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#FlashbackFriday – The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper) by Larissa Reinhart #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper)
Sassy Southern Suspense
Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Past Perfect Press (April 16, 2018)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 0998548499
ISBN-13: 978-0998548494
Kindle ASIN: B07C12W8WB

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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Finley Goodhart has lived an interesting life as a con artist/hustler who really wants to leave that life behind but when she learns her fellow con artist/friend Penny Forbes has died she knows there is much more to the story. There is no way her death went down as reported. Fin knows Penny was murdered and she is going to find out who did it and why. Teaming up with her ex-partner/boyfriend Lex Leopold and all the entourage he brings may be the only way to get Penny justice. Her first lead ties Penny to an exclusive matchmaking service and she is hoping she and Lex can figure out the scheme they were running to get Penny killed and just maybe avenge her death.

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The Cupid Caper is a complicated story with a lot of moving parts and players. At times I thought a scorecard would be helpful to keep everyone straight. Fin and Lex donned different personas throughout the book to access different groups and places and traveled the entire Atlanta Georgia area as they tried to piece together what happened to Penny and who was responsible for her death. An elaborate sting is constructed to take down the believed responsible party/s but nothing is straight forward and there are several epic twists before we reach the final page. Not everything is nicely wrapped by the end leaving an opening for future books featuring Finley Goodhart.

Ms. Reinhart has created unique and interesting characters. Finley really has no idea who she can trust.  Lex wants Finley back in his life in a permanent meaningful way and he is hard to resist. Through them, readers are introduced to the elite and members of the Atlanta underworld. Some were downright creepy, all were flawed and all were compelling.

The Cupid Caper is a gritty suspense-filled story with several cat and mouse escapades taking readers on a wild ride. I enjoyed reading it very much. I am surprised the author hasn’t released more books with these intriguing characters but it looks there may be sequels in the works.

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A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the award-winning Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about women, looking for love (and dead bodies) in all the wrong places.

Larissa, her family, and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, lived in Nagoya, Japan, but have returned to Peachtree City, Georgia. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Larissa loves books, food, and traveling with her family. You can often see her adventures on Instagram (and her little dog, too).

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Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series:
Pig’N a Poke (for newsletter subscribers only)
THE CUPID CAPER
THE PONY PREDICAMENT
THE HEIR AFFAIR

The Cherry Tucker Mystery Series in reading order:

A CHRISTMAS QUICK SKETCH (prequel novella)
PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY
STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW
HIJACK IN ABSTRACT
THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (Halloween novella)
DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE
THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE
A VIEW TO A CHILL
A COMPOSITION IN MURDER
A MOTHERLODE OF TROUBLE (in YEAR-LONG TROUBLE anthology)

The Maizie Albright Star Detective series in reading order:

15 MINUTES –First in series (15 MINUTES) is free during COVID. 

16 MILLIMETERS
NC-17
A VIEW TO A CHILL
17.5 CARTRIDGES IN A PEAR TREE
18 CALIBER (2020)
19 CRIMINALS (2021)

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18 1/2 Disguises: A Romantic Comedy Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective) by Larissa Reinhart #Spotlight / #Giveaway


18 1/2 Disguises: A Romantic Comedy Mystery
(Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart

About 18 1/2 Disguises 


18 1/2 Disguises: A Romantic Comedy Mystery
(Maizie Albright Star Detective)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Past Perfect Press (February 2, 2021)
Digital – ASIN: B08M6J7Y39
Number of Pages ~320

MAIZIE’S AFTER A COSTUMER’S KILLER WHO’S SEW EVIL, IT’S SHEAR MADNESS…

 

#DisguisedDetectiving Maizie Albright might have once played a (teenage) private investigator on TV, but she’s now living the part. Her (mother’s) name is on her business cards. Her (boss’s) appointment book is brimming with new clients. And her bank account has grown large enough to finally trade in her dirt bike for an actual new (pre-owned) vehicle.

 

And then there’s Wyatt Nash. Love of her life. Future father of her…

 

Wait.

And then there’s Wyatt Nash. Future partner in her business. Because Nash is now working for her father. Not the private investigation business that’s waiting for Nash to get out of the red so they can get on with…

 

Just what, Maizie isn’t so sure.

