The Body in the Landscape

The Body in the Landscape

by Larissa Reinhart

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"Cherry Tucker is a strong, sassy, Southern sleuth who keeps you on the edge of your seat. She's back in action in The Body in the Landscape with witty banter, Southern charm, plenty of suspects, and dead bodies--you will not be disappointed!" – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author

"This series continues to entertain me with the tenacity that is Cherry Tucker... ingenuity, grit, and vulnerability and one who has a heart of gold and a dazzling sense of being. This is one of my favorite books in the series and I can't wait to see where we go next." – Dru Ann Love, Anthony Award Finalist for Dru's Book Musings

"Anyone who likes humorous mysteries will also enjoy local author Larissa Reinhart, who captures small town Georgia in the laugh-out-loud escapades of struggling artist Cherry Tucker." – Fayette Woman Magazine

"Full of Southern humor and down home charm." –Librarian at RSU 18 Williams Library

"Well-written southern cozy, with a young artist stumbling onto a mystery while painting a landscape in rural Georgia. Smart and funny." –Librarian at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System

"My appreciation for Cherry just continues to grow. [...] A rich character, with many layers of wisdom, vulnerability and devotion. She is so spunky, and not 'normal' in the very best way. I will be anxiously awaiting another Cherry Tucker Mystery!" – NetGalley Reviewer

When Cherry Tucker's invited to paint the "kill portrait" for the winner of Big Rack Lodge's Hogzilla hunt, it seems like a paid vacation. Back home in Halo, a Hatfield-McCoy-style standoff builds between Luke and Cherry's families. She's ready for a weekend away, hobnobbing with rich and famous hunters, where she can forget her troubles and nobody knows her name.

As Georgia sunshine turns to bleak December rain, Cherry's R&R goes MIA when she finds a body in the woods. While the police believe the local drunk took an accidental spill, Cherry has her doubts, particularly when a series of malicious pranks are targeted at the rifle toting contestants. With loyal companions at her side--sort-of-ex-husband Todd and a championship bayer named Buckshot--Cherry tracks suspects through a forest full of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer's stalking the hunt party with a bead on Cherry.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor.

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Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151066228
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 353,088
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A 2014 and 2015 Georgia Author of the Year nominee, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, was a Daphne du Maurier finalist, The Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, now live in Nagoya, Japan, but still call Georgia home. Visit her website,, find her chatting on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

Portrait painter Cherry Tucker’s working vacation at the Big Rack Lodge washes out when she finds a body in the woods. While the police believe it was an accident, Cherry has her doubts, particularly malicious pranks turn deadly. With loyal companions at her side, Cherry tracks suspects through a forest full of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer’s stalking the hunt party with a bead on Cherry.

