Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now

Created on Monday, 21 December 2015
Written by Larissa


A Sample Mystery Anthology

Edited by Michael Guillebeau

Forward by Hank Phillip Ryan

With short stories and chapter from published books by Alber, Cosgrove, Guilleabeau, Knopf, Powell, Reinhart, Terrell, Wysocky.

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It’s easy to find a book; it’s hard to find the book, that new author who sets your life on fire.

That’s why we put this collection together. This book gives you an easy way to sample a group of eight up-and-coming mystery writers who you may not have heard of, but who critics and award committees have noticed. We’ve assembled eight very different styles to let you sample a wide array of stories and find new voices you might have trouble finding on your own.

We have hard-boiled detectives, and we have crime-solving animals. We have deeply flawed characters, and we have cute youngsters. We have damaged women, kick-ass women, noble women and mean women, sometimes in the same character. We have tough guys in spades, and we have funny in spades.

Each writer contributed a story, a sample chapter from a book, and an interview. Because of our variety, there’s sure to be something here you’ll love, and maybe love for life.

So come on in for a taste. Here’s our menu:

Lisa Alber – Mystery with a smattering of psychological suspense and tons of atmosphere. Beautifully written, complex stories set in the Irish countryside. Reminiscent of Erin Hart, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Susan Hill. Rosebud Award and Pushcart Prize Nominee.

Kathleen Cosgrove –Florida weird with a middle-aged woman returning home. Kick-ass funny.

Michael Guillebeau –Broken war hero has to navigate the oddballs and save the girl to get back to the bar he’s been hiding in. Reminiscent of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. Silver Falchion Finalist, and Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month.

Chris Knopf –Hardboiled in the Hamptons. Ex-boxer Sam Acquillo is a noir descendent of Travis McGee and Spencer, and one of my favorite characters. Nero award winner.

Jessie Bishop Powell —Cozy noir mysteries that embrace the genre’s extremes. In The Marriage at the Rue Morgue, police suspect an orangutan of murder. Primatologists Noel Rue and Lance Lakeland have to save the ape and still find time to get married. Sounds light, but Powell’s stuff is as intense as it is funny.

Larissa Reinhart—If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you need to read Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker. A damaged artist with twice the depth, twice the funny of Plum and set in small-town Georgia. I dare you to put this down. Daphne du Maurier Finalist

Jaden Terrell —Hardboiled PI with a Soft Heart. Nashville PI Jared McKean has enough emotional issues to carry a book by himself, and then Terrell throws him into big issues like human trafficking. Shamus Award Finalist.

Lisa Wysocky—Multiple awards for Lisa’s books about a horse trainer with a smart horse who helps her solve crimes. One of the most realistic and loving use of animals in mystery. Winner of American Horse Publication Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards.

We invite you to see what looks good, and take a bite for yourself. If you find something you like, our chefs will be happy to give you a full meal.


Created on Thursday, 17 December 2015
Written by Larissa

PigN a PokeA Finley Goodhart Caper: PIG'N A POKE, a short story


When a winter storm finds ex-con Finley stuck at the roadhouse, The Pig'N a Poke, she finds her criminal past useful in solving a murder.




Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014
Written by Larissa

A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4

DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE cover FrontThe 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 offstage may doom them to the role 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. 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.

Trade Paperback — ISBN-13: 9781940976181

ebook — ISBN-13: 9781940976198

Hardcover -- ISBN: 9781941962091 

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Death in Perspective is one fasten-your-seatbelt, pedal-to-the-metal mystery, and Cherry Tucker is the perfect sleuth to have behind the wheel. Smart, feisty, as tough as she is tender, Cherry’s got justice in her crosshairs, and Death in Perspective is an accomplished addition to this winning series.” – Tina Whittle, Author of the Tai Randolph Mysteries

“Anyone who likes humorous mysteries will also enjoy local author Larissa Reinhart, who captures small town Georgia in the laugh-out-loud escapades of struggling artist Cherry Tucker.” – Fayette Woman Magazine

“I love this book… I had a hard time putting Death in Perspective down. In fact, I stayed up late to finish it; it’s that good!…I recommend Death in Perspective to all cozy mystery fans, especially those who like “hick lit” (the author’s term — I love it!) books with strong, sassy heroines and quirky characters.” – Jane Reads 

"The perfect blend of funny, intriguing, and sexy! Another must-read masterpiece from the hilarious Cherry Tucker Mystery Series." -- Ann Charles, Bestselling Author of the Deadwood and Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series.