 

But she is sure about one thing. She’s ready to take on her own cases. To prove to (herself) her friends and family, she’s more than just a (washed-up actress) assistant private eye. And when Maizie finds her costume designer friend killed during a masquerade gala, it’s the opportunity Maizie hoped she’d never get. An investigation into an old friend’s murder. One that’s put her new friend, Rhonda, in jeopardy.

 

While the police begin their inquiries, Maizie starts her own case. She’s needling Black Pine’s wealthy do-gooders, threading through lies, stitching together clues, and ripping out false leads. Her investigation may cost Maizie her job, her relationships, and her life. But by unspooling the truth, Maizie’s darned if they stop her from catching a killer who’s sew evil, it’s shear madness.

 

About Larissa Reinhart 

Visit Larissa’s website to join her VIP Readers email group and get the free prequel to The Cupid Caper plus other exclusive bonus content! www.larissareinhart.com

A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the award-winning Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about women, looking for love (and dead bodies) in all the wrong places.

Larissa, her family, and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, lived in Nagoya, Japan, but have returned to Peachtree City, Georgia. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Larissa loves books, food, and traveling with her family. You can often see her adventures on Instagram (and her little dog, too).

The Cherry Tucker Mystery Series in reading order:
A CHRISTMAS QUICK SKETCH (prequel novella)
PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY
STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW
HIJACK IN ABSTRACT
THE VIGILANTE VIGNETTE (Halloween novella)
DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE
THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE
A VIEW TO A CHILL
A COMPOSITION IN MURDER
A MOTHERLODE OF TROUBLE (in YEAR-LONG TROUBLE anthology)

The Maizie Albright Star Detective series in reading order:
15 MINUTESFirst in series (15 MINUTES) is free during COVID. 

16 MILLIMETERS
NC-17
A VIEW TO A CHILL
17.5 CARTRIDGES IN A PEAR TREE
18 CALIBER (2020)
19 CRIMINALS (2021)

Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series:
Pig’N a Poke (for newsletter subscribers only)
THE CUPID CAPER
THE PONY PREDICAMENT (2020)
THE HEIR AFFAIR (2021)

Social Media Links:

Website  VIP Readers:     Official Facebook    Facebook    Fan group     Bookbub    Goodreads    Pinterest

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Year-Round Trouble: 14 Original Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Familiar Legacy) #Spotlight

Year-Round Trouble: 14 Original Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Familiar Legacy)
by Susan Y. Tanner, Miranda James, Carolyn Haines, Joanne Pence, Caroline Fardig, Connie Shelton, Ritter Ames, Larissa Reinhart, Pamela Sue DuMond, Jaden Terrell, Susan Boles, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Rebecca Barrett

Series: Familiar Legacy
Cozy Mysteries
Publisher: KaliOka Press (January 3, 2020)
Paperback: 476 pages
ISBN-10: 0984700196
ISBN-13: 978-098470019
Kindle ASIN: B081XS1L33

14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love!

From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.

Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice.

Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!

 

About the Authors

Even as a child, I was aware of my daddy’s love for and pride in America. During WWII, he served on a naval aircraft carrier and in its planes as an aviation radioman. He met and married my mama while stationed in New York, far from his Mississippi home. I love the picture from their wedding day which sits on my dresser. He’s in uniform, standing behind her, his arms around her. Daddy talked very little about his time in the service and only as an adult did I realize the wounds he carried inside from things experienced during battle. I’ll always stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and I’ll always respect our country and our flag. That’s a part of my daddy’s legacy to me.

Miranda (aka Dean) James grew up in Mississippi on the family farm. After high school, Dean headed to college and eventually to graduate school in Houston, Texas, where he earned a Ph.D. in history, concentrating on medieval England. The academic job market being so abysmal then, he went on to get a master’s degree in library science and has worked, off and on, for the past thirty-three years as a medical librarian with a long stint as a bookseller in addition. Greatly influenced by Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and the Hardy Boys, Dean wanted to become a writer from an early age and tell his own stories about ordinary people who solve mysteries.

Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over 80 books, including the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series, the Pluto’s Snitch spirit detectives series, and Trouble, the black cat detective series. She has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Alabama Public Library Association and the Mississippi Writer’s Guild and in 2020 she was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. She lives on a small farm in south Alabama with a number of rescue animals. She is an advocate for animals and the environment.

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Special Guest – Larissa Reinhart – Author of NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective) – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway

NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart

I am so excited to have Larissa Reinhart stop by for a visit today!

