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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to feature Let’s Fake A Deal today by Sherry Harris! 


Let’s Fake a Deal (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (July 30, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716981
ISBN-13: 978-1496716989
Kindle ASIN: B07K5ZMBZB

SHE’S GOT THE GOODS . . .
As a former military spouse, Sarah Winston’s learned a little about organizing, packing, and moving. Her latest project sounds promising: a couple of tech-industry hipsters, newly arrived in her Massachusetts town, who need to downsize. Unfortunately, when Sarah tries to sell their stuff, she discovers it’s all stolen—and she’s the unwitting fence.

BUT SARAH’S PROBLEMS ARE JUST BEGINNING
Michelle, an old friend of Sarah’s from the Air Force base, is in line for a promotion—but not everyone is happy about it, and she’s been hit with an anonymous discrimination complaint. When one of the men she suspects is behind the accusations turns up dead in Michelle’s car, Sarah needs to clear Michelle’s name—as well as her own for selling hot merchandise. And she’ll have to do it while also organizing a cat lady’s gigantic collection of feline memorabilia, or they’ll be making room for Sarah in a jail cell . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sarah Winston barely opens a garage sale for a couple wanting to downsize when the police show up. The couple is nowhere to be found and everything she was trying to sell for them appears to be stolen. Before she knows it she is on the ground and under arrest. As she tries to find the couple that set her up she is also trying to clear her friend Michelle from murder charges. Michelle was up for a promotion with the Air Force when someone files a complaint against her. One of the men she had pegged for the discrimination report turns up dead in HER car! Sarah is also working on a fabulous feline garage sale too. That is if she stays out of jail long enough for the Cat-tastic Garage Sale to take place.

Hold on tight, Sherry Harris has twisted together a terrific mystery that is impossible to put down!

The first scene grabbed my attention with a premise I never would have thought of and turns Sarah’s business inside out. Then we move to Michelle’s issue which is too prevalent in the military today sans the murder of course. This author doesn’t shy away from hot topics. She gives a wonderful fictional spin that makes her readers aware and informed.

These characters stole my heart back in the first book Tagged for Death and they continue to impress me book after book. Sarah continues to grow after her divorce while trying to start her new relationship with Seth. Sarah does have a huge heart and is very trusting, which was a big flaw this time. Small towns just aren’t what they used to be anymore.

I love the way recurring characters pop up even in small ways in each story. Whenever Mike “Big Cheese” Titone appears on the scene it always makes me smile. He is not your typical mobster when Sarah is involved. The dialogues between all the characters are excellent and laced with the perfect amount of humor.

This mystery is carefully plotted and develops in a surprising way. Ms. Harris faked me out more than once. Every twist and turn had my mind spinning. I was in the dark right up to the fantastic final reveal and perfectly delighted to be so.

This is a brilliant addition to this series. It is my new favorite! In fact, it will be the next book on my Bests Reads list for 2019! I absolutely loved it from beginning to end!

I do want to say each book can be read all on its own, but Sarah Winston is an extraordinary protagonist and to truly understand her and where she is in her life now I recommend reading all the books in order. 

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About the Author

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.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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Apr 292019
 

Interviewing a group like this had to have its own post. 

I am so happy they could stop by for a visit! 

The short stories in Deadly Southern Charm were written by Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia members. All of the stories had to have a female sleuth and be set somewhere in the southern United States. You can read my review here.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series.  www.francesaylor.com

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction.  An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia.  www.molliecoxbryan.com

Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series. www.lynncahoon.com

A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

 

Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing awards.www.Barbgoffman.com

Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia.  She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist.  Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018.  www.bharperauthor.com

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in Crime.www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies. www.maggieking.com

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter. www.kristinkisska.com

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries.www.samanthamcgraw.com

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs.www.Kellielarsenmurphy.com

Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories. www.swopeparente.com

Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

 

Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries.  She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF.  She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers.  www.heatherweidner.com

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Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author.  She is currently working on her latest suspense. www.maryburton.com

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit. www.marymileytheobald.com

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What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Frances: I love to travel and have visited over 30 countries. I’ve climbed inside the Egyptian pyramids and paraglided in the Swiss Alps. I’m married to my high school sweetheart.

Heather: I am a cop’s kid. My dad, retired after 46 years on the force, is my best source for murder questions that I don’t want to Google. I love any kind of chocolate, and I share my office with two crazy Jack Russell Terriers.

Bradley: I was once arrested for goat-napping after a very long bachelor’s party. I was skinny-dipping beneath a waterfall in Scotland when a bus load of little old ladies suddenly appeared on the cliff above me. I broke my personal best swimming back to my clothes. I had twelve jumps as an airborne qualified Infantry officer. Jump twelve landed me in a tree. It was my last jump.

Genilee: I’m about to become an official Texan. Moving this spring to be close to family. I have been writing creatively since I was 12 and have many miscellaneous ways to make a living from the written word. I got married late in life and had my child at age 41.

Maggie: I wrote very bad poetry in high school as an outlet for my considerable adolescent angst.  I lived in Los Angeles for many, and what I miss the most is the Hollywood Bowl with its classical and jazz concerts.  I relocated from Los Angeles to Charlottesville, Virginia sight unseen! I lived there for six years before moving down the road to Richmond (which I did visit first).

Lynn: I competed in national and international soft tip dart tournaments.  I took second in doubles in Las Vegas. According to one woman whose husband I had just beat in singles – I’m pretty good for a girl.

Barb: I love the idea of sailing but would never get on any boat, including a cruise. I get terrible seasickness. I love the sound of wind chimes, and I love rainy summer nights. Hey, isn’t there a song about that?…

Kristin: In my twenties, I bought a one-way ticket to Prague and ended up living there for three years. For the past decade, I’ve tap danced as a *Rockette* for our local theater’s live-Christmas holiday spectacular every December. I love to travel, and at one point my passport was so full of stamps, I had to go to the U.S. Embassy to get pages added so I could keep using it.

