Cherry Tucker Mysteries

Southern Fried Sleuthing

Meet Cherry Tucker, big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than kudzu climbs telephone poles! The Cherry Tucker Mystery series (Henery Press) begins with Portrait of a Dead Guy, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist,  a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner, and a Woman's World Magazine book club pick for 2018!

"Reinhart manages to braid a complicated plot into a tight and funny tale. The reader grows to love Cherry and her quirky worldview, her sometimes misguided judgment, and the eccentric characters that populate the country of Halo, Georgia. Cozy fans will love Cherry Tucker mystery.” – Mary Marks, New York Journal of Books

Books in the series in order: Scroll below to learn more about each!

A Christmas Quick Sketch (prequel novella)

Portrait of a Dead Guy

Still Life in Brunswick Stew

Hijack in Abstract

Death in Perspective

The Vigilante Vignette (Halloween novella)

The Body in the Landscape

A Composition in Murder

A View to a Chill (an interconnected Christmas mystery)

A Motherlode of Trouble (in the anthology YEAR ROUND TROUBLE)


Portrait of a Dead Guy

Past Perfect Press, September 2017

Woman's World Magazine 2018 Book Club Pick! 

Finalist for 2012 Daphne Du Maurier finalist, The Emily, and a winner of the 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial, Night Owl Reviews Top Pick 


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"Portrait of a Dead Guy is an entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting. Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!”

-- Jennie Bentley, NY Times Bestselling Author of Flipped Out

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than kudzu climbs telephone poles -- but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival.

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry find herself painted into a corner she'll be lucky to survive.

A Christmas Quick Sketch #0

November 21, 2019

A Cherry Tucker Holiday Prequel Novella

Prequel to Portrait of a Dead Guy

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Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

Still Life in Brunswick Stew #2

Past Perfect Press, May 21, 2018

A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

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"Reinhart's country-fried mystery is as much fun as a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a state fair. 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’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.

Hijack in Abstract #3

Past Perfect Press, November 2018

2014 Georgia Author of the Year and Silver Falchion nominee; A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

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“Like front-porch lemonade, Reinhart’s cast of characters offer a perfect balance of tart and sweet.” –Sophie Littlefield, Bestselling Author of A Bad Day for Sorry

Cherry’s jamming gears between trailer parks, Atlanta mansions, and trucker bars searching for the hijacker who left a widow and orphan destitute. While she seeks to help the misfortunate and save her local reputation, Cherry’s hammer down attitude has her facing the headlights of an oncoming killer.

Hijack in Abstract

Death in Perspective #4

Past Perfect Press. June 2019

2015 finalist medal for Georgia Author of the Year, Best Mystery; Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

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"The perfect blend of funny, intriguing, and sexy! Another must-read masterpiece from the hilarious Cherry Tucker Mystery Series." -- Ann Charles, Bestselling Author of the Deadwood and Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series.

The curtain rises on Cherry Tucker’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired for an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the drama director is hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious social media 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 the principal’s secretary commits suicide, Cherry suspects foul play.

Death In Perspective, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4

Max's Fling

June 20, 2019

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A "What If" for the fans of Max "the Bear" Avtaikin.

Deleted scenes from the original draft of Death in Perspective, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4. These involve a subplot that remains on the cutting room floor—a romance between Cherry and Max Avtaikin. But also find my commentary on why of the romance and what the story received from this initial flight of fantasy.

Max's Fling

The Body in the Landscape #5

Henery Press, December 2015

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Cherry Tucker is a strong, sassy, Southern sleuth who keeps you on the edge of your seat. She’s back in action in The Body in the Landscape with witty banter, Southern charm, plenty of suspects, and dead bodies—you will not be disappointed!” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author 

With loyal companions at her side — sort-of-ex-husband Todd and a championship bayer named Buckshot — Cherry tracks suspects through a forest of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer’s stalking the hunting party with Cherry and the contestants in their crosshairs.

The Vigilante Vignette #5.5

Past Perfect Press, April 2017

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"A great, fun read. Short and sweet. Love this series and can't wait for more."

This Halloween Cherry Tucker's getting more tricks than treats...

When Cherry Tucker makes a mercy call on a neighbor, she's roped into a quid pro quo deal--if Cherry recovers a stolen family heirloom, the neighbor will use his family clout to help her with some zoning issues. If she fails, the expression "someone's got her goat" will take on a whole new meaning for Cherry. And when she discovers a thievery ring, illegal auctions, and some green-eyed emotions after spotting Luke where she doesn't expect him--well, it's just another hilarious day in Halo, Georgia. 

*"The Vigilante Vignette," A Cherry Tucker Mystery novella, first appeared in the discontinued anthology MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES (September 2016)*

The Vigilante Vignette

A Composition in Murder #6

Henery Press, November 2016

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“Anytime artist Cherry Tucker has what she calls a Matlock moment, can investigating a murder be far behind? A Composition in Murder is a rollicking good time.” –Terrie Farley Moran, Agatha Award-Winning Author of Read to Death

Amid her town troubles, can Cherry put her reputation, romance, and life on the line for the final request of a sweet tea tycoon? While she juggles senior citizen shenanigans, small-town politics, and corporate family scandals, Cherry finds the sweet tea business cutthroat in more ways than one.

A View to a Chill #7

Past Perfect Press, January 2018

A Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright Interconnected Holiday Mystery

Now in paperback! 

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In this Rashomon-style Christmas mystery, while Cherry Tucker suffers from flu-induced visions of murder, Maizie Albright’s on the hunt for a missing granddaughter whose criminal stockings have long been filled with coal.

A Motherlode of Trouble #8

KaliOka Press, January 13, 2020

YEAR-ROUND TROUBLE, 14 Original Cozy Holiday Mysteries

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A Motherlode of Trouble

Cherry Tucker’s got Mother’s Day on her mind and anxiety about becoming an aunt in her heart. Instead of painting a mural in the nursery for her brand-spanking-new niece, she’s surprising her sister and brother-in-law with a series of frescoes in their new house. But when a cat dubbed Trouble shows more than curiosity in the house next door, Cherry also becomes intrigued with the goings-on of what seems more than a Mother’s Day reunion. However, you know what the say about curiosity and cats. These pistol-packin' mamas are preparing to put Cherry and Trouble in a permanent time-out.

Year-Round Trouble

A Cherry Tucker Mystery Box Set 1

Past Perfect Press, November 2018

The first 3 Cherry Tucker Mysteries in one box set! Plus recipes!

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Portrait of a Dead Guy

Still Life in Brunswick Stew

Hijack In Abstract

A Cherry Tucker Mystery Box Set 1
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