I’m so thrilled to scoop and reveal the terrific cover for the third book in the “Cherry Tucker” mystery series, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, coming out on November 5, 2013 from Henery Press.
Cherry Tucker’s love life has shifted into neutral. And her siblings, Grandpa, and sort-of-ex-husband have flipped her personal life to greasy side up. But life in Halo, Georgia, isn’t all bad for the sassy, Southern artist. Her career has pushed into full throttle. A classical series sold. A portrait commissioned. Then Uncle Will, Forks County Sheriff, calls in a favor to have Cherry draw a composite sketch of a hijacker. Suddenly, life takes a hairpin when the composite leads to a related murder, her local card sharking buddy Max Avtaikin becomes bear bait, and her Amazonian nemesis labels the classical series “pervert art,” causing Cherry to be shunned by the town.
Cherry’s jamming gears between trailer parks, Atlanta mansions, and trucker bars searching for the hijacker who left a widow and orphan destitute and Max Avtaikin in legal jeopardy. While she seeks to help the misfortunate and save her local reputation, Cherry’s hammer down attitude has her facing the headlights of an oncoming killer, ready to grind her gears for good.
** Praises for the Cherry Tucker Series **
“Southern-Fried Sleuthing…If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse but could do without the “supes,” then you will love Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker!” – Fayette Woman Magazine
“Reinhart’s country-fried mystery is as much fun as a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a state fair. Her sleuth wields a paintbrush and unravels clues with equal skill and flair. Readers who like a little small-town charm with their mysteries will enjoy Reinhart’s series.” — Denise Swanson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries
“The hilariously droll Larissa Reinhart cooks up a quirky and entertaining page-turner! This charming mystery is delightfully Southern, surprisingly edgy, and deliciously unpredictable.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award-Winning Author of The Other Woman
“A sweet, southern stroke of brilliance… Action, humor, mystery and a dash of romance all packed into one quirky creation.” — Kerri Nelson, The Book Boost
“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
“If I liked Cherry before, I love her now. That girl has gumption and everyone better move out her way when she’s in the pursuit of justice…this action-filled whodunit [is] entertainingly delightful.” – Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings
Larissa is giving away a CHERRY TUCKER swag pack and a digital copy of Portrait of a Dead Guy. Giveaway is open to US only and ends on Saturday July 20, 2013 at midnight EST.
If you haven’t read the Cherry Tucker series, start with:
PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (Number One):
In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than kudzu climbs telephone poles. Unfortunately, commissions are scarce. When a family wants a portrait of their murdered son, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. Not factored into the project are the still life’s stepbrother — her old flame — and a desperate killer combing Halo for stolen goods.
STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (Number Two):
Cherry Tucker’s in a stew as art commissions dry up after her nemesis, Shawna Branson, became president of the County Arts Council. Desperate and broke, Cherry and her friend, Eloise, spend a sultry summer weekend hawking their art at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. When a bad case of food poisoning breaks out and Eloise dies, the police brush off the death as accidental, but Cherry suspects someone spiked the stew and killed her friend. As Cherry calls on Cook-Off competitors, Deputy Luke Harper steams over her interference and the poisoner readies to cook Cherry’s goose.
Both books are available at Henery Press, retail and online booksellers.
Growing up in a small town, Larissa Reinhart couldn’t wait to move to an exotic city far from corn fields. After moving around the US and Japan, now she loves to write about rough hewn characters that live near corn fields, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (May 2013) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. QUICK SKETCH, a Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT, is in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL (December 2013). She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website larissareinhart.com or find her chatting with the Little Read Hens on Facebook.