J.A.: I’ve visited the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico. In the mid 90’s I competed in an international martial arts tournament in Atlanta. I placed second in weapons with a nunchucks form. Bugs Bunny was, and still is, my hero.

Samantha: I used to be an event planner in the D.C. political world, planning events for some well-known politicians and influencers and working closely with the U.S. Secret Service. I once talked my way backstage at a Robert Plant concert with my husband and got to hang out with him for a bit. I’m a big tea drinker and drink several cups a day, but when I make hot chocolate it’s never from a mix – always a very indulgent chocolate custard type drink that takes some time to make, but so worth it!

Libby:  I married a Bermudian, lived there for 5 years and had our two girls there. I frequently mispronounce words because I read them phonetically and forget to edit them in my head before I say them.  I met Michael Stipe form the band REM at the MTV Awards and didn’t know who I’d been talking to until, immediately after our chat, he got up on stage and started singing.

Stacie: I was a graduate student in the Soviet Union when the only billboards in Moscow were big, red, Communist slogans.  I love to sing, play piano and conduct music and have performed frequently since I was 5 years old.  Although I can only claim to be fluent in one other foreign language, Russian, I can speak 4 others enough that I have used all of them professionally or in volunteer work: French, Spanish, Chinese and Kazakh.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Frances: Uncle Wiggily and His Friends by Howard R. Garis. I still have my childhood copy, which is now missing its spine and is a bit worse for wear but is a treasured favorite.

Heather: My earliest favorites were Green Eggs and Ham, The Monster at the End of the Book, and The Wind in the Willows.

Bradley: My uncle’s Batman comic books.

Genilee: Fun with Dick and Jan. I’m dating myself!

Maggie: That’s a tough one. Maybe something by Anne Emery, or maybe it was The Hidden Staircase, the start of my Nancy Drew craze.

Kristin: Magic Jim was my all-time favorite childhood book. It’s out of print now, but I still have my girlhood copy.

J.A.: I’m sure there were others before it, but the one that sticks with me is The Hobbit.

Samantha: Like Heather, I loved everything Dr. Seuss ever wrote, but one of my favorite childhood reads was Mandy by Julie Andrews (a.k.a. Mary Poppins).

Libby: The Little Golden Book I Am A Bunny

Stacie: The very first book I recall is Are You My Mother? about a poor lost bird who asks this question of the most incredible objects while searching for his mother.  The absurdity of it must have skewed my sense of humor for life.  But my parents kept a full bookshelf, and I freely pulled from it.  At a young age, I read Plato’s Apology, and that sparked my interest in the way humans make rules for themselves as a society.

What are you reading now?

Frances: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny and The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths. I just finished Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben. I often read several books at the same time, keeping one book upstairs, one downstairs, and the third in my car.

Heather: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Bradley: Island of the Mad, by Laurie R King.

Genilee: In Farleigh field, by Rhys Bowen.

Maggie: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline, for the All Henrico Reads program

Sherry: Darker Than Any Shadow by Tina Whittle

Lynn:  Wrinkle in Time by Madelein L’Engle

BarbElevation by Stephen King and Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan.

J.A.: The Midnight Front by David Mack

Kristin: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Samantha: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Libby:  The Winter Sea by Susannaj Kearsley

Stacie: Rereading Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles; also Russo and Dezenhall’s Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War.

What books have most inspired you?

Frances: Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier, which inspired me to become a writer. In the Woods by Tana French, a psychological thriller with beautiful and gripping prose.

Heather: I started reading the Nancy Drew mysteries in elementary school, and I was hooked on mysteries. I moved on to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock stories. I like lots of different genres, but mysteries and thrillers are my favorite.

Bradley: The Sherlock Holmes canon, and the Lord of the Rings. I read a lot of Sci-Fi growing up as well but have drifted away.

Genilee: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke because it made too much sense during a period of my life (college) when I was trying to figure out, “the meaning behind it all.” And maybe the Hunger Games series because I stumbled upon the author and was completely floored by how good the books were.

Maggie: If Morning Ever Comes, by Anne Tyler; Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham; Gillian Roberts’s Amanda Pepper series; and Joan Smith’s Loretta Lawson series. And many more.

Lynn: Recently? American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I thought a lot about that book and the concepts long after I closed the book. When I was growing up? The Lord of the Rings held that spot for me. As a young, married mother – it was The Stand.

J.A.: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is the first mystery I remember reading, and it is my favorite of her work. I’ve always been a fan of mysteries, trying to unravel the puzzle. Mysteries, horror and sci-fi make up much of my personal library.

Kristin: The book that inspired me to start writing my first novel was Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.  Having grown up in the Washington, D.C. area, I could envision most of the settings in his novel. Before I finished the book, I had developed a rough outline of my first (as yet, unpublished) novel.

Samantha: I’ve always been a mystery lover and, like many others, frequently read Nancy Drew, but books by Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton were the most inspirational in giving me a desire to write.

Libby:  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley; any book by Charles DeLint

Stacie: ­Orwell’s 1984 revealed to me as a teenager the power of the word.  I love Agatha Christie.  I have been captivated by the calm, clever way that the heroine of Alexander McCall Smith’s series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency solves both mysteries and thorny knots in peoples’ lives.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Frances: As a child I loved reading mysteries. My favorites are fast-paced, action-packed thrillers, which I could never find enough of, so I decided to write my own.

Heather: I have loved mysteries since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. I always known that I wanted to write them. My first published mystery was in 2014, a short story in a Sisters in Crime anthology.

