relationship was bound to be a feisty one, throw in the fact that he’s a ghost and it really “livens” things up.  I was surprised to find that this is Pape’s first mystery.  She writes like an old pro.  I hope there will be many more in this series.

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