Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

by Deirdre Verne


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CeCe Prentice and her Dumpster-diving pals are back on top...of a pile of trash

When Big Bob, manager of the town recycling center, goes missing, CeCe is worried about more than where she'll score her next salvaged car. As one of the only people present when Bob's body is recovered from under the weekly recycling haul, CeCe is able to identify witnesses and provide sketches of the scene. But when she's startled by an unidentified woman at Bob's empty house, CeCe's artistic talents are challenged and her drawings come up short. With her observational skills on the fritz, CeCe joins Detective Frank DeRosa and her network of Freegan friends to re-create Big Bob's life from the garbage up. The team is soon thrust into the underworld of recycling, where what appears to be junk could actually be the clue that saves a life.


"A dysfunctional family to die for...[CeCe Prentice's] second case is every bit as twisty and surprising."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738742281
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Series: A Sketch in Crime Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Deirdre Verne (Lower Westchester, NY) is a mystery writer, college professor, and an active college blogger. A writer for the millennium crowd, Verne regularly delivers straight forward and often hilarious advice on her college blog, where she helps students unravel age-old mysteries such as "If I sit in the front row, will I get better grades?" Prior to teaching, Verne worked in new product development for Time, Inc., representing the magazine titles Fortune , Money , and Parenting . Visit her online at DeirdreVerne.com.

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Drawing Blood 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts As I ended my review of Drawing Conclusions, the first book in this series, I was wondering how this author was going to keep up to the excellence she reached in that story. I just finished Drawing Blood and let me tell you she a drawn up another story that will keep you totally entertained. Cece and her friends are “freegans“, a unique lifestyle. They dumpster dive for food, have a huge garden, and visit the local recycling center and thrift stores for most of their needs. In this installment Cece’s friend and housemate Katrina is due to have her baby any day, her friend, Big Bob, manager of the local recycling center in missing, and Cece is looking for a child that could be hers that would have been carried by a surrogate. And that is just how the story starts, there is so much more. The synopsis tells you Big Bob’s body is found under a pile of garbage and that Detective Frank DeRosa in on the case but when Cece and her friends join the investigation it all leads to something you have just have to read for yourself. I really enjoyed that Frank knows he can ask for and get help from Cece and the others. As with the first story, this author’s distinct writing style shines. The plots and subplots twist all together throughout the story and each twist has its own little “wow” factor. Cece’s unique ability to see people in her mind so clearly and pick up their nuances and put the images down on paper is key to solving the case. She has trouble with the facial details for one person that she knows is so important. She works so hard to try to grasp that image. The investigation seems to be turning up more questions than answers but Frank, Cece, Charlie and even a very pregnant Katrina each help to put things together and details start to fall into place. This sets up a very suspenseful and dramatic ending that had me sitting up straight in my chair. Excellent from start to finish. A story that deserves more than 5 stars! This story does build on the first book so I do recommend reading that one first. In fact a perfect winter weekend curled up with both books is something I recommend wholeheartedly. I will not wonder about Verne’s next book because I just know if will be as amazing as the first two. I just hate that we will probably have to wait a year for it.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“Seeing isn’t a function of the eyes. Our brains tend to interpret or distort information in a way that makes us comfortable. We see what we want to see or what others have told us to expect”. CeCe Prentice strikes again in the second Sketch in Crime mystery, and, if possible, this one is even better than the first! Living with the idea that she might have a child out there, CeCe and her freegan friends join forces with her police boyfriend, Detective Frank DeRosa, to investigate the “loose ends” her father left behind after the trial. In the meantime, Frank, who has moved to town to be near CeCe, has caught a case where another one of CeCe’s freegan friends is involved in something toxic, and Big Bob might have been killed over it. CeCe’s Mom is recovering not only her life, but her memories of when she was younger. She remembers her husband now disgraced former head of the genetics lab doing some shady dealings with samples from the lab. And now, that case dovetails into a death at the recycling center. This book is amazing. Dealing with on topic issues like surrogacy, toxic waste and insurance, Deidre Verne is exploring and sorting issueswe see every morning in the news. I love Elizabeth’s sassiness, and Katrina’s growing impatience withher due date, and Kelly and of course Charlie and Frank. All they want is justice- equality for all. I guess it really depends on what you see in the pile of “stuff” we call life. Highly recommended 5/5
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
While this book is very important to the overall story arc of the series, I did not feel like the mystery portion of the book was that strong. I was far more interested in the personal drama that CeCe and Frank were going through as well as the growth of their relationship rather than who killed Big Bob. While the two story lines converge towards the end of the story, I kind of wish they had converged earlier. It might have made me care about who killed Big Bob more. I didn't know who the villain was before close to the end, which is a plus, but then again we didn't even meet the villain until close to the end of the book, so that does limit being able to know who they are. There are several things that we don't know about until the end of the book and while some people like that type of plot, I'm not one of them. Yet, there were elements of the story that I really enjoyed, like watching CeCe and Frank's relationship grow throughout the book. I enjoyed the part of the story line where CeCe and Frank were looking into whether or not CeCe had a daughter out there somewhere that she didn't know about. It was an enjoyable book overall and I do recommend it, but it was not as great as the first one in the series. Still, anyone interested in the series should not miss this book!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Drawing Blood - Sketch in Crime Mystery 2 Author: Deidre Verne Published: 2-8-2016 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 338 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9789738741314 ASIN: B019KKTX0I Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . CeCe Prentice and her Freegan friends are back again. This time Big Bob, the manager of the town recycling Center is missing and CeCe is there along with her sketchbook when is body is recovered. She gets busy sketching the witnesses and bystanders, but seems to run in to a stone wall when she tries to sketch the strange women staying in Bob's home. CeCe's family is the very definition of dysfunctional. An alcoholic mother, a megalomaniac father who stole his daughters egg and fertilized it with the one she thought was her twin and now Cece has to wonder if she is a mother to some unknown 16 year old and if so where he or she is. And a brother she thought was her twin and loved her whole life is dead that she may not have known at all. There is a lot going on and CeCe is a bit of an oddball by mainstream society's standards is still someone who lives by her convictions and follows her heart no matter where it leads. It is a testament to Ms. Verne's talent that she can have you still feeling the emotions from reading the book days or even weeks later. Her characters are bold and in your face. There is no room for insipid reactions toward them. You either love them or hate them. The case in point is you will love CeCe and sympathize with her over the recent events and revelations in her life. Dr Prentice, her father you will loathe, pretty much for the same reason. Pick up a copy today and enjoy this unusual mystery thriller combination.