Bradley: I had a story stuck in my head involving Conan Doyle in the hunt for Jack the Ripper. It wouldn’t leave me alone, so I wrote it. I sorta backed into mysteries, however, as I’d like to write a pure thriller based upon my time with US Special Forces in Colombia. One day.

Genilee: I love being fooled by a good mystery writer (not many can succeed in doing it) and I love puzzles.

Maggie: Like many mystery writers, I have a strong need to see justice done and set the world right. Mysteries are the perfect vehicle for that. Mysteries are about relationships—relationships that have gone awry. I’m fascinated by family dynamics and how memories of my own family experiences have popped up throughout my life, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in disconcerting ways. Love and obsession intrigue me to no end, as does sin and how we’re impacted by it.

Sherry: I’ve always loved reading mysteries and thrillers. So when I started writing it was natural to write them.

Lynn:  When I went through breast cancer treatment, I had a lot of time to think. Reading cozy mysteries allowed me to travel, find community, and figure out a puzzle, even when I was tied to a chemo chair. They really helped me pass the time.

Kristin: I’ve always enjoyed solving mind puzzles, reading thrillers, and watching detective shows on T.V., so when it came to writing fiction, mystery was a natural fit.

J.A.: I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries, so I thought it would be fun to write mysteries.

Samantha: I can’t remember a day when I didn’t love mysteries and I didn’t want to write. I love trying to figure out “who did it” and I’m hooked on any kind of mystery/detective T.V. Show.

Libby:  I love mysteries that take place in the South – there is just something murky and mysterious about the humidity and atmosphere.  I grew up in that humidity with a lot of strong, Southern women and quirky people.  Being able to write a Southern mystery and create my own quirky characters was so rewarding!

Stacie: I love mysteries because they are entertaining and engage my mind.  Even more, mystery fiction often shows keen insight into human character; describes places, lifestyles, and historical eras that I myself have never experienced; and often, thrills me with beautiful language.  I have loved mystery fiction for years, and now I want to see if I can contribute something worthwhile to the genre.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Frances: I write on my laptop at the desk in my home office. When I get tired of sitting in my desk chair, I move my laptop to the living room sofa.

Heather: At home, I usually write in my office or on the back deck. But my ultimate favorite place to write is on the beach.

Bradley: My wife calls it the “Writer’s lair.” It is a den/study in our house, where I have my reference books, and I can play my music as loud as I want.

Genilee: My leather/wood recliner on a small lap top with a cat sitting next to me.

Maggie: If I’m in the throes of creativity, I’ll be in my recliner with pen and paper, a cat curled up in my lap. Otherwise, I’ll be working on my laptop, in my den.

Lynn:  I write best at my computer facing my 32-inch monitor. I can write on my laptop (Surface) but I love the desk.

J.A.: At home, I have a woman cave. It’s my hide away for writing.

Kristin: Yes.  99% of my writing happens in my writer’s cave at home.  I also have to have absolute quiet, so if my family is at home, I’m usually writing at 5am while they are all sleeping.

Samantha: Usually in my office or at the dining room table because both are near windows. If it’s a nice day, I’ll take my laptop out to the deck.

Libby:  I write in the car (putting ideas into y phone while being a passenger or dictating texts to myself), in the shower and as I’m waking up. Putting pen to paper usually happens at the kitchen table.

Stacie: In a very comfortable, overstuffed white swivel rocking chair that is just the right height from the ground for my short legs.  It’s surrounded by plants in a window alcove near my desk and is very cozy!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Frances: Money Grab, my first financial thriller, was loosely based on my experiences in the investment industry. I’m getting ideas for future books in the series from newspapers, magazines, and internet sites. Plus, I like to incorporate places I’ve traveled into my books.

Heather: The ideas come from all kinds of places. I keep a notebook with me. I am always jotting down names, snippets of conversation, and notes.

Bradley: History. Go to Wikipedia and type in a year and see what the major events of that year were. My idea for my fourth book involves the theft of the Irish crown jewels which I learned of in this fashion.

Genilee: A good question that many writers can’t answer. My ideas for the series I wrote started with my co-author, who is my mom. But ideas pop into my head all the time.

Maggie: Ideas come from everywhere: the headlines, eavesdropping, especially the headlines. I don’t even need to know the whole story—headlines by themselves are great writing prompts.

Social media is a gold mine of inspiration, a modern day gathering around the water cooler. It seems like everyone has something to say (some way too much). And, as I’m a fiction writer, I don’t have to worry about “fake news.”

Advice columns give me wonderful ideas. Consider the letter from the woman whose boyfriend was spying on her social media accounts; and the distraught man whose wife had an “emotional” affair with his best friend.

Lynn: I have come to realize that my story ideas come from settings. I knew as soon as I walked down Royal Street in New Orleans for the first time that I’d set a story there. The buildings, the sidewalks, the stores, they all scream for a story to be told.

J.A.: Everywhere. Places I’ve been or seen in media. History is a wonderful place to mind ideas. Music often inspires me.

Kristin: Like Lynn, most of my ideas are driven by unique settings. I’m also inspired by interesting news articles, snippets of conversation I overhear, and by pondering, “What if [insert weird situation] …?

Samantha: Ideas are everywhere if you look for them. I’ve picked up ideas from overheard conversations, news stories, T.V. shows, or by just watching people and trying to figure out what they’re talking about based on their body language.

Libby: My ideas come from all kinds of places – social media, the news, relatives, even conversations in the checkout line at Target.

Stacie: For me it all starts with character.  As I develop a story’s main and supportive characters, I begin to know them.  Then the setting helps flesh out aspects of the characters I hadn’t considered, and somehow actions appear!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Frances: I write slowly and am envious of writers who can churn out two or more books a year. Even though I outline in advance and write up summaries of my characters, it still takes me longer than it should to finish a book. I’m trying to stick to a structured writing schedule to improve my productivity.

