Still Life in Brunswick Stew: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

Still Life in Brunswick Stew: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

by Larissa Reinhart



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938383403
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Series: Cherry Tucker Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Author Bio: 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.

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What People are Saying About This

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

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

Kerri Nelson

A sweet, southern stroke of brilliance. If there's one thing we do right in the south it's funerals and food. This book cooks up some morbid mayhem that will leave you asking for seconds…. Action, humor, mystery and a dash of romance all packed into one quirky creation. Trust me when I tell you—don't miss this one.— Kerri Nelson, The Book Boost

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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STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW: A Cherry Tucker Mystery 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, and the new one, STILL LIFE, is even better. Cherry Tucker lives in Halo, Georgia, a town of about three, trying to make a living as a professional artist. There's a problem, right off the bat-- Halo's art bar is set, uhmmm, unusually low. Not only that, there are two artists in Halo. Back-stabbing Shawna, who shouldn't even be called an artist (anyone can learn how to use a BeDazzler), keeps tripping Cherry up. And then there are the men in Cherry's life, one of whom causes Cherry's lips to stop working. (So, so funny.) Cherry's friend eats a bowl of toxic Brunswick stew. Cherry's going to find out who spiked the punch and make things right in Halo. This book is well written and edited, fun, funny, Southern, mysterious, romantic, has a few goats in it, and I highly recommend both Cherry Tucker adventures. Go get 'em. P.S. You know what I'd like to see in the back of the Cherry Tucker books? Magazine-style shots of Cherry's outfits.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an e-copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I fell so hard for Larissa Reinhart's characters and world in Portrait of a Dead Guy that I didn't want to leave. I wanted to stay in Halo, Georgia, hang out with Cherry, ogle her guys a bit, and get tangled up in the next mystery that came her way. I was lucky and got an ARC for book #2, Still Life in Brunswick Stew, so I didn't have to leave and guess what? It's already out so you don't have to wait either! Still Life continues to embody the wit and charm I’ve come to expect from this series. It’s a fun read, with page turning intrigue and clever twists that kept me guessing as to the actual culprit behind the crime. Cherry sort of stumbles around the mystery, poking her nose in where it doesn’t really belong, landing her in all sorts of awkward predicaments…especially with her boyfriend, Deputy Luke Harper. I love the characters that Larissa has created. They’re a unique bunch, as most Southerners are, and Larissa has the small-town South down to a T. In Still Life we catch up with favorites like Uncle Will, Mr. Max, and who can forget Todd, Cherry’s sort-of-ex-husband. Plus we get to make the acquaintance of several new characters…including Grandpa’s new girlfriend, Pearl, and her goat, Snickerdoodle (yep…another goat that has it out for Cherry-I love the goats!), and a whole new bunch from the town of Sidewinder, who just don’t seem to appreciate that Cherry is trying to solve a murder! If you haven’t yet, you really should add A Cherry Tucker Mystery series to your TBR list or better yet, go and pick up both books. I know I can’t wait for Hijack in Abstract in November 2013 to find out what happens next!
Mystery_GirlSC More than 1 year ago
Loved This Quirky Southern Mystery Cherry Tucker continues to be one of my favorite series characters. She is fiercely protective of everyone she loves, and continuously puts herself at risk to make things right for friends in need. In Still Life in Brunswick Stew, she's determined to find the truth about how her friend Eloise died to give her family closure. She does this at great personal risk, and it may mean the end of her relationship with Luke, her hunk of a sheriff's deputy boyfriend. Throw in a shady Russian who has a soft spot for Cherry and a couple of goats, and you have a hilarious and heartwarming tale.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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!
maggietoussaint More than 1 year ago
Cherry Tucker is a starving artist with a history of helping friends, especially those from the other side of the tracks. Her best friend, Eloise, convinces her to exhibit at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off, but the event nets no sales. Worse, Eloise sickens, is transported to the hospital, and dies. Turns out, a slew of folks have food poisoning, though only two people die. Cherry is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery because she believes it’s no accident. Someone murdered Eloise and by God they will pay. Red herrings and suspects abound, making this book a delight to mystery readers. Cherry turns a deaf ear to the cops, including her uncle and her current boyfriend, and presses forward. A delightful romp of southern fun, feminine sass, and outright zaniness that had me laughing out loud.
MaggieSheWrote More than 1 year ago
4.5. Even better than the last one. Love the tug-of-war between Todd and Like (though I sure hope she picks the right one in the end). Love the absurd-but-could-happen Southern calamities, LOVE the tee shirt, love the secondary characters, love the subtlety of the dropped clues. Can't wait for the series to continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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MysteryMommy More than 1 year ago
