Hijack in Abstract

Hijack in Abstract

by Larissa Reinhart

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From The Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart, the third book in the sassy, Southern, amateur sleuthing Cherry Tucker cozy mystery series. A 2014 Georgia Author of the Year and Silver Falchion nominee and A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

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

With a classical series sold and a portrait commissioned, Cherry Tucker's art career is in Georgia overdrive. But when the sheriff asks Cherry to draw a composite sketch of a hijacker, her life takes a hairpin as the composite leads to a related murder, her local card-sharking buddy Max Avtaikin becomes bear bait and her nemesis labels the classical series "pervert art." 

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.

Books in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series:

A CHRISTMAS QUICK SKETCH (prequel in Sleigh Bells and Sleuthing)








A VIEW TO A CHILL, A Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright Interconnected Mystery

Other mystery series by Larissa Reinhart:



"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 this latest Cherry Tucker mystery." – Mary Marks, New York Journal of Books

"In HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, Cherry Tucker is back--tart-tongued and full of sass. With her paint-stained fingers in every pie, she's in for a truckload of trouble." -- J.J. Murphy, Author of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries

"Bless her heart. Artist Cherry Tucker just can't help chasing after justice, even when it lands her up to her eyeballs in Russian gangsters, sexy exes, and treacherous truckers. A rambunctious mystery as Southern as chess pie and every bit as delectable."– Jane Sevier, Author of the Psychic Socialite 1930s Memphis Mysteries

"With a well-plotted storyline, witty banter, a warm and friendly feel and a great supporting cast that surrounds Cherry, this was very enjoyable and I am eager to read the next book in this charmingly appealing series." – Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings

"I love this series! Cheeky, clever, and compelling—keeps me reading way too late. This book has one of the most original—and fun—love triangles you'll ever come across." – Kaye George, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Imogene Duckworthy Mysteries

"Cherry Tucker's got an artists' palette of problems, but she handles them better than da Vinci on a deadline. Bust out your gesso and get primed for humor, hijackings, and a handful of hunks!" -- Diane Vallere, Author of the Style & Error and Mad for Mod Mystery Series

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161633281
Publisher: Past Perfect Press
Publication date: 11/05/2018
Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 278,896
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series as well as romantic comedies and women’s fiction. She loves to tell funny stories about Southern women looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places.

Her books have been chosen as book club picks by Woman's World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews. They've also been finalists for Georgia Author of the Year, the Silver Falchion, the Daphne du Maurier Award, The Emily Award, and Dixie Kane Memorial. Her work also appeared in the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice winner, Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now.

You might have seen Larissa and family with their little dog, Biscuit, on HGTV's House Hunters International "Living for the Weekend in Nagoya" episode, but they’re back in Georgia now. Visit LarissaReinhart.com to learn more.

Cherry Tucker Mysteries:









A VIEW TO A CHILL, a Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright interconnected mystery

Cherry Tucker and Trouble the Cat (with Carolyn Haines, 2020)

Maizie Albright Star Detective series:





18 CALIBER (2019)

Finley Goodhart Crime Capers:



TBA (2019-20)