Heather: I love the plotting and writing parts. The editing and revising feel more like work to me, but they’re necessary if you want a quality product.

Bradley: Creating a character with a unique voice that stands out. If I do it well enough, I don’t have to give a tag as to who said the line. The reader knows.

Genilee: Finding time and not letting the rest of life, including my full-time job, get in the way.

Maggie: Keeping focused on my actual writing. Besides personal distractions, I’m challenged by the myriad of writing-related tasks facing writers these days (promotion, marketing, social media, to name a few).

Lynn:  Not comparing my process or career with someone else. It’s so easy to become discouraged when your book isn’t selling like XXXX’s is (add in the name of the top author in your genre.) But you don’t know what they went through to get there. We all have our own process. Writing in bits and pieces every day keeps me in the story. That might not work for other authors.

J.A.: Getting started. Once I’m in the chair, I enjoy writing, but sometimes it’s hard to make myself sit down and focus.

Kristin: I’ve been writing for eleven years, but I’m always worried I won’t be able to dream-up the next good story idea. Even after seven published short stories and three novels, the fear of writer’s block haunts me.  The struggle is real!

Samantha: Like Maggie, I sometimes find it hard to focus on the writing itself and not all the little details around it.

Libby: Finding time.  Working full-time as a marketing/communications person leaves little energy at the end of the day for creativity.

Stacie: I still find all aspects challenging – but my worst problem is becoming impatient.  Writing takes rewriting! Also checking and rechecking: of facts, of typos, of so many things!  It can be overwhelming.

What do you think makes a good story?

Frances: Believable characters with both good traits and flaws, a fast-paced plot, and a surprise ending.

Heather: I love stories with characters that I can relate to. I like the sleuth to have an interesting career or hobby that I can learn about. And I love a well written mystery with lots of twists and turns.

Bradley: A relatable character with a meaningful struggle for an important goal with an uncertain outcome.

Genilee: Believable characters that interact as part of an unusual event.

Maggie: You know a story is good when you want to race through it, but you never want it to end.

Lynn:  The story that you, the author, need to tell. I’m my first reader. I want to be excited by the story just as much as I want future readers to love it.

Barb:  A good story is one that captivates and entertains the reader.

J.A.: I like stories with characters who are faced with difficult choices and have to face the consequences of their choices and actions. I think setting is very important to a story, you don’t have to tell me every little detail in the scene but make me believe I’ve been there.

Kristin: Every story needs conflict. Without it, you don’t have much of a plot. As far as I’m concerned, the more tension, the better.  A little humor along the way helps too.

Samantha: I love interesting, sometimes eccentric, characters with a puzzle or secret to uncover. I enjoy a story that teases me with just enough information to make me curious about something but leaves it to my imagination to figure out the rest of the pieces.

Libby:  Characters that are likeable but flawed; strong voices; character-driven stories (the best Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories all have characters that you can identify with on some level, and that are flawed).  Good pacing.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Frances: Robbie Bradford, my female financial advisor, has an investment job similar to mine. We are both loyal to friends and family, hard-working and curious.

Heather: My private investigator, Delanie Fitzgerald, and I share some traits. We’re both redheads who love Mustangs. She just gets into way more trouble than I do.

Bradley: Hopefully, Professor Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. He was a kind man and had the ability to see beyond what was in front of him. Perhaps I am more like him on some days, than on others.

Genilee: Probably my most recent character, who is a small-town gal who is independent but loves people.

Maggie: Like me, Hazel Rose is a seeker of justice. We both lived on the west coast and worked in IT. We both moved from Los Angeles to Charlottesville, Virginia, with calico cats in tow. But she’s been to the altar four times to my one. And she’s much braver!

Lynn:  A lot of my main characters share one trait that I also have -trying new things. New hometowns. New careers. New lives. New restaurants. All of the main characters are in a place where they’re starting over from something. I’ve been known to get in my car and drive just to try to figure out what I’m going to do to solve a problem.

Barb: I had to give this some thought. To my surprise, I think it’s my character Bev from my story “The Case of the Missing Pot Roast,” which appeared in last year’s Bouchercon anthology, Florida Happens. Bev enjoys reading and playing cards and other games with friends. She’ll put herself on the line for those she loves, but she also will put up with things she probably shouldn’t if it makes life easier. And she’s funny.

Kristin: My character Lauryn from “A Colonial Grave” in the anthology, Virginia is For Mysteries: Volume II, is most like me. Though she’s a college student, her reactions to discovering the bones of a cold case murder were exactly as mine would’ve been, especially her wee bit o’ snark.

Samantha: My character Tess in my short story “Deadly Devonshire” is my favorite. I’m writing a series based on the characters in this story and she’s the one I love spending time with the most. Good thing since she’s my main character!

Libby:  My character Mags from my unpublished novel ‘Sanctuary.”  She struggles with finding her place when her world is turned upside down.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Frances: The goal of my financial thrillers is not only to entertain, but also to give some investment tips that readers can use when they manage their own money.

Heather: My sleuth tends to get herself in and out of trouble as she investigates crimes. She also has no fear, so she’s willing to try just about anything like larping and roller derby.

Bradley: Since I have to date only one book, I can only say that I took as much interest in the society of the time the Ripper killings took place, as the murders themselves. I wanted the time and place to be as much a character as any of the named ones.

Genilee: As far as the Fate Series mysteries, Detective Sam Osbourne, who has inherited money so that he takes only the cases he wants.

Maggie: My Hazel Rose Book Group series made the cozy category by a nose. It’s definitely edgy.

Sherry: Part of the action takes place on a military base because my protagonist, Sarah Winston, used to be married to a man in the Air Force. I love incorporating that part of my life into the books.

Lynn: I’ve been told it’s because they’re filled with amazing sounding food.  But I think it’s because they all have strong female protagonists who want to do the right thing.

