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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Tagged for Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah Winston may be starting her life over after her husband, CJ cheated on her but she is still connected to several places and people from before her divorce. She stills spends time on the Fitch Air Force Base working at the thrift store. A perfect job because she loves hunting for bargains at garage sales and she donates several of her finds to the store. But one of her recent bargains, a bag of clothes, included a bloody shirt and she recognizes it. It is belongs to her e Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah Winston may be starting her life over after her husband, CJ cheated on her but she is still connected to several places and people from before her divorce. She stills spends time on the Fitch Air Force Base working at the thrift store. A perfect job because she loves hunting for bargains at garage sales and she donates several of her finds to the store. But one of her recent bargains, a bag of clothes, included a bloody shirt and she recognizes it. It is belongs to her ex, the new chief of police of Ellington. His “girlfriend” also happens to be missing and more blood has been found in her dorm room. The investigation includes the security at the base too and CJ is their prime suspect. As mad as she is at CJ, Sarah knows he is not a killer and she is going to prove it. What a fantastic story and introduction to these characters. You can tell the author is drawing from personal experiences, sans the murder/s of course 🙂 Sarah comes across as so genuine and I loved her almost obsession with garage sales. It is all about the negotiating and the deal she can get. When she took her friend with her and tried to teach her “the art of the deal”, it was hilarious. That friend could have been me. All the characters grew over the course of the story and there is so much more room for them to grow in this series. The plot is very strong and filled with surprising twists. The connection to the Air Force Base was very appealing and the details of the workings of such a place was appreciated by this reader. I enjoyed solving the mystery right along with Sarah. The garage sale tips were a nice addition and food for thought. I am super exited to get caught up on this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Ross

    I’ve been excited about this series since I first heard the concept. After I'd read it, I felt even more satisfied. When her husband is unfaithful, plucky Sarah Winston loses her marriage and her identity as a colonel’s wife. In Tagged for Death, Sarah must find a new life, a way to make a living, and, after all her years on the move, a home. Like the hidden gems Sarah Winston finds at garage sales, this book is a treasure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Great start to series. Quick, easy read. Already have next one downloaded.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sallee

    This was an interesting book and it is a great start for a new series. Living in a city where a large Air Force base is situated and having married an Air Force brat, I found that I easily connected with the main character. Her description of base activities was right on. Sarah Winston, is now living in a small apartment after a bitter divorce from her former husband, C.J. Hooker for adultery. Now retired from the Air Force, he is the police chief of Sarah's small town of Ellington. Sarah tries This was an interesting book and it is a great start for a new series. Living in a city where a large Air Force base is situated and having married an Air Force brat, I found that I easily connected with the main character. Her description of base activities was right on. Sarah Winston, is now living in a small apartment after a bitter divorce from her former husband, C.J. Hooker for adultery. Now retired from the Air Force, he is the police chief of Sarah's small town of Ellington. Sarah tries to get her life back on track by helping people set up and run their garage sales, something she does quite well. She finds a bloody shirt of her ex-husband and a bloody top belonging to his girlfriend Tiffany who is missing. When C.J. finds himself arrested for her murder, it is up to Sarah to prove that her ex has been set up and that he is not a murderer. The book was well written and there are plenty of people that are potential suspects making you wonder who the murderer could be. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Sarah couldn't take her problems to the police. One of the biggest problems in her life was the Chief of Police and her ex-husband. When his shirt shows up in a garage sale bag covered in blood, Sarah can't help but think the worst...he is either dead or killed the mother of his affair baby. This is a great mystery with extremely unexpected twists. I did feel it definitely gave off a depressing vibe. No matter how hard Sarah tried it seems like a constant series of unfortunate events overwhelmed Sarah couldn't take her problems to the police. One of the biggest problems in her life was the Chief of Police and her ex-husband. When his shirt shows up in a garage sale bag covered in blood, Sarah can't help but think the worst...he is either dead or killed the mother of his affair baby. This is a great mystery with extremely unexpected twists. I did feel it definitely gave off a depressing vibe. No matter how hard Sarah tried it seems like a constant series of unfortunate events overwhelmed her. Life circumstances were definitely not on her side. Although, there is quite a bit of small town quirkiness it did not outweigh the “bad luck” so even with all the quirkiness it didn't push the story be considered humorous. An enjoyable mystery to solve, a likable heroine and lots of garage sales, Tagged for Death provides ample entertainment for the cozy mystery fan. I received this ARC copy of Tagged for Death from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 2, 2014. Written by: Sherry Harris Series: Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries Page Count: 304 pages Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: December 2, 2014 Rating: 4 Stars ISBN-10: 1617730173 ISBN-13: 978-1617730177 Genre: Mystery Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda 📚

