Hello, my fellow bookish peeps. Most of you know how I excited I get when an author visits, but this year has seen a host of characters step off the pages of the book and provide us insight. Today, we get a glimpse into the mind (and heart) of Finley Goodhart, the main character in The Cupid Caper by Larissa Reinhart. Thank you, Finley for joining us this morning.
Finley Goodhart, ex-con artist and amateur sleuth
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the way my life’s gone. Even though I’m only twenty-seven. A long time ago, I resolved myself to thinking that happiness and contentment were ideals for other people. About the time Mother died, when I was seventeen. Actually before that, when I realized the law could be bought for the right price and by the right people. I learned that from carefully observing my father. And concluding my private school education and big house with the pool did not come from a regular cop’s salary.
He’s sheriff now.
But before I’d bitten off a big hunk from the fruit of that terrible tree of knowledge, I’d been happy. But that’s why they say ignorance is bliss.
They also say a sucker is born every minute. Seeing how the world worked, I found it pretty easy to fall into the grift. A life of non-violent crime where I was no longer the sucker, but the swindler. Mostly I hustled pool. Penny taught me short cons. Lex turned me onto the art of the long con. I had good teachers. Our marks were mostly folks with money to burn who fell for the scam through their own greed.
Although I loved Lex and my friendship with Penny, I wasn’t happy. No matter how good it felt sticking it to the man, I still felt guilty. Even if Daddy was crooked, Mother raised me better. And though teenage me might’ve wanted to get back at my father for what he did, adult me wanted to please Mother more. Even posthumously.
So I gave it up. Mostly. I broke up with Lex and hid from Penny, thinking once I figured out how to really go straight I’d come clean to them. Show them another way of life. Hopefully a better one. And maybe convince them to get on the square with me.
But today I learned I was too late. Today Lex found me. And broke the news about Penny’s death. A death that the police should have been called suspicious. But wasn’t.
As I mourn my only friend, I’m really starting over. After ten years of living in the criminal underworld, I’m going to use those skills and connections to find out who murdered Penny and why. And I hope Lex will help me. Before it’s too late for him, too.
The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper)
by Larissa Reinhart
Past Perfect Press (April 24, 2018)
Sassy, Sexy, Southern Suspense
She uses her criminal past to catch crooks. He wants her back. In the grift. And in his life. Can Finley Goodhart convince Lex that doing good is the greatest hustle of all?
Ex-grifter Finley Goodhart may try to stay on the straight and narrow, but walking that thin line becomes wobbly when she believes her friend Penny was murdered. The last thing she wants is to work with her ex-partner (and ex-boyfriend), the brilliant (brilliantly frustrating) British con artist, Lex Leopold. However, when it appears Penny’s demise might be related to an exclusive matchmaking service for millionaires, Fin needs Lex’s help to pull a long con to get the goods on Penny.
Romance is in the air for hustlers, gangsters, and their marks. Unfortunately for Fin and Lex, infiltrating the racket doesn’t make for a match made in heaven. This Valentine swindle could stop their hearts for good.
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About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Finley Goodhart Crime Capers, and Cherry Tucker Mystery series. Larissa’s a contributor to the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice winner, was the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year finalist, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.
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