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HIJACK IN ABSTRACT 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Hijack In Abstract is the third book in the entertaining Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. Written in the first person narrative, the reader is transported back to Halo, Georgia, for the latest investigative adventure of struggling artist Cherry Tucker. Cherry Tucker sure has a knack for getting into trouble, and in this latest installment of her quirky adventures, Cherry gets a call to help the Sheriff's Office sketch a composite of the suspect in a hijacking that occurred in town, and ends up uncovering secrets that gets herself involved in the middle of the hijacking and a related murder case. Cherry also finds herself in trouble again with old nemesis Shawna Branson, who once again tries to sabotage Cherry's reputation. And if that isn't enough, Cherry's love life is a mess when she is caught up in an ongoing love triangle with her ex-boyfriend Sheriff's Deputy Luke Harper and her ex-husband Todd! This was such a fun whodunit to read, it had a great mixture of mystery, romance and humor. I easily found myself entertained by Cherry's craziness and her madcap investigative adventures. 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 the latest murder case. With a zany cast of characters (many who return from Portrait of a Dead Guy and Still Life In Brunswick Stew) 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 local southern delicacies; Hijack In Abstract 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!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series by Larissa Reinhart. Cherry Tucker remains a feisty, opinionated, loud mouthed, big hearted spit fire of a character. She may be a bit redneck, but you would never have a truer friend. I just love reading about Cherry's exploits. She makes a trip to the SipNZip an adventure. This book begins with Cherry in the local police station at 3am doing a composite drawing for her honorary uncle, Sheriff Will Thompson. There was a shooting and hijacking of a rig out at the interstate reststop, and the police were lucky enough to find a witness. A witness who was trying to steal copper wire, but a witness none the less.  Of course, when Cherry finds out about it, she can't but be curious and want to know what happened.  And how else do you find out, except by asking questions? Cherry's ex boyfriend, Deputy Luke Harper, doesn't take kindly to Cherry's way of finding out information and would like to keep her out of the investigation completely. With Cherry's recently sale of her "Classical" paintings, and a new portrait commission lined up, she really shouldn't have time get involved.  Little does she know exactly how far she will end up delving into the investigation. One of the great things about the Cherry Tucker books are the variety of interesting associates. Cherry has quite a collection of the unique, engaging and distinctive cast of characters around her. From Max "The Bear" Avtaikin to her sister Casey and from Grandpa Ed to her best friend Leah, Cherry's friends and family all help to showcase the many sides and facets of Cherrilyn Tucker. Every book I change my mind about who I think Cherry should be with romantically. I imagine if I am having this kind of trouble, there is no wonder Cherry seems so confounded with her options. In book 1, I was rooting for Luke, book 2 had me reconsidering Todd and in this book I put some sincere thought into Max. It's my opinion though, that Cherry will never settle down until she resolves things with her mother. Not to get spoiler-y, but we do get another piece to that puzzle at the end of this story.  I am looking forward to reading more. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I would say that Larissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker Mystery series is my guilty pleasure, but I SOOO don’t feel guilty about it. While the series might be a departure from my usual reading habits, it’s a trip back to one of my first loves – mystery. And the Cherry Tucker series has rapidly become a favorite. Larissa’s world building is excellent, completely immersing the reader in the idiosyncrasies of the small-town South, where you can’t hide the family dirty laundry and it’s the frequent topic of backyard gossip. The story is well-paced, filled with humor, conflict, and some romantic frustration (for heaven’s sake Cherry…pick one! I want some nookie!) which all keep the pages turning. The characters are fabulous, both main characters and secondary characters alike. Cherry believes it’s her duty to “help” solve the hijacking and murder of a local copper thief, even though her uncle Will, the County Sherriff, only asks for her help with a composite sketch. But Cherry is nosy enough…err…cares enough to want to help the surviving family find closure and takes it upon herself to start tracking down leads. Then there’s the three main male characters (and the three Cherry needs to decide about) Todd, Luke and Max. Todd McIntosh is sweet (in a puppy dog kind of way), ripped, and always willing to help Cherry with her “investigations. Deputy Luke Harper got back in my good graces in this installment. I was a bit annoyed with him in book 2, but he finally seems to realize what he let slip through his grasp and seemed more at ease with Cherry’s schemes. Then there’s Max Avtaikin, Cherry’s favorite card-shark/bingo purveyor. They’ve had an interesting relationship over the series, going from Cherry doing her best to have Max convicted of various illegal activities to friendship/art patronage. We learn even more about Mr. Max in Hijack and my image of him has completely be turned around. I would recommend you read the entire series. Sure you could probably read Hijack in Abstract as a stand-alone, but where’s the fun in that? Actually, there are little clues to some overall series questions that are unveiled in each installment, so you really would enjoy it more by reading the series and we’re not that far in so you can get caught up quickly. So hurry up now, and go pick them up!
Terri_L_Austin More than 1 year ago
Cherry Tucker can't seem to stay out of trouble. Even drawing a simple police sketch throws her curiosity into overdrive. Finding herself in the middle of another mystery which somehow involves Halo's favorite Russian resident, Mr. Max, lands her in hot water with her ex-boyfriend and Sheriff's deputy, Luke Harper. Plus the town is up in arms over Cherry's nude drawings of Todd--her sort of ex-husband. Add a house full of rowdy siblings and being the target of her nemesis, Shawna Branson, and Cherry Tucker can't catch a break. I LOVED this book! I laughed out loud at Cherry's antics and the wacky residents of Halo, GA. This series keeps bringing lots of surprises and plenty of chuckles.
MysteryMommy More than 1 year ago
