Portrait of a Dead Guy

Portrait of a Dead Guy

Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits

***A Daphne Du Maurier finalist, The Emily finalist, Dixie Kane Memorial Winner, and Night Owl Review top pick***

“Reinhart is a truly talented author and this book was one of the best cozy mysteries we reviewed this year…We highly recommend this book to all lovers of mystery books.” – Mystery Tribune

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.

“An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!” – Jennie Bentley, New York Times Bestselling Author of Flipped Out

“The tone of this marvelously cracked book is not unlike Sophie Littlefield’s brilliant A Bad Day for Sorry, as author Reinhart dishes out shovelfuls of ribald humor and mayhem. It takes a rare talent to successfully portray a beer-and-hormone-addled artist as a sympathetic and worthy heroine, but Reinhart pulls it off with tongue-in-cheek panache.” – Mystery Scene Magazine

“Don’t miss Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart! Portrait is pure enjoyment, a laugh out loud mystery with some Southern romance thrown in. Five stars.” — Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

“Laugh-out-loud funny and as Southern as sweet tea and cheese grits, Larissa Reinhart’s masterfully crafted whodunit, Portrait of a Dead Guy, provides high-octane action with quirky, down-home characters and a trouble-magnet heroine who’ll steal readers’ hearts.” – Debby Giusti, Author of The Captain’s Mission and The Colonel’s Daughter

“A sweet, southern stroke of brilliance…Action, humor, mystery and a dash of romance all packed into one quirky creation. Trust me when I tell you—don’t miss this one.” — The Book Boost

“Reinhart’s debut sparkles with wit. A fun, fast-paced read and a rollicking start to her Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. If you like your stories southern-fried with a side of romance, this book’s for you!” — Leslie Tentler, Author of Midnight Caller 

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small town humor, Southern humor, comic (humorous) crime and mystery, small town and rural.

Books in the Cherry Tucker Humorous Mystery Series:

A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)

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    Portrait of a Dead Guy Reviews

  • Terri Austin

    As a small town portrait artist, Cherry Tucker, works hard to make a living. So when she hears that the wealthy Branson family want a portrait of their trouble-making son, Dustin, she jumps on it. One...

  • Aimee

    Love, love, love this book. I have always been a Stephanie Plum fan, but have had a hard time finding another good read with the same snark, humor, and hit me out of nowhere kind of plot...not to ment...

  • LynDee

    Cherry Tucker is a hoot! When the local bad boy turns up dead in small town Georgia and his slightly kooky family wants a "coffin portrait," Cherry hops-to hoping for a fat commission check. But she g...

  • Lynn Farris

    “Portrait of a Dead Guy” is an auspicious start to Larissa Reinhart’s career as a mystery writer. The book has already garnished a variety of awards and nominations and it has yet to be publishe...

  • Sally Kilpatrick

    You know, if Stephanie Plum had a country cousin, I'm thinking she would be a lot like Cherry Tucker. And if you're in the mood for a cozy set in a small southern town, then this is the book you seek....

  • Susan Boyer

    Larissa Reinhart delivers the goods in her debut novel, Portrait of a Dead Guy. The series protagonist, Cherry Tucker is a hoot--my very favorite kind of character. The story is well paced, the plot i...

  • Denise Grover Swank

    Clever mystery with witty dialogue and an infuriating protagonist you can't help loving. I can't wait to read the next book in the series-- Still Life in Brunswick Stew!...

  • Ian

    Struggling small town artist, commissions are thin on the ground for Cherry, so when the town's wealthiest family ask her to paint a portrait of their murdered son she takes the job despite the creepy...

  • Kendel Lynn

    I was immediately drawn to this book by its title and I was not disappointed. Larissa Reinhart paints a delightful southern mystery full of sassy wit and hometown drama. Amateur sleuth Cherry Tucker p...

  • Robin Leslie Coxon

    Portrait of a Dead Guy is the first in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series by Larissa Reinhart. Her main character, Cherry Tucker, who is a spitfire from the south that strives to prove everyone wrong wh...