I am so excited that Sharon Pape agreed to be a guest on my blog today. To me this is one example of how social media has some great things to offer readers. I tend to stick with what I love when it comes to reading. I really only go outside my paranormal comfort zone whe browsing for books for myself. Insert social media hear. Since getting an ereader and being active in fb reading groups, I have discovered so many wonderful reads I would have normally missed out on. A Portrait Crime Mystery Series is one of them.
My mom reads just as much, if not more than I do. Unfortunately, we tend to read very different books. I love paranormal and scifi and she tends to lean towards historical and mysteries. I have been wanting to find something we would both enjoy for a while. She lives far away and I thought having us read the some books “together” would be fun. This is where Sharon comes in to the story. She belongs to a reading group I am in and told me about her books. Ghost partners and murder mysteries. Genius! I immediately knew this series might be just what I was looking for and I was right!
I feel like my reviews are lacking. I am one of those people who get agitated if someone ruins the mystery for me and I did not want to say too much and ruin it for you. I loved them. They were fun, had a great pace, and had Zeke, our long dead Marshal. I am so excited to have found them and can not wait to hear what my mom thinks of them J.
Having a ghost as a housemate is bad enough, but as Rory's drawn into one of her uncle's unsolved cases and faces a cold-blooded killer, she may need the marshal's supernatural help to stay alive.
I was drawn to this book because I was trying to find a book that both my mom and I would like. She reads as much as I do, but we tend to read very different things and I wanted a series we could both enjoy and discuss. She loves mysteries and I love the paranormal, so this seemed like a good fit.
I really enjoyed this book and actually read it in one day. The mystery was light in did not have any of the descriptive violent crime scenes that make it difficult to sleep at night. I connected with the character of Rory and enjoyed watching her come into her own as she took over her Uncle's PI business. She has spunk, brains, and is creative. I am excited to see where her character goes from here and how her partnership with Zeke, the ghost, develops throughout the series. I am also looking forward to reading more of his back story.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to snuggle up with a good mystery book with some paranormal elements. On a completely irrelevant note: I actually grew up where the story takes place, so it was extra fun to read about them turning off at an exit I used to use daily or go to a town where I liked to hang out.
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.
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 graphic crime scene descriptions behind and allows us to simply enjoy the ride. I am looking forward to more from this series. I am so glad I was given this book!
When the Way Off Broadway Players get swept up in a flash flood while sightseeing in Arizona, Rory McCain's aunt Helene and her fellow amateur thespians survive - with the exception of Preston Wright. The victim was actually quite an actor - he was a womanizing scam artist who duped nearly everyone in the troupe, as well as an ex-con who operated under various aliases.
While Preston's death was found to be an act of nature, Rory can't discount the possibility that human nature may have contributed to his drowning. But even as she investigates the cast of characters to find out which one played the villain, Rory is finally on the verge of solving a very personal cold case: the murder of her ghost partner, Zeke...
This is the third book I have read in The Portrait of Crime series and I think it may be my favorite. I feel like I really know these characters and the relationship between Zeke and Rory is fascinating. I love the paranormal elements of this series and learning more about Zeke's life before he became a ghost. I also love that this story does not have the graphicness of true crime books or the over technology based resolutions of so many modern whodunits. Without giving anything away and ruining the mystery, I enjoyed how the mystery unfolded and am really looking forward to the next book in this series.
I've never driven stick shift and I don't plan to learn. I already know I'm not great when it comes to shifting gears. "How would you know if you haven't tried it?" you may well ask. And my answer would be, "I have tried it, just not in a car." I recently finished writing the first book of a new mystery series and the hardest part of it was shifting gears from the characters I know and love in my first series. From the start, the transition wasn't an easy one for me. Just choosing a name for my protagonist took weeks. Nothing sounded quite right. I asked everyone I know for help, I scoured books of baby names and read through list after list on the internet. Her name needed to be strong. You'd be surprised how many girls' names end in an "ie" or a "y" and sound altogether too cutesy. I finally settled on the name "Jaye," but I wasn't sure it was right. I promised myself that when I came up with a better one I would simply do a "find and replace" and in a matter of seconds the computer would take care of making the change. But some three hundred pages later the book was finished, and I never did change her name. As I became better
acquainted with her during the months we spent together, I realized that her name actually suited her very well. But of course her name wasn't the only problem I had with shifting gears.
Each character has a back story that formed her/him and each has a unique voice and perspective. Jaye is not Rory 2.0 rebooted and transferred from Long Island, New York to Sedona, Arizona. In fact their only commonality may be their core strength, and even that was forged by extremely different circumstances. And yet I often found Jaye saying and doing things in a Roryesque fashion. So I sat down with Rory and my creative conscience and I brokered a deal. I promised Rory I'd be getting back to her story soon, but until then she needed to back off and give the new gal some space. The more rewriting I had to do, the longer it would take before I could concentrate on her again. Fortunately she's always been a reasonable sort of person, although I'm sure her partner Zeke wouldn't agree with my assessment. In any case, I've started working with Rory on her next mystery and she's delighted. Now I just hope Jaye doesn't try to horn in on it!
Sharon started writing stories as soon as she learned how to put letters together to form words. Her first novel was Ghostfire, which went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine. It was the first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed. Then came The God Children and The Portal. During that period, Redbook also published her first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. After taking a hiatus from writing to deal with some life challenges, she began the second phase of her career with her paranormal/cozy mystery series "A Portrait of Crime," for Berkley Prime Crime. Sketch Me if You Can was published in August 2010, To Sketch a Thief in June 2011 and the third book in the series, Sketch a Falling Star, was released March 6th 2012. So now she's come full circle, back to her first love -- writing, and she's having a great time telling the story of sketch artist, Rory McCain, and her ghost partner, federal marshal Zeke Drummond.