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Sketcher in the Rye (Portrait of Crime Series #4)

Sketcher in the Rye (Portrait of Crime Series #4)

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by Sharon Pape
"Pape has a sure-handed balance of humor and action."—Julie Hyzy, New York Times Bestselling Author

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


"Pape has a sure-handed balance of humor and action."—Julie Hyzy, New York Times Bestselling Author

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…
Trouble has sprouted at Harper Farms. Top secret info has been leaked to the competition, and now there’s serious sabotage cropping up. So the farm’s beleaguered owner, Gil Harper, has called on Rory to dig up some dirt. But what Rory discovers raises a new field of questions…
Someone shucked Harper’s accountant and left his body in the farm’s corn maze. While Gil is quick to hire Rory to solve now not one but two crimes, the sketching sleuth isn’t so sure why the farmer wants her to focus her attention on his own family.
Regardless, Rory and Zeke will need to put their hands to the plow and solve this case before someone else is planted six feet under…
Includes a preview of the first Crystal Shop Mystery, Amethysts and Alibis, by Sharon Pape

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Portrait of Crime Series , #4
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Gr 4–6—Sixth grader Maddie is excited to go to the school dance, where she's hoping to spend time with her crush, Avery. Instead, her best friend Kiersten's new BFF Gabby dances with Avery. Meanwhile, a tornado levels Maddie's and Avery's homes while they are at the dance, and the two must take shelter at a neighbor's house for the rest of the summer; much drama ensues. Living with her crush in such close proximity intensifies Maddie's social anxiety and forces her to examine her feelings. Unfortunately, the characterizations are uneven. While Maddie's awkward avoidance tactics are authentic and relatable, some of her internal thoughts come across as overly adult and preachy, and her narration relies too much on telling and not enough on showing. The hopeful tone and conversational writing style make this an accessible read, though the message may be a bit too on the nose for some. VERDICT An additional purchase for large collections, especially those in need of wholesome realistic fiction.—Rachel Reinwald, Lake Villa District Library, IL

Meet the Author

Sharon Pape is the author of the Portrait of a Crime Mysteries and the Crystal Shop Mysteries. She lives on Long Island with her family.

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Sketcher in the Rye 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
There are too many reasons to love Sharon Pape's Sketcher In The Rye. It is a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist, and it is that paranormal side that really makes this book so fantastic. It could be just like any other cozy mystery, with a female PI trying to solve a murder and the mystery of who is sabotaging Harper Farms. That would make for a fun cozy any day. But in this series, our heroine, Rory McCain, has a little help from a ghost named Zeke Drummond. Sharon nicely blends the here and now mystery with flashbacks into Zeke's life for a fabulous read. Zeke really seems to be the star of the show with his antics at sleuthing and trying to protect Rory from harm, or at least from any guy she might try to date. I loved how the story pulled his past and Rory's present together towards the end. The mystery was at times a bit slow, but the characters more than made up for it. I liked getting to know Rory's aunt Helene and I hope that Aaron might stick around as a love interest for Rory in upcoming books. Overall, this was a nice light mystery. It is the 4th book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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. Dollycas’s Thoughts 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.
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For golden oldie classic even an earl gardener. Must we have paranormal food cook books sci fi aliens horror ala king in these mix and match patchworks boring boring boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started reading this series in print. Loved it. First thing I bought on my new nook was this book because I wanted to finish the series. Wish there was more!
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I guess I can say that I have mixed feelings about this cozy mystery. First of all, it is a clever story with some intriguing characters. And the ending was indeed a surprise. It follows the normal formula for a cozy mystery--no violence, no gore, minimal profanity (extremely minimal, to be perfectly honest), and no sex. Since this is part of a series, I felt a bit lost since I had read none others in the series. I wish I knew more about Zeke. In fact, some of my favorite portions of the book involved flashbacks to the marshall's life. I easily could have read an entire book about him. I could have done without his being a ghost, but that is just a personal preference of mine. I would have preferred time travel or something like that. The writing of the story was certainly better than average, and it is a quick read. But I highly recommend reading the series from the beginning before jumping into this book. I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Sketcher in the Rye is full of interesting characters. Rory McCain is the main character. She is now a detective out on her own. Al least for most of the people that's true. She has a former Marshall that helps her but he is dead. Rory used to be a detective and police sketch artist. She inherited her late Uncle's house complete with a ghost. Marshal Zeke Drummond was a marshal in the late 1800's in the wild west. Before Rory owned the house he was stuck just being a ghost their. Now he can leave but has to stay within a 100 yards of her. He helps Rory solve her cases. He can get a lot of information by going through walls or being invisible. He has old fashion ideas about courting. Rory has a fun family, former police friends. Even starting to date someone new. Rory has a new case to find out who is leaking information and trying to hurt Harper Farms. On her way back from first meeting her dog drags her into the corn maze and she finds a dead body. The plot was good, has some good humor, The pacing was good. It kept you guessing to what and who was doing what till the end. I liked how the story was more than solving the mystery. We learn about Rory's family and life. We also learn a little about Zeke's past. I like Rory's wacky neighbor. It made for a good story that I wanted to come back to see what the characters are going to do next. Sketcher in the Rye is also a clean read except for pigpen! I have not read any of the previous stories in this series and don't feel that I have not missed anything in this story. I would enjoy going back and reading them sometime. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review and being part of its blog tour by Netgalley & PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
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