    Sarah Winston is divorced from a retired Air Force Commander, C.J., and both live in picturesque New England. He's now a police chief and they remain friends, even though he cheated on her. Sarah's shocked when she finds two bloody shirts in some garage sale bags she's taking to the base thrift shop, and one is monogrammed with C.J.'s initials. The other shirt is a maternity top. At the thrift store, she discovers a skull, bones, and more of C.J.'s belongings. It doesn't look good for her ex-hus Sarah Winston is divorced from a retired Air Force Commander, C.J., and both live in picturesque New England. He's now a police chief and they remain friends, even though he cheated on her. Sarah's shocked when she finds two bloody shirts in some garage sale bags she's taking to the base thrift shop, and one is monogrammed with C.J.'s initials. The other shirt is a maternity top. At the thrift store, she discovers a skull, bones, and more of C.J.'s belongings. It doesn't look good for her ex-husband. Sarah's making extra money organizing garage sales. However, a young woman is missing. Sarah is threatened several times. The police are bullying her. A murder happens. Something bad is going on around Sarah, and she must figure out what it is before the tag's hanging off her big toe! Author Sherry Harris debuts with a strong writing voice in this not to be missed cozy mystery! She'll keep you guessing until the last minute! I received a complimentary ARC of this book. I voluntarily posted an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I love a good garage sale, and I love a good mystery. Both were well represented in this book. I found the tie in to military base living interesting, it allowed the author to introduce characters that have a forced intimacy. To enjoy what I consider to be a Cozy Mystery, I need to like the main characters and their quirks. There wasn't a lot of quirkiness here, but the fast pace and likable main character helped make up for that. From the very beginning, Sarah knew she couldn't go to the police I love a good garage sale, and I love a good mystery. Both were well represented in this book. I found the tie in to military base living interesting, it allowed the author to introduce characters that have a forced intimacy. To enjoy what I consider to be a Cozy Mystery, I need to like the main characters and their quirks. There wasn't a lot of quirkiness here, but the fast pace and likable main character helped make up for that. From the very beginning, Sarah knew she couldn't go to the police for help. Even though she was the (alleged) wronged party, having your ex as the Chief of Police can put a damper on those emergency responses. Toward the end of the book, Sarah finds out who she can trust and who really has her back, which surprised me almost as much as it surprised her. I look forward to reading more about the garage sale finds, friends and past indiscretions of the main character. Very entertaining!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Sarah is trying to put her life back together after a divorce from her air force husband. But when she finds a bag of bloody clothes that belonged to her ex-husband and the woman he cheated on Sarah with, she suddenly finds herself trying to determine what has really happened. The plot of this book was strong with several twists and red herrings that kept me confused until everything came together at the end. The characters were strong as well. While the writing could be a bit choppy at times, ov Sarah is trying to put her life back together after a divorce from her air force husband. But when she finds a bag of bloody clothes that belonged to her ex-husband and the woman he cheated on Sarah with, she suddenly finds herself trying to determine what has really happened. The plot of this book was strong with several twists and red herrings that kept me confused until everything came together at the end. The characters were strong as well. While the writing could be a bit choppy at times, overall there was a tone to the story that was perfect for what the characters were going through. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    It's been awhile since I read this, so I won't write a full review but this was an excellent book. Great characters, really good mystery, the killer completely surprised me, and a great premise. Overall a very good start to a series. Just bought the next one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Weber

    A great start to a promising series! I especially like that the ex-husband was portrayed as a real person, not as a demon-cheater like most of them are in mystery series. And I had no clue who the murderer was until it was revealed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Schell

    I really loved this book for several reasons. I loved that it had a hint of military life in it and the characters where fantastic. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    Man, this protagonist did some really stupid stuff! However, I found the mystery and the characters interesting. I will read yhe next installment before passing final judgement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    A strong debut. Sarah Winston can come organize my garage anytime, even if there is a chance she'll find a dead body!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    I really liked this first book of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery Series. I thought Sarah was a great character, and felt for her over how her world had imploded. I liked that she was still loyal enough to ex-husband C.J. to want to help him and prove that he wasn't guilty of murder. I found this book quick and easy to get through, and thought it was quite a fun read! I'm looking forward to the reading the rest of the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Edythe Hamilton

    Sarah is the ex-wife of now retired military Colonel C.J. Hooker who is Chief of Police of a small town named Ellington. Sarah loves a good garage sale and when asked will organize any garage for a small fee. While Sarah packs up the garage to give unwanted items to charity, she finds a bag belonging to C.J. with a shirt that is bloody and hope C.J. has not harmed his missing friend Jessica. When Jessica turns up dead C.J. is the prime suspect and with evidence mounting against him Sarah investi Sarah is the ex-wife of now retired military Colonel C.J. Hooker who is Chief of Police of a small town named Ellington. Sarah loves a good garage sale and when asked will organize any garage for a small fee. While Sarah packs up the garage to give unwanted items to charity, she finds a bag belonging to C.J. with a shirt that is bloody and hope C.J. has not harmed his missing friend Jessica. When Jessica turns up dead C.J. is the prime suspect and with evidence mounting against him Sarah investigates every leaf and rock not turned over. Sarah finds data that may clear C.J. but cannot convince the investigators in charge to listen, as they are dependent upon the circumstantial evidence already in hand. In the meantime, someone is following Sarah because of her interference in the case and has plans to make her stop. Sarah is quite the amateur sleuth standing up for her ex-husband when it seems no one else will do the same. Tagged for Death is a crime-drama with mystery and suspense with a touch of military setting that will have you wondering ‘who-dun nit’ until the end. Sherry Harris is a good crime drama novelist and who has me looking forward to her next crime novel and recommending to crime-drama, mystery-suspense, and crime sleuths alike for an easy and enjoyable read. I received this book free from Kensington Books through the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    This is the best cozy mysteries that t have read in this year. The story is told in a first person and you feel her emotions as the takes various avenues as it is told. Sarah anguished is felt at her betrayal of her husband CJ fling with a 19 year old cadet. Her feelings the as the Ellington Police harass her and being allow on the airbase by suffrage. She wraps herself doing the the one thing that she understands, graduates. Her dismay as she finds two blood covered shirts in the yard sale bags This is the best cozy mysteries that t have read in this year. The story is told in a first person and you feel her emotions as the takes various avenues as it is told. Sarah anguished is felt at her betrayal of her husband CJ fling with a 19 year old cadet. Her feelings the as the Ellington Police harass her and being allow on the airbase by suffrage. She wraps herself doing the the one thing that she understands, graduates. Her dismay as she finds two blood covered shirts in the yard sale bags she brought. As one is CJ and the other is Triffany who is missing. The other characters are also rounded out so you are attracted to them. Sarah now is working to help CJ from a MURDER charge. Much of the story is original; no sex or violence. The ending is a surprise and will make you think. I am reading for the next book. Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kingston Books through Netgalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for the opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terri Crossley

    I won this book in a contest and I really enjoyed reading this! I love a great garage sale and Sarah Winston loves the thrill of the hunt as much as I do! When Sarah's marriage falls apart she doesn't want to leave her friends behind that she has made on the base. Since she is no longer a military wife she decides to move to town and settle in a nice apartment so she can be close to her old friends! When picking up some unsold leftovers from a yard sale she discovers her ex husband's bloody shir I won this book in a contest and I really enjoyed reading this! I love a great garage sale and Sarah Winston loves the thrill of the hunt as much as I do! When Sarah's marriage falls apart she doesn't want to leave her friends behind that she has made on the base. Since she is no longer a military wife she decides to move to town and settle in a nice apartment so she can be close to her old friends! When picking up some unsold leftovers from a yard sale she discovers her ex husband's bloody shirt. She tucks it away in hopes of asking him why it is covered in blood. When his new girlfriend disappears and the only thing left is a pile of blood her ex is the main suspect. She knows deep down he couldn't have killed anyone so she starts to dig a little deeper to unravel the clues. The more she digs the closer the killer gets and this is one time she won't be able to bargain her way out! I highly recommended this book and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz Mugavero

    Loved it! Great debut and fabulous start to a fun new series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natalie [genreneutralreader]

    Tagged for death was a very fun cozy mystery. My in laws are from the same area this book was set (small towns near Boston) AND Air Force!The mystery was solid. There were just enough suspects that it was neither overwhelming nor easy to guess. While I struggled to figure out why the main character would stay in a town where she had no family connections, no Air Force connections, and where the police force was routinely harassing her, I can’t argue with the logic that some places just feel like Tagged for death was a very fun cozy mystery. My in laws are from the same area this book was set (small towns near Boston) AND Air Force!The mystery was solid. There were just enough suspects that it was neither overwhelming nor easy to guess. While I struggled to figure out why the main character would stay in a town where she had no family connections, no Air Force connections, and where the police force was routinely harassing her, I can’t argue with the logic that some places just feel like home. I will definitely be reading the next in this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Once Upon a Romance Reviews

