Let's Fake a Deal

Let's Fake a Deal

by Sherry Harris

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As a former military spouse, Sarah Winston’s learned a little about organizing, packing, and moving. Her latest project sounds promising: a couple of tech-industry hipsters, newly arrived in her Massachusetts town, who need to downsize. Unfortunately, when Sarah tries to sell their stuff, she discovers it’s all stolen—and she’s the unwitting fence.
Michelle, an old friend of Sarah’s from the Air Force base, is in line for a promotion—but not everyone is happy about it, and she’s been hit with an anonymous discrimination complaint. When one of the men she suspects is behind the accusations turns up dead in Michelle’s car, Sarah needs to clear Michelle’s name—as well as her own for selling hot merchandise. And she’ll have to do it while also organizing a cat lady’s gigantic collection of feline memorabilia, or they’ll be making room for Sarah in a jail cell . . .
Praise for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries
“There’s a lot going on in this charming mystery, and it all works . . . Well written and executed, this is a definite winner.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on All Murders Final!
“Full of garage-sale tips…amusing. A solid choice for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s Josie Prescott Antique Mystery series.”
Library Journal on Tagged for Death
“A slam dunk for those who love antiques and garage sales . . .surprising twists and turns.” —Kirkus Reviews on A Good Day to Buy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496716989
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: Sarah W. Garage Sale Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 40,478
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sherry Harris is the author of Agatha Award-nominated Best First Novel Tagged for Death, as well as The Longest Yard Sale, All Murders Final!; A Good Day to Buy, and I Know What You Bid Last Summer in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series. Sherry 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 combined her love of garage sales, her life as an Air Force spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for this series. Sherry is an independent editor for fiction and nonfiction writers, a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, and Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter. She blogs with New England mystery writers at WickedCozyAuthors.com.

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Let's Fake a Deal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Starts off with a bang and just keeps rolling! VERY hard to put down!
the_judylwd 12 days ago
I was just recently recommended this series, so when I had a chance to read book #7, I jumped at it. How did this series go unnoticed by me for so long? I am so happy that I read it. I loved that it combined the military with garage sales. Sarah is the ex-wife to an Air Force officer. She started organizing garage sales and she has turned it into a business. This book started off with Sarah getting arrested for stolen goods, so naturally she has to investigate to clear her name! I loved the fact that the author explained any military acronym that she used as not everyone has that knowledge. I also loved Kitty, a client, and Toulouse, Kitty's cat. Kitty has a cat merchandise obsession, but even she finally had to say it was getting to be a little much. Sarah was a believable character and I really liked her. She also has a great boyfriend, who is a district attorney and he can cook!! I actually did not guess the murderer beforehand. Overall, the book was a fun read and now I have to read books 1-6! If you liked Sara Rosett's Ellie Avery mysteries, you will enjoy this series. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Karen-Hollins 12 days ago
"Let's Fake a Deal" by Sherry Harris in the "Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery" series. Even though this is the first book I have read in the series I was able to follow along easily so it can be read as a stand alone. I really enjoyed it and practically read in one sitting and have since purchased the other books in the series. The protagonist Sarah Winston is a strong, independent woman. The characters are well rounded and seem real as I could relate to each of them. The town of Ellington, Massachusetts is interesting. There were enough twists to keep me intrigued and wanting to know how it ends. The plot and story were good and seemed to flow at a good pace. This has been added to my favourite series pile. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a cozy filled with warm, diverse characters and a small town atmosphere. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.
