A small town girl looking for her next new adventure
Larissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. However, adopting her daughters from China has been her most rewarding experience. After moving around the Midwest, Georgia, and Japan, she considers Peachtree City, Georgia, her home address.
In June 2015, she and her husband, daughters, and little dog, Biscuit, moved back to Japan for the fourth time, where she continued to write. She and her family debuted August 31, 2016, on HGTV's House Hunters International in the episode "Living for the Weekend in Nagoya, Japan." They returned to Peachtree City in May 2017.
She loves small-town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. She enjoys writing romantic comedies, humorous mysteries, and comedic crime thrillers.
The Cherry Tucker Mystery series begins with Portrait of a Dead Guy (Past Perfect Press, 2012/2017), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Portrait was also chosen by Woman's World Magazine (April 23, 2018) as a 2018 book club pick. Following Portrait are Still Life in Brunswick Stew (May 21, 2013), the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year and Silver Falchion nominee, Hijack in Abstract (November 5, 2013), 2015 finalist for Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery, Death in Perspective (Henery Press, 2014), The Body in the Landscape (Henery press, 2015), and A Composition in Murder (Henery Press, 2016) follow including the novellas
A Christmas Quick Sketch (Past Perfect Press, November 21, 20189), The Vigilante Vignette (Past Perfect Press, 2017), and A View to a Chill (Past Perfect Press, 2018). The Cherry Tucker short story, "A Motherlode of Trouble," appeared in KaliOka Press's Year-Round Trouble (2020).
January 2017 saw the release of the first in her Maizie Albright Star Detective series, 15 Minutes, Hot Mystery Reviews pick for 2017 Top 10 Mysteries for Book Clubs. The second in the series, 16 Millimeters, A Silver Falchion finalist for Best Cozy Mystery and Reader's Choice, followed in October 2017, and A View to a Chill, a Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright Interconnected novella in 2018. NC-17, the third full-length novel released December 4, 2018, 17.5 Cartridges in a Pear Tree (December 17, 2019), and 18 Caliber released in 2020 (Past Perfect Press).
In winter 2018, she added a novel to her Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. The original Finley Goodhart, Pig'N a Poke, is a free short story for her newsletters subscribers. She wrote The Cupid Caper (Past Perfect Press, 2018), a full-length novel, as another gift for her readers after they asked for more Finley. She has plans to write at least two more in the series: The Pony Predicament and The Heir Affair.
A View to a Chill (Past Perfect Press, 2018) combines Maizie Albright Star Detective and A Cherry Tucker Mystery series with an alternating point-of-view mystery. A View to a Chill first appeared in The Wall Street Journal bestseller, The 12 Slays of Christmas. The 12 Slays of Christmas was a charitable effort by twelve mystery efforts, raising thousands of dollars for no-kill animal shelters through the ASPCA, the Houston SPCA, and the Dr. Jane Foundation in Florida for hurricane victimized displaced pets.
Larissa was very pleased to receive the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader's Choice award for her contribution in Eight Mysteries You Should Be Reading Now.
Larissa loves to hear from readers. She sends a newsletter with special contests for subscribers (and free short story) and welcomes friends to chat with her on Facebook or join her street team, the Mystery Minions.