Barb: I’m known for writing humor. Sure, some other people write funny stories too, but not everyone.

Kristin: Most of my stories stress the limits of some family dysfunction, which is a natural source of conflict most readers can empathize, whether we like it or not.  The more awkward, the better.

Libby:  My stories tend to be comedic, rather than intense.  The comic relief makes them easier to read and they can be more character-focused instead of just plot-focused.

Stacie: I’d like to think I have the cleverness and compassion of Vera.  But I suspect I’ve also got the worry and limited viewpoint of Burnell!

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Frances: The second book in my series has Robbie Bradford traveling to Switzerland to help a client deal with a family crisis. The third book may be set in Egypt, which I just visited. I also give talks on financial management to colleges and other groups.

Heather: I’m working on the third book in the Delanie Fitzgerald series. I’m also working on a cozy mystery set near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bradley: I just turned in my second book, featuring my female protagonist from book one as the major character. That completes my two-book contract. I’ve submitted two more synopses for additional in the series. Fingers crossed.

Genilee: To date, most of my books have been co-authored by my now-91-year-old mom. I am now working on my first solo mystery based on some of the same characters as those that appear in my short story for the Sister in Crime anthology.

Maggie: I’m working on a short story that I plan to submit to a mystery magazine, and I’m starting edits/rewrites for Die Laughing, #3 in my Hazel Rose Book Group series.

Sherry: My next Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery is Let’s Fake a Deal. It comes out in July.

Lynn: I’m writing the next two books in the Farm-to-Fork series and two more full length Tourist Traps this year. Along with a couple other projects that aren’t public knowledge yet. My fifth Cat Latimer book is releasing in June – SCONED TO DEATH.

Barb: I’m editing an anthology to be called Crime Travel. As you can probably guess, all the stories involving crime/mystery and time travel. The book is scheduled to be released by Wildside Press on December 8th, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. (It’s a real holiday!) The book will have fifteen stories, including one of mine called “Alex’s Choice.”

J.A.: I’m working on a short story for submission to a sci-fi magazine.

Kristin: In addition to “Unbridled”, I have another short story being released this spring, “Snowbirding” in Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Edible. I’m currently writing my third novel.

Samantha: I’m working on the first book in the series with the characters from my short story.

Libby: I am finalizing two Southern fiction novels and looking for an agent and working to self-publish pieces from my Subourbonmom” blog.

Stacie: Right now, I’m working on a nonfiction academic project, but I have also begun working on a series of short stories following Vera’s life as an unofficial detective over the years.  Other ideas in the works are contemporary stories set in Los Angeles and Oahu (both places I’ve lived) and possibly a historical series set in Kazakhstan (which I’ve visited and studied).

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About the Book


Deadly Southern Charm (A Lethal Ladies Cozy Mystery Anthology)
Cozy Mystery
Wildside Press (March 27, 2019)
Paperback: 173 pages
ISBN-10: 1479448397
ISBN-13: 978-1479448395

 This is a volume of short stories written by the Sisters in Crime-Central Virginia group. 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I started this book I had planned to read a couple of stories each night, there are 18 in all. I finished The Girl In The Airport by Frances Aylor and loved it and plunged right ahead. When I reached the end of Keepsakes by J.A. Chalkley I had a chill run up my spine and kept reading. I reached Country Song Gone Wrong by Sherry Harris and spent a little time with one of my favorite cozy characters, Sarah Winston and a great little whodunit and couldn’t stop. As I started Keep Your Friends Close by Maggie King my husband interrupted me to ask if I was ready for dinner. It was Easter, so I took a break to eat the wonderful meal he had prepared and spent some time with my family. Before I went to sleep that night I just had to finish Maggie’s story and then didn’t stop until I reached the end of Art Attack by Heather Weidner.

I enjoyed every one of the stories. Most of these authors were new to me and I will be watching for their books now. A few, Molly Cox Bryan, Lynn Cahoon, Sherry Harris, and Heather Weidner already have books on my shelves and I am always excited about their new works.

This anthology was a real treat. I loved the southern theme. Short stories are difficult to write, especially mysteries because so much has to happen. All of these authors did an excellent job. I couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried.

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More Praise for Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology)
by Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia

DEADLY SOUTHERN CHARM brings together a variety of quick reads that ooze Southern sweetness dipped in venom.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Each tale contained plenty of mystery, mayhem, and twisty, turny plots making each read like a full-length novel, and doing so without the feeling of the stories being rushed, which is no small task.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

About the Authors 

Frances Aylor, CFA combines her investing experience and love of travel in her financial thrillers. MONEY GRAB is the first in the series.  www.francesaylor.com

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of cookbooks, articles, essays, poetry, and fiction.  An Agatha Award nominee, she lives in Central Virginia.  www.molliecoxbryan.com

Lynn Cahoon is the NYT and USA Today author of the best-selling Tourist Trap, Cat Latimer and Farm-to-Fork mystery series. www.lynncahoon.com

A. Chalkley is a native Virginian. She is a writer, retired public safety communications officer, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

 

Stacie Giles lived many places before settling in Virginia where she is returning to ancestral Southern roots, including a grandfather who was a Memphis policeman.

Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her short stories, and is a two-time finalist for US crime-writing awards.www.Barbgoffman.com

Libby Hall is a communication analyst with a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia.  She is also a blogger, freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

Bradley Harper is a retired Army pathologist.  Library Journal named his debut novel, A KNIFE IN THE FOG, Debut of the Month for October 2018.  www.bharperauthor.com

Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and is the president of Sisters in Crime.www.sherryharrisauthor.com

Maggie King penned the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet anthologies. www.maggieking.com

Kristin Kisska is a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and programs chair of the Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia chapter. www.kristinkisska.com

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries.www.samanthamcgraw.com

K.L. Murphy is a freelance writer and the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, four children, and two dogs.www.Kellielarsenmurphy.com

Genilee Swope Parente has written the romantic mystery The Fate Series with her mother F. Sharon Swope. The two also have several collections of short stories. www.swopeparente.com

Deb Rolfe primarily writes mystery novels. This is her first published short story. She and her husband enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

 

Ronald Sterling is the author of six books and draws upon his colorful and varied life experience as a U.S. Airman, saloonkeeper, private detective, realtor, and New Jersey mayor.

