Friday, October 4, 2013

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Still Life In Brunswick Stew

Book Details:
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Humorous – 2nd in Series
Published by: Henery Press
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 298
Synopsis 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, her cop boyfriend get steamed while the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.

Review: Still Life In Brunswick Stew is the 2nd book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. If you are a cozy mystery lover, you definitely want to grab this book and Portrait Of A Dead Guy. I reviewed the first book awhile back and really enjoyed it. This book, however, I loved.

Cherry is so quirky and so is everyone around her, from her boyfriend Luke to her ex-husband, Todd. This is a very fast paced read, and one you won't want to put down. Cherry has really grown as a character. She's a bit obnoxious, but very much someone who will open a can of whoopass on you if needed, and since the mystery involves the death of her friend Eloise, it's very personal. I love her devotion to people she considers friends, even if that devotion can get her in some pretty hot water.

Eloise's family want to get to the bottom of their daughter's death and Cherry jumps into the investigation, much to the chagrin of her uncle and her boyfriend.

It doesn't help matters that where Cherry goes, trouble follows. She reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum. Where she goes, mayhem is sure to follow. That's what makes these books such fun reads. You've got a great cozy style mystery and  you have a lot of humor. All in all, a feel good book that you'll devour in a few hours time, because I guarantee that once you start this book, you won't want to put it down.

I can't wait for the next book in the series!

I'm still not sure if I'm Team Luke or Team Todd!

Rating: 5 flowers

Author Info:

Larissa 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. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website, her Facebook page, or find her chatting with the Little Read Hens on Facebook.

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dollycas aka Lori said...

Thank you for being part of this tour!!

Larissa Reinhart said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful review. I love your adorable blog and this really made my day! So glad you enjoyed Still Life. Hijack in Abstract is releasing November 5, so you don't have long to wait!

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