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Hijack in Abstract (A Cherry Tucker Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Here are just some of the many reasons that I recommend Hijack in Abstract and the Cherry Tucker Mysteries.
• Hijack in Abstract has a great opening paragraph:
There are many places you don't want to be at zero dark thirty, but I've got a personal top three. One is the ER. Second is a police station. The third is your ex-boyfriend's bedroom.
Where is she? Based on Cherry's previous history, she could be in any of these four (she has two ex-boyfriends) places. Read the book, to find out.
• Examples (with evidence, in quotes from Hijack in Abstract) of why I like Cherry and enjoy the Cherry Tucker Mysteries so much.
◦ Cherry's sleuthing skills —
...I can gain information as good as any cop just through my local gossip network. I call myself inquisitive and creative. He calls me nosy and harebrained.
◦ Cherry's loyalty and commitment to her friends —
"I can't turn my back on a friend."
"I know that all too well," said Luke. "I think the exact words were, 'I'd break the law to help a friend.' "
We'd been friends since kindergarten after I slugged Brandy Cosgrove who had stolen her Beanie Babies dolphin. I'd received my first suspension and a friend for life.
◦ Cherry's sense of humor —
"Miss Cherry Tucker, hello," said the new voice. "I have found you."
Considering the voice was somewhere in metro-Atlanta and I was sitting in my truck in mid-west Georgia, I didn't follow. "Were we playing hide and seek?"
The heavy wooden door swung open, I stepped aside and stifled a maniacal giggle. "Gold paneling with brass trim. This is a first for me."
Her fashion sense (mentioned in a previous review also) —
I had my own line of Cherry Tucker clothing, mostly pieces from Walmart retrofitted with bling, dye, and a pair of scissors.
◦ Cherry's honesty about her own faults —
"Wow. I'm kind of speechless. Which, if you knew me, you would find remarkable."
Sometimes I forget to tell myself to stop yammering.
I really needed to see if there was surgery for removing stupid from my DNA.
"My pride will be my undoing?" I hedged. "On the contrary, I think it's more an issue with being stubborn. Or my mouth. I've got a lot of flaws to choose from."
◦ The way Cherry describes colors so artistically, using names of artists' pigments —
brown ochre curls [hair]
transparent oxide-red lake [hair highlights]
every shade of pink from ruby lake to vermilion extra [someone blushing]
Venetian red [fingernails]
Gray and perylene black [camo tank top]
king's blue deep or blue light. Maybe phthalo blue... [eye color]
dioxazine mauve glow [of twilight]
Payne's gray [eye color]
◦ Cherry's loyalty to flag and country (her tact, not so much) —
"I can't read your stupid file. It's in cryptic."
"Cyrillic," shouted Max. "You are the stupid."
"Forgive me for not knowing your foreign language, foreigner," I yelled. "I'm American and you're in America."
I think that any fan of cozy mysteries will enjoy Hijack in Abstract by Larissa Reinhart, especially a fan who likes a heroine who is a little bit (a lot?) sassy and spunky. For mystery fans new to cozies, this is a great series to begin with. Hijack in Abstract has earned Five out of Five Kitties!
Originally published on my blog at [...]
Cherry is thrilled when the police call her to help out for a change instead of yell at her to keep her nose out of their business. They want her to make a composite drawing of a truck hijacking suspect. It's a pleasant challenge. But of course, Cherry just can't leave it at that.
Then Shawna has been showing pictures around town of Cherry's latest paintings that were sold. They happened to be in the Greek style with a nude model (her ex-husband). Shawna considers this immoral and feels that the majority of the town will agree with her. Just what does Shawna want from all this?
And there is the mystery of just who did buy those paintings. He wants to commission a portrait now too. Why is he so competitive with the Bear?
So much mystery, but all well done. You won't feel like you are drowning in subplots. It all follows logically, Cherry's kind of logic. It's a wonderfully adventurous book with a touch of romance and humor. I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book for my unbiased opinion.
Hijack in Abstract by Larissa Reinhart was released by Henery Press November 5, 2013.
The mystery becomes secondary because the characters take their prominent places. We get to see how big Cherry's heart really is when she tries to take care of an orphan and his 90 year old great grand- mother. We can truly feel her frustration when she's not getting the answers that she so desperately needs and wants. And, ultimately we get to experience her strength.
In the end, both Cherry and the reader are left with questions that so desperately need answering. We'll have to wait till the summer of 2014, when Death in Perspective releases to see if we get answers or develop more questions?!?!?!
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