Hi Larissa, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a stay-at-home mom who does book formatting and writes books on the side. I’ve got two teenage girls who really influenced me in writing NC-17, the third Maizie Albright Star Detective book. Maizie is hired by fifteen-year-old YouTube stars to find their missing co-star. I also used to teach high school history, so I love having children in my books. But watching my daughters’ use of YouTube (they watch it more than TV), really influenced my decision to focus the celebrity entertainment part of the mystery on YouTube.

 What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. I sing in a church choir. Music is a big part of my life. I was offered a scholarship to study music for college but didn’t want to teach. And ended up teaching history.
  2. I was born with a very mild form of cerebral palsy but wasn’t able to walk normally for until after a lot of physical therapy. Which is probably why I almost failed PE in elementary school. And why I tend to walk on my toes.
  3. Even though I post a lot of pictures of my dog, Biscuit, I grew up with cats. I love cats, but I’m allergic to them!

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Tawny Scrawny Lion. I loved that book! I still have it. Love those Little Golden Books!

What are you reading now?

I’m re-reading my battered paperback of DEAD CERT by Dick Francis. I went to a steeplechase recently. I want to use a steeplechase in a new manuscript and to get some background, I’m going back to Dick Francis. I read many of his books ten years ago or more, so it’s been a while!

What made you decide you want to write?

I’ve always written stories since kindergarten or first grade. I think they’re all stories that I want to work out for myself or to entertain myself. I get an idea and need to write it out.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I have a Danish modern chair we inherited from my husband’s grandparents. They brought it back from Denmark when they were stationed in Europe after WWII. It’s got a footstool and is very comfortable for holding a laptop in my lap and writing. I sit at my desk for the “business” side of writing.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

It’s very random. Sometimes events or places I’ve visited, like the steeplechase I mentioned earlier. A person will catch my eye. I might hear about a crime.

What books have most inspired you?

Books by Agatha Christie, Elmore Leonard, Jennifer Crusie, and Daphne du Maurier.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Making myself sit for long periods of time. It’s very hard for me!

What do you think makes a good story?

More than a compelling plot, I think interesting characters with a well-developed character arc makes a great story.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Oh boy. None really! They’re all affected by the sins of their parents and I had a pretty happy childhood. But I can put myself in their mindset, so there has to be a little in there, right? For Maizie Albright, it’s probably her optimism and naïveté. For Cherry Tucker, the art, her height, and I grew up in the country, so there’s a little redneck in me. Finley Goodhart’s really hard to call because she grew up on the streets as a teenager. She’s small town, though, so I know that.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I think it chose me. I wanted to write romantic comedies with a mystery subplot, but I ended up writing mysteries with a romantic comedy subplot!

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

My voice stands out. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. A lot of cozies have humor in them, but something about my voice makes it distinctive. My first critique of Portrait of a Dead Guy was done by an established romance author and she said it was the kind of voice people would either “love or hate.” A good editor helps with that!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’ve always got many kettles boiling. The steeplechase scene will likely appear in my next Finley Goodhart Crime Caper. I’ve been taking notes on the next Maizie Albright, 18 Caliber, and ideas for another Cherry Tucker. Too many stories to write and too little time!

Thank you so much, Larissa, for stopping by today!

Keep reading to find out about Larissa’s new book, NC-17.

About the Book


NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
Cozy Mystery/Women’s Detective Fiction
3rd in Series
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018)
Paperback, 370 pages
ISBN13 – 9781732351660
Digital ASIN: B07HFVV7V7

#StillDetectiveing

As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.

Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.

Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.

While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.

Praise for NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart

I love Mazie and her hot mess of everything. She tries so hard to channel inner acting jobs to help her get through everything and when the chips are down.
~Community Bookstop

The entertaining story drew me in instantly and kept me enthralled all the way through. I love the ending.
~Jane Reads

About the Author

Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning 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 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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Cozy Wednesday with Larissa Reinhart – Author of 16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery – 20 Quick Questions – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am over the moon to have Larissa at Escape With Dollycas today as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour! 


20 Quick Questions with Larissa Reinhart

 

Favorite Color – orange

Favorite Candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Favorite Snack – Fried Apple Pie

Favorite Soft Drink – Tea

Favorite Hard Drink – Lemon Sour (a drink in Japan made from fresh lemon, seltzer water, and Japanese grain alcohol—kind of a vodka made from rice)

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – dark chocolate with raspberry

Favorite Movie – Lost in Translation

Favorite TV Show – Cops

Favorite Book – This one’s too hard, I have many favorites 😉 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is my earliest favorite.

