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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Body In The Landscape by Larissa Reinhart (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for The Body In The Landscape by author Larissa Reinhart!

Book Review

The Body In The Landscape by Larissa Reinhart
Book 5: A Cherry Tucker Mystery Series
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Format: Paperback - 276 pages 
               Kindle - 794 KB
               Nook - 595 KB
ISBN: 978-1943390373
BNID: 2940151066228
Genre: Cozy Mystery


BUY THE SERIES: A Cherry Tucker Mystery
Book 1: Portrait Of A Dead Guy
Book 2: Still Life In Brunswick Stew
Book 3: Hijack In Abstract
Book 4: Death In Perspective
Book 5: The Body In The Landscape

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

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.

My Book Review:

The Body In The Landscape is the fifth book in the entertaining Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. Written in the first person narrative, the reader is transported back to Halo, Georgia, for the latest investigative adventure of struggling artist Cherry Tucker.

Cherry Tucker sure has a knack for getting into trouble, and in this latest installment of her quirky adventures, Cherry is commissioned to paint the portrait of the winner of the Big Rack Lodge's Hogzilla hunting competition. The feral hog has been terrorizing the Big Rack Lodge's property and
surrounding farms. Cherry thought that this would be the perfect weekend getaway, a chance to get away from the family drama back home with the arrest of her brother Cody for kidnapping Cherry's old nemesis Shawna Branson. And if that isn't enough, Cherry's love life is a mess because her boyfriend, Sheriff's Deputy Luke Harper is the arresting officer! But wait, there's more ... the weekend getaway gets a tad bit hairy when Cherry and ex-husband Todd find a body of a man in the woods, and Cherry knows him! Can it get any worse? Cherry and Todd have to track down the killer before there are more people killed at the hunting lodge, including herself!

This was such a fun whodunit to read, it had a great mixture of mystery, romance and humor. I easily found myself entertained by Cherry's craziness and her madcap investigative adventures. From Cherry's dysfunctional family, to her ongoing romantic issues, to her amateur sleuthing skills, this sassy southern lady's antics kept me entertained and laughing as I followed her quest to solve the latest murder case.

With a zany cast of characters (many who return from the previous books in the series) who keep the reader in stitches with their witty dialogue and hilarious interactions; a storyline filled with enough drama, suspense and twist and turns that keeps the reader guessing; and a richly detailed setting that transports the reader to a quirky Southern small town; The Body In The Landscape is an entertaining cozy mystery interwoven with Southern charm and humor that leaves you wanting to go on more crazy adventures with sassy Cherry Tucker!


About The Author

Larissa Reinhart considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. However, adopting her daughters from China has been her most rewarding experience. After moving around the Midwest, the South and Japan, her home address is Peachtree City, Georgia.

In June 2015, she and her husband, daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier, moved back to Nagoya, Japan, where she'll continue to write about Southern characters, although some might find their way to the Land of the Rising Sun.

She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. The Cherry Tucker Mystery series with Henery Press begins with Portrait of a Dead Guy (August 28, 2012), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Following Portrait are Still Life in Brunswick Stew, (May 21, 2013), the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year and Silver Falchion nominee, Hijack in Abstract (November 5, 2013), and Death in Perspective (June 24, 2014) follow. The Cherry Tucker novella, Quick Sketch, in the mystery anthology The Heartache Motel (December 10, 2013) is a prequel to Portrait. The fifth Cherry Tucker mystery, The Body in the Landscape, launched on December 15, 2015.

She was very pleased to receive the 2015 finalist medal for Georgia Author of the Year, Best Mystery, for Death in Perspective.

Author Website
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Publisher: Henery Press

Virtual Book Tour Event

Tour Schedule:

December 17 – TheBook Bag 
December 18 – Granny Loves to Read 
December 18 – Queen of All She Reads 
December 21 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews 
December 21 – The Phantom Paragrapher


  1. Thanks so much Kathleen! So glad you enjoyed The Body. One more sassy adventure is coming up next year. ;)

    1. Hi Larissa! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I can't wait to read Cherry's next adventure! :)