Portrait of a Dead Guy: A Cherry Tucker Mystery [NOOK Book]

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In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge -- 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 ...
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Portrait of a Dead Guy: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

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Overview

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge -- 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 finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! Portrait of a Dead Guy is the first book in the Cherry Tucker humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

“An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting. Larissa Reinhart writes with panache and flair...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!” -- Jennie Bentley, NY Times bestselling author of Flipped Out

“Don’t miss Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart! Portrait is pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. Five stars out of Five.” -- Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

“Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits, Larissa Reinhart’s masterfully crafted whodunit, Portrait of a Dead Guy, provides high-octane action with quirky, down-home characters and a trouble-magnet heroine who’ll steal readers’ hearts and have them begging for the next Cherry Tucker Mystery.” --Debby Giusti, author of The Captain's Mission and The Colonel's Daughter

“Larissa Reinhart's debut sparkles with wit. A fun, fast-paced read and a rollicking start to her Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. If you like your stories southern-fried with a side of romance, this book's for you!” -- Leslie Tentler, author of Midnight Caller

“I could not put down this fast-paced, action-filled and fun romp in this debut novel that had me laughing out-loud from beginning to end…Boasting southern charm and engagingly amusing banter, this was very enjoyable and a great start to what I hope is a long-running series.” -- Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings and The Cozy Chicks Blog
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Editorial Reviews

Author - Jennie Bentley
“An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting. Larissa Reinhart writes with panache and flair...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!”-- Jennie Bentley, NY Times bestselling author of Flipped Out
Examiner.com - Lynn Farris
“Don’t miss Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart! Portrait is pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. Five stars out of Five.” -- Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com
Dru's Book Musings - Dru Ann Love
“I could not put down this fast-paced, action-filled and fun romp in this debut novel that had me laughing out-loud from beginning to end…Boasting southern charm and engagingly amusing banter, this was very enjoyable and a great start to what I hope is a long-running series.” -- Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings and The Cozy Chicks Blog
Author - Debby Giusti
“Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits, Larissa Reinhart’s masterfully crafted whodunit, Portrait of a Dead Guy, provides high-octane action with quirky, down-home characters and a trouble-magnet heroine who’ll steal readers’ hearts and have them begging for the next Cherry Tucker Mystery.” --Debby Giusti, author of The Captain's Mission and The Colonel's Daughter
Author - Leslie Tentler
“Larissa Reinhart's debut sparkles with wit. A fun, fast-paced read and a rollicking start to her Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. If you like your stories southern-fried with a side of romance, this book's for you!” -- Leslie Tentler, author of Midnight Caller
Author - Jennie Bentley
“An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting. Larissa Reinhart writes with panache and flair...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!”-- Jennie Bentley, NY Times bestselling author of Flipped Out
Examiner.com - Lynn Farris
“Don’t miss Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart! Portrait is pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. Five stars out of Five.” -- Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com
Dru's Book Musings - Dru Ann Love
“I could not put down this fast-paced, action-filled and fun romp in this debut novel that had me laughing out-loud from beginning to end…Boasting southern charm and engagingly amusing banter, this was very enjoyable and a great start to what I hope is a long-running series.” -- Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings and The Cozy Chicks Blog
Author - Debby Giusti
“Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits, Larissa Reinhart’s masterfully crafted whodunit, Portrait of a Dead Guy, provides high-octane action with quirky, down-home characters and a trouble-magnet heroine who’ll steal readers’ hearts and have them begging for the next Cherry Tucker Mystery.” --Debby Giusti, author of The Captain's Mission and The Colonel's Daughter
Author - Leslie Tentler
“Larissa Reinhart's debut sparkles with wit. A fun, fast-paced read and a rollicking start to her Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. If you like your stories southern-fried with a side of romance, this book's for you!” -- Leslie Tentler, author of Midnight Caller
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015230369
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/2012
  • Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 21,900
  • File size: 447 KB

Meet the Author

Larissa Reinhart began her writing career in second grade when she sold her first publication to her neighbor for a nickel. After moving around the Midwest, South, and Japan, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, young daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn terrier. Although she speaks without an accent, her writing is known to have a Southern drawl. Her debut novel, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, is a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist.
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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Cherry, a Fun, Feisty Southern Heroine but No Scarlet

    Cute, tiny, and trim, Cherry is a dynamo of an artist. She chose to return home to Halo, Georgia after graduating from art school, but she needs a commission. After Dustin Branson, "criminal in the making" is murdered, she is determined to win the commission to paint his portrait. Instead of a portrait she expected to paint of Dustin from a photo, his step-mother wants his portrait drawn of him in his casket. Okay! The customer is always right! In order to have it done in time for the funeral, Cherry takes the keys to the mortuary to return after hours to begin her work where someone hits her on her head and then ransacks the corpse and spills her paints. Cherry's habit of speaking before she thinks keeps getting her in trouble as she tries to clear her name of any wrong doing. Her friends and family, as unique and quirky as they come, try to help her and protect her, but it's not easy! This is a fast and hilarious mystery with fascinating characters who come to life as you read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Thanks to the blogger who recommended this

    First heard about this online. What a cute book! Fun, fast and bedazzled, it goes 60 in a 35 mph zone. Great characters and quirky twists lead to a satifactory outcome. Looking forward to #2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    V Slow

    Iread her second book first and was not enjoying itvery much. Now the first book was worse. The books was only 99 cents each . This book had 250 pages.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    This book was fantastic! I fell in love with all the characters

    This book was fantastic! I fell in love with all the characters and their antics! It had all the down home drama and fun with a serious topic. I couldn't wait to find out who the culprit was and was truly surprised at the outcome. I love that all my questions were answered, but I still would love to read more! I will be getting the next book in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

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    Loved Ms. Reinharts debut mystery. LOL funny. I just purchased the next book in the series.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Portrait of a Dead Guy This book provided by NetGalley and Hene

    Portrait of a Dead Guy

    This book provided by NetGalley and Henery Press for an honest review.