S.A. Warwick, in the last century earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Ever since, she has been trying to decipher the American enigma.

Heather Weidner is the author of the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries.  She has short stories in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 SHADES OF CABERNET and TO FETCH A THIEF.  She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell terriers.  www.heatherweidner.com

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Mary Burton is a New York Times, USA Today and Kindle best-selling author.  She is currently working on her latest suspense. www.maryburton.com

Mary Miley is a historian and writer with 14 nonfiction books and 5 mystery novels to her credit. www.marymileytheobald.com

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Jan 302019
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to Welcome Sherry Harris to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Sherry,

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I write the Agatha Award nominated Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries and the upcoming Chloe Jackson Redneck Riviera mysteries set on the beautiful beaches of the panhandle of Florida. The sixth book in the series, The Gun Also Rises, that was released yesterday.

What are three things most people don’t know about you? I was on Romper Room when I was four – yep I’m that old. I’ve lived in ten different cities/towns. I was the editor in chief of my high school year book.

What is the first book you remember reading? Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

What are you reading now? I just finished Dear Mrs. Bird by A. J. Pearce. A wonderful story that made me cry.

What made you decide you want to write? I’ve always loved reading and writing stories. One of my early influences were the books by Maud Hart Lovelace. Her protagonist Betsy wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be Betsy so I too wanted to write.

Do you have a special place you like to write? I usually write in my office on the second story of our house. One window looks out at my neighbor’s house and the other at a patch of woods.

Do you write at the same day every day? I usually write in the afternoon because I’m not a morning person. However, the closer I am to a deadline the more you’ll find me writing in the morning too.

Where do the ideas for your books come from? All different places. The plot for the second book, The Longest Yard Sale, is based on a crime that was committed when we were stationed at F.E.Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

What books have most inspired you? As I mentioned above the books by Maud Hart Lovelace, Jackdaws by Ken Follett, and anything by Julia Spencer Fleming.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? Getting over the fear that someday I’m going to sit at my computer and no words will come out. It’s never happened, but the possibility makes me shudder.

What do you think makes a good story? It starts with the characters—writing interesting people who readers will want to root for and against. Then comes the plot and finding a fresh creative way to write a mystery.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you? It has to be my protagonist Sarah Winston. We both love garage sales and were both military spouses. Fortunately, unlike Sarah, I’ve never stumbled across a dead body.

Why did you pick your particular genre? Growing up my house was filled with mysteries, thrillers, and romantic suspense. Now that I think about it my house is still filled with all three!

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre? Sarah Winston has ties to the military base which is right next to the town of Ellington, Massachusetts. Part of the action of each book takes place on the military base. It’s a way to give a bit of insight on what it’s like to be a military spouse and also life on a base.

What’s next on the horizon for you? I’m currently writing the first book in a new series—the Chloe Jackson Redneck Riviera mysteries which are set on the beautiful, sandy beaches along the Gulf coast of Florida. Then it is back to writing the ninth book in the Sarah Winston series.

Thank you so much for visiting today, Sherry. I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to your new series and more Sarah! 

Keep reading for my thoughts on The Gun Also Rises.


The Gun Also Rises
(A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris

 

About the Book

 

The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716965
ISBN-13: 978-1496716965
Digital ASIN: B07CWF942Q

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 . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

History and mystery collide as Sherry Harris gives her spin on the missing papers of Ernest Hemingway lost in 1922. Garage Sale pro Sarah Winston is hired to help get Belle Winthrop Granville book collection ready for sale. As she is cataloging the vast collection she makes a shocking discovery. A case filled with what appears to be Hemingway’s lost manuscripts. Before the papers can be verified they are stolen and Granville’s maid is killed and shots are fired at Sarah.

The events lead to rumors that a rare edition of The Sun Also Rises is also hidden on the premises bringing the League of Literary Treasure Hunters, a rare book dealer, and the press to Ellington, Massachusetts. Sarah is forced out of her home and knows the only way for things to get back to normal is to find the killer before more bodies fall including hers.

This has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I love spending time with Sarah as she chases all around town for her garage sales and murder investigations. Her life has been in flux with her divorce, moving off the base, getting her business off the ground and trying to start life over as a single woman. He ex has now left the state so her personal life can move forward with Seth and that made me very happy.

In addition to her huge project for Belle Winthrop Granville and finding a thief and a killer, Sarah is organizing a fundraiser to help a soldier bring a dog he adopted in Afghanistan to the states. He has been suffering PTSD since his last deployment and his friends and family feel bringing this dog home may make things easier. The connection of Sarah to the Air Force Base and the awareness the author brings to military life and strife is a treasured part of all the books in this series. As a military wife herself her depictions are believable.

The characters Ms. Harris brings to life leap off the pages. She gives us people to root for along with the questionable suspects. Sarah and her friends are all engaging and relatable. They have a camaraderie that is refreshing. They always have her back.

I loved the way the author brought Hemingway history into the story. The League of Literary Treasure Hunters were an interesting crew that didn’t give up. They truly took over the town and made Sarah’s life miserable. I really felt bad for her. I loved her unstoppable energy though in her quest to find the papers and the killer. Her perseverance had no bounds.

