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Review: A Composition in Murder by Larissa Reinhart

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A Composition in Murder (A Cherry Tucker Mystery #6)
by Larissa Reinhart

coffeesynopsisdAt Halo House, Cherry Tucker finds the tea deadly sweet…

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 out 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.

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Cherry Tucker was a great painter but was having money issues and boyfriend dilemma. One day, the famous and wealthy matriarch, Belvia Brakeman, who was also blind and ailing, requested Cherry’s services regarding her last will and testament, but Cherry suspected something else was amiss. A few days later, Belvia was found dead after her daughter was hit and ran. Talk about highly coincidental occurrences.

Cherry’s love life was also on the bend, as she got involved with the enemy family. Luke, the sheriff was a Branson, and his family had put her brother in jail after an altercation with an ex-girlfriend. As much as I wanted Cherry and Luke together, the complications of their relationship always put me on edge.

And when a triple-death / murder shook the community, nosy Cherry could no longer keep still and she knew she must solve the crime, by hook or by crook, with or without the Sheriff.

When you have read a series of mysteries in a row, you start to get nosy, you suspect everyone around you, you think like a detective, and you shoot people one by one. Okay, not the last one, obviously.

Like in the past, I have had a lot of guesses as to who had done the crime or murders in the book. This time, I was able to narrow my suspects into three, but still, in the end, my hunch was incorrect. Cherry Tucker was a delight to read. She oozes with charm, sensuality, artistic personality and one heck of a trouble maker. The ending was left open for a possible and  promising book 7 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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