Larissa Reinhart


Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits.

In the series: Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Silver Falchion finalist, Daphne Du Maurier finalist, The Emily finalist, Dixie Kane Memorial Winner, and Night Owl Review top picks

Portrait of a Dead Guy, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #1 (2012, 2nd edition September 2017)

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.

“An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!” – Jennie Bentley, New York TimesBestselling Author of Flipped Out

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A CHRISTMAS QUICK SKETCH, A Cherry Tucker Holiday Caper Prequel Novella (2014, 2nd edition November 2019)

Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

“I was laughing out loud and couldn't stop turning the pages.” – Gigi Pandian, Author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series

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STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #2 (2013, 2nd edition May 2018)

Delightfully Southern, Surprisingly Edgy, and Deliciously Unpredictable.

When artist Cherry Tucker's friend is poisoned at a Brunswick Stew competition, Cherry's southern fried sleuthing gets her in hot water with the police and a killer.

“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

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HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #3 (2013, second edition November 2018)

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.

“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

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THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE, A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella #3.5 (April 2017)

This Halloween Cherry Tucker's getting more tricks than treats…

When Cherry Tucker makes a mercy call on a neighbor, she’s roped into a quid pro quo deal—if Cherry recovers a stolen family heirloom, the neighbor will use his family clout to help her with some zoning issues. If she fails, the expression “someone’s got her goat” will take on a whole new meaning for Cherry. And when she discovers a thievery ring, illegal auctions, and some green-eyed emotions after spotting Luke where she doesn’t expect him—well, it’s just another hilarious day in Halo, Georgia.

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DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4 (2014, second edition June 2019)

2015 finalist medal for Georgia Author of the Year, Best Mystery; Night Owl Reviews Top Pick​

The curtain rises on Cherry Tucker’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired for an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the drama director is hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious social media bully who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When the principal’s secretary commits suicide, Cherry suspects foul play.

"The perfect blend of funny, intriguing, and sexy! Another must-read masterpiece from the hilarious Cherry Tucker Mystery Series." -- Ann Charles, Bestselling Author of the Deadwood and Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series.

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The BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #5 (2015, 2nd edition December 2021)

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.

But 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.

"With witty banter, Southern charm, plenty of suspects, and dead bodies--you will not be disappointed!" – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author

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A VIEW TO A CHILL, A Cherry Tucker and Maizie Albright Interconnected Mystery novella (January 2018)

“It was like having the best of both characters in the same story, yet separated by their roles. I look forward to more adventures together or separately with these lovable characters.” —Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musing

When Halo's most notorious artist, Cherry Tucker, thinks she sees a crime through her bedroom window, her feverish claims are ignored by her family. Trapped in bed, influenza is the least of her problems. Deputy Luke Harper can't be found. She can’t tell fevered dream from reality. And a very bad Santa knows Cherry’s spotted his Christmas killing. It's going to take a Christmas miracle for Cherry to recover.

Meanwhile, ex-celebrity and #WannabeDetective Maizie Albright’s determined to help an elderly woman find her missing granddaughter despite her private investigator boss (and not-so-secret crush) Wyatt Nash’s claims that the grandmother’s annual plea is nothing but a dangerously wild goose chase. This holiday, Maizie’s search takes her away from her family and Nash to Halo, Georgia, where a storm threatens her nerves and her quest. When a deviant Santa learns Maizie’s looking for the granddaughter, he put Maizie on his naughty list. This Santa may get his holly jollies from murder.

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Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small-town humor, Southern humor, comic (humorous) crime and mystery, Christmas, mystery novella, short story (single author), novella, small town and rural.

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