Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions

by Deirdre Verne

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Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne

CeCe Prentice—environmentalist, peace-lover, artist—will stop at nothing to discover the truth behind her twin brother’s untimely death.

While she never saw eye to eye with her father—the ambitious director of a renowned genetics research center—CeCe Prentice always remained close to her brother, Teddy. When Teddy is found dead at the lab where he worked for their father, CeCe’s efforts to mourn the tragic loss are interrupted by several attempts on her own life.

CeCe is naturally drawn in to the investigation, teaming up with Detective Frank DeRosa, the officer assigned to protect her. Together, they begin looking into the circumstances surrounding Teddy’s death, only to discover the truth may be found closer to home than they think—in CeCe’s own paintings.

Praise:

"Verne's mystery is a winner, with plenty of twists and turns, an intriguing heroine and an ending that shocks in more ways than one."—Kirkus Reviews

"Deirdre Verne imbues CeCe with intelligence and humor, and the snappy repartee between characters is delightful."—Mystery Scene

"[An] exciting series debut."—Library Journal

"The amazing plot twist and memorable characters in Drawing Conclusions will leave you thinking about this book long after you've put it down. Deirdre Verne is a writer to watch!"—Jess Lourey, author of the Murder-by-Month Mysteries

"A mysterious murder, a gutsy heroine, a determined cop, and a villain you would not want to cross in a dark alley—everything you want in a mystery, it's all here. A fun read, right down to the eye-popping final twist."—Mary Louise Kelly, author of Anonymous Sources 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738743424
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 02/08/2015
Series: A Sketch in Crime Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 176,971
File size: 3 MB

