The Body in the Landscape by Larissa Reinhart
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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Description: When Cherry Tucker's invited to pain the winning portrait for 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. (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: The cover caught my eye and I liked that the main character was an artist.
My Impression: I'm always a little nervous when starting a new cozy mystery author. Are they going to be overly cute-sy? Is it going to be silly with lots of plot holes? Or even worse, is it going to be boring? The answer to all those questions is no not in the least. Instead, Reinhart provides a fast paced mystery and an interesting and quirky detective told in a breezy friendly voice that I couldn't help but be drawn into.
Cherry is the type of amateur detective that I'd usually have issues with. Not only is she a full on amateur detective but she's also a visitor. She's the nosiest of nosy detectives and has no problem involving herself in a mystery that she has absolutely no business being in. But in this case it actually worked. I think it's because Cherry is so likable and matter of fact about her motives that to me she read as quirky instead of busybody.
This is the 5th book in the Cherry Tucker series and there are mentions or a pretty intense back story. While it is talked about and Cherry does spend quite a bit of time worrying about what's going to happen I didn't feel like it affected my enjoyment of this mystery. The turmoil that's swirling around Cherry is talked about quite a lot but I felt like I got enough of an idea of what was happening to not be confused. This series would probably be better read in order but it's definitely not mandatory. If you're looking for a fun cozy mystery with a unique amateur detective this is definitely one to try!
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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to Cherry next and I'd love to see what caused all the turmoil and drama.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, if you like cozy mysteries I think you'd enjoy this one.