Death of a Garage Sale Newbie, Bargain Hunters Mysteries Series #1
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Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Series: Bargain Hunters Mysteries
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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?
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 groups 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 dont 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 theyll be anticipating the next installment in the series, due in January 2008. Stacie Miller, Christian Book Previews.com
- 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
Sue EvansBogalusa, La.Age: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5very good book- kept me reading all the time-June 29, 2011Sue EvansBogalusa, La.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Meets Expectations: 5stories about women, I love, shows what us women can do when we make up our mind. I will pass on to a friend.
Elizabeth Cain5 Stars Out Of 5Lost sleep needing to finish this bookJune 14, 2011Elizabeth CainQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
SkeeterFarwell, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this book!May 26, 2011SkeeterFarwell, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a well written, interest-holding book. I would recommend it to anyone.
Janice HarrisFLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 18, 2011Janice HarrisFLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
LeeBeeDallas, TXAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very entertaining...April 29, 2011LeeBeeDallas, TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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!