“Cherry’s efforts to unmask the phantom cyberbully disclose a complex web of puzzles, and her efforts are exacerbated by her own personal romantic and family problems, which are woven into the story. But, as in the author’s previous mysteries, Cherry’s feistiness rises to the challenge, which produces another interesting and exciting and often wacky story, which entitles Cherry Tucker to be admitted to the Order of Steel Magnolias!” – Southside Book Reviews

“Loved it! I feel I might have dated Cherry Tucker once, she’s that real; she’s also funny, tough, and brilliant. Now she’s even involved in theatre—maybe that’s where we met.” – Phillip DePoy, Edgar Award Winning Author

“Reinhart succeeds in mixing laughter with the serious topic of cyber-bully through blogs and texts, all the while developing a chemistry between Cherry and Luke that absolutely sizzles.” – Kings River Life Magazine

“Cherry is a quirky spitfire who lights the match that sets her little town on fire. With a laugh here and a laugh there, I enjoyed this whodunit and I’m eager to see what happens next in the adventures of Cherry Tucker.” – Dru’s Book Musings

“Artist and accidental detective Cherry Tucker goes back to high school and finds plenty of trouble and skeletons…Reinhart’s charming, sweet-tea flavored series keeps getting better!” – Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Davis Way Crime Caper Series

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Created on Thursday, 24 September 2015
Written by Larissa

A Cherry Tucker Mystery #5


When Cherry Tucker’s invited to paint the winning portrait for Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt contest, it seems like a paid vacation. Back in Halo, Georgia, a Hatfield-McCoy-style standoff builds, forcing Luke and Cherry to keep their relationship secret. She’s ready for a weekend away, hobnobbing with the rich and famous of hunting.

But as the Georgia sunshine turns to bleak December rain, Cherry’s R&R goes MIA when she finds a body. While the police believe the town drunk took an accidental spill, Cherry has her doubts, particularly when a series of malicious pranks are targeted at the rifle toting contestants and she’s warned off investigating. With loyal companions at her side — sort-of-ex-husband Todd and a championship bayer named Buckshot— Cherry tracks suspects through a forest of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer’s stalking the hunt party with Cherry and the contestants in their crosshairs.

Trade Paperback  --  ISBN-13: 9781943390373

Nook, Kobo, etc.(ePub) -- ISBN-13: 9781943390380

Kindle -- ISBN-13: 9781943390397

Hardback  ISBN-13: 9781943390403

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Praise for The Body in the Landscape:

“Cherry Tucker is a strong, sassy, Southern sleuth who keeps you on the edge of your seat. She’s back in action in The Body in the Landscape with witty banter, Southern charm, plenty of suspects, and dead bodies—you will not be disappointed!” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author

“This series continues to entertain me with the tenacity that is Cherry Tucker… ingenuity, grit, and vulnerability and one who has a heart of gold and a dazzling sense of being. This is one of my favorite books in the series and I can’t wait to see where we go next.” – Dru Ann Love, Anthony Award Finalist for Dru’s Book Musings

“Anyone who likes humorous mysteries will also enjoy local author Larissa Reinhart, who captures small town Georgia in the laugh-out-loud escapades of struggling artist Cherry Tucker.” – Fayette Woman Magazine

“Full of Southern humor and down home charm.” – Librarian at RSU 18 Williams Library

“Well-written southern cozy, with a young artist stumbling onto a mystery while painting a landscape in rural Georgia. Smart and funny.” – Librarian at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System

“My appreciation for Cherry just continues to grow. […] A rich character, with many layers of wisdom, vulnerability and devotion. She is so spunky, and not 'normal' in the very best way. I will be anxiously awaiting another Cherry Tucker Mystery!” – Lyn Faulkner, NetGalley Reviewer

Reinhart has once again managed to spin a humorous who-dun-it sure to please.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Reinhart provides a fast paced mystery and an interesting and quirky detective told in a breezy friendly voice that I couldn’t help but be drawn into.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

The scenes describing getting ready for the hunt, struck many cords with me…(I) had no problem being able to completely picture the scene, right down to the smells of the fires burning on a cold rainy night.
~Musings and Ramblings

One of my favorite things about Ms. Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker series is the examination of differences and clashes between the economic and societal classes…I hope she keeps bringing her brand of social commentary to cozies for a long time to come.
~Back Porchervations

I love this series Cherry is just full of charm and wit.
~Community Bookstop

Audio Books

Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013
Written by Larissa

Portrait of a Dead Guy on Audible.comPortrait of a Dead Guy on Audible.com

High-octane action with quirky, down-home characters....

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.

Click here to go to the Amazon/Audible.com site to listen to a sample!

 Still Life in Brunswick Stew audio versionStill Life in Brunswick Stew on Audible.com

Cherry Tucker's in a stew. 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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