    Portrait of a Dead Guy was a humorous story about struggling artist Cherry Tucker. In an attempt to buoy her business, Cherry agrees to a most interesting interesting business proposal -- to paint a portrait of the town's recently deceased bad boy. That decision lands Cherry in the middle of conflict, chaos, and controversy -- with her being the common denominator.

    I really enjoyed Portrait of a Dead Guy because it was quirky and funny. When reading this story, one should not compare Cherry with any of the other female sleuths in the fiction world. She is truly unique and has her own style into working into "who done it". She definitely did not take the point A to point B approach but meandered a bit which allowed the reader to glean more about her, her family, and the residents of Halo. At times, the meandering was a bit maddening for this reader because I wanted to just reach through my Kindle and physically move Cherry and say, "Look over there, girly." *LOL* But the journey in reading Cherry get "there" was an absolutely enjoyable ride.

    And for the romance lovers out there, there was a bit of that too in the story. Cherry had a Brittney Spears type wedding/annulment to the town heartthrob, Todd McIntosh, who was superficially present throughout the story in his beautiful "blonde bimbo" kind of way. *LOL* Then there was Cherry's childhood "sweetheart", Luke Harper. Luke was a man's man. Former military. Aloof. Sexy!!! Cherry had a weakness for beautiful men and she had it in spades with Todd and Luke who overwhelmed her better senses. And what made it worse was that they both had dimples. Devastatingly beautiful dimples *sigh* Poor Cherry never stood a chance. The push-pull dynamic in her emotions about both men kept the story fun in the romance department too.

    Although I really enjoyed the story it dragged a bit longer than I would have normally liked. The meandering that I mentioned earlier was both good (for the aforementioned reasons) and bad because the story felt a bit sluggish in spots because of it. The action didn't really pick up until about 70% into the story for me when Cherry started pulling the pieces together. Now, don't get me wrong, that wasn't bad but us "high octane" readers like the action to happen quicker in the story.

    But, as the first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, sets the stage for a funny, unconventional, and intriguing new series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    COLOR ME DEAD! I liked the *bones* of Portrait of a Dead Guy mos

    COLOR ME DEAD!
    I liked the *bones* of Portrait of a Dead Guy most. Mystery, check. Small southern town, check. Cute sassy protagonist, check. Trucks, fried chicken, cowboy good-looking guys, check. Lots of suspects, check. Neat tidy finish, check. What I found in Larissa Reinhart’s pilot, though, are two very impressive extras. One—Cherry Tucker isn’t a wanna-be private investigator, she simply wants to clear her name and in the process, discovers skills she didn’t know she had to go along with (second surprise) the skills she *does* have. The art theme is fresh, perfectly proportioned, and throughout—tempura, Manet, tableau, Rubens, Jackson Pollack. Brilliant!

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    In Portrait of a Dead Guy, Larissa Reinhart introduces Cherry Tu

    In Portrait of a Dead Guy, Larissa Reinhart introduces Cherry Tucker in a good old-fashioned who-dun-it. There are traces of sweet romance and a bit of suspense, but at its heart, Portrait is about finding out who the murderer is.

    Cherry Tucker is a formally trained starving artist who chooses to move back to her rural Georgia roots rather than join some swanky artist colony in someplace “cool”. Cherry ekes out a living by combining chasing commissions for portraits with visiting her grandfather and sister at mealtimes.

    When Cherry hears that the richest family in town wants a portrait of their murdered son in his coffin, Cherry can’t help herself from going after the job aggressively.

    All Cherry has in mind is to paint the portrait and collect the sizable commission. But when she is conked on the head late at night alone in the funeral home with the deceased, Cherry makes it her mission to track down her attacker. She cranks up her efforts when the roommate of one of her friends is the next one to die. Think Jessica Fletcher transformed into a twenty-something, somewhat flighty Southern girl.

    Forgive me the bad pun, but Reinhart paints a portrait of Cherry in words as well as Cherry paints in, well, paint. Bless Cherry’s heart, she is a fine mess. As sweet as her name, yes, but sweetly flawed. She simply can’t choose between two lovers; she goes back and forth between Luke and Todd as quickly as the clock ticks away seconds. Although in her defense, I’d find it hard to pick one of these fellows over the other myself. Cherry dukes it out verbally with the cousin of the deceased, who is an artist in her own right. Cherry is quite open about what she thinks about Shawna’s so-called artistic talent, not hesitating to call her out in public or private about the tackiness of what Shawna calls “paintographs.” I couldn’t always decide whether to cheer Cherry on or scold her!

    Reinhart creates a great supporting cast of characters for Cherry, starting with her family—grandfather, sister, and brother—moving on to her boyfriends/one-time Vegas-wed husband in the vein of Brittany Spears’ first “marriage”, the crazy family of the fella in the coffin, and a smarmy car salesman. It might sound like a cliché—smarmy car salesman—but Reinhart pulls it off with the right amount of smarminess and very little cliché.

    The pacing is fast, with enough twists and turns to keep me interested, but steadily enough that I did figure out the “who” of the who-dun-it myself, but not so soon that I lost interest in staying with Cherry until she finally figures it out, too.

    Fans of this book will be happy to know that this is just the first of Cherry’s many adventures to come. I’ll be waiting to see what kind of bad guy Cherry takes down next.

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