Go hogwild over The Body in the Landscape
The Body in the Landscape: A Cherry Tucker Mystery
by Larissa Reinhart
Pub Date: December 15, 2015
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.
Cherry Tucker is one-of-a-kind, a petite Georgia spitfire with a big imagination and a talent for getting into trouble. Filled with wild hijinks and amazing jumps of logic, her adventures make for a hilarious read. While she is no Sherlock Holmes, Cherry manages to steamroll her way to the truth in a highly entertaining manner.
Cherry’s impulsiveness and curiosity have caused her to become involved in more than a few murder investigations, and her antics have offended more than a few people in Halo. A weekend reprieve comes in the form of Big Rack Lodge's Hogzilla Hunt. Cherry has been commissioned to paint the portrait of the victorious hunter – a welcome break from the feud at home. Mingling with rich hunters and keeping an eye on her friend Max (the Bear) seems a simple task, but no sooner than the vacation begins, Cherry manages to discover a body in the woods.
Everyone believes that Abel, the town drunk met with an unfortunate accident, but Cherry is certain he was murdered. When a series of malicious pranks target the hunters, Cherry believes more murders will follow. But who is being targeted? The offensive musician Bob Bass and his flighty girlfriend Peaches, Max (the Bear), or is it Cherry who has been asking one too many questions about Abel's death. Thankfully Cherry has backup in the form of her ever supportive friend Todd and Abel's champion hunting dog Buckshot.
The Cherry Tucker mysteries are fun to read, and The Body in the Landscape is no exception. If you like cozy mysteries filled with wild antics and humorous misadventures this novel is a perfect choice.
The Body in the Landscape is the 5th Cherry Tucker mystery. The books do not have to be read in order.
The Body in the Landscape is available for preorder and will be released December 15, 2015.
I received a copy of The Body in the Landscape from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.