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Pig'n A Poke (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper short story)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  29 reviews
When a winter storm traps ex-con Finley at the Pig'N a Poke roadhouse, she finds her criminal past useful in solving a murder.

***A prequel to The Cupid Caper, A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper #1, only available for my newsletter subscribers.***

The Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series
Ex-con Finley Goodhart finds her criminal past--and criminal ex-boyfriend--useful in catching cr
ebook, 63 pages
Published December 20th 2015 by Past Perfect Press
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Janet Graham
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Criminal Short Story!
This is the classic short story with not one extra word! It is a wonderful holiday vignette set in a roadside bar during an ice-out storm. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to share my honest review.

Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, Quirky ex Con-artist Finley Goodhart. Trying to get her life back on track. This is a short prequel story that makes you want to go out and get the full length book that follows to find out how things work out for Findley. Read it bet you will enjoy it too, quick entertaining read.
Christine Gevas
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great little murder mystery by one of my favorite authors.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a prequel to The Cupid Caper. This prequel gives the introduction of Finley Goodhart who is a con artist who ends up at The Pin'N a Poke tiny roadhouse because of icy weather and is the middle of a murder and interesting people. This was a very easy read that gave me enough information to read the next book about Finley Goodhart.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want a good short story read...
You must read this one it's a good fun storyline
Set in a roadside cafe bar about a group of customers...
know that I've read this short read I can't wait to read more of
the same...
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Pig ‘N a Poke” earns 5/5 Roadhouses and Storms…Loads of Fun!

Roadside bar? Ice storm? Murder? What a fun short story! Larissa Reinhart, a favorite author, penned a marvelously entertaining short with Finley Goodhart who uses her own criminal past to turn the tables on criminals. Clever plot, not short on details and description, along with a bit of a giggle, wonderful characters, and smart banter. Become a fan of Larissa by signing up for her newsletter and get this short as a treat. And what a
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great mystery short. A character who is a perfect blend of the best parts of her parents. A well structured tightly written mystery with an extremely satisfying ending.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given this short story. It was an interesting story about a happening at a small diner.
Georgiann Hennelly
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in a roadside cafe . This is a quick short story about a murder at the cafe when a winter storm traps everyone there. It is up to Finley an ex-con to solve the murder.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adorable short read of mystery and laughs. It's a not to be missed book received an ARC and chose to review
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A winter storm has hit Georgia and Finley has pulled into the Pig'n A Poke to wait for the snow to end. She is driving a Camaro she borrowed from her boy friend without his knowledge. A Camaro is not known for doing well in snow and ice.

Finley runs into quite a situation. Each of the people found in the restaurant are an interesting story.

Finley is a fast talker as well as a fast thinker. She saves the lives of strangers. And as soon as she can, she drives away from the trouble she found in the
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a prequel to the Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. It's a short story with previews to several of the books in the series. Finley has "borrowed" Lex's Camaro to head out of Atlanta and set things straight that she has messed up in the past. Stranded in a bar she stumbles into a murder and a ring of thieves. This introduces Finley and her intentions to put her criminal past behind her and use her skills to help people. Good short story. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fa ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short story is a great quick read. It pulls you in and makes you wonder if there might be more stories coming about Finley Goodhart. It's a little different from the usual cozy mystery reads. The heroine, Finley, has a shady past, but seems to wants to make amends for it. I'm curious about what lead up to her current status, her family, ex-boyfriend, etc. Looking forward to reading another of her adventures. Great job Larissa!
Ruth Barrineau-brooks
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pig'n A Poke introduces Finley who is sure to be as popular Maizie Albright and Cherry Tucker from Larissa Reinhart's other two series. As Finley flies down the road in an absconded Camaro, she has no idea she's going from the frying pan into the fire in the midst of a snowstorm! Death and danger await her in this introduction to The Cupid Caper. She's a con artist with a possible interest in going straight -- possible. I look forward to seeing more of Finley. You will too!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good little short story to hook you into Finley Goodheart series. You will want to read more and the Cupid Caper is set to come out soon in 2018.

Finley's escape from Lex in his Camaro lands her in a tiny roadhouse, Pig'N a Poke. She comes to some life decisions while trying to figure out what to do about the dead guy in the walk-in freezer.

Looking forward to the upcoming full novel to really start this series.
Mary Cokenour
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Short story to introduce Finley Goodhart before the start of the series. Finley is a con artist that happens to end up at a roadside bar; the same one she and ex-boyfriend/con man Lex, took some locals during a pool game. While waiting out a storm, there's a murder; using her common sense abilities, and what she learned from daddy who was a cop, she solves the entire scenario.

Took me only 30 minutes to read, and the cast of characters is quite quirky to boot.
J Young
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this prequel to the Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series! There was suspense and danger with Finley struggling to solve the murder before she became the next victim. It was a fun read and now I want to read more books in the series. I received the book free but my review is entirely voluntary.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another very short but enjoyable mystery. Who killed the owner of Pig'n a Pke roadhouse and why was there money stashed in the ladies restroom? Having a criminal mind herself (but trying to go straight), Finley is determined to get to the bottom of this--using unorthodox ways! Will she be able to figure it out? ead this novella to find out--you won't guess who did it!
Nancy Dillow
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was one of the fastest books I have ever read - don't include the kid's books I read **years ago.
Finley drug me along with her on her way to expose the murderer. The story was short but very concise in its portrayal of all the characters.
Sherry McWilliams
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received free for review. Great mystery short used as an intro to the series. Love it and plan to read more books by this author.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast moving, tightly plotted who-done-it. I loved this short story!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great teaser for introduceing Finley and friends. Definitely makes me want to read more!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun read
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good short story. This is a prequel to Cupid Caper - book 1 in the Finley Goodhart series.
Debbie Gordon
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short story. It is very well written without any typos. The story was fast moving and I wish it had lasted longer. LOL I look forward to reading more books by Larissa Reinhart.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick and quirky short story. The main character arrives at a run down small roadside cafe. She uses her skills as a cop’s daughter to help solve a crime. A good short story and good read.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was just delicious!!!! What a perfect short story yet every word was necessary and to the point. A delight in every way and I'm looking forward to more of Finley.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short but good story of a snowy dinner along the road.
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A Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. She loves to tell funny stories about about Southern women looking for love (and sometimes dead bodies) in all the wrong places.

Her books have been chosen as book club picks by Woman's World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews. They've also been

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