A Composition in Murder Book Tour
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Book 6
By author Larissa Reinhart
Tour Dates: November 15th – 21st, 2016
With a new art teaching gig at Halo House—Halo, Georgia’s posh independent living home—and Halo society scrutinizing her family and her love life, Cherry Tucker needs to stay out of trouble. However, her sleuthing skills are sought by Halo House’s most famous resident: Belvia Brakeman, the ninety-year-old, blind CEO and founder of Meemaw’s Tea. Belvia confides in Cherry that the family tea empire is in jeopardy. The CEO suspects her daughter, the COO, has been murdered and she might be next. Her offer is hard to refuse, but will have Cherry treading on Forks County Sheriff toes, namely her personal Deputy Heartache, Luke Harper.
Amid her town troubles, can Cherry put her reputation, romance, and life on the line for the final request of a sweet tea tycoon? While she juggles senior citizen shenanigans, small town politics, and corporate family scandals, Cherry finds the sweet tea business cutthroat in more ways than one.
A Guest Post by Larissa:
Pairing Seniors With My Young Sleuth
I grew up in a town of six hundred (give or take ten at each census) and my mother still lives there. My Cherry Tucker mysteries are set in the small country town of Halo, Georgia, and it seemed quite natural in her sixth mystery, A Composition in Murder, to have her involved with senior citizens.
Cherry’s twenty-six, an artist, and a hot mess when it comes to her love life and relations with the upper crust of Halo’s small town society. Her Grandpa Ed and his goat-loving woman, Pearl, figure regularly in the stories, but generally Cherry’s trying to duck them to stay out of trouble. In the past mysteries, Cherry’s played detective with her sort-of ex-husband Todd McIntosh; her on again/off again heart throb, Deputy Luke Harper; her girlfriend, Leah, the choir director; a Priscilla Presley female impersonator named Chad; and even the hunting dog, Buckshot.
So why senior citizens in this mystery?
If you’ve ever lived in a small town, the population is not only aged, you interact daily with seniors. There weren’t many kids nearby, so my sister and I spent more time among folks who were older than our grandparents. My next door neighbor growing up, Hazel Johnson, took care of me and my sister. She was a retired housekeeper and her children were grown and gone. We adored our Nana and even as teenagers, still liked to have “coffee” at her house. There were also the Swensons across the street, who made really good cookies, and behind our house, Mrs. Churling always had those soft pink candies in a glass dish in her kitchen. If our mother wasn’t looking, we’d eat as many as we wanted.
On the other hand, you couldn’t look crosswise in the town or these “blue-hairs” (as my Nana would call them) would report us to my mother. This is still true. My husband and children were seen in the town park, skating on the iced-over pond. Someone called my mother and I caught hell.
That’s life in a small town.
In A Composition in Murder, I wanted elderly heroes and heroines to balance my youthful Cherry Tucker. Not wise yoda types, necessarily, but cohorts. And so Fred and Ada were conceived. Cherry doesn’t realize it, but Ada is Cherry’s elderly doppleganger. Which means a whole lot of trouble for Cherry.
I needed to contain Cherry to a smaller setting within her small town, so I decided to create Halo House, a posh senior residence. Another thing my sister and I did as children was visit the elderly in the local “home.” Because I wanted antics and hijinx, I knew plenty of that goes on in independent living homes. I now live in a bigger town in Georgia that attracts a lot of seniors because of its fine weather, amenities, and proximity to grandkids. I visited a luxurious independent living residence and was pleased not only by the elegant surroundings, but also to hear ribald stories that would put Canterbury Tales to shame.
Exactly what I wanted in a fun caper. Sweet, little old ladies (and a few men) who were up to no good. Because, as one of my characters said, “Criminals get old, too.”
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About the Author:
A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first in the series, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (2012), is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. The sixth mystery, A COMPOSITION IN MURDER, is expected to release November 15, 2016. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, now live in Nagoya, Japan, but still calls Georgia home. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.
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