Saturday, June 22, 2013

{whatcha reading?} Still Life in Brunswick Stew

A couple of months back, I blogged about Portrait of a Dead Guy, the first book in the Cherry Tucker mystery series by Larissa Reinhart.  I was been waiting eagerly for the second book, which came out last month. Have I mentioned that there aren't enough hours in the day to quilt and read and knit everything I'd like to?

From the book's Amazon page --

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.

Cherry is back at it, selling her art at the annual Brunswick Stew cook-off, trying to find a nude model for a series of Greek paintings, and investigating the bingo games Max Avtaikin is suddenly hosting at his palatial McMansion.  But all of that takes a backseat when a outbreak of food poisoning at the cook-off leaves lots of people ill and Cherry's good friend Eloise dead.

There are lots of quirky heroines in the cozy mystery genre, but Cherry has a style all her own. I'd almost read the book just to see what she wears to the funerals. This is the gal who mourned her Grandma Jo wearing "a t-shirt with the deceased's face outlined in Swarovski crystals." The outfit she designs for Eloise's funeral is considerably less successful.

Through midnight June 30, Portrait of a Dead Guy and Still Life in Brunswick Stew (along with other ebooks from Henery Press) are both on sale for ninety-nine cents. So if you're thinking about reading one or both, now is a good time to snatch them up! There's a third book coming in the series and I'll definitely be watching for it.


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Just bought them both for my kindle. Thanks for the review.

Mary Marcotte said...

Love the review. I'm not much of a who dunnit reader, but you've definitely intrigued me.

It would have been fair if God have given a few people (crafters, for example) an extra hour or two....24 just isn't enough!

Larissa Reinhart said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review! I am so pleased you like Still Life and you enjoy her style! And I'm so pleased to be on a crafting blog! Cherry would love that!


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