The Body in the Landscape by Larissa Reinhart is the fifth book in the “Cherry Tucker” humorous mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, December 2015
When Cherry Tucker’s invited to paint the “kill portrait” for the winner of Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt, it seems like a paid vacation. Back home in Halo, a Hatfield-McCoy-style standoff builds between Luke and Cherry’s families. She’s ready for a weekend away, hobnobbing with rich and famous hunters, where she can forget her troubles and nobody knows her name.
As Georgia sunshine turns to bleak December rain, Cherry’s R&R goes MIA when she finds a body in the woods. While the police believe the local drunk took an accidental spill, Cherry has her doubts, particularly when a series of malicious pranks are targeted at the rifle toting contestants. With loyal companions at her side—sort-of-ex-husband Todd and a championship bayer named Buckshot—Cherry tracks suspects through a forest full of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer’s stalking the hunt party with a bead on Cherry.
This series continues to entertain me with the tenacity that is Cherry Tucker as the author’s narrative takes me on a dogged pursuit through the eyes and actions of our heroine who can’t abide by injustice, no matter how small. The drama pulled me in immediately with this quirkily cast of characters that kept me engaged in all that is happening from beginning to an ending that put a smile on my face. The author did a great job in setting up this mystery where each piece of the puzzle snapped together as the story moved forward with some interesting foray in the road map that is Cherry Tucker’s life. The author has created a character that belies ingenuity, grit, and vulnerability and one who has a heart of gold and a dazzling sense of being. This is one of my favorite books in the series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with the adventures of Cherry Tucker and the people of Halo, Georgia.
**I received an advance copy of this book from the author