Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Body in the Landscape by Larissa Reinhart - #review #giveaway


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.




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MY REVIEW

My reading year has been busy, busy, busy.  One of my regrets this year, however, has to have not caught up on my Cherry Tucker mysteries.  I reviewed the 4th installment, Death in Perspective, in July 2014, but have been unable to get to the first three, so when the opportunity came to read The Body in the Landscape, I jumped at it.

When I first saw the word "Hogzilla", I just about burst out laughing.  It sounded like a reality show a la "Duck Dynasty".  There have been many bad things whose names end in 'zilla' - Hogzilla, Bridezilla, and the grand-daddy of all zillas-Godzilla.  So, Cherry has been invited to paint a portrait of the lucky Hogzilla-slayer.  Part of me wondered why they went with a painting instead of a photograph, but hey, why not, right?

In an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire move, Cherry gets away from the Branson-Ballard feud (and thereby Luke) and in steps her ex-husband Todd.  Most often exes don't show up in cozies, and rarer still for an MC and her ex on not-entirely-uncivil speaking terms.

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'm not saying that the poorer folks are more noble than rich people by virtue of not having a lot of things, but by the same token, rich people are not 'better' than everyone else by virtue of having a lot of money.  But many people have that idea ... just look at the Republican candidates for POTUS.  (Ouch!)

Picture me fist-pumping when Cherry once again managed to (figuratively) duck for cover (little hunting joke) from the murderer just in the nick of time.  And I hope she keeps bringing her brand of social commentary to cozies for a long time to come.

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MEET THE AUTHOR



After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. She lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting on Facebook.  THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE is the fifth book in the bestselling Cherry Tucker Mystery series.

The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a Daphne du Maurier finalist, Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner.

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GIVEAWAY!!!

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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for my objective review.  Post contains affiliate links.)

12 comments:

  1. I LOVED this review!! Wow! Thanks so much Back Porchervations! Readers don't always pick up on those social divisions that are so apparent in small towns. They are what they are, but they do exist!
    And I loved all the hunting jokes. ;)

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    1. Except for my 'wild youth' when I dabbled in the 'big cities' I'm a small-town kind of gal. Yeah, I had my snark-hat on that day, didn't I? *LOL*

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  2. The Body in the Landscape sounds like a great read! I'm looking forward to reading it and other books by Larissa Reinhart.

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    1. Glad I could share this fun book with you, Peggy!

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  3. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. elainehroberson at gmail.com

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    1. I, too, have found so many books to add to my TBR list from reading other bloggers' reviews, Elaine!

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  4. I am glad that among all that busy reading for this year you were finally able to catch up on that series you love and read this next installment, which it seems like you also really enjoyed too!

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    1. My goal for 2016 is to get better and getting the reviews done and getting books read recorded for my reading challenges, Olivia-Savannah. Hope you're having fun on your bloggy holiday!

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