Death in Perspective finds Cherry Tucker battle with some serious family issues while trying to protect her latest client from a cyber bully. Cherry is hired by the drama teacher at the posh Peerless Day Academy, a prep school for the rich and rich.
Cherry’s life is bursting at the seams. Deputy Luke Harper is trying to woo her back, but everyone else in the family is against it. Cody, her brother, has found some incriminating photos about their runaway mother and he seems to have lost it. Casey is married to the Russian Nikolai who is out of a job, and she is housekeeping for Max who is laid up with a broken leg. Shawna Branson continues to belittle the Tuckers at every opportunity.
When Cherry gets an employment opportunity painting sets for the drama department at Peerless, she grabs it. But she runs into trouble even before filling out an application. Maranda Pringle, one of the school secretaries, is found dead. There is a nasty cyber bully out there. PeerNotes, the local Facebook type application of the school is hacked and there are floods of messages insinuating the teachers. Tingley, the drama teacher, wants Cherry to find out who is sending him hate mail and hate texts.
As Cherry Tucker sets about chatting up the students, she discovers that a young girl, Ellis, had been bullied the previous year and had committed suicide. Tara Mayfield is a sweet girl loved by everyone who is in love with Luke Harper. She is encouraged by Shawna but avoided by Luke.
Red, the local bar owner, is eagerly doling out his pop psychology, cautioning Cherry to stay away from Deputy Luke. Things heat up very quickly as more and more mishaps happen at the school. Cody is still missing, and Nik is doing something secret for Max Avtaikin, something shady, Cherry fears.
Death in Perspective is not just a mystery; it is also about Cherry Tucker’s life. I would say there is a 50-50 split here. The background plot which revolves around the Tucker family and the Tucker-Branson feud gains a lot of momentum. Although the mystery as such is solved in this book, it has left me wanting for more when it comes to Cherry’s life. Larissa Reinhart has handled the story beautifully here, and skillfully woven in the background plot.
As we read more books in the series, they can only get more interesting. I like that the main background plot is also moving forward, like it does in the Meg Langslow books and also in the Heather Wells books.
Death in Perspective is absolutely enjoyable and is a must read. I give it A+ and urge you to get it now!