A Day in the Life with Cherry Tucker by Larissa Reinhart

The Body in the LandscapeThere’s not much that’s sadder than a grieving animal. Even goats, the orneriest of the animal kingdom, take a punch to the gut with grief. My Grandpa Ed had a goat who lost his beard and couldn’t stand to live without it. Literally.

But it’s dogs who’ll just break your heart with their sadness. Their little doggy eyes turn pitiful and the howls’ll just about kill you with their unbearable heartache. Then there’s the dogs who’ll keep working even while their tails are drooping and noses have become dry. They might be the most pitiful of all.

I’ve gotten to know one of these stoic, yet sorrowful dogs. Buckshot. She’s a Mountain Cur. A beautiful brindle bayer with soft ears. She’s doing her best to track a humongous side of pork for some ridiculous hunters at Big Rack Lodge.

I’m there to paint the winner’s portrait in Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt contest. My buddy Max Avtaikin paid for my ticket. To be in his entourage, not to hunt. He’ll be side-by-side with the rich and famous of the hunting world, tracking the 1,000-plus-pound wild hog terrorizing the rural area of Swinton, Georgia.

But while the hunters are tracking Hogzilla, Buckshot and I are tracking her owner’s killer.

Abel wasn’t much in the human world, but in the dog world he was loved. Folks in Swinton called him sneaky. A gossip and a drunk. Not many would have much to do with Abel. He liked to listen in on private conversations, particularly when the jawing got loose at the Double Wide bar, due to the high percentage of shine in the local hootch.

If only Abel hadn’t also liked to use that information to cause trouble. Something a dog could forgive, but not so much humans.

Particularly the one that pushed Abel into a ravine.

The fact that I found Abel’s body while landscape painting on the eve of the big Hogzilla hunt makes me very suspicious. Found dead on property after meeting several of the hunters the night before.

Somebody (or bodies) are also leaving odd threats and causing dangerous pranks. The hunters say its protestors. There is a monster-loving nutjob running around here with half a bag of screws loose, sworn to save the giant Georgian hog. He doesn’t claim responsibility. However, I think it’s all related to Abel’s death. Buckshot likely does, too.

But don’t worry. Buckshot and I’ll take care of the threat hovering around Big Rack Lodge. And I’m not talking about Hogzilla.


You can read more about Cherry in The Body In The Landscape, the fifth book in the “Cherry Tucker” mystery series, published by Henery Press.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 18 for your chance to win a digital edition of your choice from the Cherry Tucker series (Portrait of a Dead Guy, Still Life in Brunswick Stew, Hijack in Abstract, Death in Perspective and The Body In The Landscape).  Good luck everyone!

About the author
A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first in the series, Portrait Of A Dead Guy (2012), is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. The fifth mystery, The Body In The Landscape, releases December 2015. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, now live in Nagoya, Japan, but still call Georgia home. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

36 responses to “A Day in the Life with Cherry Tucker by Larissa Reinhart

  1. Thanks for having Cherry on again, Dru! And thanks for all your support of the series!

  2. I’ve been following Larissa’s journey in her writing and her recent move. She is a fascinating person. robeader53@yahoo.com

  3. Awesome series

  4. I have been following the author on Fb and can’t wait to read this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. I haven’t read the “Cherry Tucker” mystery series, but Buckshot sounds like a sweet dog. Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Sounds like a great book, have read some of this series and loved them

  7. I’ve been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the international giveaway!

  8. Woohoo! what a way to start the new year t his would be!

  9. I love Larissa’s Cherry Tucker series I haven’t read this one yet and would love a copy of the book!

  10. Congratulations on Cherry’s newest adventure! I need to catch up with the newer books in the series, and would love to win.

  11. Barbara Landrum

    Thank you! Looking forward to reading this series!

  12. Yes please Dru, I’d love to win Cherry’s new story. I’ve been following the series for a while and would love to add this one to my home library. So toss my name into the magic contest hat.

  13. Jill Broussard

    Just received Portrait Of A Dead Guy. Looking forward to reading this book as well! Thankyou for the opportunity! Wondering, should they be read in order?

  14. Aw, poor dog. But now there is the possibility of righting the wrong.

  15. Fascinating protagonist! Can’t wait to delve into this book.

  16. Thanks everyone! Good luck in the drawing!

  17. Can’t wait to read this one!

  18. Sounds good! I’d love to win.

  19. Would love to win this book! Fingers crossed! Merry Christmas everyone!

  20. Interesting series and interesting post. I do not want to meet Hogzilla.

  21. MaryAnn Forbes

    I am a fan of Larissa & Cherry! It would be great to win a copy of Body in the Landscape to add to my other 4 Cherry Tucker books. Thanks for the opportunity .📖🏈

  22. I’ve been hearing lots of great things about this author and am looking forward to reading her books. Thank you for the chance to win a digital edition of a book from the Cherry Tucker series.

  23. This series is in my TBR…
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  24. Patricia Lafferty

    Oh yes, a new author to add to my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win one of her books.

  25. New Author to me and Yes…for that…sounds really good! Please enter me.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  26. Contest is closed.

  27. Thank you Larissa for commenting and interacting with my readers.