The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
6th in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CWF942Q
TO RECOVER A PRICELESS MANUSCRIPT . . .
A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?
WILL SARAH HAVE TO PAY WITH HER LIFE?
Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her . . .
5 Stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoy the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries and I think I liked this one the most. There was a lot of action, information about families of Service Men/Women, family relationships, kleptomania, and of course a wonderful mystery.
You would never think that arranging garage sales and other charity sales events could lead to trouble, but if you have read any books in this series, you know that Sarah Winston finds herself in the middle of murder, mayhem and crime quite often. This book finds Sarah being hired by a rich widow, Belle Winthrop Granville III, to catalogue and price her hundreds of mystery novels to sell as a fundraiser for the local library. While in the attic, going through boxes, suitcases and valises, she glimpses several envelopes. When she peeks into them, she realizes she has come across the find of the century in the literary world, “The Missing Hemingway Manuscripts”. Now this alone, piqued my interest. After reading “The Paris Wife” about Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s wife, I was aware that this was an actual event (the loss of the manuscripts). I was looking forward to seeing how Sherry Harris was going to handle this. Well, she did it well. Not only do the manuscripts go missing again, but there is also a search for a first edition “The Sun Also Rises”. When Belle’s maid ends up dead and the manuscripts missing, Sarah becomes an overnight media sensation.
Sarah is one of my favourite main characters. Besides constantly stumbling over dead bodies in a small town, she is a very real character. Over the six books in this series, she has grown so much. She has had to make a new life for herself and has done a great job of that in Ellington, Massachusetts, with a career and wonderful friends. The secondary characters help round out the story as they play an important role in every story. I especially love the DiNapolis and their restaurant. From James, Carol, Pellner, Stella, Awesome, Tony and of course Seth, we are all privy to the lives of those in this community. The mystery in this book was well done with twists and turns throughout the plot. The identity of the killer and/or thief kept me guessing until the reveal. I was surprised by the culprits and thought the mystery was tied up nicely. There was a humorous element in the story with the League of Literary Treasure Hunters on the prowl, which had me smiling as I read. I am looking forward to what is next for Sarah Winston and her friends, and definitely recommend this book and series to all cozy mystery lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Agatha Award-nominated author, Sherry Harris, 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.
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