To Sketch a Thief (Portrait of Crime Series #2)

To Sketch a Thief (Portrait of Crime Series #2)

by Sharon Pape

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ISBN-13: 9780425241929
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Portrait of Crime Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 298,616
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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To Sketch a Thief 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When PI Rory McCain returns a dog that wandered into her yard, she doesn't expect to find the mutt's owner, Brenda Hartley, dead in the middle of the kitchen floor. Not wanting Hobo to go to a shelter, she takes him home, much to the annoyance of her partner, the ghost of one-time US marshal Zeke Drummond. The antipathy goes both ways: Hobo is frightened of the spectral lawman.Having been the person to find the body, Rory would like to search for the killer, but as a private investigator, she can't unless someone hires her to do it.When a friend of Brenda's, a dog breeder named Tina Kovack, hires Rory to find the dead woman's other dog, a purebred Maltese that wasn't found at Brenda's house. Tina is certain that Tootsie, was stolen by the person who killed Brenda. Rory isn't sure if she agrees, but she takes the case, because it means that while she's searching for the dognapper(s), she can also hunt for Brenda's killer.Zeke Drummond's spirit remains earthbound because he wants to know who killed him, and he is physically unable to investigate on his own. He is a non-threatening character, who just happens to be unable to manifest outside the house, although he's pretty good at doing internet searches.Zeke's sensibilities are very 19th Century though, while Rory is very much a self-sufficient 21st Century woman, and they do clash over societal proprieties. As a result, there's more humor here than spookiness, and especially with the addition of Hobo, and Rory's sleuth-wannabe Aunt Helene.
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A very light and enjoyable read. I enjoyed the story and writing style and the main characters, especially Hobo, are good fun.
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book quite a bit but felt it was missing just a little something. Nothing major, I enjoyed it and was ready to read the next book - just what you might expect from a first in the series. But this second in the series comes closer to the mark and Hobo is a great addition. The secondary mystery surrounding Zeke is well done in that it keeps you in suspense and wanting more, I can't wait to find out the whole story! I have happily added this author to my list of keep-on-the-lookout-for!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
When she inherited her current house from her late Uncle Mac, Rory McCain found Federal Marshal Ezekiel "Zeke" Drummond living there; which is odd because in 1878 he was murdered in Huntington, New York. A Suffolk County police sketch artist and private investigator, Rory knows first hand that ghosts do not make good roommates or business partners. Still her agreement with the ghostly lawman is she solves his cold case murder and he assists her on her caseload. Rory has doubts, but admits to herself (since his ego is already in the exosphere) that Zeke was instrumental in solving the double murder case (see Sketch Me If You Can). Rory finds a canine in her yard. She checks his tag and takes Hobo back to his owner only to find the woman dead with a knife in her chest. While waiting for the cops to arrive, Rory learns the victim is Brenda Hartley and her dog's vet is Stanley Holbrook and she uses Boomer's Groomers. Brenda's friend Marti Sugarman arrives and asks Rory where Tootsie the Maltese is. Detective Cirello takes over the crime scene and he is nasty and sarcastic towards the two women. As Cirello works the homicide; Rory, Zeke and Hobo work what appears to be a dognapping caper. The second Portrait of a Crime investigative tale is an enjoyable thriller as the ghost and the artist argue, fuss and fight in a friendly spirited way while working the case. Their pairing along with Hobo make for a fun whodunit though the dog-napping as the motive for the homicide is initially difficult to accept. Still fans will enjoy the present day case and the subplot into what happened to Zeke in 1878. Harriet Klausner