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 Conclusions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts There is so much I loved about this story I just don’t know where to begin and I have to be very careful not to give anything away. We meet Cece while she is dumpster diving and then we learn that she is a “Freegan” and is from a very wealthy family. She is also a sketch artist and captures the nuances of faces in an uncanny way. She has a twin brother, Teddy, who works with their father at a lab that researches DNA. Her father is known all over the world for his work. She lives in a house with 4 other ecologically-minded and socially conscious friends, Charlie, who is her twin brother’s best friend, Trina, Becky and Jonathan. We learn very quickly that her twin brother has been killed. It is Cece’s artistic ability and her knowledge of her father’s company that brings her in to the middle of the investigation of his death but the investigation goes off in some truly unexpected tangents that will change her life and others in monumental ways. I started reading this story and just couldn’t stop. Every time a clue connected it seemed to twist the story into another direction and this continued throughout the whole story. I was like “wow”, “no way”, oh my stars!” and then the final twist so good…I couldn’t wait to write this review to tell you all about it!! I truly don’t know how the author is going to top this story in the next installment but I want to be first in line to read it!!
rokinrev 11 months ago
“Sometimes the wrong answer is really an open door. Pushing your brain to think external or tangential to the facts can often reap its own reward.” CeCe Prentice, estranged daughter of William and Elizabeth Prentice, twin sister of Theodore Prentice, lives in a house with other freegans- those who primarily live off the waste of others. She drives a resurrected Gremlin, uses a reconstructed computer and is most proud of her twin, Teddy, who worked in their father’s Labs as a genetic scientist. Not CeCe, she’s an artist and a free spirit...until the unthinkable happens: Teddy is found dead at the Lab. And devastated as she is CeCe and her friends- old and new- are bound and determined to unravel the case and solve the case, no matter what it might involve. Working with the local police can be tricky..uncomfortable to say the least, but her growing awareness of the hiddeness of genetics and how the Lab uses it forces her to draw her own conclusions. I purchased this book after I read a recent review of it online (used booksellers can often beat the price of ebooks if you are patient). This is one of the most unique characters I have seen in mysteries in a long time. Deidre Verne’s knowledge of the subject blows me away, especially in view of things like “genetic ancestry kits” and “medical gene testing programs”. The premise is even more timely today than when the book was written (2015). I am excited for the next in the series which I own as well and highly recommend it. 5/5
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars rounded up. I was correct that I would like The Drawing Game more if I had read at least one of the two books before it. I understand so much more about the characters in The Drawing Game now than I did when I first read it! This is the first book in the Sketch In Crime mystery series and it's a really great book! There's a lot of back story that happens in this book which seems essential for understanding the characters better during the rest of the series. Many of the main characters in this series are Freegans, which are a group of people who work to live as green as possible. They grow much of their own food, create their own energy to feed back into the power grid, barter with people regarding getting things done, and recycle/reuse items as much as they can. The author does a good job of exposing us as the readers to the Freegan lifestyle and explaining what it entails. Besides just their Freegan lifestyle, the characters are complex, well-rounded, and delightful.  I really enjoyed seeing the dynamics between CeCe and her friends, her family, and the police department.  I enjoyed watching the beginnings of CeCe's romance with Frank unfold. The plot line moves along at a decent pace. It's not dragging but it's not going by so fast that you can't keep up either. I had a little bit of an inkling who the villain was, but I was not totally sure until just before it was discovered at the end of the book. All-in-all, this is a great start to the series and important, so definitely read it before any other books in the series!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Drawing Conclusions - Sketch in Crime Mystery 1 Author: Deidre Verne Published: 2-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 314 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction ISBN: 9780738741314 ASIN: B00S1MTLDQ Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Constance Prentice, CeCe to those who are close to her, and her friend Charlie have gone to get dinner for themselves as well as their roommates and friends Trina, Jonathan & Becky. All five being Freegans (one who paractices Freeganism. Freeganism is a practice and ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food. The word "freegan" is a coinage derived from "free" and vegan While vegans might avoid buying animal products as an act of protest against animal exploitation, freegans—at least in theory—avoid buying anything as an act of protest against the food system in general. Freeganism is often presented as synonymous with "dumpster diving" for discarded food, although freegans are distinguished by their association with an anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideology and their engagement in a wider range of alternative living strategies, such as voluntary unemployment, squatting abandoned buildings, and "guerilla gardening" in unoccupied city parks. Following their latest haul of baked Ziti, Cream Cheese, Bacon and Bagels they head home where they find the police waiting. Charlie is ready to take off in a panic, but Ce Ce drags him inside. It is there that all the roommates find that CeCe's twin brother Charlie has died two days before and the police are there to question CeCe and her friends, not to notify her of his death. After numerous attempts on CeCe's life it becomes apparent Teddy was not the only target. Who could have so much hate stored up against the Prentice family? Why? Perhaps CeCe's Artistic talents can be used to help the Detective to investigate. Can the answers truly be found in the paintings? Can they find them before a Killer takes out CeCe next? I have to tell you my stomach turned at the dumpster diving with the intention of eating the food from the dumpster. How unsanitary! That stated I found CeCe a woman who stands behind her beliefs. I could have cried over the chasm between her and her father. A well thought out plot with a fast pace to keep the reader involved in the story. Although the scene nauseated me I could not skip the scene in the dumpster. You will be drawn in with the descriptive writing style of Deidre Verne. Come visit CeCe at her Harbor Master's Home, Don't eat or drink anything! and visit for a while. Get to know the people of CeCe's inner circle. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars.
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is a good mystery with twists you don't expect and others that I did see coming. There is a lot of science and DNA and some different life style of Freegans. Where I can appreciate some of that life style others I would not want like eating out of garbage. The characters have a good mix to them. The main character is Cece Prentice. Cece owns a big house and land. She was disowned by her father. While still close to her twin brother. Cece dumpster dives for food. I like her. Cece is an artist Cece's twin brother Teddy is found dead at work. Her life is in danger. She ends up working with Detective DeRosa to figure out what happened to Teddy and who wants her dead. I wanted more to the story. Some of the ending I did not like but it worked. Other choices I did not like but for the most part I liked the story and want to see what happens next to Cece in the future. The setting is New York state. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Midnight Ink. In return I agreed to give a honest review of it and be part of Drawing Conclusions blog tour.