Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa ReinhartPortrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart
Narrator: Erin Clark
Series: Cherry Tucker Mystery #1
Published by Audible Studios on October 8. 2013
Source: Purchased
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 10 hrs 1 min
Pages: 230
Format: Audiobook
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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.

As a small-town portrait artist, Cherry Tucker works hard to make a living. So when she hears that the wealthy Branson family wants a portrait of their trouble-making son, Dustin, she jumps on it. Yeah, painting a dead guy in a coffin is a little odd, but she can handle it. Then she finds herself accused of trespassing and stealing from a corpse. She’s also the suspect in a murder. She needs to figure out who killed Dustin if only to save her reputation.

Cherry is a fun character. She’s sassy, smart, and talented. She has a weakness for pretty men and is firmly loyal to her friends and family. We’ve got the usual quirky characters and a stubborn goat, but it’s all done with a bit of Southern charm and flare.

The mystery itself was good. I guessed who the killer was but didn’t know the motive. There were several clues and enough red herrings to keep Cherry on her toes.

Portrait of a Dead Guy was fun, light-hearted, and laugh-out-loud funny. I’m looking forward to the next in the series I will admit this has been sitting on my to-read list for quite a while – I should have picked it up earlier.

About Larissa Reinhart

A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the international award-winning Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about sassy, Southern women looking for love (and dead bodies) in all the wrong places.

Larissa, her family, and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, lived in Nagoya, Japan, but have returned to Peachtree City, Georgia. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Larissa loves books, food, and traveling with her family. .


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