Anonymous 15 days ago
3.75 stars Solid cozy series featuring a military ex-wife, Sarah Winston, who has reinvented herself after a divorce managing and organizing garage sales. Sarah is in peril in this one after being taken in by a young couple who maneuver her into selling stolen goods without her realizing it. She is shaken by her actual arrest and pending trial. and it also might shine an unwelcome light on her romantic relationship with the local D.A. who is running for re-election. If that's not enough, a female military officer friend is accused of murder -- and Sarah is there when they find the body. This series usually has some serious issues mixed in with the lighter cozy antics, and in this case the treatment of women in the military gets spotlighted. These are entertaining reads and Sarah is a character who is easy to cheer for. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Dollycas 15 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah Winston barely opens a garage sale for a couple wanting to downsize when the police show up. The couple is nowhere to be found and everything she was trying to sell for them appears to be stolen. Before she knows it she is on the ground and under arrest. As she tries to find the couple that set her up she is also trying to clear her friend Michelle from murder charges. Michelle was up for a promotion with the Air Force when someone files a complaint against her. One of the men she had pegged for the discrimination report turns up dead in HER car! Sarah is also working on a fabulous feline garage sale too. That is if she stays out of jail long enough for the Cat-tastic Garage Sale to take place. Hold on tight, Sherry Harris has twisted together a terrific mystery that is impossible to put down! The first scene grabbed my attention with a premise I never would have thought of and turns Sarah’s business inside out. Then we move to Michelle’s issue which is too prevalent in the military today sans the murder of course. This author doesn’t shy away from hot topics. She gives a wonderful fictional spin that makes her readers aware and informed. These characters stole my heart back in the first book Tagged for Death and they continue to impress me book after book. Sarah continues to grow after her divorce while trying to start her new relationship with Seth. Sarah does have a huge heart and is very trusting, which was a big flaw this time. Small towns just aren’t what they used to be anymore. I love the way recurring characters pop up even in small ways in each story. Whenever Mike “Big Cheese” Titone appears on the scene it always makes me smile. He is not your typical mobster when Sarah is involved. The dialogues between all the characters are excellent and laced with the perfect amount of humor. This mystery is carefully plotted and develops in a surprising way. Ms. Harris faked me out more than once. Every twist and turn had my mind spinning. I was in the dark right up to the fantastic final reveal and perfectly delighted to be so. This is a brilliant addition to this series. It is my new favorite! In fact, it will be the next book on my Bests Reads list for 2019! I absolutely loved it from beginning to end! I do want to say each book can be read all on its own, but Sarah Winston is an extraordinary protagonist and to truly understand her and where she is in her life now I recommend reading all the books in order.
kimdavishb 16 days ago
LET’S FAKE A DEAL, the seventh book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries by Sherry Harris, is a delightful addition to an entertaining series! The action starts from the very first sentence and the author’s tightly plotted tale kept me glued to the pages. Protagonist Sarah Winston is a well-developed and believable character, one that I could relate to and enjoyed spending time with as the story progressed. While this is a light-hearted cozy mystery, I appreciate that Ms. Harris weaves social issues into the story. In this case, she highlights the harassment enlisted women may face as they serve in the military along with various scams that seem to plague our society, creating a sad state of distrust. The author uses a deft hand as she intertwines the issues into the story creating a believable focus for the murder mystery. In addition to a strong, well-paced plot, the book is character driven and keeps the reader coming back for more. I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
VWilliams 16 days ago
Our favorite garage sale guru protagonist, Sarah Winston is back. Her friends and acquaintances from the local air force base stemming from her marriage to military man CJ, now an ex, are also featured, including Seth, who has already uttered the "L" word. Once again, I appreciated the short explanation of military acronyms and general description of the military community as well. Sarah is busy working a garage sale when the police show up, shut it down, and arrest her for receiving and selling stolen goods. About the same time, her enlisted friend, Michelle from the base is front and center person of interest when a body is found in her trunk. She has a complaint lodged against her and suspects it was the deceased. Sarah begins wrestling with both issues as she takes on a new client, one that will take a great deal of time. The cat lady herself is pretty eccentric, making for a fun interlude between her running down leads and interviewing persons related to both cases. Dialogue is exchanged easily and believably between her friends, Seth, and her brother Luke, often punctuated with her own comical comebacks in self-talk. I like the way she thinks and it adds a humorous hue to the well-plotted, easy-going storyline. I think each book could function well as a standalone within the series. My problem was with the usual bull-headed police officer arresting or immediately jumping to conclusions regarding guilt with little regard to investigating the crime. Still, the novel was engaging and easily invested in reading through to conclusion, solving both issues, neatly buttoned up. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. I really enjoy the Sarah Winston character and look forward to the next in the series.
Carstairs38 18 days ago
Sarah Winston’s latest garage sale turns into a disaster when the police show up just after she has opened. It turns out Sarah is selling stolen goods, and the people who hired her have vanished without a trace, making it look even more like she is guilty. That night, Sarah meets up with her friend Michelle at a local bar. Michelle, who is up for a promotion in the Air Force, is facing a bogus discrimination complaint. The next morning, one of the men Michelle thinks is behind her complaint is found dead in her car. Can Sarah clear her friend while keeping herself out of jail? With two strong mysteries, I’m sure it is no surprise to say that this is a fast-paced book. Sarah is always working on one case or the other, and author Sherry Harris balances them perfectly, so we can easily follow what is happening in both cases. I had a hard time putting the book down, which is standard for this series, and I was satisfied when I reached the ending. The characters are great as always; I’m especially enjoying getting to know Sarah’s brother Luke. This book highlights another issue that career military people face without forgetting that it is a mystery novel first, something I especially enjoy about this series. Now comes the wait for the next time I get to visit Sarah.
