STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW: A Cherry Tucker Mystery [NOOK Book]

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“Cherry Tucker finds trouble without even looking for it, and plenty of it finds her in Still Life in Brunswick Stew…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

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 ...
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STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

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Overview

“Cherry Tucker finds trouble without even looking for it, and plenty of it finds her in Still Life in Brunswick Stew…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

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.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW is the second book in the Cherry Tucker humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

Praise for Larissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker Mystery Series:

“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

“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

“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, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award-Winning Author

“This one [Still Life in Brunswick Stew] outdoes the first in its complexity and its quirkiness…Cherry is even stronger and sassier than ever, so much so that I expect we will soon hear that she has been nominated for the Steel Magnolia award for the strongest Southern woman character in a novel published in 2013.” – Forrest W. Schultz, Southside Book Reviews

“Larissa Hoffman’s Still Life in Brunswick Stew is not to be missed by readers who love their 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 River Witch
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016759456
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2013
  • Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 9,704
  • File size: 509 KB

Meet the Author

Larissa Reinhart loves small town characters, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (Henery Press, May 2013) is the second in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. The first, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (Henery Press, 2012), is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit.

Visit her at larissareinhart.com, her expat blog at theexpatreturneth.blogspot.com, or find her chatting with the Little Read Hens on Facebook.
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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    I've always enjoyed reading a cozy mystery that is set in the So

    I've always enjoyed reading a cozy mystery that is set in the South and has humor and romance intertwined within the storyline, and author Larissa Reinhart did not disappoint me with her entertaining novel Still Life in Brunswick Stew!




    Still Life in Brunswick Stew is the second book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. This fun whodunit story is written in the first person narrative, set in the small Southern town of Halo, Georgia, and it engages the reader to follow the latest investigative adventure of struggling artist Cherry Tucker.




    Cherry Tucker and childhood friend Eloise Parker set up a tent to sell their art work at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. But slow sales and an outbreak of food poisoning leads to tragedy when Eloise dies after consuming the bad stew. The medical examiner proclaims that Eloise has died from a combination of accidental food poisoning and health related issues due to having Crohn's disease. But Eloise's family does not believe that her death was accidental, they think someone has poisoned Eloise, and they ask Cherry to investigate the real cause of her friend's untimely death. What starts out as a quest to find the cause of her friend's death turns into a zany adventure that causes all kinds of trouble for our sassy amateur sleuth!




    This was such a fun read that had a great mixture of mystery, romance and humor. Even though I did not read the first book in the series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, I easily found myself entertained by Cherry's craziness that I now want to go back and read the first book. From Cherry's dysfunctional family, to her ongoing romantic issues, to her amateur sleuthing skills, this sassy southern lady's antics kept me entertained and laughing as I followed her quest to solve Eloise's murder.




    With a zany cast of characters (many who return from Portrait of a Dead Guy) who keep the reader in stitches with their witty dialogue and hilarious interactions; a storyline filled with enough drama, suspense and twist and turns that keeps the reader guessing; and a richly detailed setting that transports the reader to a quirky Southern small town for some down home sweet tea and brunswick stew; Still Life in Brunswick Stew is an entertaining cozy mystery interwoven with Southern charm and humor that leaves you wanting to go on more crazy adventures with sassy Cherry Tucker!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    I Tried

    I wanted to like this book. I liked the characters, the setting, and the humor, but the pacing ruins the book.

    Some stories are faster-paced than others, but there is a big difference between frantic and fast. I found myself getting both irritated and bored as I tried to read this book. At times, the story-line is akin to a hamster running on a wheel; it is running as fast as it's poor little feet can run, but it doesn't actually go anywhere.

    For instance, from almost the very start of the 1st book of this series, we learn that Cherry was very briefly married to a guy named Todd. Almost everyone thinks Todd is a beautiful but stupid good-hearted guy. Luke, Cherry's former crush and soon to be boyfriend, thinks Todd is only pretending to be stupid, and soon has Cherry wondering about Todd's actual brain power. This exact same question is still being asked at the end of this book.

    Reading this book is like being bothered by a mosquito while you're trying to relax.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    As much as I enjoyed the first Cherry Tucker mystery, I liked th

    As much as I enjoyed the first Cherry Tucker mystery, I liked this one more!
    Our heroine has lost herself in her new relationship a bit, but when her friend Eloise is poisoned at a Brunswick Stew cook off, Cherry shakes off her romantic haze and sets about finding out whodunnit so her friend's family won't have to wait and wonder.
    STILL LIFE is packed with a zany cast of characters, most of whom return from PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY. Here, Shawna is more hateful, Todd is more sympathetic and sexier, and Cherry is funnier and more laughable. And I do have a soft spot for that goat.
    The mystery had plenty of twists and turns, and kept me reading long after I should have been sleeping--and I didn't guess the culprit until the author wanted me to, which makes a good mystery for me.
    Larissa Reinhart has a winner on her hands with this fresh, fun second outing. I can't wait to see what Cherry gets into next!
    Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy by the author, who asked for nothing but an honest review.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    This is the second book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series by L

    This is the second book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series by Larissa Reinhart. I was lucky to have discovered and reviewed book one, Portrait of a Dead Guy earlier this year and liked it. So I was thrilled when I was offered a chance to read and review Still Life in Brunswick Stew. Cherry Tucker isn't your average Southern woman character. She is feisty, stubborn and not ashamed of her mostly dysfunctional family and their history of poverty. Cherry is the kind of woman you want in your corner; with her big heart and bigger mouth.

    This story begins several months after the end of the first book. Cherry has been dating Luke, who is now a police officer working for her "Uncle" Will, the local Sheriff. Cherry is at the local Sidewinder Brunswick Stew Cook-off, with her friend Eloise, trying to sell their art. Eloise gets violently sick at the festival and ends up dying. When the family's concerns are brushed aside, Cherry promises to look into it.  After all, Eloise was her friend and practically died in her arms, and Cherry figures she has Luck and Uncle Will to help. But they both warn her to stay out of it, and refuse to tell her anything. So Cherry takes matters into her own hands and starts looking for suspects. When her suspects start dying themselves, Cherry winds up over her head.

    I liked a lot of things about this book.  The returning characters, such as Cherry's siblings, Casey and Cody, her kind of ex husband Todd, her nemesis Shawna, and Max the Russian, all allow us to see the different sides and moods of Cherry. They round her out as a character and really give her depth. Watching Cherry kick butt was a pleasure. It is nice to see a female character outside of Urban Fantasy who can take care of herself and doesn't rely on a man to save her.  Cherry also has so fun flaws. Her inability to cook and the noises her stomach makes when she is hungry are always good for a giggle.

    Cherry is your go to girl when you want a Sassy Self-Reliant Southerner to make you Smile. I can't wait to read book 3, Hijack in Abstract coming in November. I expect it to be every bit as good as the first two books.  This got 4 stars on Goodreads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Not so much

    With 270 pages this story wason the corny side. It was bad. But it wasnt good , so so.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    R

    This book book was not as good as the 1st one. Will most likely read the 3rd if it it comes out. I found it best to read the books in order.

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    Posted December 9, 2013

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