The Cupid Caper: A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper

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Sassy, Sexy, Southern Suspense

She uses her criminal past to catch crooks. He wants her back. In the grift. And in his life. Can Finley Goodhart convince Lex that doing good is the greatest hustle of all?



Ex-grifter Finley Goodhart may try to stay on the straight and narrow, but walking that thin line becomes wobbly when she believes her friend Penny was murdered. The last thing she wants is to work with her ex-partner (and ex-boyfriend), the brilliant (brilliantly frustrating) British con artist, Lex Leopold. However, when it appears Penny's demise might be related to an exclusive matchmaking service for millionaires, Fin needs Lex's help to pull a long con to get the goods on Penny.


Romance is in the air for hustlers, gangsters, and their marks. Unfortunately for Fin and Lex, infiltrating the racket doesn't make for a match made in heaven. This Valentine swindle could stop their hearts for good.


Related subjects include: crime capers, soft-boiled mysteries, organized crime, amateur sleuths, mystery caper, Atlanta-based mystery, light noir, 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, con artist, small town and rural.

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman's World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews. Larissa's a contributor to the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader's Choice winner, was the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year finalist, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Larissa's family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV's House Hunters International "Living for the Weekend in Nagoya" episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.

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Apr 24, 2018
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324
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9780998548487
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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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:



QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)


PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)


STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)


HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)


DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)


THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)


THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)


A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)

Delightfully Southern, Surprisingly Edgy, and Deliciously Unpredictable.


"Reinhart's country-fried mystery is as much fun as a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a state fair. Her sleuth wields a paintbrush and unravels clues with equal skill and flair. Readers who like a little small-town charm with their mysteries will enjoy Reinhart's series.” — Denise Swanson, New York Times Bestselling author of the Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime Store mysteries



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.



Caught between helping Eloise’s family and an ongoing investigation, Cherry finds herself in hot water with her deputy boyfriend, who doesn’t appreciate her style of sleuthing. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, her love life steams. Meanwhile, the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.


A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick and part of the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. Get Cherry Tucker’s second caper now!



“The hilariously droll Larissa Reinhart cooks up a quirky and entertaining page-turner! This charming mystery is delightfully Southern, surprisingly edgy, and deliciously unpredictable.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author



“Cherry Tucker finds trouble without even looking for it, and plenty of it finds her in Still Life in Brunswick Stew. From investigating the death of her close friend, digging up dirt on the locally transplanted Russian gangster, and trying to figure out what’s going on in her relationship with her hot boyfriend Luke—a sheriff’s deputy—this mystery keeps you laughing and guessing from the first page to the last. A whole-hearted five stars.” — Denise Grover Swank, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author



Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth, 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 Mystery Series:



QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)


PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)


STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)


HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)


DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)


THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)


THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)


A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)


May Your Days Be Cherry & Albright...

In this Rashomon-style Christmas mystery, while Cherry Tucker suffers from flu-induced visions of murder, Maizie Albright’s on the hunt for a missing granddaughter whose criminal stockings have long been filled with coal.



“It was like having the best of both characters in the same story, yet separated by their roles. I look forward to more adventures together or separately with these lovable characters.” —Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musing



When Halo's most notorious artist, Cherry Tucker, thinks she sees a crime through her bedroom window, her feverish claims are ignored by her family. Trapped in bed, influenza is the least of her problems. Deputy Luke Harper can't be found. She can’t tell fevered dream from reality. And a very bad Santa knows Cherry’s spotted his Christmas killing. It's going to take a Christmas miracle for Cherry to recover.



Meanwhile, ex-celebrity and #WannabeDetective Maizie Albright’s determined to help an elderly woman find her missing granddaughter despite her private investigator boss (and not-so-secret crush) Wyatt Nash’s claims that the grandmother’s annual plea is nothing but a dangerously wild goose chase. This holiday, Maizie’s search takes her away from her family and Nash to Halo, Georgia, where a storm threatens her nerves and her quest. When a deviant Santa learns Maizie’s looking for the granddaughter, he put Maizie on his naughty list. This Santa may get his holly jollies from murder.