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The Body in the Landscape 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
An artist’s perception of the life around them is filled with creativity, intrigue and sometimes—downright troublesome curiosity. Reinhart captivates her readers with this novel by allowing the murderous viewpoint to be addressed by a painter. Cherry Tucker is the mysterious problem solver who always needs to meddle into the cases within local law enforcement. Her decision to take a small trip for commission has gone awry—very awry. With the knowledge that she holds, her actions speak volumes—which makes her seem more like an annoyance than someone who truly wants to help in catching the criminal. Upon Cherry’s first day out in the field, she spots a blue speck that doesn’t belong in a landscape—in a sea of browns and greens. With her curiosity peaked, she heads over to investigate what is assumed to be a piece of trash. Soon, she discovers a blue ball cap and then a body. While Cherry’s intentions are typically good, her gut instinct has always led her to sniff out the truth—no matter the costs. Since everyone is going hunting, her commission coming from the winner’s portrait being painted, Cherry fears that the Hogzilla might not be the only thing that is being hunted. Reinhart has a vast array of personalities and she does a superb job with character development as well as credibility. As this story reaches its climax, so many factors are thrown into the mix which always leaves this mystery—well, a mystery. It is not difficult to identify reasons to why everyone may have an investment in murdering another local…could a secret have been learned? Could Mr. Spencer have walked in on something? Could he be that notoriously disliked? After two more bodies are found through the hunting excursion, Cherry is determined more than ever to find the one responsible. With such a charismatic and practical Nancy Drew plot, the author is leading her readers into a basic murder investigation; however, the wonder and curiosity will always be the same—interest and general curiosity. Reinhart has a compelling novel that will leave readers with the desire to read through the entire investigation, until the suspect is found. If you are a reader of mystery, this may be an interest to you. The Body in the Landscape is the fifth installment in the Cherry Tucker Mysteries; however, it can be read as a standalone for those who want to pick up their copy. A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe that we are already 5 books into the world of Cherry Tucker. She's a small town girl from a backwater town in Georgia. But she has dreams, of making in big in the art world - some day. If she can ever get beyond her own insatiable curiosity when it comes to the dead bodies that she keeps finding. Because they do land her in quite the pickle from time to time. Cherry sees the world in shades of oil paint colors, describing a scene in the colors she would use to capture it. She also expresses her creativity in her clothing, often bedazzling or adding paint to highlight and transform them into something more. Is Cherry a bit out there and over the top? You bet, but in the nicest, sweetest way possible... Unless you hurt her family. Then it's on, in only the way a true southern girl can provide. Having grown up in the south, I can sympathize and laugh about her antics. The scenes describing getting ready for the hunt, struck many cords with me. I haven't personally been, but have known enough guys (and girls) who go regularly to appreciate the humor of the situations in this book. Plus I have been out tromping through the woods enough to have had no problem being able to completely picture the scene, right down to the smells of the fires burning on a cold rainy night. The overall story arc didn't have any major advances in this book, but it did give Cherry a break from Luke and a chance for her to make up her mind and decide how she was going to handle their relationship. Cherry also makes some decisions regarding her ex-husband Todd and their relationship. From the way things wrapped up at the end, it looks like book 6 will be full to bursting with drama. Is it wrong that I am rubbing my hands together in anticipation and glee? Even though it doesn't feel necessary to the series, I still had a good time with it and gave it 4 stars. Thank to Netgalley, Henery Press and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review this book.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Another big hit, in my opinion, for Larissa Reinhart. Cherry Tucker is back and as smart and sassy as always. Out in the beautiful countryside, while she is out painting and as hard as it is to believe (lol) she happens to come across a body. Really how many people does that happen to? As this is mighty common for Cherry, I'll leave it there and hope that you go out and buy Larissa's latest. Larissa is a super author and knows how to draw her fans in. No matter what the book is about, be it cyber bullies, politics or even hogzilla, Larissa carries us right along with her. Cherry is so real that she soon becomes a friend and the feelings for her sweet, but wacky family are hard to resist. Toss in the tall and muscular Todd and the equally appealing Luke and we're good to go, Larissa really treats her fans right! FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Body In The Landscape is the fifth 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 is commissioned to paint the portrait of the winner of the Big Rack Lodge's Hogzilla hunting competition. The feral hog has been terrorizing the Big Rack Lodge's property and surrounding farms. Cherry thought that this would be the perfect weekend getaway, a chance to get away from the family drama back home with the arrest of her brother Cody for kidnapping Cherry's old nemesis Shawna Branson. And if that isn't enough, Cherry's love life is a mess because her boyfriend, Sheriff's Deputy Luke Harper is the arresting officer! But wait, there's more ... the weekend getaway gets a tad bit hairy when Cherry and ex-husband Todd find a body of a man in the woods, and Cherry knows him! Can it get any worse? Cherry and Todd have to track down the killer before there are more people killed at the hunting lodge, including herself! 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 the previous books in the series) 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; The Body In The Landscape 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! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Cherry Tucker is one of my favorites out of all the Henery Press published characters. I love her Walmart trailer park ways. HA!! Just some of her phrases are enough to crack me up. I can't remember the phrase but the first thought in my mind was a quote from Blazing Saddles by Mr. Taggart (Slim Pickens) about how Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) used his tongue. Only real Cherry fans would know that quote. HA!! Cherry's at it again. She's going to save the big hunt from people getting killed. Of course, her actions are not usually the most thought out, but they are hilarious at times. I missed Max in this one as he only played a cameo role, but Viktor made up for him. HA!! That guy was a hoot. Despite all the killing and evil shenanigans going on, there were plenty of laughs and I truly enjoyed reading this 5th in the series. I've read them all and they just keep getting better and better. You can't go wrong with this series. It's guaranteed to entertain and amuse. Cherry will have you shaking your head and busting your gut at her wardrobe style and phrasing of words, but she's got a big heart and she's not going to let the bad guys get away. Thanks Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Everyone needs to see what this series is all about. You'll be a fan forever!
FionaST More than 1 year ago
Great Read! Cherry Tucker, Todd, Max the Bear, & Deputy McHottie (aka Luke Harper) are all back in another great mystery from Larissa Reinhart. This time Cherry, Max, & Todd are out in rural Georgia. Max is on a hunting expedition bringing Todd for support & Cherry to paint the portrait of the winner of the hunt. Cherry is looking forward for the opportunity to get her portraits noticed & to get away from the craziness back in Halo with her brother's arrest. Unfortunately while relaxing in a field painting Cherry discovers a dead body. And so the drama begins. She sets out to prove to all that Abel was murdered & find the killer. While the book started a bit slowly, it picked shortly, & twisted & turned till the end. Cherry is gutsy & fiercely loyal to those she loves. Trouble not only finds her, but she actually actively goes out looking for it! I truly enjoyed this latest addition to this series. ***Spoiler alert**** The ending was very surprising & made me very anxious for the next installment.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great book in a wonderful series; this is the fifth book in the A Cherry Tucker Mystery series by Larissa Reinhart. Cherry Tucker is a struggling artist; she is invited to pain the winning portrait for Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt. She is ready to get away for a weekend. Cherry’s R&R turns bad when she finds a body in the woods. The local police think that the local drunk took an accidental spill but Cherry believes that it was not an accident. Cherry is determined to find out what really happened. If you are looking for a great mystery with humor then you need to read this book. I can’t wait until the next book in this series comes out. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] "I’ll admit my brain doesn’t always work like others. It runs along the tracks toward Morbidity and Inquisitiveness Junction. Often with a quick stop at Meddling-ville. We’ll just chalk it up to my artistic nature and not to my constant need to fix lemonade in my life’s constant barrage of lemons." That's OK Cherry, its the reason we love you! Looking to get away from family and its related "baggage" Cherry Tucker agrees to paint the picture of the hunter who wins at a shoot at a resort called Big Rack. She's hired by one big shot who'd bet another big shot that he couldn't track down Hogzilla, a feral boar that terrorizes any place he might be. Thinking it might be a neat getaway from her boyfriend Luke, she and her ex Todd join the party and stumble across a series of situations that almost cost Cherry her life! When I first was introduced to Larissa Rheinhart and her Cherry Tucker mysteries ( this is the fifth one) I was captivated that this tiny speck of a woman could stand on her own two feet in a world that is certainly a hodgepodge. This one takes on European expats and reality stars in a fast paced story that proves Cherry Tucker is here to stay, no matter what happens!