CeCe Prentice returns with her band of Dumpster-diving pals in this fast-paced mystery that puts the eco-friendly heroine back on top—of a pile of trash.
When Big Bob, manager of the town dump, goes missing, CeCe is worried about more than where she’ll score her next salvaged car. First at the scene when Bob’s body is recovered from under the weekly recycling haul, CeCe is quick to identify potential witnesses and provide crucial scene sketches. But when CeCe is uncharacteristically startled by an unidentified woman at Bob’s abandoned house, her artistic talents are challenged, and her drawings, much to her frustration, come up short.
With CeCe’s observational talents on the fritz, Detective Frank DeRosa, CeCe, and her network of Freegans are forced to recreate Big Bob’s life from the garbage up. The team is soon thrust into the underworld of recycling where what appears to be junk could actually be the clue that saves a life.
It's impossible to put down this book before the end, it's really addictive. The plot is intriguing and interesting, immerses me in a world completely unknown to me, that of freegans. Cece and her group of friends are avid followers of this philosophy: they recycle every possible object ended up in the garbage, even the food. Cece, besides taking care of the environment, is a great lover of drawing, portraits in particular. Detective DeRosa needs her help. He was investigating a strange warehouse and asked the help of Bob, manager of the town dump, and CeCe's friend. But he has disappeared and a few days later his body was found. Cece tries with her portraits of helping DeRosa to draw an identikit of the possible responsible, created with the declarations of some witnesses. DeRosa and Cece have to face also some unresolved issues between them. It's the second book in the series "A Sketch in Crime Mystery", can be read as stand alone but if you are going to read the first book I recommend you to read the series in order: in this episode are revealed some twists and turns of the first one. I can not wait to read another episode of this exciting series. The story is brilliantly written and flows perfectly. The author takes you deep inside the story and leaves you on the edge of your seat. I must say that this book is excellent from the cover till the end. If you want to read a cozy mystery really interesting and brilliant this book is perfect for you.
About This Author
Deirdre Verne (Lower Westchester, NY) is a mystery writer, college professor, and an active college blogger. Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character who Dumpster dives her way through the “Sketch in Crime” mystery series. Verne’s second book, Drawing Blood, is available in February 2016. “A dysfunctional functional family to die for…[CeCe Prentice’s] second case is every bit as twisty and surprising.”-Kirkus Reviews.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s short stories appear in all three New York chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters. Visit her online at DeirdreVerne.com.