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All Murders Final! By Sherry Harris: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

IN THE June 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow
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This week we have a review & giveaway of a fun Garage Sale mystery by Sherry Harris, along with a fun guest post about garage sales from Sherry. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the All Murders Final!, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

All Murders Final!: A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery By Sherry Harris
Review by Cynthia Chow

As great as the internet can be, it has its downside. A virtual garage sale, where sellers and buyers conduct their business through a closed web group, was in theory a great idea. Unfortunately, it also opens the door to exploitation and corruption, as the web site owner Sarah Winston soon learns. Complaints about failed payments and unhappy bidders pale in comparison to Sarah’s discovery of Margaret More, dead in her car with a tablecloth stuffed in her mouth. The fact that Sarah had the night before argued with Margaret online over the tablecloth only makes Sarah’s situation more precarious, especially considering that her ex-husband is Ellington, Massachusetts’ current chief of police.

The darker side of the ibooknternet continues with PopIt pictures that suddenly appear and disappear off of Sarah’s phone, showing her at moments throughout the day. Sarah’s reluctance to open up her life to her ex, as well as gossip implicating her in the death of such a prominent resident, have Sarah intent on clearing her reputation, figuring out if she has a stalker, and uncovering a murderer. Margaret may have been a philanthropist, but many believed that her gifts came with strings attached. Oddly enough, a mobster moving in as her new next-door neighbor proves to be surprisingly comforting, while dating a District Attorney and still having feelings for her ex-husband the police chief do not. Sarah and her ex CJ are taking a break to allow her to breathe, while attorney Seth Anderson, Massachusetts’ Most Eligible Bachelor, is proving to be as intoxicating as he is complicated.

This third book in the A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series continues to feature the voice of a strong, very intelligent, and always witty lead heroine. Even though one might question Sarah’s reluctance to report incidents of cyber stalking, her confusion over the state of her relationship with CJ makes it understandable. Author Sherry Harris succeeds in incorporating very timely, serious themes into the novel without distracting one bit from the thoroughly entertaining humor and dialogue. While I thought that I had the culprit easily identified, the conclusion proved just how cleverly misleading Harris could be. The romantic subplot only enhances the novel, as the allure of a new relationship fueled by attraction rivals one based on strong feelings and history but is tainted with mistrust. The writing has grown stronger with each installment, and this latest in the series proves to be as enjoyable as it is satisfying for readers looking for novels with romance, suspense, and even helpful bargain hunting advice.

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Garage Sales
By Sherry Harris

Someone recently asked me how I became an expert in yard sales. I was taken aback! Me? An expert? As I thought about it, I realized I have been sharing a lot of my knowledge about yard sales in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. Oddly, it’s knowledge I didn’t even know I was carrying around in my head. And if I am truthful, nothing I ever thought I’d write about. But through a series of fortunate events, I get to write this series and call going to yard sales research!

So how did I become an ‘expert’? Years of going to garage sales that started in elementary school at the home of my best friend. I had no idea you could sell used things. My parents haven’t ever had a garage sale, and I can only think of one time that they went to one. Their friend’s mother was holding one, and they bought her dining room table and chairs for $60. I’m still using the set today. But somehow that early experience embedded itself in my head, and I’ve loved garage sales since.

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Throwing yard sales is hard work! Pricing can take forever and it can be difficult to price things correctly. If it’s too cheap, you can’t bargain, and trust me people who go to yard sales want to bargain. If you ask too much people walk away. Lump like things together whenever possible — all hardback books $1 — it saves time pricing. Take time to arrange things and make sure they look good. Don’t think it has to look like garage sales do on TV or in magazines, but don’t just dump it all on a tarp on the driveway either. One great tip I heard was to have a garage sale around pay day.

Going to yard sales is fun! You never know what you will find. Sometimes I go out looking for something specific. I’m still trying to find vintage Jonathan Adler plates for a friend. Another friend has me looking for old Barbie dolls. More often I go out looking for things I collect: vintage tablecloths, cobalt glass, and vintage postcards. Of course I’m always open to that perfect, unexpected find. A couple of weekends ago while I was at a yard sale, I glanced down and saw a wooden dumbbell. The wood was beautiful and something about its shape just spoke to me. It’s now sitting on my mantle.

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Be respectful when bargaining whether you are the buyer or seller. I don’t have a set amount that I’m willing to take off as a seller or offer as a buyer. Usually, at a garage sale (rules of thumb vary at antique stores, flea markets, and estate sales) I’ll offer half of what the item is priced. That allows both of us wiggle room to bargain and to walk away feeling satisfied with the final result. The wooden dumbbell I bought was marked $2. The price seemed reasonable so I didn’t ask for anything more off. When I came home and looked them up on eBay, I’d found I’d gotten quite the bargain.

My final bit of advice — the early bird has the biggest selection but not the best price. Go forth and have fun out there!

To enter to win a copy of All Murders Final!, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “final,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 2, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Sherry Harris, author of the Agatha Award nominated Best First Novel Tagged for Death, 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. Sherry is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and is the president of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Blog: Wickedcozyauthors.com Website: Sherryharrisauthor.com.

