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

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Still Life in Brunswick Stew by Larissa Reinhart-a review

STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW

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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.

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!

Blogroll: Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

Review: Still Life in Brunswick Stew

 

Title: Still Life in Brunswick StewSTILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW
Author: Larissa Reinhart
Series: Book 2 of the Cherry Tucker Mysteries
Publisher: Henery Press
ISBN: 978-1938383403
Reviewed by: Tess Tipton
Purchase from Amazon

This book finds Cherry Tucker in the middle of an investigation into the death of her best friend Eloise. It seems that Eloise has ingested way too many cups of famous Brunswick Stew at the local arts and crafts festival. Cherry, who is a struggling painter and Eloise ,who makes Raku pottery are sharing a booth, much as they have shared their lives since elementary school.

Cherry takes us thru small town after small town in search of the REAL answer to the death of her dear friend. We find Cherry investigating not only the poisoining, but also a fight between land owners who also happen to be related to one an other. We encounters a stubborn teen-ager, a feisty senior citizen who is Cherry’s granddad’s latest flame, a hunky cop, (aren’t they all), and a business man who may or may not be all he seems to be.

Larissa writes with a fast paced style that caught my attention quickly. Her 3rd book in the series, Hijack in Abstract comes out in November, make sure it’s in your stack of TBR, I know it will be in mine!

 

Blogroll: Mad Hatter Reads

 

Larissa Reinhart’s Portrait of a Dead Guy Tour, Review and Giveaway

 

Portrait of a Dead Guy Tour

I’m so happy to be today’s tour stop on the Portrait of a Dead Guy Tour! Here’s a look at the book plus a chance to enter an awesome giveaway.
Portrait of a Dead Guy

Portrait of a Dead Guy
Series: A Cherry Tucker Mystery #1
Published:
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than kudzu climbs telephone poles — 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 find herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

My Review:

If there’s such a thing as a chick-lit mystery, then Portrait of a Dead Guy fits right in. Cherry Tucker isn’t much of a detective…just a starving artist in small-town Georgia trying to make sure that she gets paid for the commission she worked so hard to get. The more she tries to finish her painting, the deeper Cherry gets sucked into the mystery of who killed one of Halo’s local sons.

Larissa Reinhart’s world building is so vivid that you can practically taste the sweet tea. Growing up in small Southern towns myself, the town and its inhabitants reminded me of my own childhood. It’s true what they say too, when you grow up in a small town, everyone knows everything about you and your family going back multiple generations. And poor Cherry has her own past actions (she’s been known to be a bit boy crazy) to live down. It doesn’t help that she’s a spitfire stuffed into a small packed with plenty of attitude to go around.

All the characters are well developed and filled with quintessential Southern charm (which you might call slight craziness). Throw in plenty of humor, a couple of hot hunks, and more twists and turns than a greased pig and I became an instant fan.

I can’t wait for book #2, Still Life in Brunswick Stew! Fortunately comes out in just a couple weeks-May 21, 2013. You need to make sure that it’s on your TBR too!

Available at:

Amazon Kindle     B&N Nook     Kobo

More about Larissa:

Larissa ReinhartLarissa Reinhart loves small town characters, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (May 2013) is the second in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. The first, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Expect HIJACK IN ABSTRACT and a Cherry Tucker novella in THE HEARTACHE MOTEL out in November and December 2013.
She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website; her expat blog; or find her chatting with the Little Read Hens on Facebook; at her Facebook page; Twitter; and Goodreads
Larissa Reinhardt’s
Portrait of A Dead Guy
Blog Tour Schedule
4/28- Love in A Book
4/29- Bianca2b
4/29- Fandom Fanatic
4/30- Book Monster Reviews
5/02- Literal Addiction
5/03- Books-n-Kisses
5/04- My Book Addiction
5/06- Mad Hatter Reads
5/07- Salacious Reads
5/08- United by Books
5/09- The Jeep Diva
5/11- Froggarita’s Bookcase

Larissa is giving away the following prizes on her tour:

Grand Prize: (1) $20.00 Visa Gift Card

Runner-Up: (1) eBook of Portrait of a Dead Guy

Blogroll: S. M. Nystoriak’s Writer’s Block

Dead Guys, Sassy Sleuths, and Southern Charm

on April 17, 2013

Larissa Reinhart is with me today discussing her writing life, her muse, and her book PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY.

I recently finished reading this little gem, and what a gem it was!

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Please see my review of it here:

PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY was such a good read! And for me,   it was all about character. Larissa Reinhart has created some unbelievably   vivid characters…and they come to life in every quirky scene. The main   character, Cherry Tucker, is back in her small town of Halo, Georgia after   attending art school in sophisticated Savannah. And as she competes for the   commission of painting a portrait of a dead guy, the reader gets to know   Cherry and the other townsfolk. In Halo, it seems that everyone has a   skeleton in their closet, Cherry included. A cross between an episode of In   The Heat of The Night and My Cousin Vinny, I found the descriptions of the   town as well as the kin folk who reside there to be endearing if not absurd   at times. So many priceless metaphors in the dialog and descriptors make this   an absolutely fun read from beginning to end. And there is a mystery, to   boot!

This book comes with some book club questions at the end, which might be fun   to talk about as a group too. I enjoyed this read a lot, and look forward to   the next installment in the Cherry Tucker Mysteries. [Read more...]

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