“The Body in the Landscape” is the fifth book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series by Larissa Reinhart. Larissa is the 2014 and 2015 Georgia Author of the Year nominee, a Daphne du Maurier finalist, The Emily finalist and The Dixie Kane Memorial winner.
As the story opens, Cherry Tucker has been hired to paint the “kill portrait” for the winner of the Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt and is spending the weekend with famous hunters at the resort. While she is waiting for the hunt, she decides to paint a watercolor landscape and notices a strange royal blue in setting. When she investigates, she finds a hat. But near the hat is a dead body. The police believe that the local drunk just took an accidental spill, but Cherry thinks it is more than that and investigates.
I’ve read all the books in this series and there are four things I love, that they all have in common.
Cherry Tucker, the protagonist is a big-hearted, down-home southern girl educated as a professional artist. She’s feisty with a penchant for getting into trouble because she has a hard time letting go of something when she believes she is right.
The tone is humorous without going overboard. You don’t laugh at Cherry, she is smart and does her job well. It’s the unusual situations she finds herself in that I find funny – such as painting a “kill portrait.”
A dab of romance is present in all her books with her ex-husband, Todd a drummer, Luke a detective, whose family is embroiled in a long-term feud with hers and Max an older rich patron all vying for her affection.
Like most good cozy stories hers ends in a happily ever after – or at least until the next book.
If you enjoy fast-paced funny mysteries, this book is for you.
Five stars out of five.
In accordance with FTC guidelines for reviewers, I would like to clarify that this book was provided to me by the publisher free of charge. I am not compensated by the author or publisher for my review. All they expect is an honest review of the work.