Death of a Garage Sale Newbie

Death of a Garage Sale Newbie

by Sharon Dunn
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Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn

Solving a murder mystery is much more than the BHN bargained for!
What could Ginger the baby boomer, Kindra the college student, Suzanne the pregnant mother of three, and Mary Margret the silver-haired real-estate agent possibly have in common? Who would’ve guessed…a passion for garage sales!

This motley crew forms the Bargain Hunters Network–bonding while clipping coupons, attending half-price sales, and scouting clearance racks in their hometown of Three Horses, Montana. But when one of the four turns up missing, these shop-till-you-drop women must set their bargain hunting aside to take up an entirely new venture altogether–solving a crime.  

As the three amateur sleuths retrace their friend’s fateful steps, they discover clues that lead them to suspect her murder is linked to an unusual garage sale purchase made on the morning of her death. But when their search unearths a disturbing secret that’s been carefully concealed for over twenty years, the women are drawn into a dark underworld filled with bribery, greed, and deception. With determined criminals who will stop at nothing to keep their secret safe, will these fiscally conscious females end up paying the ultimate price?       

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307561985
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/14/2010
Series: A Bargain Hunters Mystery , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 700,809
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sharon Dunn is the author of the Ruby Taylor mystery novels including Sassy Cinderella, which was voted Book of the Year by American Christian Fiction Writers. She earned a BA in television production and a master’s in history from Montana State University, where she currently tutors and instructs. Sharon lives with her husband of nineteen years, three children, three cats, and lots of dust bunnies.

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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I love going to garage sales. Those are some of the best places to get really good deals on clothes, old records and best of all, books! I also like shopping for a good bargain. So I immediately connected with the characters in this book with their bargain hunting masterminding. I loved Sharon's Ruby Taylor mysteries so I was really looking forward to this book. I wasn't disappointed at all. I felt the mystery to be played out very well. The BHN members had to use their shopping skills to discover all the clues. Thus the reader went along for the ride with each member as they searched for reasons of Mary Margret's death. The characters are really fun to read. I liked the side stories about Ginger and her husband, and Tammy and her son. I felt that Kindra and Suzanne weren't fleshed out as much as Ginger, so I'm hoping that the next few books will focus more on them. I found Kindra to be an interesting character as she is much younger than the other characters and she is the type of character that one would wrongly judge by appearances. Her speech about Christian stereotypes, I felt, was dead on accurate. I also hope that Arleta will become a BHN member as I enjoyed her character as well. Once again Sharon Dunn has written an excellent book, a great read for old fans and new readers. If you enjoy cozy mysteries or shopping bargains this book is recommended for you.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Death of a Garage Sale Newbie Sharon Dunn Multnomah, Mar 2007, $12.99 ISBN: 1590526899 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 Margaret¿s home. The quartet has little else in common beside their passion for the BHN. --- This time when the three visitors descend on Mary Margaret¿s home, they find her not home and her house a mess. Led by Ginger who fears the worst, they follow Mary Margaret¿s 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
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Death of a Garage Sale Newbie By Sharon Dunn Who would think a passion for garage sale bargains could be dangerous? In Death of a Garage Sale Newbie, Sharon Dunn gives yard sales and clearance shopping an entirely new perspective. Ginger, Kindra, Suzanne and Mary Margret make up the eclectic group of shoppers called the Bargain Hunters Network. But when Mary Margret disappears after a solo shopping trip, Ginger is left with a confusing cell answering machine message. After Mary Margret¿s body is discovered and the police close the case as an accident, the Network takes it into their own hands to solve the mystery. Each new clue points towards an twenty-year old secret in their quaint community and a coverup that included murder. Follow the humorous and tragic escapades of these three women determined to solve their friend¿s murder and find the best bargains. Along the journey they also learn a bit about themselves and the bold faith God calls them to. You will laugh, cry and be sure you know the solution only to find yourself befuddled on the next page. And as you close the book on the mystery and the story you will want to befriend these women yourself. Sharon Dunn did an excellent job crafting a mystery in the most unlikely of places. Readers will enjoy this excursion from the opening page and will eagerly await the next mystery. Chandra Lynn Smith
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think anything could top Sharon Dunn's Ruby Taylor series, but she did it! I loved DEATH OF A GARAGE SALE NEWBIE. A good mystery, characters so real I felt like they lived next door, believable character struggles, and enough chuckles throughout to keep a smile on my face for days after I turned the last page. I can't wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a fun, fast-paced mystery, Dunn is hard to beat. Her quartet of bargain-hunter sleuths 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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.