The Show Must Go On! DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE by Larissa Reinhart

Phantom Texts & Family Secrets

DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE set webThe stage is set as we premier DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE, Larissa Reinhart’s fourth installment in her showstopping Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. With sassy wit and clever twists, you’ll want front row seats. Get your tickets ready because DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE opens on June 24!

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.

With Deputy Luke Harper ready to return as Cherry’s leading man, he’s eager to assist in finding the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets may doom them to the role of star-crossed lovers. Offstage, Cherry’s searching for her missing brother whose vendetta might doom Cherry and Deputy Luke Harper as star-crossed lovers. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides its curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow.

And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Larissa.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Hen House Staff

 

Happy Release Day! Heartache Motel!

Heartache Motel! by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

HEARTACHE MOTELA Hip-Swingin’ Release!

The Hen House chickens are all shook up and bustin’ out their best Elvis moves! Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker certainly know how to start off the season. Dead impersonators, poker hustlers, and stolen memorabilia are nothing that these amateur sleuths can’t handle. HEARTACHE MOTEL is a must for any blue suede shoe wearin’, mystery lovin’ reader on your shopping list!

Heartache Motel, written by three talented storytellers, is three times the fun and mystery…It is the perfect rainy day, sunny day, I don’t feel like getting out of bed book. Have your Happy Holidays with a 5-star humorous set-of-three mysteries.” – Heather Haven, Author of the Humorous Alvarez Family and Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries

“I was laughing out loud and couldn’t stop turning the pages as I read the adventures of amateur sleuths Rose Strickland, Cherry Tucker, and Nichelle Clarke, who find themselves at the Heartache Motel in Memphis, just in time for Christmas.” – Gigi Pandian, Author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or to any of the authors. We’d love to hear from you.


Cheers!

HIJACK IN ABSTRACT by Larissa Reinhart

Happy Book Birthday! HIJACK IN ABSTRACT by Larissa Reinhart

closeup1-681x1024HP:  From Japan to Georgia, Larissa Reinhart is a one woman dynamo. We are lucky to have her here talking about her time spent abroad, life in the golf cart lane, and her newest book HIJACK IN ABSTRACT.

LR:  Hey y’all! Thanks for the opportunity to chat.

HP:  Larissa, you are quite the globetrotter. Japan, Thailand, and Egypt are just a few of the places you’ve visited. Do you have any plans for future traveling expeditions?

LR:  We are always up for travel. We hope to go back to Japan this summer for a few weeks. My girls and I haven’t been back since we returned from living there three years ago, although my husband travels to Japan quite often. We want to visit friends and check out our old haunts. I even hope to do a book signing while I’m there! Right now I’m working on a place to stay that’s not a hotel room.

We’d also love to go back to Europe. My husband and I have been there a few times and took the girls to France when they were babies. However, mainly we travel back and forth within the U.S. Both sides of the family are ten hours away in opposite directions. And I make those drives at least four times a year.

HP: It’s really amazing that you adopted your children from China. Your girls are absolutely beautiful. Did your travels in the East influence your decision to choose China?

LR:  Well, thank you! I think they’re pretty cute. Actually our travels partly influenced our decision. Growing up, I babysat two boys adopted from South Korea, so the idea of a multi-cultural home was familiar. We also felt very comfortable with adopting from Asia because we had both studied some Asian history. My husband has a M.A. in Japanese Art History and is fluent in Japanese. We lived in Japan twice before adopting our girls, where I taught English.

However the book, The Lost Daughters of China really influenced our decision. The One Child Policy in China has ravaged that country in the last thirty years. There’s an underpopulation of girls now because of it. In China, the son takes care of his parents. Daughters leave the home to live with their husband’s family. This is particularly true in rural areas and among the poor. When you can only have one child, you’re faced with a terrible choice. These brave parents leave their daughters in places where she’ll be found quickly with the hope they can have a better life. The adopted children are called “Lucky Babies.”

