"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
"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." - Mystery Scene Magazine
"Don't miss Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart! Portrait is pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. Five stars." -- Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com
"Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits, 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." - Debby Giusti, Author of The Captain's Mission and The Colonel's Daughter
"A sweet, southern stroke of brilliance...Action, humor, mystery and a dash of romance all packed into one quirky creation. Trust me when I tell you--don't miss this one." -- The Book Boost
"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
From the Author
My young daughters and I stayed with my mother for nearly a month. Cherry Tucker and friends had been playing around in my head previously, but I didn't know what to do with her. And for some reason -- maybe due to grief, maybe because I'm just odd -- while staying with my mother, I got the idea for an artist painting a death portrait. The portrait of a murdered man. After I returned to Japan, I started writing.
I'll always be grateful to Kendel Flaum and Henery Press for giving me my first break into publishing. I returned from Japan with the manuscript for Portrait of a Dead Guy, the second manuscript I'd ever written -- the first of which will never see the light of day -- and submitted it to Henery Press after encouraging advice from writer friends like Debby Giusti and Donnell Bell. Kendel said she liked my voice, although it needed work. Boy did it. Her notes were my first editorial experience. I think the stars were aligned for that submission for I hadn't yet done the typical slog of queries most authors go through.
Five years have passed since Portrait's first publication. Now she's in her second edition with five more Cherry Tucker novels and three novellas published between 2012 and 2017. I can't believe it!
When I was a child, I wanted to become a writer, but I didn't think people like me could do something as great as that. I didn't live in a big city (my hometown's population hovers around 600 on a good day). I wasn't sophisticated. I wasn't particularly smart or talented. I wasn't even particularly creative. Although my writing teachers saw my potential, they told me, "write what you know."
I knew nothing. So I didn't write.
But I loved books and words. I loved making up stories. Twenty years later (after my husband's urging), I let all those characters spill down on paper. Now I do this every day, and I've never known such fulfillment (and stress. lol).
If you love to make up stories, too, write them down and see what can happen. Don't give up. Then write me a note and tell me. Nothing would make me happier than knowing you dared to do the same.