Tagged For Death By Sherry Harris

Dec 27, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this review on how to enter to win a copy of Tagged to Death, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.

After twenty years of marriage to a career Air Force military officer, Sarah Winston never imagined that her life would be like this. At the age of thirty-eight, Sarah finds herself starting over on her own, hoping to turn her love of bargain shopping and tag sales into a profitable business organizing garage sales. After her husband, CJ Hooker, confessed to impregnating his nineteen year-old airman, Tiffany Lopez, he was forced into early retirement to become the police chief of Ellington, Massachusetts. That Sarah still lives in the same town means that she not only lost her military family, but that she also continually faces harassment from the police force loyal to their new chief. Sarah tolerates the numerous traffic tickets written by ever-present officer, and she refuses to report the crank phones calls she receives of gunshots fired in the background.tagged

After a successful and distracting day of hitting tag sales with her best friend Carol Carson– owner of the awesome Paint and Wine store–Sarah is shocked to discover two bloody shirts with CJ’s monograms on them in one of the bags. After finally returning CJ’s calls, they learn that Tiffany’s roommate has reported the young woman as a Missing Person. The former culinary student and aspiring aide to a general turns out to have ambitiously targeted CJ from the get-go, but believing CJ incapable of hurting an innocent, Sarah agrees to hide the evidence. Intent on proving CJ’s innocence while still unable to forgive him, Sarah begins an investigation on her own despite the suspicions of CJ’s department against her and the FBI’s towards him. Another murder that had been intended to further implicate Sarah puts her in greater jeopardy and isolates her just when she needed support.

Despite the charming cover, this mystery that does feature considerable bargain-hunting advice also proves to be a novel of darker domestic fiction. The tone is extremely grounded and the persecution of Sarah by the local police can be uncomfortably menacing as it definitely crosses the line into abuse of powers. Fortunately, relief comes in the form of Sarah’s highly entertaining and informative expeditions to garage sales and her extensive knowledge of antiques, vintage clothing, and collectables.

Sarah’s relentless spirit is admirable and her struggles to come to terms with CJ make her sympathetic and even more relatable. This is a promising start of a new series as the characters look to be moving on to more established and enjoyable places in their lives. This is an author to be on the watch for as she debuts this highly engaging and artfully written novel of recovery, re-building, and establishing new goals at just the point when one had thought to have been achieved.

To enter to win a copy of Tagged to Death, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Tagged,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 3, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book and you will be supporting an indie bookstore & a portion goes to help support KRL.

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).


  1. Tagged To Death sounds like a cool book featuring garage sales. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries, and this book sounds like a fun read. Please enter me in the contest.
    Thank you

  2. All of these sound like great reads!

  3. I love the setting of Tagged to Death!

  4. Correction on Twitter ID

  5. Read this book in two days. I could not stop reading!!!!
    Excellent book 🙂

  6. This looks like a great new series. I can’t wait to read it.

  7. Sounds like a great read.

    masoncml3 at yahoo dot com

  8. Sounds like a good story!

  9. I loved the excerpt from Tagged for Death. This is the kind of dark undertones mystery that I enjoy. Please enter me in the contest.

  10. This book looks great! Somehow I missed it when buying my books. Thank you for a chance to win!

  11. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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