My oldest daughter was found in a tax office at three months old. Can you imagine giving up your baby after three months of caring for her, maybe in secret? My youngest was found on the orphanage steps at a day old. Ads are placed in the local newspapers for about three months in search for the parents. But it’s illegal to give up your child. I know families who can afford to do so, sneak into Hong Kong to have their babies where they won’t be registered. This was all true ten years ago when we adopted our first daughter. Hopefully as China’s economy is improving, this situation will get better.

Sounds like a dystopian novel doesn’t it? But I firmly believe that my husband and I were meant to parent the children we have. It just so happened our daughters were born in China!

HP:  Did you all go trick or treating this year for Halloween? And let us know your costumes!

LR:  The girls were book characters. My oldest is into Harry Potter (finally! I’ve been waiting!) so she went as Hermione. The little one read Ruby the Red Fairy and went as Ruby. So cute! We live in a planned city created with miles of golf cart paths. Folks walk their dogs by golf cart. I take my children to school by golf cart. It’s crazy. So, of course, they trick-or-treated by golf cart.

*This interview was conducted on a golf cart.

HP:  HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. Does it get easier as the series continues, or more difficult?

LR:  I’m nodding to both answers. I wrote a post on this for Romance University about a month ago, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Series Writing.” LOL! You know the characters so well that a lot of that side of the writing is intuitive. Naturally, Cherry would make this or that decision. To keep it fresh is difficult. I write very linearly in terms of picking up where I left off in the last book. However, I want someone who starts reading mid-series to not feel lost without boring the readers who have stuck with the series.

I also have to juggle a lot of characters. It seems everyone (but Cherry) is hooking up with someone new. So some characters are not as prevalent in one book, but will take their turn in another book. The characters have to learn to share or they’ll start falling off the pages. I’m imagining that old nursery rhyme “Roll Over” where they all roll over and one falls out.

Of course, Cherry keeps center stage. As she is want to do.

HP:  Having taught English in Japan and World History at home, do you have any plans to return to teaching?IMG_4181

LR:  I teach every day from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break to drive to various activities, then more teaching until dinner time. Third grade is going to kill me.

HP:  Recently you wrote the novella “Quick Sketch,” which will appear in HEARTACHE MOTEL along with two other novellas by LynDee Walker and Terri Austin. What was it like collaborating with two other authors? Did you jam out to Elvis during your brainstorming sessions?

LR:  I totally jammed to Elvis while writing! Now my kids love Elvis. Collaborating was so much fun. At first, it was a game. What would happen if Cherry met Rose or Nichelle (Terri and LynDee’s characters)? How would we get them together? Could they swap supporting men (just kidding, not really)? When OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE came out, we had an Aha moment. Three interconnecting mysteries. In Memphis (someone threw out Graceland). At Christmas (the only time of year they might all travel to the same place). We pitched the idea to our editor and were amazed when she fell for it. I mean accepted it.

There was a flurry of emails in the beginning. Half of them ridiculous, intent on making each other snort. Actually, most of that brainstorming was ridiculous. We used Pinterest to share research photos. I have no idea where the female impersonators originated. They just showed up one day and suddenly the motel was filled with Elvis’s gals, all in drag.

I love my Priscilla. She may be my favorite character to date.

Each of our mysteries were realized independently. I wanted to do a scam/caper/heist. I think Terri had focused on an Elvis robbery from the beginning. LynDee wanted a theft with “no dead people.” When I finally read Terri and LynDee’s, their mysteries were a surprise. Actually, I think that was the most fun. Reading the harvest created from our crazy brainstorm seed planting.

HP:  Finally, tell us your favorite mystery and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.

LR:  That’s not a fair question! I have so many favorites. In the mystery genre, I really prefer British classics from the first half of the twentieth century. Which makes total sense why I would write modern American redneck mysteries, right?

