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Portrait of a Dead Guy (A Cherry Tucker Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Larissa Reinhart
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Book Description

HIGH-OCTANE ACTION WITH QUIRKY, DOWN-HOME CHARACTERS...

"An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!” - Jennie Bentley, New York Times Bestselling Author of Flipped Out

“Reinhart is a truly talented author and this book was one of the best cozy mysteries we reviewed this year…We highly recommend this book to all lovers of mystery books. Our Rating: 4.5 Stars.” – Mystery Tribune

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge -- but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

* Winner of the Dixie Kane Memorial Award * Nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Emily Award *

Praise for PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY:

“The tone of this marvelously cracked book is not unlike Sophie Littlefield’s brilliant A Bad Day for Sorry, as author Reinhart dishes out shovelfuls of ribald humor and mayhem. It takes a rare talent to successfully portray a beer-and-hormone-addled artist as a sympathetic and worthy heroine, but Reinhart pulls it off with tongue-in-cheek panache.” – Betty Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine

"Pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. FIVE STARS OUT OF FIVE.” - Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

“Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grit, Larissa Reinhart’s masterfully crafted whodunit, Portrait of a Dead Guy, provides high-octane action with quirky, down-home characters and a trouble-magnet heroine who’ll steal readers’ hearts and have them begging for the next Cherry Tucker Mystery.” - Debby Giusti, author of The Captain's Mission and The Colonel's Daughter

“Larissa Reinhart's debut sparkles with wit. A fun, fast-paced read and a rollicking start to her Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. If you like your stories Southern-fried with a side of romance, this book's for you!” - Leslie Tentler, author of Midnight Caller

“I could not put down this fast-paced, action-filled and fun romp in this debut novel that had me laughing out-loud from beginning to end... Boasting Southern charm and engagingly amusing banter, this was very enjoyable and a great start to what I hope is a long-running series.” - Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings and The Cozy Chicks Blog

Books in the Cherry Tucker Humorous Mystery Series:

  • PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)
  • STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)
  • HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)
  • DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)
  • QUICK SKETCH (Novella prequel to PORTRAIT in HEARTACHE MOTEL)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...



Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Larissa Reinhart began her writing career in second grade when she sold her first publication to her neighbor for a nickel. After moving around the Midwest, South, and Japan, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, young daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn terrier. Although she speaks without an accent, her writing is known to have a Southern drawl. Her debut novel, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, is a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (August 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091X7NGQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Small-Town, Southern Mystery August 17, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Larissa Reinhart delivers the goods in her debut novel, Portrait of a Dead Guy. The series protagonist, Cherry Tucker is a hoot--my very favorite kind of character. The story is well paced, the plot intriguing. I loved this book, and can't wait to read about the next tangle Cherry gets herself into (and out of).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another For the Keeper Shelf August 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
Larissa Reinhart's debut novel, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, has all the elements of an engrossing and entertaining read.

Starving portrait artist Cherry Tucker matches wits with the dangerous bad boy, her dysfunctional family, a goat named Tater, and the quirky denizens of Halo, Georgia. Commissioned to paint a portrait of the late Dustin Branson, Cherry finds herself embroiled in the investigation of his death.

Ms. Reinhart's humorous writing style and her command of the local vernacular transports the reader to a small southern town where gossip runs thicker than kudzu. Who doesn't love an intrepid, wise-cracking heroine with a big heart and a murder to solve?

I'm looking forward to Cherry Tucker's next adventure.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with a Side of Southern Charm August 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
As a small town portrait artist, Cherry Tucker, works hard to make a living. So when she hears that the wealthy Branson family want a portrait of their trouble-making son, Dustin, she jumps on it. One problem--he's dead, and she has to paint a portrait of him in his coffin. Even though she paints a peaceful final picture, Dustin died with a little help, and soon, Cherry stumbles onto a mystery that might leave her as dead as the man in the coffin.

I loved Reinhart's quirky characters and Cherry's relationship with her eccentric family. Add a high school rival, a sexy ex, and a hostile goat, and this humorous mystery kept me up late turning the pages. I can't wait for more Cherry Tucker.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every bit of it December 30, 2012
Format:Paperback
*I won this as a First Reads Giveaway.*

I really liked this book. It was so fun and enjoyable. I finished it in two settings but if I had the time I would've finished it in one. I didn't want to put it down. I was guessing until the end whodunit and that's so important for me. I hate when I can see who did it early on, especially with a bumbling stupid cast set around to make the story work. That's so not the case here. The miss steps and misleads are understandable and the reader makes them along with Cherry.