Favorite Fictional Character – Edward Rochester

Favorite Super Hero – Black Widow

Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Favorite Carnival Ride – bumper cars

Favorite Spring Activity – Eating BBQ

Favorite Summer Activity – Floating or tubing (inner tube on a river)

Favorite Fall Activity – Going to the North Georgia Mountains and eating fried apple pie

Favorite Winter Activity – Reading

Favorite Place to Read – In bed

Favorite Place to Write – In my inherited Danish chair with a footstool

Not sure if this what Larissa’s looks like 🙂

Dream Vacation Destination – Singapore

Thank you so much Larissa for plating 20 Quick Questions! 

Now let me tell you about her new book!

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press (October 17, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maizie Albright is working at Nash Security Solutions but as a bookkeeper instead of getting the training she needs for her private detective license. That changes when she brings the firm a new case that entails keeping a movie starlet out of trouble and to the set on time. Should be easy, right? But what starts out a basically a babysitting job turns into a full blown case with dead bodies and body doubles. It also brings Wyatt closer to admitting his feeling for her. Now she just needs to stay alive and solve the case so she can maybe take their relationship to a whole new level.

Hollywood comes to Georgia and brings a whole bunch of trouble. I liked that Maizie had a history with actress she is supposed to be “watching” and quickly finds out she really doesn’t know her very well at all.  It isn’t long before Nash is brought in because with the sighting of  more than one dead body that goes missing before the cops can arrive, Maizie is clearly in over her head. Maize still has the spunk she had in the first book, standing up to her overbearing mother and not giving up on the case. Finding herself in some sticky situations she is able to think on her feet, but some situations could be avoided if she would think before she acts. That is why she is still in training and #StillAWannabeDetective.

The author has packed a lot of action, danger, humor, and romantic tension in this story. Twists and turns are “off the chain” 🙂 The relationships and conversation are realistic and had me laughing so many times. Maize is truly one of a kind and I just can’t get enough. Unlike her former Hollywood persona, Julia Pinkerton, there is no script and the dead bodies and the danger are all real. And so is steamy Wyatt Nash. Another awesome character that I love.

I dove right into this book and completely escaped. Yes, I think I am channeling my much younger self  a little bit in this review. Maizie just brings that out of me. This was a fun read and I can’t wait for the next Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery! I really want to follow her wherever she goes and whatever messes she gets herself in and out of.

#AMUSTREAD     #5STARS      #GETYOURCOPYTODAY

Dollycas
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About The Author

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, 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, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

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16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery by Larissa Reinhart – Great Escapes Book Blast

 

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
by Larissa Reinhart

Release Date – October 17, 2017

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#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.

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About The Author

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, 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, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

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#Review / #Giveaway – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart – Great Escapes Book Tour

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15 MINUTES
by Larissa Reinhart

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15 Minutes: A Maizie Albright Star Detective Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Past Perfect Press (January 24, 2017)
Paperback: 341 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997885323
E-Book ASIN: B01N77ZK94
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Synopsis

#10days #findthewoman #getthejob #doNOTfallinlove

When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Maizie Albright has had more than her own 15 minutes of fame and is ready to move on from it. The problem is her momager won’t let her do it. She follows her daughter back to Black Pine and brings the cameras with her. Maizie is trying to train to be a private investigator and wiggles her way into a missing person case. She quickly learns even out in the real world life can all be just a performance, a performance that can keep her alive!

Our main character, Maizie Albright, is a complex character. She seems to be intelligent and on the ball and the next minute staring off into space or not very sure of herself. I liked her because she felt like a real person trying her best to make lemonade from a batch of sour lemons.

Her mother is an overpowering woman, out for herself, and does everything she can to try to get Maizie to do what she wants. 

Wyatt Nash is also pretty complex. This is the man Maizie hopes will help her succeed in her dream of becoming a P.I. but he is stubborn and has no desire to bring Maizie into his business.

But Maizie has what the late actress, Mary Tyler Moore had, she has SPUNK! These three characters drive this story and they are surrounded by a great cast.

Ms. Reinhart has struck gold with these characters and she has written them into a fabulous and funny mystery story. Twists and turns, romantic tension, great dialogue full of humor and fast quips, along with some Southern flair had these pages absolutely flying. I was sorry the story had to end.

