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Product Details

  • Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938383028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938383021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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It was so fun and enjoyable.
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The character development and plot were handled very well.
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I look forward to reading the next novel in this series.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan Boyer on August 17, 2012
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By livrepate on August 23, 2012
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Terri L. Austin on August 14, 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brooke B. on December 30, 2012
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*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 By ddmdp on August 29, 2012
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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 By Marguerite Ashton on December 18, 2012
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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 By D. Love on August 23, 2012
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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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