To Sketch a Thief (A Portrait of Crime Mystery, #2)
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To Sketch a Thief (A Portrait of Crime Mystery #2)

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After a stray dog named Hobo leads former police sketch artist-turned- paranormal private eye Rory McCain back to his owner's corpse, she finds herself involved in another homicide case-not to mention the new owner of a lovable pooch, which makes Rory's ghostly partner, Zeke, more than a little spooked.

Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published (first published June 7th 2011)
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Rory McCain inherited more than a house from her Uncle Mac, she also inherited Marshal Ezekiel Drummond (Zeke). He came with the house as he was killed there back in 1878 and his ghostly self refuses to crossover until he determines who killed him and why.

While Rory appreciates his lawman's intellect to help her solve cases for her brand new PI firm, she would appreciate him more if he could just perfect his appearances and maybe keep his opinions to himself once and awhile, then Rory wouldn't m...more
To Sketch a Thief (Berkley Prime Crime 2011) finds Rory (Aurora) McCain, a former police sketch artist and now a private detective, adjusting to sharing a house in Huntington, Long Island, New York, with the ghost of Federal Marshal Zeke (Ezekiel) Drummond, who died in her Victorian house in 1878. Zeke is determined to find out who killed him, and why, and Rory is willing to help, though she wishes the lawman would stop giving her so much advice about her own cases. While returning a lovable str...more
Dharia Scarab
I only gave this book 4 stars because I like the ghost and the mystery, but the main character is seriously annoying. To me she comes across as a spoiled brat, getting all worked up and pissed off anytime the ghost says or does anything. And if the ghost warns her to be careful she flips out and seriously over reacts ranting on about how she can take care of herself. All the pointless fighting grates on my nerves, especially when she always assumes his advice has to do with her being a woman and...more
Series: 2nd in the Portrait of Crime Mysteries

Sensuality: n/a

Mystery sub-genre: Private Detective, Paranormal

Main Characters: Rory (Aurora) McCain - a police sketch artist

Setting: Modern day, Suffolk County New York

Obtained Book Through: Publisher for honest review

Rory is now working full time as a private investigator. She is also adjusting to living with the ghost of 1878 Federal Marshal Ezekiel Drummond, aka Zeke. He is old fashioned, stubborn and cantankerous. Dogs and Ghosts don't get alo...more
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 ca...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Private Investigator, Rory McCain and her partner, Marshal Zeke Drummond are thrown into a crime when a dog, named Hobo leads them to his newly deceased owner, lying in a pool of blood, in his former home.

Well, that sounds fairly straight forward doesn't it? Until, you realize that Rory lives in Long Island, NY and did I type, Marshal? Yes, I did. You see Marshal Drummond died on the land that Rory's house sits back in 1878 and he needs her abilities to find who shot him in the back. What is a...more
Sue T
I read the first book in the series last year, and was delighted to win the second in a giveaway on a book review blog that I follow.