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, Christmas, mystery novella, short story (single author), novella, small town and rural.



Books in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series:


QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)


PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)


STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)


HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)


DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)


THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)


THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)


A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)


Books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:


15 MINUTES


16 MILLIMETERS


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)


NC-17

Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound...Wait, what?

“Fresh from Hollywood get ready to bubble along with Maizie Albright Star Detective. She’s #adorbs.” — Jena’s Books


“Another fun outing for Maizie Albright, former child star. Larissa Reinhart always brings humor and grit to her mysteries.” — Terri L. Austin, author of the Rose Strickland Mysteries and the Null for Hire series.


#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real-life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.


Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.


So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.


Related subjects include: private investigator, cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, humorous women’s fiction, chick lit, former child stars, romantic comedies, mothers and daughters, movie stars, Hollywood satire, and small-town humor

May Your Days Be Cherry & Albright...

In this Rashomon-style Christmas mystery, while Cherry Tucker suffers from flu-induced visions of murder, Maizie Albright’s on the hunt for a missing granddaughter whose criminal stockings have long been filled with coal.



“It was like having the best of both characters in the same story, yet separated by their roles. I look forward to more adventures together or separately with these lovable characters.” —Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musing



When Halo's most notorious artist, Cherry Tucker, thinks she sees a crime through her bedroom window, her feverish claims are ignored by her family. Trapped in bed, influenza is the least of her problems. Deputy Luke Harper can't be found. She can’t tell fevered dream from reality. And a very bad Santa knows Cherry’s spotted his Christmas killing. It's going to take a Christmas miracle for Cherry to recover.



Meanwhile, ex-celebrity and #WannabeDetective Maizie Albright’s determined to help an elderly woman find her missing granddaughter despite her private investigator boss (and not-so-secret crush) Wyatt Nash’s claims that the grandmother’s annual plea is nothing but a dangerously wild goose chase. This holiday, Maizie’s search takes her away from her family and Nash to Halo, Georgia, where a storm threatens her nerves and her quest. When a deviant Santa learns Maizie’s looking for the granddaughter, he put Maizie on his naughty list. This Santa may get his holly jollies from murder.



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, Christmas, mystery novella, short story (single author), novella, small town and rural.



Books in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series:


QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)


PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)


STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)


HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)


DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)


THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)


THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)


A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)


Books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:


15 MINUTES


16 MILLIMETERS


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)


NC-17

Delightfully Southern, Surprisingly Edgy, and Deliciously Unpredictable.


"Reinhart's country-fried mystery is as much fun as a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a state fair. Her sleuth wields a paintbrush and unravels clues with equal skill and flair. Readers who like a little small-town charm with their mysteries will enjoy Reinhart's series.” — Denise Swanson, New York Times Bestselling author of the Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime Store mysteries



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.



Caught between helping Eloise’s family and an ongoing investigation, Cherry finds herself in hot water with her deputy boyfriend, who doesn’t appreciate her style of sleuthing. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, her love life steams. Meanwhile, the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.


A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick and part of the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. Get Cherry Tucker’s second caper now!



“The hilariously droll Larissa Reinhart cooks up a quirky and entertaining page-turner! This charming mystery is delightfully Southern, surprisingly edgy, and deliciously unpredictable.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author



“Cherry Tucker finds trouble without even looking for it, and plenty of it finds her in Still Life in Brunswick Stew. From investigating the death of her close friend, digging up dirt on the locally transplanted Russian gangster, and trying to figure out what’s going on in her relationship with her hot boyfriend Luke—a sheriff’s deputy—this mystery keeps you laughing and guessing from the first page to the last. A whole-hearted five stars.” — Denise Grover Swank, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author



Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth, 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 Mystery Series:



QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)


PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)


STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)


HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)


DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)


THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)


THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)


A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)


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:



QUICK SKETCH (novella in HEARTACHE MOTEL)


PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1)


STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2)


HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (#3)


DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (#4)


THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE (#5)


THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (novella)


A COMPOSITION IN MURDER (#6)


A VIEW TO A CHILL (novella)

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