Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#Book #Review: The Longest Yard Sale (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery, Book 2) by Sherry Harris



From the Back Cover of the Paperback:

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…

Book Details:

Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2015)
ISBN-10: 161773019X
ISBN-13: 978-1617730191

My Review:

Link to my review of Book 1:

Holy Cow!!  The Longest Yard Sale is the 2nd book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series by Sherry Harris and it rocked!!!  I wasn't sure what to expect after being a bit disappointed in Tagged for Death, Book 1 of the series.  All I can say is I'm so glad I had The Longest Yard Sale on hand to start reading immediately.  

Warning - Book 1 spoilers are imminent.  

Our protagonist, Sarah Winston, is still reeling from the events that happened a few months prior in Tagged for Death.  The cheating scandal that her ex-husband, CJ, was involved in wasn't at all what it seemed.  Yet, she's wondering why it was so easy for her to walk away from 19 years of marriage.  She met a new man shortly after the affair became known and it turns out that Seth is the DA and will sometimes be working with CJ - awkward!  The problem with this love triangle at this point??  I love CJ's character and I love Seth's character.  Sarah is going to end up taking too long to figure out what she want's and by that time she may be alone.  We shall see but I loved how the book ended.

While Sarah's love life continues to ebb and flow as she makes sense of everything that's happened recently, she also has a New England's Largest Yard Sale to coordinate.  Nancy Elder, Ellington's town manager, took the idea and ran with, much to the annoyance of the police department, especially CJ.  Everything is running smoothly until small fires being popping up on the edges of town.  Later it's discovered that those fiery diversions were a distraction for much larger crimes - grand theft and murder!

When the body of a government employee is found dead inside her friend Carol's Paint and Wine shop, it doesn't look like a random act.  As police try to piece everything together, they conclude that Carol is guilty.  Sure that the police are wrong, Sarah goes on a quest to learn the truth.  She knows that Carol didn't murder anyone.  When the theft of original artwork is discovered - the same artwork that Carol was hired to replicate, which was then stolen before she could mark it as hers, things really heat up.   

While working on solving the theft and murder mysteries there are also a few side stories taking place.  These detours from the main focus are well placed, thought out, and woven into the story.  The character and world building continues at a nice pace.  The writing is fluid and done well.  Everything about The Longest Yard Sale works.  The story is unique and interesting, plus, the characters are fleshed out a bit more.

The Longest Yard Sale 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. The author sets up many of the characters as the potential suspect and expertly pulls the tablecloth out from underneath them without spilling the truth. 

Paperback review copy courtesy of my bookshelf.  This is a Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar store purchase.

My Rating:


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I am part of the Craving for Cozies Challenge 2016.  

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2 comments:

Kerry said...

Added this one to my tbr! A garage sale mystery sounds intriguing.

Sapphyria said...

Just be patient with book 1 - maybe it's just me but I had a hard time with some of it. I reviewed it, too, so check it out if you want. I'm glad I read book 1 and I'm really glad I didn't let it deter me from continuing the series. Book 2 rocked!!