The author I turn back to the most is Agatha Christie. I reread her mysteries because I love the characters, her voice, and the time period. Then I’d have to whittle it down to And Then There Were None, The Secret Adversary, and They Came to Baghdad. I love the plot and overall creepiness in And Then There Were None. I love the characters (Tommy and Tuppence, still my favorite detectives) in The Secret Adversary. And I love the setting  and style of They Came to Baghdad.

Thanks so much for this fun interview!

Larissa

Happy Release Day! HIJACK IN ABSTRACT by Larissa Reinhart

Painted to Perfection

HIJACK IN ABSTRACTParty time!! Paint brushes at the ready, little chickens. We’re decorating the Hen House to celebrate the book birthday of Larissa Reinhart’s HIJACK IN ABSTRACT. Cherry Tucker is back in action and sassier than ever. The third book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series goes on display today, so grab your copy and get sleuthing!

“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

“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

“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

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Larissa. We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Hen House Staff

Viva La NetGalley!

HEARTACHE MOTEL Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

HEARTACHE MOTELGet A Rockin’ And A Rollin’ 

Elvis has left the building and shimmied on over to NetGalley! Break out the sparkly jumpsuit, grab the mike, and get ready for a long night spent reading these three novellas by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker. Admission is free, so visit NetGalley to download your copy of HEARTACHE MOTEL today!

Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers by Terri L. Austin- A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella.

When Rose heads to Graceland right before Christmas, she gets all shook up: the motel is a dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never.

Quick Sketch by Larissa Reinhart- A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella

Cherry Tucker pops into Memphis to help a friend who’s been hustled out of his savings, and quickly finds herself in a dangerous sting that could send her to the slammer or mark her as a pigeon from cons looking for an even bigger score.

Dateline Memphis by LynDee Walker – A Headlines in High Heels Mystery Novella

A quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places for crime reporter Nichelle Clarke. When the King’s home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight, and right into the thief’s crosshairs.

Visit NetGalley to find out more!

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or any of the authors.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

Henery Press

Rock ‘N Roll is Here to Stay

HEARTACHE MOTELA star is on the rise! Feast your eyes on this electrifyingly rockin’ cover for HEARTACHE MOTEL, a new collection of novellas featuring a few fan favorites. Rose Strickland, Cherry Tucker, and Nichelle Clark can’t help but find mysteries wherever they go, and these legendary escapades are ones you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar for the live debut, HEARTACHE MOTEL shimmies its way onto bookshelves December 3, 2013.

Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin
A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)

DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker
A Headlines in Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)

Visit us on the Henery Press website to find out more. And as always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House, Terri, Larissa, or LynDee.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers!

The Hen House Staff

Blogroll: The Reading Cafe

Still Life in Brunswick Stew by Larissa Reinhart-a review

STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW

ORDER: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca/ Barnes and Noble/ KOBO/ The Book Depository

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 21, 2013

Cherry Tucker’s in a stew. Art commissions dried up after her nemesis became president of the County Arts Council. Desperate and broke, Cherry and her friend, Eloise, spend a sultry summer weekend hawking their art at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. When a bad case of food poisoning breaks out and Eloise dies, the police brush off her death as accidental. However, Cherry suspects someone spiked the stew and killed her friend. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, the police get steamed while the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose

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REVIEW: This is the second book in the Cherry Tucker Investigative series. It’s a little town in Georgia drama, revolving around an annual event the Brunswick Stew Festival.

Cherry Tucker is a local artist involved in her town. She’s dating a deputy sheriff Luke Harper, but has an ex-husband (sort of) who she married while in Las Vegas for a few hours before having it annulled, Todd McIntosh. Although Todd is an ex, he’s still a good friend and holds no animosity – in fact he’s still very much attracted to Cherry. This makes for some interesting conflict.

