Join CeCe Prentice as she takes on the green industry in this fast-paced, environmental-themed mystery.
A lover of all things green, CeCe Prentice is not impressed when a fully-sustainable development, Green Acres, pops up next to her family’s homestead. It’s not so much the ridiculous price tag of the million dollar homes built entirely from re-usable materials and powered by the sun, but rather the new neighbors who think they can simply buy a green lifestyle. To make matters worse, one homeowner turns out to be CeCe’s high school nemesis, Phoebe Purcell, a hair-tossing vamp who tried to break up CeCe and her long-time boyfriend, Charlie.
Already disillusioned by the so-called eco-friendly development, CeCe’s family home is threatened when a series of power-outages at Green Acres kicks off a rash of home invasions. When neighbors start showing up dead, the mood at Green Acres turns south. But when Charlie, CeCe’s on-again, off-again love interest is implicated in the murders, CeCe springs into action when she discovers the only clue – a portrait she painted years ago.
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Dollycas’s Thoughts CeCe Prentice and her friends, Charlie, and Katrina have a unique lifestyle, they are “freegans“. The grow their own food, dumpster dive for things they don’t grow, and visit thrift stores for other things they need. They try to lives their lives as green as possible. Which is one of the reason they are in her mother’s basement during a power outage. Katrina recently gave birth to baby boy Roon, but all they have are girl clothes, so they head to the basement to find some boy clothes. Before they find what they are looking for the lights go out. This is not the first time that has happened. Since the new eco-development was built next door, it is happening a lot. Ten homes costing over a million dollars each that are supposed to be powered by the sun should not be draining power from other houses. As Cece soon learns, the houses in Green Acres are having the same blackouts and there have even been some home invasions. When a neighbor is found dead things get even darker. When Charlie is pinned as the prime suspect in the murder Cece gets caught between helping her friend or standing by her man, Detective Frank DeRosa. She finds herself trying to help them both. First, the title to the book is beyond perfect and even the cover has a clue, at least for me. Simon Fletcher is the developer of Green Acres and he has built the homes with all the latest technology for his fully-sustainable subdivision. Unfortunately all that technology did not keep someone from killing him. The author gives us a great bunch of suspects. People who were unhappy with the things going wrong in their new homes, his wife, his employees, a bunch of neighborhood kids and even Charlie who was working on a new high tech application with him. CeCe also knew the man because she had painted a portrait of his wife. She may have even seen the killer from the basement window, but she can’t picture the face good enough to actually draw it. When another witness comes forward Frank asks CeCe to work with them to come up with a sketch both because of her unique talent and because it may spark hew own memory. She has a hyper sense of observation that enables her to catch clues even the good detective missed. Deirdre Verne takes these characters and intertwines their lives together to give us an outstanding and complex mystery. One that had me paying close attention and glued to the pages. I tried to read it all in one evening but my eyes just would not cooperate. I woke up the next morning mad that I had to work and could not finish it right away. I did grab it as soon as I could and was surprised and delighted with the way the book ended. That is when I realized, yes, the title and cover were absolutely perfect. To get the most out of this story and the wonderful characters you really should read the three stories in order, but just knowing about “Freeganism” gives you a good start. The characters have grown quite a bit from the first book and are still evolving. Suspense, drama, a little romance and a touch humor all come together to make this escape Paradise.
3.5 out of 5 actually. The Drawing Game is the third book in the Sketch in Crime Mystery series. While it wasn't my favorite book so far this winter, it was pretty good. The more I got into this book, the more that I liked it. While usually it doesn't tend to matter to me if I'm reading a book in the middle of a series or the first of the series. However, I think with this one, I would have done better to have read at least one of the first two books. Some of the lifestyle choices of the characters didn't make sense to me at first and that put me off a little. I was thinking, "What did I get myself into with this one?" BUT, the more I got into it and understood things a little more, the more I liked it. The characters are interesting. I really like Charlie, Frank, and Gayle. CeCe is definitely a character, but I haven't decided if I really like her or not. There's not a lot of character growth in this book and that saddened me a bit. CeCe and Frank's relationship weathers the storm that this story line brings and is perhaps stronger now because of it, but other than that, there wasn't a lot of character development in the story. The setting was on Long Island and for the most part, I thought the descriptions were pretty good. I didn't feel like I was struggling to imagine the setting. But yet, I didn't feel over saturated in detail which is a big thing for me. I despise over saturation of detail, so I'm always thankful when the author does not do that in their stories! I thought the story line moved along at a fairly good pace. I enjoyed the plot. There were twists in the plot that I didn't expect, including the villain. So while I didn't love it, I did enjoy it. I've already put the first two books on hold at the library I work at and I'm looking forward to reading them! [Thank you to the author, Deirdre Verne, and Netgalley for providing me with an ecopy of this title. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions and conclusions are my own.]