Sarah Winston is a fantastic protagonist. This story is a wonderful addition to the series. I can’t wait for the next installment. Let’s Fake A Deal will be released July 30.

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About the Author

 

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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Praise for The Gun Also Rises
(A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris

Buckle your seatbelt for a humorous and fast-paced romp with Sarah in The Gun Also Rises.
~The Avid Reader

The Gun Also Rises is a fantastic cozy mystery that is full of twists, turns, distractions, and red herrings. There are suspenseful, humorous, and heartbreaking moments that are sure to keep the reader engaged.
~Sapphyria’s Books

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Mar 142018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

This week I am featuring Sherry Harris’ latest Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery!

I Know What You Bid Last Summer
(A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707536
Kindle ASIN: B0719VD7GS

 

 

FOUL PLAY IN THE GYM
When it comes to running a successful garage sale, Sarah Winston believes in doing her homework. She also believes in giving back. But when she agrees to manage an athletic equipment swap, she doesn’t bargain on an uncharitable killer. The day of the event, the school superintendent is found dead in the gymnasium.
 
HAS SARAH PLAYING DEFENSE
Suddenly the murder suspects are the school board members—including the husband of a very difficult client who’s hired Sarah to run a high-end sale and demands she do her bidding. In between tagging and haggling, Sarah studies the clues to see who wanted to teach the superintendent a lesson. But as she closes in on the truth, the killer intends to give her a crash course on minding her own business . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Happy Dance! I am all caught up on this series!

Sarah has taken on the schools athletic swap meet. Who knew arranging bats, balls, and hockey sticks could be such a huge undertaking and dangerous too. The night before the event Sarah is working late when she is attacked and several items, including the expensive silent auction items, are stolen. The following day is even worse when Sarah finds the school superintendent has been killed. The murder has to be someone involved at the school, maybe even someone on the school board. Can Sarah find the killer before the police? Maybe she can ask a few questions while organizing and running a garage sale for a wife of one of the board members. Or maybe she should just stay out of it . . . like that would ever happen 🙂

Sarah Winston is a such a great character. She has become an expert at garage sales, thrift stores, swap meets, and online buy and sell sites. I wish I had half her knowledge and energy. She has also become quite adept at solving murder mysteries. People open up to her in a way they never open up to police. She also has no problem asking for help from Mike ‘the Big Cheese’ Titone, but she just may be pushing him a little too far. Her romantic life has had been in flux since this series started and I still have hope that she will end up with the man I have been rooted for.

Solving the murder and the thefts has Sarah running all over the place and not thinking about the danger she is putting herself in. She is warned several times, but her independence makes her act without thinking the situation through. The author takes us on a journey as Sarah uncovers more secrets and lies. A couple of corkscrew twists really has my eyes glued to the pages.

In addition to the main mystery, there is a subplot that had me almost rolling on the floor laughing. All I can say is lasagna! The lengths Sarah goes to for her friends was not only funny but heartwarming and made me very hungry. Guess what we had for supper the night after I finished this book.

I love the way Sherry Harris writes. She describes everything in such a way that it is like watching a movie. Her characters feel like old friends, you want to get involved in their lives. She plots the story so well with perfect amounts of suspense and humor. She draws us in and holds our attention making it almost impossible to take a break from the story for food or sleep. Her worldbuilding is excellent.

I have enjoyed this entire series and highly recommend them all.

 

Dollycas

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About the Author

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.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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Feb 162018
 

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


A Good Day to Buy (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (April 25, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707512
Kindle ASIN: B01JEJCA4G

 

 

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.
 
BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sarah Winston is helping the Spencers, a Vietnam vet and his wife, downsize with a garage sale. The sale is going well until the couple is found in a closed off area in the garage. The husband is dead but the wife is hanging on. Sarah is beside herself, how could this happen at one of her sales? Especially with so many people around. To her, that means plenty of suspects.

She is also surprised when her brother knocks on her door. She hasn’t seen him in years. He says he is working undercover on a story and begs her to keep his visit a secret. Even from her ex, who she is dating again and is around all the time. She discovers some of his notes, a list of veterans. Could his investigation have something to do with what happened at the garage sale? She is definitely going to find out.

I read this book all in one afternoon. The action started early and I just couldn’t put it down.

I was intrigued by the introduction of Sarah’s brother Luke. Had he crossed over to the dark side? Had his years in the service changed him. I went back and forth about him the entire story.

Sarah, now dating only C. J. but Seth is waiting in the wings really had her hands full. She is trying to solve the murder, trying to find out what her brother is up to, trying to help the Spencer’s son sell the things that were left over when the sale abruptly ended and trying to move her relationship with C.J. in the right direction. There were many nights she was exhausted and for good reason. All these characters are complex, real and entertaining. I am probably the only one but I am still on Team Seth.

The story has many layers and is very well plotted. Twist and turns and plenty of action kept the pages turning rapidly. The mystery centered on a topic I had never really given a lot of thought and I learned something. That always makes a story better.

I do enjoy Ms. Harris’ writing style. Her books are very easy to escape right into leaving the stressors of real life behind. A quick pace, plenty of suspects and a very entertaining mystery make this a good day to buy, A Good Day To Buy. 🙂

There is a cliffhanger at the end of this one. In a way, I am glad I was late to the party for this series because I don’t have to wait a year for the next book. I Know What You Bid Last Summer will be out February 27.

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About the Author

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.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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Feb 092018
 

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I am catching up on the series in excitement for the 5th book in the series
I Know What You Bid Last Summer being released February 27!


All Murders Final! (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd book in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (April 26, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617730214
Kindle ASIN: B0138NHERM

 

 

Her Next Sale

When Sarah Winston started the virtual garage sale, it seemed like a keystroke of genius and the next logical step in her business. No more collapsing card tables and rainy-day washouts. But what began as a fun way to run garage sales during the long New England winter has become a nightmare of managing people and putting out fires. Online, she can avoid the crowds–but not the crazies.

