When I get a Larissa Reinhart book, I can’t wait to read it. I know it will be a page turner with lots of twists and turns, romance, humor and fascinating characters.
As the book opens, the sheriff asks Cherry to draw a composite sketch of a hijacker. The result of this sketch leads her on a spiraling path to a related murder, an immigration scam and a series of other issues.
The highlight of the book and the entire series is the protagonist, Cherry Tucker. She’s like a Jack Russell Terrier, full of bold tenacity, determination, intensity and a strong prey drive. Of course Jack Russells are also intelligent and clever.
Cherry is a classically trained artist, who appreciates fine art. The classical series that she has sold, “The Greek Todds” has gotten her nemesis labeling it “pervert art” and threatening to destroy her reputation in her hometown. While attempting to solve the mystery and complete a portrait commission, she is distracted by saving her reputation.
What endears me to Cherry and what makes this series more than just a fun read is Cherry’s heart and empathy. One of the victim leaves a grandmother with serious emphysema living hooked up to an oxygen tank, taking care of the victim’s son. The family is living in a shanty town with fighting dogs, meth cookers, guns and dangerous people everywhere. The average person wouldn’t be able to get out of there fast enough. But Cherry decides to help them. She brings them casseroles, pizzas and groceries. Enlisting the aid of a local church, she helps them secure a funeral for the victim. She cleans the house and visits them. But most of all, she treats them with the respect they deserve.
Five stars out of five.
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