I received a review copy
When Cherry Tucker’s invited to paint the “kill portrait” for the winner of Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt, it seems like a paid vacation. Back home in Halo, a Hatfield-McCoy-style standoff builds between Luke and Cherry’s families. She’s ready for a weekend away, hobnobbing with rich and famous hunters, where she can forget her troubles and nobody knows her name.
As Georgia sunshine turns to bleak December rain, Cherry’s R&R goes MIA when she finds a body in the woods. While the police believe the local drunk took an accidental spill, Cherry has her doubts, particularly when a series of malicious pranks are targeted at the rifle toting contestants. With loyal companions at her side—sort-of-ex-husband Todd and a championship bayer named Buckshot—Cherry tracks suspects through a forest full of pitfalls and perils. And all the while, a killer’s stalking the hunt party with a bead on Cherry.
I’m a big fan of the Cherry Tucker series, and was eager to see another book released. The mysteries are always well-written and engaging, and there was no difference with this fifth installment. It was so interesting for me to read about the Hogzilla hunt, as that isn’t what is in my typical books, but it gave a unique spin for sure. It was fun to see Cherry get out of Halo and into a new environment, but of course her romantic woes follow her even there. This series is so fun to read but it really does concentrate on mostly the mystery aspect, and it’s easy to get caught up in the suspect list and the body count and manipulation happening throughout the way. Plenty of twists and turns throughout, and one I highly enjoyed!