Southern-Fried Sleuthing

Larissa ReinhartPeachtree City Library will host a book signing with local mystery author Larissa Reinhart on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. Reinhart’s latest, Still Life in Brunswick Stew (Henery Press, 2013), is the second installment in her Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first book in the series, Portrait of a Dead Guy (Henery Press, 2012), was a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner.

If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse but could do without the “supes,” then you will love Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker. Cherry (short for Cherrilyn) is an artist and amateur sleuth living in Halo, Georgia, where she is known for her big mouth, small stature, and her ability to sketch a portrait faster than a buckshot rips from a ten gauge.

In Still Life, we find Cherry hard up for art commissions after her nemesis becomes president of the County Arts Council. Desperate and broke, Cherry and her friend, Eloise, spend a sultry summer weekend hawking their art at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. When a bad case of food poisoning breaks out and Eloise dies, the police brush off her death as accidental. However, Cherry suspects someone spiked the stew and killed her friend. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, the police get steamed while the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.

Still Life CoverThe Friends of the Peachtree City Library (FOL) is sponsoring a Brunswick Stew Cook-Off at the book signing – hopefully without the poisoning! Stews will be made by FOL members and special guests including FW cover girl Tricia Stearns of the Peachtree City Farmers Market. (I will also be serving up my own recipe!)

The public is invited to come and sample the entries for free; however, voting for your favorite recipe will set you back $1 per vote, a donation to FOL.

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.