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.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: Still Life in Brunswick Stew is the second book in Larissa's Cherry Tucker Mystery Series, and our super lovable Cherry is back and getting into more and more trouble! The poor girl just can't help it. Like book 1, Still Life in Brunswick Stew is a delightful, light-hearted Southern mystery with lovable characters, fantastic dialogue and a truly fun story; the characters simply come to life on the page, and light up the picture of these quaint Southern towns vividly in the mind's eye. Beyond the new mystery of book 2, it was fun to enter Cherry's quirky mind and mull over the issues of her current relationship with Deputy Luke, while entertaining paranoia that her simple, stupid, and loyal as a Labrador ex Todd may actually be a genius in disguise, and master manipulator as well, all while acknowledging that she's inherited a disease from her mother - a weakness & stupidity for handsome men. This installment wasn't quite as fast-paced as the debut novel of the series, but there were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting (especially at the end - I honestly didn't see the final outcome coming!). My only complaint about the book was that I felt like there wasn't enough emotion displayed with regards to her friend's death. Yes, Cherry was hell-bent on finding Eloise's killer, but I didn't feel like she grieved... Still Life in Brunswick Stew is still a very good book & I would recommend it and its predecessor Portrait of a Dead Guy. - it's a solid 4 Skull read! :)
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the second book in Cherry Tucker Mystery. I like this cozy mystery. It is over the top fun. Cherry gets into so much trouble poking her nose into police cases. Never new who the killer was till the end. Lots of fun, tension, soap opera characters surround Cherry. Cherry paints pictures in a small town. She is not making money but keeps trying. She has a sister and brother who live on their Grandpa's farm with him. Her boyfriend Luke is now a deputy who works for her Uncle Will as Sheriff. Her ex-husband is still in her life. She has a enemy who is always around her boyfriend's house. Picks fights with her. Cherry and her friend Eloise are at a Bunswick stew fair selling their art. When her friend gets sick in her arms. Later she dies. Lots of people were sick from food poisoning at the fair. They just think Eloise other health problems caused her to die. Eloise family gets her body tested. No one is really looking into her death. Eloise family asks her to help. Cherry feels bad that she has not been a better friend lately so starts asking around in the town the fair was in. Cherry keeps getting into trouble. Luke tells her to stay out it. It is a police business. Her Uncle Will tells her that she is close to being jailed for getting in the way. Todd her sort of ex-boyfriend kissed her late one night. Cherry feels bad about that and guilty. She is also worried that he is gambling again. She tries to figure out what Max is doing hosting bingo games for old ladies at his big house. Cherry sure ruins a lot of dresses in this story with all the trouble she gets into. The worst part of the book is it ended. I want to know what is going to happen next in her life. This is a fun light hearted murder mystery. Not the murder it is all the stuff that happens around Cherry as she tries to figure out who killed her friend and why. I hope the next book in Cherry Tucker Mystery comes out quickly before I forget where this book ended. I was given this ebook to read and asked in exchange to give honest review of it by Netgalley. Published May 21st 2013 by Henery Press 288 pages ISBN:1938383400
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TerriLAustin More than 1 year ago
In Larissa Reinhart's second mystery, Still Life in Brunswick Stew, poor Cherry Tucker is well...poor. As a struggling artist, her portrait business in Halo, Georgia is floundering. So she decides to sell her still life paintings in a booth she rents with her friend, Eloise, at the Annual Sidewinder Brunswick Stew Cook Off. But when people start coming down with a bad case of food poisoning, the festival gets shut down. Even worse, Eloise dies. Although everyone assumes Eloise caught a bad case of food poisoning, Cherry knows differently. And she's out to prove it. Even if it makes her boyfriend, Deputy Luke Harper, get madder than a goat with a bad attitude. Mix in a Russian hottie who's up to no good and an ex-boyfriend who may be more cunning than he lets on, and Cherry has her hands full. There are some new characters this time around, including Pearl--Grandpa's goat rearing sweetheart, and some old enemies ready to settle a score. On top of all this, Cherry has a shot at getting her paintings placed in a gallery. Can she solve the mystery in time to help Eloise's family and get her business off the ground? Larissa Reinhart paints with her words the way her character, Cherry, paints with brushes and paint. Her descriptions of life in small town Georgia are so spot on, you can feel the hot dust on your skin. And her zany cast of characters had me laughing out loud. Cherry cares about the people she loves, isn't afraid of a fight, and is fiercely protective of her hometown, Halo, as she mixes things up with the folks from Sidewinder. This was a fantastic, fun book and I loved every minute of it. Yet, Cherry has a painful history that gives her a sympathetic realness. The characters are so true to life, I'm ready to go to Halo and hang out with them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With 270 pages this story wason the corny side. It was bad. But it wasnt good , so so.