May Be Her Last

She certainly never bargained on dealing with frightening threats. And when a client is murdered, it’s time for Sarah to swallow her pride and seek the help of her ex–C.J. Hooker, chief of police. Forging a tense alliance, they search–online and off–for the killer. But solving this crime before someone else gets tagged seems virtually impossible…

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Sarah Winston sees virtual garage sales as a way to keep her business flourishing during the winter months but she never imagined they could lead to murder. There are some crazy people online so to join her garage sale group you have to be added by someone already a member. Should be safe right? Nope, the crazies get in and one of her clients ends up dead.  At loose ends about both the murder and her love life, she ends of working with both her ex, the man she is also dating, and a very interesting next door neighbor to put the real killer in the slammer.

I am loving this series and I love that this one takes place during the winter months because it shows Sarah can get creative to keep her business growing. The author also continues to include the Air Force connection running throughout the series. Sarah has friends on and off the base allowing her to be part of both worlds. Her ex-husband is out of the military and now the police chief of Ellington. With each murder, the couple struggles with their relationship. She is also dating the local district attorney. Her friends have their opinions on who she should be with and so do I. 🙂 Not much of a cook, Sarah spends a lot of time at DiNapoli’s restaurant, she is like family to the Italian owners. I get a warm feeling whenever they sit down to share a meal and a little wine. Her landlord and downstairs neighbor and Carol owner of the Paint and Wine are also 2 constants in her new non-military life.

The main plot is complex. It seems to be tied to Sarah’s virtual garage sales but it takes time to find all the connections. Sarah also learns she has a stalker and that is scary because she doesn’t know if they are the murderer or if this has no connection to the case. I loved the way one part of the mystery was solved, but as the last part was falling into place I felt like when I watch a scary movie and you are peering through your fingers shouting “DON’T GO IN THERE!!” Thank you, Ms. Harris, my pulse was racing!

I have really enjoyed the first 3 books in this series. Each one tops the one before. I am excited for book 4, A Good Day to Buy and book 5, I Know What You Bid Last Summer when it makes its debut on February 27!

Dollycas

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About the Author

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.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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Jan 122018
 

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

This is a series I am going to try to catch up on before the next book in the series, I Know What You Bid Last Summer comes out at the end of February.


The Longest Yard Sale (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (June 30, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617730191
Kindle ASIN: B00ONTS4UM

 

 

ONE MAN’S CLUTTER

When Sarah Winston turns Ellington, Massachusetts, into New England’s largest garage sale for a day, it’s the small town’s biggest event since the start of the Revolutionary War—but without the bloodshed. That is, until a valuable painting goes missing…and the lifeless body of an Air Force officer is found in Carol Carson’s painting studio, his face perfectly framed with the murder weapon—a metal picture frame.

IS ANOTHER MAN’S CLOVER

Sarah is mad as heck that someone used her town-wide garage sale to commit a crime—and frame her good friend Carol. She is definitely on this case…but it’s not easy rummaging through increasingly strange clues that point to cheating spouses, downright dirty investment schemes—even the mob. And Sarah will have to be very careful if she wants to live to bargain another day…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Book #2 of this series has Sarah Winston organizing a huge garage sale, the largest in New England. The day arrives with crowds of people, traffic jams, happy customers, and a very happy town manager. The tourists would come for the sale and spend money and then she hoped would come back again and again. But then, a man is found murdered at the Paint and Wine studio and a painting is missing. Then another valuable painting is stolen from the library.  Sarah’s ex, C. J. Hooker is ready to pin the crimes on Carol Carson, the owner of the studio and Sarah’s friend. With the town’s garage sale over Sarah has some time on her hands and she is going to use it bag the real culprit. The clues have her chasing all over town and the Air Force base. She may solve more than one mystery before she wraps up her investigation.

I love Sarah Winston. Between her garage sale business, dating two men, her ex, and Seth, the local district attorney, and volunteering a the base thrift store, she is one busy woman. But she uses all of it to try to catch a killer. People open up to her very easily and she can do a little snooping under the guise of garage sale business. Her friends are great sources too. She also has no problem asking C.J. and Seth for information either. Every character that the author has created comes off realistically. They have grown since the first book. I enjoyed getting to know all of them a little better.

The mystery this time has several tangents with twists galore. The story starts a little slow but then the pace picks up as more clues are revealed and the motive becomes more clear. There is a lot of ground covered in this story, but by the end, the plot and subplots come together nicely with just a little romantic cliffhanger that has me excited to read book #3.

I love the author’s writing style, the way she shares life on an Air Force Base and it’s neighboring town. The way she picks up that Boston accent and the way real people talk. The dialogue in this story is excellent. Her descriptions of time and place clearly enabled me to picture everything that was happening. The mystery was well plotted and real life was portrayed honestly. The romance was depicted well and made me laugh more than a few times.

I am late to the party for this series but hope to catch up before I Know What You Bid Last Summer comes out at the end of February.

 

Dollycas

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About the Author

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.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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Aug 252017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books
I was not able to reviewwhen they were first released that have been screaming at mefrom my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

Tagged for Death
(Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Release Date – December 2, 2014
Kensington
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617730177
Kindle ASIN: B00KFP7YSG

 

 

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.

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.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About the Author

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.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


I am giving away my paperback copy!
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something you like here and become a follower.

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*This book was from my personal collection.

 

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Apr 222017
 


This book releases April 25, 2017

A Good Day to Buy (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (April 25, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707512
E-Book ASIN: B01JEJCA4G

Synopsis

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.

BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

About The Author

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.

Author Links – Webpage – Facebook – Twitter – GoodReads  – Pinterest 

Purchase Links

Amazon  B&N 
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