I love to write sassy, strong heroines who, unfortunately, tend to get into desperate situations. You'll find some stories funny and others dark, but I'm a believer in happy endings. Even if it takes some time and wading through a lot of trouble to get there.
I hope you'll enjoy the first novel in the Cherry Tucker mysteries, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, (Henery Press, 2012). I was thrilled to find out PORTRAIT had finalled for the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has gotten lovely reviews from Mystery Scene Magazine, the Examiner.com, and Mystery Tribune among others.
STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, Cherry Tucker Mystery #2, releases May 21, 2013 with Henery Press. Cherry's got a mess of trouble with poisonings, battling plantations, and a gallery show featuring nekkid men.
Look for a Cherry Tucker prequel in a Christmas Mystery Anthology coming December 9, 2013. My Henery Press writing friends, Terri L. Austin, LynDee Walker, and I are having a lot of fun making trouble in Memphis with three mysteries set at the Heartache Motel starring Cherry, Rose Strickland, and Nichelle Clarke!
Also coming in November is a Cherry Tucker Mystery #3, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT.
In the meantime, I'm working on Cherry's next mystery plus other projects with new characters. Check back for news on upcoming releases. Also watch for events where I can meet with you both live and on the internet.
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Congratulations to the contestestants who won an Advanced Reader Copy of STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, the second Cherry Tucker mystery!
Cherry Tucker’s in a stew. Art commissions dried up after her nemesis 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 her death as accidental. However, Cherry suspects someone spiked the stew and killed her friend. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, the police get steamed while the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.
$15.95 (msrp) Trade Paperback — ISBN-13: 9781938383403
$4.99 (msrp) ebook — ISBN-13: 9781938383410
(links active closer to release)
“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 Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author
"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
Cherry Tucker finds trouble without even looking for it, and plenty of it finds her in Still Life in Brunswick Stew. From investigating the death of her close friend, digging up dirt on the locally transplanted Russian gangster, and trying to figure out what’s going on in her relationship with her hot boyfriend Luke—a sheriff’s deputy—this mystery keeps you laughing and guessing from the first page to the last. A whole-hearted five stars.
--Denise Grover Swank, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author
"STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW proves beyond doubt that Larissa Reinhart and her delightful amateur sleuth Cherry Tucker will be around to entertain us for many books to come."
-- Lois Winston, author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series
I adored Larissa Reinhart’s second Cherry Tucker mystery, STILL LIFE. Reinhart lined up suspects like a pinsetter in a bowling alley, and darned if I could figure out which ones to knock down. From her antics with her sexy deputy boyfriend warning Cherry to stay out of police business, or losing a battle to a spoiled, ramming goat named Tater, Ms. Reinhart creates a protagonist full of gumption and surrounded by quirky characters. Loaded with Southern charm. Can’t wait to see what Cherry paints herself into next."
--Donnell Ann Bell, Best-selling Author of The Past Came Hunting.
"Larissa Hoffman's STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW is not to be missed by readers who love there who-done-it down-home with good food, good friends and livestock. Hoffman knows the south and her characters prove it, wise, witty and chock full of heart."
--Kimberly Brock, author of The Rver Witch
Ms Reinhart has the flavor of small town America figured out, right down to the secret ingredient in grandma's prize-winning apple pie.
--review, Everybody Needs A Little Romance