Review ~ Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart

Posted June 3, 2013 by Michelle in Review / 3 Comments

I can go a couple months reading Middle Grade or a couple weeks reading YA depending on my mood. I always like a change once in a while just to keep things interesting.

So while I was on Goodreads one day I noticed someone else read this book and gave it 5 stars plus the cover looked really cool so I clicked on it.

What the heck is a humorous mystery (which was the category this book was listed in) first thing I though of was the TV show Castle (love that show). I read the synopsis and instantly knew I wanted to read this book.

I am so happy I took a chance on a genre I have never read before because I now found a new genre to read.

Which could be a good thing or a very bad thing. My poor To Be Read list 😉

Portrait of a Dead Guy 
by Larissa Reinhart

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.

4/5 stars

The cover of this book is great. The name of the book cracks me up and after reading the book makes me laugh even harder. I absolutely love the fonts for this cover too I think that’s the graphic designer in me 🙂

The character of Cherry Tucker is fantastic. I absolutely love her. The entire cast is written so well. I loved how when something would happen it was like a game of telephone, by the time it got back to Cherry it was nothing like what really happened. This made it hilarious as she tried to explain herself but no one would listen to her or really cared, they pretty much liked their version better.

The chemistry she had with the handsome Luke was just enough to make me love him. I can just picture how handsome he is. **sigh**

Todd wasn’t to bad either I think he is a complete sweet potato 🙂 (that’s me channeling my inner southern lingo or watching to much of the movie Shag)

This is just an amazing read by the time you find out who did it I was like WHAT!!! LOVED this book. Such a great story. I really enjoyed reading about Cherry and her entire family and the town of Halo. They are a hoot to read about.

Since this is a mystery book and I really never reviewed one of these we can assume that I really can’t say too much since I don’t want to give anything away. I want you to be able to enjoy the book as much as I did with all the twist and turns, shifty characters and totally craziness that it had.

But I will say BEST. FUNERAL. EVER. I snort laughed and actually read it three times. After writing this I might have to read it again. Hilarious. I had to stop reading so I could stop crying LOL. SNORT LAUGH!!!!

From the Grandfather, her siblings, Her 5 minute husband Todd, Shawna, the entire Branson clan, Crazy ass goat and of course the dead guy this is a great book to sit back and enjoy, you will not be disappointed. Since this is a series I can’t wait to jump back in and hang out with everyone from Halo, Georgia again. Larissa Reinhart is a wonderful mystery writer that tells an amazing story and I cannot wait to read more from her. Can I officially say one of my favorite humorous mystery writers? I think I can 🙂

I can’t recommend this book enough to you. I really think this is a series that could become one of my favorites.

About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!



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3 responses to “Review ~ Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart

  1. That was the Most. Adorable. Review of Portrait. Ever! Thank you Limabean! So glad you enjoyed the funeral. Don't get to say that too much in real life;)

    I have 2 little girls and also enjoy YA reads, so will be checking your other reviews. Love your site!