Friday, August 20, 2010

Sketch Me If You Can by Sharon Pape

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

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.


  1. Be interesting to have one's own personal ghost helper.

  2. Mason - Thanks for this review! What an interesting concept for a story, too. I hadn't thought of a crime novel focusing on a police sketch artist, but there's no reason there couldn't be one. How intriguing, and what a fascinating perspective...

  3. Thanks for the review! I love the title of this. I'd love to have a ghost helper.

  4. Sounds like a fun plot - lots of unique elements woven together :)

  5. Alex, even with the problems Rory ran into with Zeke it would be interesting to have a personal ghost.

    Margot, I had never given that much thought to a police sketch artist before. However, now I'm thinking they would have interesting stories to tell.

    Talli, wouldn't a ghost helper be fun when sales people came to your door? LOL

    Jemi, it is a fun story. It's one of those that you breeze though and are at the end before you realize it.

  6. SOunds like a great mystery! Thanks for the review.


  7. I really like the premise, sounds like a series I will enjoy following!

  8. Neat. I'm going to look for this. Thanks, Mason.

  9. That sounds intriguing - I like a little paranormal at times. I wanted to let you know that THE WEIGHT OF SHADOWS came today. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  10. Awesome! I've wanted my own ghost ever since I first saw The Ghost and Mrs. Muir a zillion years ago. Plus, the sketch artist angle is unique and intriguing. Looking forward to this one.


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