Cherry Tucker is back and has brightened my day with her southern charm and wit. She is proud or her southern roots and especially of her friend Georgia's stew. The origin of her delicious dish of Brunswick Stew is Georgia. Both Cherry and Georgia are participating in the annual Festival and Georgia in the Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. Cherry is set up to sell her still life paintings. Her close friend Eloise Parker has offered her beautiful Raku pottery for sale. Then the unmentionable happens. A massive case of food poisoning leades to Eloise’s death. Cherry begins her own investigation to find out who killed her friend and why when the local police file it away as an accident. Soon the killer turns his sights to a busy body portrait artist as his next target.
I admit I love Cherry's strength of conviction and loyalty. She is so likable and a southern girl like me. I still have moments when I want to slap Luke, Cherry's boyfriend, silly for his superior attitude. But then he does something so sweet and you fall in love with him all over again.
This is the second book in the series, but stands alone easily. I recommend reading book one, Portrait Of A Dead Guy for the purpose of getting the full background behind Luke and Cherry…not to mention it is a great story as well. If you have not read Larissa Reinhart's Cherry Tucker series before, then prepare yourself for a treat.
Cherry Tucker’s in a stew. 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.