Sketcher in the Rye by Sharon Pape

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     A cozy mystery with a paranormal twist.

    The whole “Sketch Gang” is back in Sketcher in the Rye, the fourth book in the Portrait of Crime Mysteries. Police sketch artist turned private investigator, Rory McCain, and her ghost partner from the Old West, federal marshal Zeke Drummond, have been hired to find out who’s behind the sabotage at Harper Farms. But when their dog Hobo finds the body of the farm’s accountant in the corn maze, they’re soon on the trail of a killer too.

    Throughout the series, the relationship between Rory and Zeke has been evolving, and in Sketcher in the Rye they’re confronted by some startling information that causes them to rethink everything they thought they knew about each other.

    About Sharon Pape:

    Sharon Pape
    Sharon Pape

    Sharon describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they had ever condensed. (She’s recently rewritten and updated that book and will be re-releasing it in the near future.) Around the same time, Redbook published her first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines.

    Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. Fortunately the problem was discovered early, but after treatment she didn’t immediately return to writing.

    To help other women (and men) diagnosed with the disease, she became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program and went on to be the program’s coordinator for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Several years later, with the help of her surgical oncologist and two other survivors, she started her own not-for-profit organization to provide information and peer support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Once the organization was running smoothly and didn’t require as much of her time, she returned to her first love – writing.

    During this second stage of her career, she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. She’s one of the thirty, cozy mystery authors who blog on Killer Characters

    Review by Kayek: Rory is definitely having a bad day. Gil Harper hired her to find who in his employ, including his family, is behind acts of sabotage and information leaking to a competitor. Before she even left the farm, her dog Hobo fell in love with a pig and drug Rory through the mud, and then she stumbles over the corpse of the farm’s accountant.

    Not only is Rory dealing with two investigations, her ghostly roommate Zeke seems to be hiding something aided by their neighbor Eloise, and her parents are moving and her mother keeps dropping by with family heirlooms that Rory has never seen.

    I love this series and I loved this book. The way Rory and Zeke interact is interesting, since he’s been dead about 100 years and has some rather old-fashioned ways of looking at life. Hobo, the dog, is a great addition to the mix, along with her somewhat colorful neighbors and family.

    Review by Andea J. Guy: There are too many reasons to love Sharon Pape’s Sketcher In The Rye. It is a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist, and it is that paranormal side that really makes this book so fantastic.

    It could be just like any other cozy mystery, with a female PI trying to solve a murder and the mystery of who is sabotaging Harper Farms. That would make for a fun cozy any day. But in this series, our heroine, Rory McCain, has a little help from a ghost named Zeke Drummond.

    Sharon nicely blends the here and now mystery with flashbacks into Zeke’s life for a fabulous read. Zeke really seems to be the star of the show with his antics at sleuthing and trying to protect Rory from harm, or at least from any guy she might try to date. I loved how the story pulled his past and Rory’s present together towards the end.

    The mystery was at times a bit slow, but the characters more than made up for it. I liked getting to know Rory’s aunt Helene and I hope that Aaron might stick around as a love interest for Rory in upcoming books.

    Overall, this was a nice light mystery. It is the fourth book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone.