SERIES: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #6
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2019
TO RECOVER A PRICELESS MANUSCRIPT . . .
A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?
WILL SARAH HAVE TO PAY WITH HER LIFE?
Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her…
This is my first foray into the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries but it won’t be my last. On the one hand I want to bffs with Sarah Winston…. on the other hand, murder seems to follow her around so maybe not 😉 While this is the 6th book in the series (a 7th is coming in July!), it can be read as a standalone with minimal difficulty. The mystery and my opinion of Sarah and her cast of supporting characters was not affected by my not having read the 1st five books BUT I think I would have been more invested in some of the backstories and the dash of romance had I been reading them from the beginning.
The writing is steady-paced and warm, easily drawing you in to the story. It doesn’t hurt either that this plot centers around rare books and beloved mystery classics. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Bobbsey Twins, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers – bookworms (especially those who are armchair detectives at heart) will find much to love as they explore Miss Belle’s house with Sarah. The clever mystery kept me guessing all the way to the end, and the author did a great job of creating empathy for Sarah’s plight on the part of readers. Tension stays high throughout – from the murder, the missing manuscripts, the press, and not knowing who Sarah can trust.
Bottom Line: There’s more to this cozy series than meets the eye. Sarah Winston is an amiable heroine who has earned the grudging respect of the local police force, as well as the entire community. Her engaging personality is layered and multi-dimensional, allowing for a military spouse/PTSD subplot that draws attention to a not-often talked about struggle. Additionally, the books that grace the pages of this novel (by way of Miss Belle’s vast collection) will warm every avid reader’s heart and have them reaching fondly for beloved favorites or browsing just a little longer next time at the used bookstore 🙂
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars/love it!
Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some cursing scattered throughout this story, as well as the implication of past intimate encounters.
Agatha Award-nominated 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.
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