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Publisher's Summary

High-octane action with quirky, down-home characters....

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.

* Winner of the Dixie Kane Memorial Award * Nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Emily Award *

©2012 Larissa Hoffman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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. Our Rating: 4.5 Stars." (Mystery Tribune)
"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 Best-selling Author of Flipped Out)

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  • John S.
  • 16-11-2013

Audio the way to go here!

I'm not from the South, but Erin Clark's Georgia accent brought the book alive for me; her Russian one was great, too! Story veered a bit into chick-lit territory for me at times, but overall I was busy getting into Cherry's sense of humor. I had wanted to know more about she and her siblings live with the grandfather, but enough was alluded to that I figure it can come out over time in future stories.

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  • 22-02-2014

Terrible narration

Story made for a decent light and fluffy read but the narration was terrible. Pauses too long, pace too slow, didn't flow naturally the way a person would talk. Also too nasal, even for a good southern accent. I put it on 2X just to get through the book more quickly and found that the faster pace actually made the narration better. The narration made it difficult to gauge the quality of the story, but it had some scenes that I think would have been funny had they been read correctly, and it held my interest enough to make me want to check out the next one -- in print.

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  • Annie
  • 01-05-2014

Great Southern Story

Would you listen to Portrait of a Dead Guy again? Why?

Oh yes I have enjoy the story and look forward to next one. I enjoy southern stories.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it did and I actually enjoyed getting there it was nice to see the heroine was perfect made it better.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she almost lost it in the bar when Todd started singing about her. It was funny. Also all the hot scenes between her and Luke.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

oh yes and I did

Any additional comments?

I really suggest you try this book. If you are looking for a good story and some humor.

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  • Kevin
  • 09-01-2018

Decent Story

The story was ok. But the narration lacked. She sounded monotone and every character sounded like an idiot.

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  • Merrill Bennington
  • 29-04-2014

The Worst!!

What disappointed you about Portrait of a Dead Guy?

The main character is weak. If she would have stood up for herself it would have been a better read.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larissa Reinhart again?

Probably not. I downloaded the 2nd book in series so I'll listen to it too
since I already have it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Erin Clark’s performances?

Probably not. The horrible Southern accent she is doing is hard to listen to.
By the way, I am from Georgia...I know a Southern accent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Hated that I wasted my money and time. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities.

Any additional comments?

The author needs to find another line of work.

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