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1 Wanda downs June 24, 2016 at 4:30pm

Would love to win and read this

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2 Sherry Harris June 26, 2016 at 3:29pm

Good luck!

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3 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
June 24, 2016 at 5:40pm

I have gotten some great things at Garage Sales…mostly I went after teapots, cups, Oil or watercolor Paintings…but I once bought a World War II suit in perfect condition and it fit.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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4 Sherry Harris June 26, 2016 at 3:30pm

I love to buy paintings too! The WWII suit sounds amazing!
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5 Vicki Highley June 24, 2016 at 7:18pm

I love garage sales. I have to read this series. Its been added to my TBR list.

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6 Sherry Harris June 26, 2016 at 3:30pm

I hope you enjoy the books!
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7 Doward Wilson June 25, 2016 at 12:39am

Thanks for the chance to win the latest in this fantastic series.

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8 Sherry Harris June 26, 2016 at 3:30pm

Hi, Doward! Good luck!
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9 Linda May June 25, 2016 at 6:37pm

Love your interview & your great mystery books, I would love a chance to win this one, Thanks for this generous giveaway. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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10 Sherry Harris June 26, 2016 at 3:31pm

Thank you so much! Good luck!
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11 Celia Fowler June 26, 2016 at 10:03am

Fun post! Would love to read this book~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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12 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:45pm

Thank you and good luck!

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13 Susan June 26, 2016 at 10:55am

Awesome article! And fabulous giveaway! Thanks so much! Pucsbride13@gmail.com

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14 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:46pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the article!
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15 rosemary pfeiffer
Twitter: @Rosiebear 56
June 26, 2016 at 12:22pm

my final answer is yes,I would love a copy lol thank you for this chance..

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16 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:46pm

Good luck!
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17 Mary Jane Hopper
Twitter: @CarvingLady
June 26, 2016 at 12:45pm

Great series! Would love to win.

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18 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:46pm

Thank you! Best of luck!
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19 Kim Heniadis
Twitter: @KHeniadis
June 26, 2016 at 2:52pm

Great interview, and love me some garage sales! My BFF is pregnant with her first baby at 40, so I’ve been hitting the sales hard this summer 🙂
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20 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:47pm

Garage sales are a wonderful place for baby things! I bought lots of them back in the day!
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21 Kathy Tucker June 26, 2016 at 3:10pm

this sounds like a very fun read!!

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22 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:48pm

Thank you, Kathy!
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23 Peggy Hyndman June 27, 2016 at 6:16am

This is a great series. Thank you for this chance.
peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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24 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:48pm

Thank you, Peggy! Good luck!
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25 holdenj
Twitter: @.
June 27, 2016 at 7:09am

Garage sales can be a lot of fun, I don’t get to as many as I used to. Thanks for the chance to win!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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26 Sherry Harris June 27, 2016 at 4:48pm

They can be fun!
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27 Barbara June 29, 2016 at 8:54am

Looksl like a good read
I know I would like it

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28 Sherry Harris June 30, 2016 at 12:38pm

Good luck!

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29 Becky Richardson June 29, 2016 at 2:11pm

Have added these to my TBR list and can’t wait to read them.

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30 Sherry Harris June 30, 2016 at 12:38pm

I hope you enjoy them!
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31 Becky Prazak June 29, 2016 at 3:14pm

Looking forward to this book

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32 Sherry Harris June 30, 2016 at 12:39pm

Hi, Becky! Thanks for stopping by!
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33 Sherry Swaggart June 29, 2016 at 5:38pm

This is a great book that EVERYONE should have on their summer reading list. Love me some Sherry Harris!!!

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34 Sherry Harris June 30, 2016 at 12:39pm

Thank you, Sherry!
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35 Jen S. June 30, 2016 at 3:28am

Sounds like a fun read! Thank you for the chance to win.
myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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36 Sherry Harris June 30, 2016 at 12:39pm

Good luck, Jen!
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37 Valerie Hoynacki June 30, 2016 at 10:27am

Just had a yard sale last weekend and —- it is HARD work but enjoyed meeting the shoppers. And, yes, I’d love to read your book!!

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38 Annette Naish June 30, 2016 at 10:41am

This sounds like a lot of fun to read. I used to be a garage sale addict….but I’m better now. 😉

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39 Sherry Harris July 1, 2016 at 11:19am

Ha! I didn’t know one could recover from them! Good luck!
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40 Rosemary Pfeiffer
Twitter: @Rosiebear 56
July 1, 2016 at 7:31pm

Omg, I just love garage sales,especially town wide ones..my mother used to buy most of our family clothing when I was a little girl,way back when lol we were always happy to get”new to us” clothing..as well as my kids and even their kids.. everyone gets excited when we see THOSE colorful signs on street corners !!!!

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41 Sherry Harris July 2, 2016 at 6:16pm

I love those colorful signs too! You never know what you will find!

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42 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 5, 2016 at 1:10pm

We have a winner!

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