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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review of Larissa Reinhart Portrait of a Dead Guy


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.
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My Review:

I thought this book started out kind of slow, but it soon got my attention.   Cherry Tucker is a very determined sleuth.  She decides to go after a commission to paint a portrait, even though the portrait is of a dead guy.  She gets herself into a lot trouble trying to paint this portrait, so she has to clear her name to get everyone in town to stop talking about her.  I really liked this character.  When she does figure out who the killer was, it is totally unexpected.  Great job Larissa.  I look forward to the next Cherry Tucker novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Author Bio:
Larissa loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. Her Cherry Tucker Mystery series, beginning with PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (Henery Press), received a 5/5 Star review from the, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial finalist. The second book, STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, arrives in May 2013 followed by HIJACK IN ABSTRACT. A Cherry Tucker prequel will appear in a December 2013 mystery anthology, THE HEARTACHE MOTEL.
After moving around the midwest, the South and Japan, Larissa now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier. When she's not writing about Southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat at You can find Larissa chatting on Facebook on her author page; on Twitter as RisWrites; and on Goodreads. She loves pinning on her Cherry Tucker and other boards at Pinterest.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Melina, and I'm so glad you liked Cherry! Her 2nd book is coming out May 21. I'm also really glad the killer was unexpected. That's what mystery writers love to hear!