    It was Sarah that was cheated on by her husband, so why did the police harass her? Why was she getting crank calls? Why was it her who found evidence that belonged to her ex, evidence of a probable serious crime? Lucky I suppose. The first in a new series, it has good points and points that a few readers may struggle with. Slightly. There are many paths Sarah travels to prove her ex, CJ, innocent. Sherry Harris creates such a network of confusion for Sarah and the reader to traverse. I can't tell y It was Sarah that was cheated on by her husband, so why did the police harass her? Why was she getting crank calls? Why was it her who found evidence that belonged to her ex, evidence of a probable serious crime? Lucky I suppose. The first in a new series, it has good points and points that a few readers may struggle with. Slightly. There are many paths Sarah travels to prove her ex, CJ, innocent. Sherry Harris creates such a network of confusion for Sarah and the reader to traverse. I can't tell you how many times I jumped from person to person as being the perp based on the clues and Sarah's interaction with the characters. What I struggled with was the number of characters along with the descriptions and explanations regarding places, events, and so forth. It made little hiccups in the flow for me. Perhaps it was just a bit too much backstory at once? I will say the ending was a bit of a surprise. Will it be a set up for future books in the series? Most likely. I'm not sure how I feel about any of the directions Sarah's personal life may take. At the end, none of the possibilities felt right to me. I'm going to be ready for the next in the series. My curiosity is piqued as to how those issues will be played out, to see what investigations Sarah gets involved with. Quite the conundrum of a story.  --Connie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I wasn't sure about this one the way it started out, but it turned out to be a very good first book for this new series. Sarah was a bit too self-absorbed at first, though she has some good reasons to be, but she got over it when push came to shove. Some great characters here and a good mystery. I didn't figure out the bad guy until just before the big reveal. There were some minor things that annoyed me, like all the explanations for military terms (PCS, TDY, etc). I spent the first 6 years of I wasn't sure about this one the way it started out, but it turned out to be a very good first book for this new series. Sarah was a bit too self-absorbed at first, though she has some good reasons to be, but she got over it when push came to shove. Some great characters here and a good mystery. I didn't figure out the bad guy until just before the big reveal. There were some minor things that annoyed me, like all the explanations for military terms (PCS, TDY, etc). I spent the first 6 years of married life as an Air Force wife, so I was annoyed by the explanations, but can see how someone not familiar with military life would need them. This had a good ending, but I don't think the relationships will be resolved so easily. Good read! Recommend!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I have a very different take on this book from what others might have thought about this. The main character immediately got on my nerves in the beginning with stupid choices. As the book progressed, I almost sat the book down three times. Three more instances of stupidity and highly improbable situations. I got so aggravated, I skimmed to the end to see who the killer was. I knew exactly who it was going to be and I was correct. I will not be continuing this series. I like smart main characters. I have a very different take on this book from what others might have thought about this. The main character immediately got on my nerves in the beginning with stupid choices. As the book progressed, I almost sat the book down three times. Three more instances of stupidity and highly improbable situations. I got so aggravated, I skimmed to the end to see who the killer was. I knew exactly who it was going to be and I was correct. I will not be continuing this series. I like smart main characters. Not busy body, nosy, falls for everything, never speaks up characters. The best action in this book was visiting the yard sales and the descriptions about the items up for sale.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    A good mystery with a strong female lead. First book in a series. Detail review at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com A good mystery with a strong female lead. First book in a series. Detail review at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    WOW! By the end of this book I was turning the pages so fast I saw smoke, lol! Well-written and really kept me guessing (and surprised me!) - can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series! A+++

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Excellent book. Lots of twists and turns. The ending was a surprise even though I had read ahead and knew who the killer was. Looking forward to the rest of their series. Thanks Allison for the books !

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    The perfect amount of suspense and mystery. The only thing that wasn't tied up for me was the purple love letters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Kulak

    3.5 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Cummins

    I listened to the audiobook. Love the concept of mystery and garage sales. On to the next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Let me tell you first that the blurb is misleading: CJ did NOT run off with a 19-year-old. He had a one-night stand with her, which is a completely different thing entirely. Because of this, Sarah leaves him. However, she doesn't leave town, although she has no ties to the area and no job. She (somehow) gets an apartment (without an income?) and carries on with her life as if nothing happened. What I mean is that she continues to volunteer at the military base thrift store, mingling with everyon Let me tell you first that the blurb is misleading: CJ did NOT run off with a 19-year-old. He had a one-night stand with her, which is a completely different thing entirely. Because of this, Sarah leaves him. However, she doesn't leave town, although she has no ties to the area and no job. She (somehow) gets an apartment (without an income?) and carries on with her life as if nothing happened. What I mean is that she continues to volunteer at the military base thrift store, mingling with everyone as if nothing at all occurred. What's worse is the fact that EVERYONE takes her cheating husband's side! I absolutely did NOT like the beginning of this book. Police officers pulling her over and giving her a ticket for going ONE MILE over the speed limit? Really? Since her husband was chief of police and it was his officers doing this, and later in the book she notes how her husband always knew what "his people" in the military were doing, so how can he not know his officers were doing this? Why didn't he stop it? You'd think if he wanted her back - which he appears to do - he would instruct his officers to be nice to her, not the opposite. You'd also think they'd be smart enough on their own to be nice to her to encourage her to go back. But do they? Nope. They make her feel like she's being hounded. Yeah, that will send her back into his arms. And the fact that she allows it to continue because of - what? According to Sarah, all the cops and military people hate her because SHE LEFT HER HUSBAND FOR CHEATING ON HER. So I guess in their minds, it's okay to cheat on your spouse. Their wives must have fun while they're off working, not to mention all the military. Those deployments must be a riot for both spouses. What the officers do to her is tantamount to harassment, but she allows it to continue. Is she a doormat? A coward? Also, most people (except for a couple of loyal friends) are also on the side of Tiffany - the woman who broke up her marriage. So I guess in the military cheating is okay, but not for the wronged spouse. Also, someone is calling on a regular basis and shooting a gun off in the phone and she won't tell her ex about it. She doesn't even ask to get her phone number changed. Just tolerates it. Again, really? This book could have been so much better without all the vitriol against Sarah. And she didn't help, being even more of a victim by taking it and not fighting back. She's being stalked and harassed but that's okay, because they like CJ and Sarah deserved being cheated on, right? Again, really? Then, when she finds the bloody shirts and gives them to CJ, she intends to prove he's innocent so goes about trying to solve the disappearance and possible murder herself. Now, CJ is the chief of police, but he doesn't even bother to try and find out anything about Tiffany. It appears as if it's all up to the ex-wife to prove him innocent. There was nothing in the book to indicate he was doing any investigating on his own, so I can only come to that conclusion. Also, it is implied that she can make a living organizing garage sales. They must have an awful lot of them in Massachusetts and an awful lot of busy people who have no time to decide what their stuff is worth and let someone else decide for them (excuse me, but I'll decide what my things are worth, thank you very much.) Apparently no one is able to bargain with people except Sarah. Why are you having a garage sale if you can't bargain? My sister has about two a year, tags her own stuff, and bargains just fine without help. If you can't figure it out on your own, give it to charity. Anyway, most garage sales have very little of value. You'd have to do an awful lot to make any money, and since they're usually only held on weekends, that kind of limits your possible income. Also, the reason her husband was set up for murder (and we know it was a set up all along, as it always is, so I'm not giving anything away) was insane. You're angry at someone so you decide to send them to prison or possibly the death penalty? Again, really? Three stars because the writing was fairly good, the descriptions of Massachusetts' surrounding areas great, and insights into military life (although my husband is ex-military, so I was already aware of it, but realize other readers wouldn't be) were interesting. I didn't figure out the killer until just before Sarah did, so that was a big plus; there really weren't any clues leading up to it to tune us in, as it were. I just couldn't get past all the nastiness of the secondary characters; and the fact that she was somehow able to get an apartment without any form of income, and where she was getting the disposable income to spend money at garage sales.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great mystery This is the start to a great mystery series involving a former military spouse and garage sale organizer/bargain finder as an amateur sleuth. Sarah Wintson used to be a military wife, until she caught her husband, CJ with another woman. Now she lives off base in the small town of Ellington, Massachusetts and her ex-husband, CJ Hooker, is the police chief. She spends her time working at the VFW thrift store and organizing garage sales. Until she discovers that her ex husband's mistre Great mystery This is the start to a great mystery series involving a former military spouse and garage sale organizer/bargain finder as an amateur sleuth. Sarah Wintson used to be a military wife, until she caught her husband, CJ with another woman. Now she lives off base in the small town of Ellington, Massachusetts and her ex-husband, CJ Hooker, is the police chief. She spends her time working at the VFW thrift store and organizing garage sales. Until she discovers that her ex husband's mistress is missing and finds a pair of bloody fatigues and uniform shirts. And believes that something is happening to her ex husband's mistress. When some bones and a body turn up and her ex-husband is the prime suspect. She decides to investigate. I enjoyed this entertaining, captivating whodunit that has a cast of interesting characters. I also enjoyed the small town setting.

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