During the festival her friend and fellow artist Eloise Parker who has eaten about six sample bowls of the stew is taken very ill. Upset and trying to make people realize that Eloise, who had Crohn’s disease, was much too suddenly ill and she doesn’t believe it was her Crohn’s. When they reached the hospital it seems about 50 or more other people were also very ill, one in a coma. When Cherry goes to find Eloise’s room, she finds Eloise’s family crying and they tell her Eloise didn’t make it. Eloise’s father asks Cherry to help find out what happened to her, as he also doesn’t believe that her Crohn’s caused her death. He wants to know exactly what killed his daughter and won’t believe the police will give it the attention she deserves.

Cherry’s boyfriend as well as her sheriff uncle don’t want her involved in the case while they are investigating, but Cherry has very much a mind of her own…making her a cross somewhere between Lucille Ball and Stephanie Plum. Investigating in her own way, she has mishaps and yet somehow discovers that someone added arsenic to something served at the festival.

Larissa Reinhart has written a very interesting tale of murder, betrayal, romantic entanglement…you name it, this story has it! Very intriguing and fast paced. There are a lot of wonderful characters who quickly become your friends, family and enemies. It’s a twisting story of dysfunctional people, relationships, greed and more. There’s more than a little humor with a good bit of danger mixed in, making it a really great read.

Hope it doesn’t take too long to get back to Cherry and her next adventure!

Reading Order
1. Portrait of a Dead Guy
2. Still Life in Brunswick Stew

Copy supplied by the author.

Reviewed by Georgianna S.

Blogroll: The Reading Cafe

Portrait of a Dead Guy (Cherry Tucker Mystery #1) by Larissa Reinhart-a review

PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY

Order: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca/ Barnes and Noble / KOBO / The Book Depository

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release August 2012

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.

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REVIEW: Move over Steel Magnolias and make room Stephanie Plum! Larissa Reinhart has written a great new mystery/murder series. It’s well plotted, action packed and the pace is stunning.

Cherry Tucker is the heroine. She’s just out of art school and trying to make a name for herself in the art world. She’s returned to Halo, her small Georgia hometown to live and try to earn a living. There are many great characters that feel like real folks you probably know or have met.

Like Stephanie Plum, she has a couple of “hot” guys interested in keeping company with her. Todd McIntosh, a drummer and seems to have a gambling problem…once talked her into marriage on a fun trip to Vegas. After just 3 hours and him disappearing to the gambling tables without a honeymoon, Cherry decided to have the mistake annulled (no harm, no foul). They remain good friends and Todd is still trying to regain lost ground. The other is a returned boyfriend, Luke Harper. He’s a high school sweetheart who often left her with a broken heart and the check at the Waffle House. Having grown up and gone through the military, he’s back in town for his step-brother’s funeral and the sparks are flying.

The story revolves around the funeral/murder of Dustin Branson, son of JB, the town big wig. Cherry’s gets a chance to paint a last portrait of Dustin for his somewhat flaky step-mom Wanda (Luke’s mother). I know, eewww! However, she needs the money and the experience.

This is a delightful story with humor, interesting situations and some real danger from some of the seedier characters. Cherry is one of those people who just can’t keep herself out of trouble though her intentions are the best.

It’s a fun read with lots of excitement, some hot kissing…sorry no farther. You’ll enjoy the great characters and the whole thing. I thoroughly loved this story and the next as well! Looking forward to the next Cherry Tucker mystery!

READING ORDER:
1. Portrait of a Dead Guy
2. Still Life in Brunswick Stew

Copy supplied by the author

Reviewed by Georgianna S.

Blogroll: Kings River Life Magazine

Three Fun Mystery Novels From Henery Press: Review/Giveaway

This week we are featuring three mystery novels from Henery Press, a small press KRL recently discovered. Check out these reviews & maybe you will discover some great new mysteries to enjoy just like we did. Details on how to win a copy of all 3 books at the end of this post. Reviews are of Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery by Terri L. Austin, Still Life in Brunswick Stew: A Cherry Tucker Mystery By Larissa Reinhart, and Double Whammy: A Davis Way Mystery By Gretchen Archer.

Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery By Terri L. Austin

Roselyn “Rose” Strickland knows that no phone call at 3a.m. ever brings good news. However, even she was not prepared for the news that her study partner, Janelle Johnson, was in jail for attempting to kill her ex-husband and was calling to ask Rose to get a good lawyer–and cigarettes to trade with Janelle’s jail mates!

While Rosé is a former rich girl turned diner waitress and long-term college student, her previous experiences with the law put her in contact with her former schoolmate and current high-price attorney, Dane Harker. However, his high fees and firm’s pressure to make a deal force Rose to investigate on her own if she wants to free Janelle in time for her to spend Christmas with her two children, one of whom is a biter.

Luckily, Rose has the help of her best friend and fellow waitress Roxy Block, an anime fan with a hankering for Janelle’s brother and Axton Fuller Graystone, college IT specialist and roomie of a house of potheads. Rose soon learns that Janelle’s ex, AKA “Asshat,” was involved in off-the- books auto mechanic work, chop shops, and strippers–lots of strippers. So there’s no lack of suspects who include jealous dancers, enraged husbands, and IOU’d acquaintances.

As Rose attempts to fit in her investigation with her morning shifts at Ma’s Diner new breakfast service, competition from Rudy’s Roundup Restaurant threatens whatever sanity remains, as Ma Ferguson insists on adding a chicken lunch service that will either bankrupt them or drive them into the grave from exhaustion. The additional discovery of evidence that a hit was placed on Thomas Maxwell Sullivan, the sexy but extremely dangerous crime lord, tests Rose’s loyalties and her priorities.

What elevates this mystery from being just a comical caper novel is that the author creates well-rounded characters with backgrounds which explain their eccentricities, and prevents them from becoming over-the-top comic relief caricatures. Rose is still suffering from the trauma of having killed someone who was a psychotic stalker, and also must contend with her mother’s disapproval and continual disappointment in her daughter’s failure to live up to her potential.

At times it seems that Rose’s friends place an unfair amount of pressure upon her to investigate, yet Rose has made her friends her family and never asks for help for herself. Her stubborn independence, as she attempts to assume control over everything only makes her surprisingly vulnerable as she eventually finds a point where her facade must crack.

While this is an undeniably hilarious and entertaining novel, it always retains at its core an affection for its characters and a sentimental tone. Well-written with a complicated plot and very engaging characters, this second Rose Strickland proves to be entertaining and moving without ever becoming an absurd parody. [Read more...]

Five Things to Put in Your Brunswick Stew

SLI102701We’re starting a new feature here in the Hen House. Stop by every Friday for a fresh FRIDAY FIVE, a quick list of tips, tricks, facts, quizzes, trivia, and chicken whatnots. We’re kicking it off in honor of Larissa Reinhart’s 2nd Cherry Tucker mystery, STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, which hit bookshelves this week…

Five Things to Put in Your Brunswick Stew

We all know from Cherry Tucker’s experience that Brunswick Stew recipes vary greatly, but here are the top 5 staples to any Brunswick Stew.

1) Tomato. Use crushed tomatoes, catsup, canned tomato sauce, and/or tomato paste to create the thick base every Brunswick Stew requires.

2) Corn. Lots of different veggies can be used, so it’s up to the chef to toss in whatever she prefers, but corn is always included.

3) Beans. Most traditional recipes call for lima beans, but others use pinto beans or great northern beans (get creative, go wild with your beans).

4) MEAT! Every kind of meat: chicken, beef, turkey, barbecue pulled pork, and heaven help us, even squirrel meat is found in Brunswick Stew recipes.

5) Spice. Those Southerners like it hot! Cayenne pepper, jalapenos, red chili flakes… Put a little kick in it, just like our sassy sleuth, Cherry Tucker.

Help us wrap up STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW’s launch week by eating a big bowl of this savory Southern favorite. You know you’ll love it!

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