Review: Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris

Review: Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris

Published by Dreamscape Media, LLC on April 18, 2019
Series: Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

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five-stars

Starting your life over at age thirty-eight isn't easy, but that's what Sarah Winston finds herself facing when her husband CJ runs off with a 19-year-old temptress named Tiffany. Sarah's self-prescribed therapy happily involves hitting all the garage and tag sales in and around her small town of Ellington, Massachusetts. If only she could turn her love for bargain hunting into a full-time career.

One man's junk is another man's treasure

But after returning from a particularly successful day searching for yard sale treasures, Sarah finds a grisly surprise in one of her bags: a freshly bloodied shirt…that undoubtedly belongs to her ex, CJ, who now happens to be Ellington's chief of police. If that's not bad enough, it seems Tiffany has gone missing. Now it's up to Sarah to prove that her cold-hearted ex is not a cold-blooded killer…

But finding that treasure can be murder.

I love discovering a new-to-me series and Sherry Harris’s Sarah Winston Garage Sale series is a keeper!

First, let’s discuss our intrepid heroine, Sarah Winston. As a former military spouse/divorcee of a certain age myself (*mumble* almost 40 *mumble*), I definitely related to Sarah, who at 38 finds herself single again. Her husband, CJ, was unfaithful and his side chick was a 19-year-old named Tiffany (hey, I resent—er, resemble that name). Sarah goes from being a respected Air Force spouse to persona non grata (same girl, same).

CJ was an Air Force officer at the time of the affair, which caused a scandal for obvious reasons…not to mention that Tiffany was an enlisted airman. Hello, fraternization policy violation! Now retired from the Air Force, CJ is chief of police in the military town of Ellington, MA.

Sarah works at the Airman’s Attic (base thrift shop) and seeks comfort in some much-needed retail therapy in the form of garage sales in town. Turns out she’s also a wiz at organizing garage sales. But to Sarah’s shock, one day she opens up a bag of clothes and discovers two bloody shirts: one belonging to her ex, the other to Tiffany—who’s gone missing. CJ cheated, but could he kill? Despite their breakup, Sarah’s unconvinced of his guilt and is determined to uncover the real killer.

I love this book! Quick sidebar—I’ve read books where a character supposedly was in the military, but it was obvious that the author wasn’t familiar with the jargon or history. Not so with this book. Every detail about the military, specifically Air Force lingo, was spot on. I suspected the author was either prior military herself or a spouse (bingo!), so I really appreciated the accuracy of the details because I’m an annoying stickler like that.

Also, hurray for an almost-40 heroine! I appreciate a 20-something character just fine, but it’s nice to read about someone whose life experiences are similar to mine.

I have nothing but praise for Tagged for Death and look forward to reading the rest of the series!

Rating: 5 stars

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