Larissa Reinhart's sassy sleuth is in top form in this third outing! I love, love, love the small-town atmosphere and zany characters in Reinhart's books, and I'm enjoying getting to know the characters better as the series goes on. Shawna is the perfect nemesis, well-drawn as the girl you love to hate. The guys are hunky, which is always fun, and I feel for Cherry, having to choose (I know who I'd pick, but she struggles). This time, Cherry gets called in by Uncle Will to sketch a suspect in the middle of the night and soon finds herself smack in the middle of another investigation. I laughed and laughed, and sat on the edge of my seat turning pages, trying to solve the mystery along with Cherry. I didn't guess it early, which I love in a mystery. Another thing I love about Reinhart's books is that I get to learn a little about art (I can't draw a stick figure, but it's really interesting). Cherry's working on a classical series in this novel (Shawna wreaks havoc. Read it, you'll see), and the terminology and art supply lingo is fun to read, even when you don't know anything about the subject. In short: a winner! I can't wait for the next Cherry Tucker adventure!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
STARS I have now read and enjoyed all three books in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. In Hijack in Abstract Cherry gets a call in the middle of the night to draw a picture of a murder from a witness. Cherry likes the witness and does a good job. Cherry Tucker Mystery series is more like a soap opera. You keep hoping things will work out for her. She gets into the biggest messes. She has someone trying to ruin her artist reputation in Shawna Luke's cousin. The ending of the books make you want to read the next to see what happens next. Hijack in Abstract takes place not to long after Still Life in Brunswick Stew. These books can stand alone but are better I believe if you read them in order for all the relationships information. Each story has a lot of the same characters and some new ones too. Cherry is a portrait artist in a small town. She has a brother Cody and sister Casey. Cherry is very nosy. She has got involved in solving some crimes much to her Uncle the Sheriff and her ex-boyfriend Luke. Cherry lives in a two bedroom house that she also uses for painting her portraits. Right now her house is getting crowded. With ex-husband Todd, Cody and Casey. Cherry wants to help people, she wants to find out who is responsible for the Hijacking of the trucks and other information to help a family. Luke takes her to a bar as his cover. Luke broke up with her when he caught her ex Todd Naked as she was painting him. You don't want to put the book down when your finished. I want to read another Cherry Tucker and see what happens next in life. So if you liked the first two books you will want to read Hijack in Abstract. This is full of drama, mystery, action, humor and interesting characters make for a good story that I enjoyed The setting is a small town not too far from Atlanta. A lot of the story happens in two different bars. We get to know a little bit more of the mysterious Max. A Russian who ran some gambling out of his big country estate. He actually likes Cherry's art and has bought some. Cherry and Max have a interesting relationship. She has tried to get him in trouble with the gambling schemes in the first two books. I admit that I do like him too. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by NetGalley and Henery Press. publication: November 5th 2013 by Henery Press 284 pages
TessT More than 1 year ago
The 3rd Cherry Tucker book was just as enjoyable as the first two. Cherry gets herself in enough trouble to be twins. On top of the hijacking and murder in town , Cherry , once again, finds herself in trouble with her old nemesis Shawna.  Cherry is still pursuing her dream of painting and finds herself embroiled in the life of an attorney, who is not such a nice guy.  This is a great book for cozy mystery readers! Larissa Reinhart has the gift to draw a reader in on the first page and doesn't let go until the last page. Her quirky suspects and down home flavor make me want more.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Hijack in Abstract - Cherry Tucker Mystery 3 Author: Larissa Reinhart Published: 11-5-13 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 294 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Crafts and Hobbies, Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781938383724 ASIN: B00GEEJY80 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Cherry Tucker returns once more filled with southern charm and steely strength. When she is called to the Sherriff's office at four in the morning to draw a composite of a suspect in a murder case by her uncle she quickly sketches a portrait of what witness, Tyrone Coderre saw. When Tyrone, who was under suspicion of theft at the time is murdered Cherry feels she needs to find out what happened to the cheeky young man. Her plate is also filled with not only her sister moving into her cottage with her, but also her ex-husband Todd, to whom her marriage was annulled. The same Todd, Cherry's boyfriend Luke seems to feel Cherry is still emotionally linked with. Cherry is a strong character with a head-strong stubborn streak. She does not like being pushed around by anyone and is not afraid to push back. Tempering her attitude with southern charm and quick wit makes her so lovable and memorable. Step on over to Halo and take a stroll down Main, get to know everyone. You'll be returning often to see how everyone is doing and like most of the rest of us cheering on your favorite Luke or Todd; who will win Cherry's heart? Hijack in Abstract has a fast moving story line that keep our head in the book until the very end.
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staciTX More than 1 year ago
This is Larissa Reinhart's third book. It didn't disappoint. It is a Great fun read.Characters are funny.This is a Wonderful funny series to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It all started with a late night call from her uncle for a wanted criminal sketch of a hijacker. It wasn’t long, however, before things got really complicated for Cherry Tucker. First she has to deal with her arch nemesis trying to turn the town against her with some nude paintings she had made. (Luckily her ex-husband, the model in the painting, didn’t mind copies of this painting being put all over town). Then the man who gave her the description of the hijacker ends up dead, with his mother and son depending on him. Now she has to get the town to respect (or at least tolerate) her and solve the hijacking case. This was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this month. It’s fast-paced, hilarious, and intriguing. I love Cherry’s attitude and the situations she finds herself in.  I’d recommend this book to any mystery lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. A smart & likeable read with just enough southern charm. It is not often that I find a book a page turner & this is the best in the series.