The primary characters are perfect foils for each other. Rory McCain is a police sketch artist turned P.I. and Zeke Drummond the ghost of a 19th Century U.S. Marshal murdered in her living room. The pair have formed a somewhat turbulent relationship with the Marshal imparting his years of experience to Rory as she works her cases and attempts to solve the 100+ year...more
Katherine P
This is an entertaining series. I like the paranormal aspect without it being overdone. There's not a paranormal world just 1 kind of grumpy ghost. I like the introduction of Hobo and the dog community. There is a very small tight world that goes on with breeders and those that participate in dog shows and to imagine gossip running through that is very possible. I did have an idea of the ending before I got there but it was still a fun read. My main complaints are that while the Zeke mystery bac...more
Judy Tate
Aurora and Zeek do more arguing than sleuthing in this installment. If she is going to solve his crime, I wish she would do it so we can stay in one time period. I think I might enjoy a book about Marshall Drummond more than I am this series. The promise of book 1 is not really pulled through on book 2.
This is the second book in this series, and I'm looking to see where it goes from here. Rory McCain has quit her job as a police sketch artist to work her uncle's P.I. business; her silent partner, is the "late" federal marshall Ezekiel Drummond, who had been murdered in her late uncle's house, many years ago. Yes Zeke is a ghost, a ghost who can't leave the house, and needs to know who murdered him. In the meantime, they have another murder to work on, and a new house guest - the dog of the lat...more
This is the second book I have read by Sharon Pape and I loved it. Not only is it a fun mystery to curl up and read, but it has the paranormal elements that I love. Zeke, the ghost, adds so much to the story as he and Rory build their relationship as housemates (he haunts her house) and partners. There was more humor in this book than the first one and I welcomed the addition. I love that Pape writes the type of mystery you can read before bed and not wake up in nightmares. She leaves the graphi...more
Rory still strikes me as a little too stupid sometimes, Zeke is just annoying, and Pape's villains get telegraphed almost immediately, but it's an unchallenging, pleasant way to while away a couple of hours. I didn't get all the "dog community" references, though: I've had dogs my entire life (have four now), and I wasn't aware there was a "community" of owners in which gossip would run rampant unless they belong to specific breed clubs or show their dogs. It was just weird. Where is this all-en...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
While I like the premise of the book and series, I have to say it's not a favorite of mine. I think this is mostly due to the relationship between the main character and the ghost. Too much animosity, and the ghost isn't the most likeable character. But I'll read the next in the series when it arrives and hope this improves. The mysteries were good, although one was fairly predictable.
Got tired of the constant bickering and sniping of Rory and Zeke. The dog didn't seem to have enough personality to offset the tense atmosphere. None of the characters engaged me. Also, if Zeke knows more about his own murder, why on earth wouldn't he tell Rory so she can help solve it? Maybe he just likes hanging around being a jerk.
Rory and her live in ghost, Zeke try to solve the mystery of a murdered woman and the whereabouts of her missing Maltese. Rory stumbles into the murder scene while trying to return a missing dog. The dog, Hobo, becomes an uneasy houseguest thanks to his aversion of Zeke. Good characters, good storyline, good read.
More of a 2.5 actually.
I managed to finish the book which is a star all in itself and another star and a half for the premise. But to think this is the second book and the two main characters are always fighting when they are together which got old very very quickly. not sure if i want to continue
This mystery novel's main character is a retired police sketch artist, Aurora (Rory) McCain. The interesting twist in this series is that she works with a ghost, the murdered federal marshal Zeke Drummond, who "inhabits" her house. Zeke helps Rory solve the mysteries, as does the scruffy dog Hobo...
I really loved this book, although I do wish Rory would be a little nicer to Zeke at times! I loved the flashbacks to 1878 and the second mystery involving Zeke's death. I also like how Zeke and Rory and continuing to grow as characters- I can't wait for the next installment in this series!
Karen Desmond
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Disappointing because the first one was so good. The whole sketch artist angle seems to have fallen to the wayside, the relationship with her ghost is becoming too contentious to be enjoyable, and now we have a dog! Not sure whether I will read another of series when it comes out.
Jun 08, 2012 Kristin added it
Shelves: cozy, mystery, series
I'm really liking this series. I've been on a big mystery kick lately. This one didn't have a ton of suspense, but most cozies are about the characters anyways. Best of all, no romance or love triangles.
Diana Bringardner
The personality conflict between Rory and Zeke was quite annoying after a while. Enjoyed the mystery well enough but some progress on the relationship would have been nice.
Brenda Kirton
Read it in one sitting. Very enjoyable. Although Rory and Zeke seem to have very short fuses when each other is concerned, the story flows very well. Good twist at the end.
I'm looking forward to more in this series. It's a very interesting premise and I like the characters.
Lori B
Just love that the book is set in Huntington Township (Long Island)!
ok cozy mystery.
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I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put letters together to form words. From that day forward, writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family. After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish to high school students, I was also writing poetry --...more
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