The characters all popped out and felt real. Cherry is are strong lead woman who has clear flaws but she's loveable and trying to do the right thing. Her family isn't perfect but they are family. They annoy each other but band together when there's trouble. There is the love triangle thing going on which has become a staple in these kind of books. It often becomes annoying with the indecisive back and forth. However, Cherry clearly has her mind about her and knows what she wants. She just had a bit of trouble getting her backbone to work with her. She's feminine but not the stereotypical princess. She's country but not the stereotypical redneck. She's southern but not the stereotypical Southern bell nor the Southern Cross flag loving moron. She's real and I love her for it. She's an artist and it colors how she views thing and the author loving helped paint it. Honestly, Cherry is one of my new favorite characters, for all of these reasons and more.

I like the setting. I know how things get twisted in small towns, how everyone knows everything about everyone while pretending not to and the futility of fighting against the flow. Now this small town setting is common but is often idealized. I love the realistic portrayal here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go!!! August 29, 2012
By ddmdp
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book so much! It was a hoot! I was way off base on who I thought the killer was! I had to wait till the end like a good book should. Cherry is quite the character and can't wait to read more about her! How soon will your write another? Kuddos to Larissa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Cozy Mystery December 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Talk about a catchy title. It's what drew me in and I have to confess this is my first cozy mystery. I would've finished it in a day, but my schedule made me put it down.

I enjoyed every bit of it, especially the humor, romance and suspense. The plot was excellent and so was Cherry Tucker. She is a loveable character and a starving artist in a small town. I enjoyed learning about her experiences and at times I found myself talking to the book as Luke drove me nuts.

This old-fashioned who-dun-it is a must read for fans of cozy mysteries and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start August 23, 2012
By D. Love
Format:Paperback
All Cherry wanted to do was earn some money and if that means doing a portrait of a dead guy, then so be it. But havoc ensues when Cherry is attacked and her curiosity is peaked as she suspects there's more to his accidental death and thus begins her quest to clear her name and fight off the bad guys.

I could not put down this fast-paced, action-filled and fun romp in this debut novel that had me laughing out-loud from beginning to end. The eccentrically quirky people that inhabit Halo, Georgia were a delight: from spitfire Cherry to handsome ex-fiancé Todd to old foe Shawna and to Luke the man who bedazzles Cherry. The mystery was good and every time I thought I knew who was responsible, the author changed direction with plenty of twists and turns at the corners. Boasting southern charm and engagingly amusing banter, this was very enjoyable and a great start to what I hope is a long-running series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for Portrait of a Dead Guy
The title intrigued me, and the mystery novel didn't disappoint. Obviously this was my first time meeting Cherry Tucker, but this artist and self-appointed detective captured my... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Ruth D. B. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Cherry
Loved this story crazy wild and multitude of suspects. Colorful clothing mixed with southern cuisines and a crazy goat named tater it will keep you guessing who done it
Published 11 days ago by Deb from daytona
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
I won a copy of this book and it turned out to be a great prize. I did not promise a review, but I am happily adding one. I enjoyed this book from page one to the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marianne Spitzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I loved mysteries as far back as I can remember. It started with Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie back in the 60's. They can't be too scary and I prefer characters that are quirky. Read more
Published 1 month ago by theartofbeer
4.0 out of 5 stars that was just fun. Good mystery
Well now, that was just fun. Good mystery, plenty of humor, an unusual and engaging heroine, and my-oh-my, a love triangle. Whichever beau shall Miss Cherry choose? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggie Worth
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A nice read
Published 3 months ago by AK Helland
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy Southern Sleuth
Loved this mystery story, the first in the Cherry Tucker series. It features a small rustic town in Georgia where Cherry, a portrait artist/amateur detective lives with her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kara Lynn Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Porariat of a Dead Guy
Cherry Tucker struggled with her business as it was just short of a breathe from dying. She was an excellent artist, but in a small town of Halo Georgia with three thousand people... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hotcha
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a cute and funny story with a fun mystery!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
My first time reading this author and I really enjoyed it! I loved that I had a hard time guessing exactly what was going to happen next! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca S.
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More About the Author

Larissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. However, adopting her daughters from China has been her most rewarding experience. After moving around the Midwest, the South and Japan, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, two frogs, two fish, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier. Visit her website larissareinhart.com or find her chatting on Facebook and Twitter.

A 2014 Georgia Author of the Year nominee, Larissa writes with a particular focus on sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. The Cherry Tucker Mystery series is published by Henery Press. The first in the series, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (2012), is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (2013), HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (2013), and DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (June 2014) follow, with the Cherry Tucker novella, QUICK SKETCH, in the 2013 anthology, HEARTACHE MOTEL, as a prequel to PORTRAIT. The fifth Cherry Tucker Mystery, THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE, is due out in 2015.

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