Death of a Garage Sale Newbie, Bargain Hunters Mysteries Series #1   -     By: Sharon Dunn
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Death of a Garage Sale Newbie, Bargain Hunters Mysteries Series #1

Multnomah Books / 2007 / Paperback

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Since when do three women, bonded together by the need to clip coupons and be first in line at door buster sales, solve crimes? Since the fourth member of the Bargain Hunters Network was found dead. When they suspect Mary Margret s murder was prompted by something she purchased at a garage sale the morning of her death, the three amateur sleuths begin to investigate. Suzanne is a mother of three with another on the way. Kindra is a college student with a taste for designer clothes but not the budget. And Ginger is an active baby boomer whose world is filled with scouting the clearance racks, church activities, and helping her retired husband, Earl, test his inventions. Their discoveries take them back twenty years to a dark and buried secretone perhaps better left there.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590526899
ISBN-13: 9781590526897
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Series: Bargain Hunters Mysteries

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Publisher's Description

Solving a murder mystery is much more than the BHN bargained for!
 
What could Ginger the baby boomer, Kindra the college student, Suzanne the pregnant mother of three, and Mary Margret the silver-haired real-estate agent possibly have in common? Who would’ve guessed…a passion for garage sales!

This motley crew forms the Bargain Hunters Network–bonding while clipping coupons, attending half-price sales, and scouting clearance racks in their hometown of Three Horses, Montana. But when one of the four turns up missing, these shop-till-you-drop women must set their bargain hunting aside to take up an entirely new venture altogether–solving a crime.  

As the three amateur sleuths retrace their friend’s fateful steps, they discover clues that lead them to suspect her murder is linked to an unusual garage sale purchase made on the morning of her death. But when their search unearths a disturbing secret that’s been carefully concealed for over twenty years, the women are drawn into a dark underworld filled with bribery, greed, and deception. With determined criminals who will stop at nothing to keep their secret safe, will these fiscally conscious females end up paying the ultimate price?       

Author Bio

Sharon Dunn is the author of the Ruby Taylor mystery novels including Sassy Cinderella, which was voted Book of the Year by American Christian Fiction Writers. She earned a BA in television production and a master’s in history from Montana State University, where she currently tutors and instructs. Sharon lives with her husband of nineteen years, three children, three cats, and lots of dust bunnies.

Author Bio

Sharon Dunn is the author of the Ruby Taylor mystery novels including Sassy Cinderella, which was voted Book of the Year by American Christian Fiction Writers. She earned a BA in television production and a master’s in history from Montana State University, where she currently tutors and instructs. Sharon lives with her husband of nineteen years, three children, three cats, and lots of dust bunnies.

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Chick-lit meets mystery novel in Sharon Dunn’s Death of a Garage Sale Newbie, the first in the new series of Bargain Hunters mysteries. Four women in various stages and walks of life are drawn together by their love for a great sale. They form the Bargain Hunter’s Network, or BHN. However, when a murder in suburbia strikes too close to home, the BHN members find themselves on the hunt for more than good deals, and they soon realize that someone is hunting them as well.

Set in Three Horses, Montana, the story could easily take place in AnyTown, U.S.A. Readers follow Ginger, the retired grandmother, Suzanne, the very pregnant mom of three, and Kindra, the cheerleader future-physicist, as they try to figure out the clues left to them in the form of hodgepodge yard sale knick-knacks. Along the way, they make alliances with Tammy, the single-mother cop, and Arleta, the lonely widow, who help the BHN in their quest for answers. For the most part, this eclectic friendship seems believable, as the group’s backstory is slowly interwoven into the main plot. As individuals, each woman has little quirks and eccentricities that make her interesting and fun to follow. Their character flaws are relatable, as are their issues at home and at work. Some of the characters need to be fleshed out a little more, particularly Suzanne, though I would wager some of that is yet to come in the series.

Dunn successfully spins a lighthearted mystery with an easily manageable number of characters and clues. The Christian aspects of virtue, justice, fair play, friendship, and loyalty are shown rather than preached throughout the scenes and chapters. The “good guys” and “bad guys” are distinguishable from the get-go, though we don’t know which of the villainous characters is specifically responsible for the crime or why. Suspense is minimal, which sometimes causes the plot to slow down and meander a bit, but it succeeds at keeping the tone light.

This cute novel will appeal to a variety of women, particularly those who fall in the 25 to 50-year-old age range. Those who are new to the mystery genre, or who enjoy an undemanding “who dunit” sprinkled with spiritual themes and plenty of friendship, will be pleased with The Bargain Hunters. I have already passed on my copy to my sister, with my mother and mother-in-law next on the list. I have a feeling they’ll be anticipating the next installment in the series, due in January 2008. – Stacie Miller, Christian Book Previews.com

Editorial Reviews

“I loved tagging along on the hunt for the next great find and the next clue. Sharon Dunn is one of my all-time favorite authors!”
- Tricia Goyer, award-winning author of Night Song

Death of a Garage Sale Newbie is more fun than a table full of underpriced gadgets at a yard sale! It’s a clever mystery filled with engaging characters.”
- Mindy Starns Clark, author of the Smart Chick Mysteries

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    stories about women, I love, shows what us women can do when we make up our mind. I will pass on to a friend.
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    This book kept me up until about 4am because the last about five chapters had captured my attention that I could not put the book down. Usually I find that I choose books that have younger characters so that I can relate to them, however, I really enjoyed the range in characters in this book and a brief look into their lives while a mystery is surrounding them.
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    This book combines an intriguing mystery and a thoughtful personal problem: How do parents reconnect once the children are grown?

    Kudos to the author for creating interesting and real characters with layers of problems and growth. I do wish at least one of the ladies had a deeper walk with Christ as a basis for problem solving and a springboard to growth for the others.
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    This book was easy to read and a fast read. It kept me interested and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters of the book. I love a good mystery and thriller but written by a Christian author. This book showed the human side of the characters and how God can make things come together - His plan all along!
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