I am so thrilled to reveal the cover for Cherry Tucker’s latest mystery, Death in Perspective, on dru’s book musings! Thank you so much for having me on, Dru Ann!
For Cherry’s fourth book, I wanted to write a poison pen mystery, but needed to make it work in a modern setting. Texting and social media seemed like the perfect medium, particularly since social bullying is such a horrific trend in schools. But how to keep such a serious topic light? And how to get the artist Cherry Tucker involved in a social media plot when she can’t even afford texting on her phone? As a long time theater fan and a former high school teacher, I took a look in my wheelhouse and found Cherry a job as a set designer in a high school theater. Not just any high school, a swanky private school with a famous theater department. The theater director and other faculty are being bullied by an anonymous texter. Cherry hates bullies. Throw in a mysterious suicide, an alien musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and an evil art teacher, and Cherry’s found a role typecast just for her.
So, what do you think of the cover? Can you tell it’s a Henery Press cover?
Here’s the preview to Death in Perspective, releasing June 24th, 2014!
In Cherry Tucker’s fourth mystery, the curtain rises on Cherry’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh, private Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired to design scenery for an avant garde adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the theater teacher’s hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious bully who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When a school secretary’s death is ruled a suicide, Cherry suspects foul play. The phantom bully may be using blackmail to rid the school of unwanted staff, urging a Montague-Capulet styled showdown.
With Deputy Luke Harper wanting to return as Cherry’s leading man, he’s eager to assist her efforts in fingering the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets may doom them to the role of star-crossed lovers. Offstage, Cherry’s searching for her missing brother who’s fixed on a vendetta against Luke’s stepfamily, so she instead turns to the local, foreign racketeer, Max Avtaikin, for assistance. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides its curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow.
For an e-book copy of a Cherry Tucker Mystery (your choice of numbers 1, 2, or 3), I’d love to hear your favorite theater experience. Is there a musical or play that you were in or love to watch? Did you see an adaptation that was so horrible it was funny? Did your preschooler star in a show and refuse to go on stage? I’d love to hear your stories! Contest ends at midnight on March 13, 2014.
About the author
After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. She lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting on Facebook. Death in Perspective is the fourth book in the best selling Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy (2012), is a Daphne du Maurier finalist, The Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner.
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