Life was going well for Rory McCain. She was good at her job as a police sketch artist and living back at home with her parents wasn’t all bad.
Rory’s world was suddenly turned upside down when her Uncle Mac suffered an apparent massive coronary. Mac wasn’t only her father’s brother, but Rory’s mentor and best friend.
While still processing her loss, Rory inherits Mac’s Victorian house and his private eye business. She also learns Mac was hiding a secret from her.
Notifying Mac’s clients she’s closing the business, Rory is confronted by Jeremy Logan. Mac had been looking into the death of his sister, Gail, which had been ruled an accident. After Jeremy pleads his case, Rory agrees to look a little more into the case as a friend. She can’t run Mac’s business as a second job while working with the police department.
Her next hurdle is moving into Mac’s house, which she loves but finds lonely without him. Rory quickly discovers Mac’s secret - he’s been sharing the house with a ghost. It’s the ghost of Federal Marshall Ezekial “Zeke” Drummond who died in the 1870s while searching for a killer who kidnapped and killed little girls.
When the shock wears off, Rory and Zeke come to an understanding similar to his and Mac’s arrangement. As Rory begins checking into Gail’s death, she and Zeke talk through the leads and he gives her his thoughts on the matter. Rory soon finds she’s being stalked when she gets too close to finding answers for Jeremy.
The interaction between Rory and Zeke is entertaining and might make you wish you had your own ‘in-house’ ghost.
SKETCH ME IF YOU CAN is an easy read that will keep readers guessing from the prologue until the last chapter. Author Sharon Pape weaves Zeke’s mystery into the story beautifully keeping the reader asking ‘what next.’ This light-hearted paranormal mystery series is destined to become a favorite. What’s not to love when you have a cantankerous male chauvinist ghost from the 1870s sharing a house and working with a feisty, liberated woman in 2010.
Sharon Pape’s website is http://www.sharonpape.com/
Sketch Me If You Can by Sharon Pape, A Portrait of Crime Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-425-23604-8, Paperback, 304 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.