A Portrait of Crime Mystery, No 2
June 2011/ ISBN 978-0-425-24192-9
by Laura Hinds
is book two in the Portrait of Crime Mystery series by Sharon Pape.
Following in the footsteps of Sketch Me if You Can, readers
are reacquainted with Rory McCain, a former police sketch artist,
and her partner and housemate, Ezekiel Drummond. Zeke is the ghost
of a murdered lawman from the late 1800’s. While the erstwhile
Marshall knows he is dead, that isn’t about to stop him from
taking part in helping Rory with her modern-day PI firms cases;
or from insisting that she solve his murder.
A stray dog
finds Rory working, pulling weeds in her garden in the evening’s
growing darkness. Tender hearted Rory reads the dog’s tags
and takes him home, only to find his owner quite dead and quite
obviously murdered. After calling the police and promising to keep
her nose out of the investigation, Rory is hired by a new client
to investigate a dognapping spree that just happens to have tie-ins
to the murder victim and her neighbors and friends. So really, how
can she and Zeke steer clear of the police investigation?
This is an
excellent sequel that moves this new series right along, both through
character development and interaction with new people and the addition
of Hobo, the “orphaned” dog (his owner was the murdered
woman) as an additional sidekick for Rory. As Zeke works to improve
his ghostly abilities so that he can actually leave the house, and
Hobo struggles with his terror of the ethereal man of the house,
Rory kicks her dognapping investigation into high gear and finds
that she is grateful to have both of them. She also makes time to
keep her word to Zeke and to find out who could have killed him
back in 1878.
Just when I
think that every kind of cozy mystery series that can be written,
has been written, an author like Sharon Pape comes up with something
original that sparkles and stands out from the crowd. She gives
us interesting characters, thought-provoking mysteries, lovable
animals, a wacky aunt, a ghost, some time-shifting chapters, witty
dialogue, and leaves readers with a thirst for more. I hope Ms.
Pape is a fast writer and that the next book is released sooner
rather than later, as I can’t wait to find out what happens
this book to everyone who loves a mystery, animals, and ghost stories.
You can’t go wrong with this one because there is simply nothing
not to like! Enjoy!
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