For a fun, fast-paced mystery, Dunn is hard to beat. Her quartet of bargain-hunters are adorable, her villains abominable, and all of them memorable. The plot takes satisfying and unanticipated twists and turns that keep the book in hand long past bedtime. Fans of the Ruby Taylor mysteries will welcome this new series from one of their favorite authors, and new readers have a delight in store for them. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out!
Psst.Like cozy mysteries?Then you love Sharon Dunn's new novel, Death of a Garage Sale Newbie!This is book one is a series Sharon is called the Bargain Hunters mysteries. Four unlikely friends. An empty-nester, a mom of 3 with another on the way, a college girl and a silver-haired real-estate agent have found common ground in their quest to budget and save money. When one of them turns up dead and the police sweep an obvious murder under the rug and call it an accident, the three remaining members of the Bargain Hunters Network take it upon themselves to go all CSI on the case get to the bottom this.Along the way, you'll find funny and endearing characters facing real life issues like distance in marriage and raising a quiver full of kids. I found myself laughing on nearly every page as the ladies wove their way in and out of trouble in hot pursuit of what happened to their beloved friend.Speaking of that point, another thing you'll find is an deeply developed mystery that spans years in the making. Clues are dropped from the opening scene and when the truth is revealed, boy is it a whooper!This is the first book I've read by Sharon Dunn, but I can guarantee it won't be my last. According to the last page in the book, the sequel comes out January 08.Need a laugh? Snatch up a copy of this wonderful, quirky tale of coupons and capers. It's good medicine.
In Three Horses, Montana, Ginger Salinski, Mary Margaret Parker, Suzanne Thames, and Kindra Hall join together to form the Bargain Hunters Network. The foursome travel the garage sale circuit and afterward meet to show the bargains they purchased at widow Mary Margarets home. The quartet has little else in common beside their passion for the BHN.This time when the three visitors descend on Mary Margarets home, they find her not home and her house a mess. Led by Ginger who fears the worst, they follow Mary Margarets garage sale trail visiting the four sites the woman visited on that fatal day. They find little, but sift through the items their friend bought and left behind. One of the selling sites includes a person who needs to prevent the three surviving BHN members from learning the truth.Though the whodunit is resolved too easily by the ultimate amateurs, readers will enjoy the first BHN mystery for its rich characterization. Ginger is terrific as she begins to realize she takes for granted her spouse Earl, a retiree begging her to inspire and emotional encourage him as he tries to invent things. Her final confrontation with paying full price will leave readers with a positive amused taste; while her two surviving BHN cronies add depth as they are also unique much younger protagonists with issues. Readers will enjoy this amateur sleuth bargain shopping binge in Big Sky country.Harriet Klausner