To Sketch a Thief


To Sketch a Thief: A Portrait of Crime Mystery

By Sharon Pape

Berkley Books

Former police sketch artist Rory McCain never needed a partner to create a likeness of a suspect.  But now, working as a sleuth, she’s got a partner who’s been dead for over a century. . .

Ghosts are supposed to be frightening, not exasperating.  But Federal Marshal Ezekiel Drummond, a/k/a Zeke, is one spirit who seems to specialize in fraying Rory’s nerves.  Although it helps to have a lawman as part of her private detective business–even one who was shot in 1878–Rory often wishes she had a silent partner, instead of a dead one.

After a stray dog named Hobo leads Rory back to his murdered owner’s corpse, she finds herself involved in another homicide case–not to mention the new owner of a lovable pooch.  Unfortunately the spirit who haunts her house doesn’t get along with dogs.  Despite this bone of contention, Rory, Zeke, and Hobo are soon on the trail of some deadly dog-nappers and a missing Maltese.

Here’s what the critics are saying about Sketch Me If You Can , the first in the Portrait of Crime Mystery:

“Pape has a sure-handed balance of humor and action that makes her a writer to watch.” — Julie Hyzy, national bestselling author of Grace Under Pressure and the White House Chef Mysteries

“Exceptionally well-written, a standout mystery.” — Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies

“A spirited debut!” — Cleo Coyle, author of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

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