Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: Tagged for Death: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery by Sherry Harris

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6809 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1617730173
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (Dec 2 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

Starting your life over at age thirty-eight isn't easy, but that's what Sarah Winston finds herself facing when her husband CJ runs off with a 19-year-old temptress named Tiffany. Sarah's self-prescribed therapy happily involves hitting all the garage and tag sales in and around her small town of Ellington, Massachusetts. If only she could turn her love for bargain hunting into a full-time career.

One man's junk is another man's treasure

But after returning from a particularly successful day searching for yard sale treasures, Sarah finds a grisly surprise in one of her bags: a freshly bloodied shirt…that undoubtedly belongs to her ex, CJ, who now happens to be Ellington's chief of police. If that's not bad enough, it seems Tiffany has gone missing. Now it's up to Sarah to prove that her cold-hearted ex is not a cold-blooded killer…

But finding that treasure can be murder.

About the Author

Sherry Harris started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. Tagged for Death, first in the series, will be out in December 2014.

My Review

Phew....I hate to totally diss a book but this book is not at all what I expected. From the cover and the description, I was expecting a light cozy mystery. It is not. The main character is annoying beyond belief. I thought the focus would be on garage sales and it is not.

First, I don't think that I have been so annoyed in a main character in a long time. What a waste of space. For someone who is supposed to be starting life over, Sarah Winston cannot let go of her past life as an unemployed, volunteering obsessed wife of a military officer whose life revolves around military life on a base. If ever someone needed to move on. It is pathetic how she clings to everything about her life.

Second, she has dumped her husband for one indiscretion in twenty years. Dumped him without thinking about the repercussions in her own life. She stays in an area of the country where she has no family ties except for her ex. And even though all the military personnel she considered to be her children shun her, she stays. This does not make any sense.

Third, the police force in this small town seems to have a vendetta against her because of loyalty to an outsider who just became their boss. So unrealistic.

There are some bones found. The writing itself is easy to read and the book has been properly edited. And there are some garage sale tips at the end.

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