I am Max Avtaikin, but in certain circles, I am known as the Bear. From the certain country of Eastern Europe, but now American citizen. We think. I much appreciate American history, particularly your Civil War, and so choose to live in your Halo, Georgia. Georgia has the interesting history of rebellion and the cheap property taxes. Also many peoples enjoy the illegal gambling, and I am happy to help them with that. Please don’t tell Cherry Tucker that I continue with the “back room poker,” which is actually in my luxurious basement gaming room. She has the ridiculous ethical dilemma with our friendship. Too much interest in “justice,” I think.
For example, now Cherry Tucker is hired to work at expensive high school for drama director, Terry Tinsley. Tinsley wants Miss Tucker to design his scenery for absurd Romeo and Juliet play, which he has changed to musical with underwater aliens or some such foolishness. Miss Tucker has talent to make the avant garde art, but Tinsley actually wants my Artist to hunt down malicious texter who is cyberbullying faculty at this Peerless Day Academy. The school secretary received poisonous texts and police think she killed herself because of them. Miss Tucker is suspicious creature and doesn’t believe secretary killed herself. Cherry loves to hunt down the criminal. Especially one she thinks has done the murder.
While Miss Tucker has knack for sleuthing, I have knack for making money. And this Tinsley wants my investment in his drama department. So while Cherry spends time at school, painting scenery and hunting for anonymous texter, I am researching this Tinsley for her. His blog, Tinsley Talks, has much — what do you say — smack talk about fellow drama peoples and teachers. Especially the art teacher, Dr. Camille Vail. She and Tinsley have the departmental feud. Cherry finds both characters suspicious, but Cherry has so many suspicions about so much.
At same time as hunting possible texting killer, Cherry Tucker is also hunting her missing brother, Cody. I don’t know this Cody, but he has stolen some damning photos from Cherry’s nemesis, Shawna Branson. These photos implicate Shawna’s father and Cherry’s mother. I do not care about family history, but Cherry cares very much about Halo’s view of longtime family feud between her family and Branson family. Personally, I think because Cherry cares too much for Branson stepson, Deputy Luke Harper. He is police, so I don’t like him. Maybe Cherry is smitten with his good looks. Harper is also assisting her with anonymous texter case. I suspect he is helping her to get back in Cherry’s good graces after their split. The deputy can’t stand her sleuthing and she can’t stand being told “No” or “Stop”.
Personally, Miss Tucker is more interesting when you allow her to chase down the “bad guys.” It is very amusing. However, this time she may be — how do you say — in the deep water over her head. I believe the cyber bully may be more dangerous than she believes. We have an old saying in my country, “Where there is courage, there is victory.” I wish it true for Cherry Tucker’s sake.
You can read more about the Bear in Death in Perspective, the fourth book in the “Cherry Tucker” mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Portrait of a Dead Guy. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.
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Meet 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. Larissa Reinhart’s third Cherry Tucker book, Hijack in Abstract, is a 50th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Nominee. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, was a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial Winner. Death in Perspective is the fourth book in the best-selling Cherry Tucker Mystery series.
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