A smashing debut for this series! I want more Maizie A.S.A.P.!!

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larissaAbout The Author

Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.

Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter.

If you enjoy her books, please leave a review. She sends you virtual hugs and undying gratitude for your support!

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“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s “Cherry Tucker” series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: “Donuts.” Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty “star detective” I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new “star mystery writer!”
— Penny Warner, Author of DEATH OF A CHOCOLATE CHEATER and THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of THE BREAKUP DOCTOR series

“Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!”
— Terri L. Austin, bestselling author of the ROSE STRICKLAND MYSTERIES and the NULL FOR HIRE series.

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15 Minutes is highly enjoyable ride along with Maizie. She has just the right mix of down to Earth problems and outrageous events to keep the story grounded but rolling along.
~The Broke Book Bank

Celebrity gossip fans, reality TV fans, and of course mystery fans are going to love Maizie Albright. She is determined, quirky, and lots of fun.
~The Book’s the Thing

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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – The Body in the Landscape by Larissa Reinhart

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The Body in the Landscape
by Larissa Reinhart

THE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPEThe Body in the Landscape
(A Cherry Tucker Mystery)
5th in Series

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (December 15, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1943390373
E-Book ASIN: B015G3FE6A
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Synopsis:

“Anyone who likes humorous mysteries will also enjoy local author Larissa Reinhart, who captures small town Georgia in the laugh-out-loud escapades of struggling artist Cherry Tucker.” –Fayette Woman Magazine

“Cherry is a quirky spitfire who lights the match that sets her little town on fire.” – Dru’s Book Musings

When Cherry Tucker’s invited to paint the “kill portrait” for the winner of 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.

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

Books in the Cherry Tucker Humorous Mystery Series:
• QUICK SKETCH (Novella prequel to PORTRAIT 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)

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After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. She lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting on FacebookTHE BODY IN THE LANDSCAPE is the fifth book in the bestselling Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a Daphne du Maurier finalist, Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner.

 

 

 

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Review: Heartache Motel: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas by Terri L. Austin, Larissa Reinhart, and LynDee Walker

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Heartache Motel: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas (Henery Press Mystery Novellas)
Publisher: Henery Press (December 10, 2013)
E-Book File Size: 518 KB
ASIN: B00H7H2LTM
Paperback: 225 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1938383915
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THREE TIMES THE FUN AND MYSTERY…

Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin
A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)

Ma, Rose and Roxy close up the diner and head to Graceland for the holiday. Axton and Stoner Joe come along for the ride. There is a mix up with their hotel reservation and they end up staying at the Heartache Motel, which wouldn’t even rate 1 star.  When one of the Elvis impersonator turns up dead Rose finds herself right in the middle of the investigation.

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)

Cherry and her boyfriend Todd roll into town to help his cousin out of a jam and are staying at the Heartache Motel. Todd is quite the poker player and clearly his cousin is not, as he was hustled out of all his Christmas money and lost his job too. With a little help they set up a “sting” to try to win back the lost money. Cherry is hoping to use her drawing ability to sketch the players to be sure the right players get stung.

DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker
A Nichelle Clarke Headline in Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)

Nichelle is on her way home for Christmas with just a quick stopover in Memphis to get her mom the perfect gift.  But even at Graceland she makes headlines when the whole place is locked down when a treasured item goes missing. As she tries to get the scoop on the story she finds herself getting dangerously close to the thief.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I thought it would be nice to finish out the year with a little Elvis. He was an icon a little before my time but my sister and mom always had his songs playing. I never got “All Shook Up” about him but his music sure has withstood the test of time.

I had only read LynDee Walker’s Headline in Heels Mysteries before this collection of novellas but I can say these authors have a chart topper with this group of stories.

Terri’s characters really drew me in and I can’t wait to read the whole Rose Strickland Mystery Series.

Larissa’s protagonist reminds me of Sharon Pape’s Rory McCain. Those sketch artists always seem to be able to solve the mystery.

After reviewing LynDee’s Front Page Fatality and Buried Leads, I was already a fan of Nichelle Clark and her wild shoe addiction.

This interconnected format is a great way to introduce every cozy lover to these characters and their stories. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if at least the main characters could have run into each other 🙂  Maybe sometime in the future.

This was a perfect escape for my last book of the year!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

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