CozyOnUp 19 days ago
Sarah Winston is back and hosting a garage sale that has her being arrested for being in possession of stolen goods. When Sarah gives the police the names and number of her client, it seems they do not exist and Sarah must prove her innocence before she goes before the judge. Trying to keep positive and go on with her life, Sarah goes out with her friend, Michelle, who ends up being the prime suspect in a murder the next morning. There’s a whole lot of stuff going on in this book and we’re not just talking garage sales. Sarah not only needs to clear her name, to keep her beau Seth from having issues with his reelection campaign as the DA, but also needs to clear Michelle of a murder charger as well. As always, Sarah has some interesting sales and good friends to help her along the way. Not quite as strong as the previous books in the series, but still a solid read.
4GranJan 19 days ago
Another Garage Sale Murder Mystery I loved this book! This cozy Mystery involves 2 desperate crimes that occur at about the same time under vastly different circumstances. It is a wild ride that makes perfect sense in the end. I also enjoy the memorabilia the author discusses as the main character prices items for her garage sales. So interesting and entertaining. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Rockport_rocker 20 days ago
10 stars! Oh, gosh! Wow! Sherry Harris surprises me with every addition to the Sarah Winston Garages Sale Mystery series, and the newest, Let's Fake a Deal, is one of the big shockers in so many ways! It is no wonder that so many people adore the series; fans old and new will be shouting their enthusiasm for this seventh book in an awesome series. Well-rounded characters who touch our hearts, plots that intrigue and at times take our breath away, and a sense of community that gives Sarah the strength to keep going in tough times, are all hallmarks of the series. I find it difficulty to say much about what I loved best about Let's Fake a Deal because so many of the most exciting elements would offer spoilers. Although I have the book on pre-order, I requested and received a copy from NetGalley. That is how much I love this series! The book is just out and I am ready for the next one, but Let's Fake a Deal was satisfying enough to hold me for a while. I need to block a time to reread this one the day it comes out! It is that kind of story. #NetGalley, #LetsFakeaDeal
Nancy0708 20 days ago
A fresh and original new cozy mystery involving a major scam, a women obsessed with cats and a murder. The question is can protagonist Sarah Winston clear herself from theft charges, a friend from murder charges and pull off a Cat-tastic Garage Sale. This is the seventh book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series. I have not read the first six but I had no trouble following the story. Although, I am curious about what happened with her ex husband that she mentions more than once. I guess I will need to go back and read some of the earlier books. Thanks to Kensington books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
TheCozyReview 20 days ago
New from Kensington Books comes Sherry Harris’ latest in the “Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery” cozy book series, Let’s Fake a Deal. Sherry Harris is one of the best writers out there today. She knows how to keep readers happy and coming back for more. Her cozy mysteries never fail to delight and entertain. This new book will not disappoint! Sarah never knew that the garage sale business could be so dangerous. Or that she would find herself continually coming across a murder. But when she gets set up to take the fall for thieves, she is shocked to her core. Why would anyone want to see her locked up for a crime she didn’t commit? She thought being a former military wife would have prepared her for how complicated life can be, but her experience with the military was a piece of cake compared to her career as a business owner. Characters in this series are the main reason to read this book and the others. As a writer, Ms. Harris has perfected the cast, made the location a place of interest, and given everything a feeling of down-home family life. The recurrent cast in this series is funny, intelligent, a bit naive, yet manage to understand how hard the world can be and are determined to overcome all the odds. This is a well-written book filled with all the things that make cozy mysteries fun and enjoyable to read. Great characters, a believable plot, and a killer that makes you shake your head in dismay. When all is said and done, the motive is genuine and easily fits in with the society of today's world. The unveiling is proof that an excellent cozy writer can make something ordinary seem extraordinary. I am happy to recommend Let’s Fake a Deal to fans of cozy mysteries of all varieties. Readers who haven’t read any of the books in this series will be able to pick this book up and know what is going on and who the characters are very quickly. If you have read the other books in the series, you will be enchanted by this new addition.
bluegreen91 20 days ago
What a wild ride this book is! Right from the start, we're introduced to the first of two big mysteries and then the story is off and running. In Let's Fake a Deal, Sarah finds herself compelled to investigate two separate crimes, following up with suspects, alibis, and motives for both. All the while, she keeps up with her garage sale business and her relationships with her friends, her brother, and her boyfriend Seth. I had no idea who the culprits were behind both crimes in this book and I was pretty satisfied with the conclusion. I love the well written mysteries in this series and following the changes that happen in Sarah's life. Though this is the seventh book in the series, I feel it works well as a stand-alone, too. Sherry Harris keeps me coming back for more and I always look forward to the next book in the series! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
BobbieLCLA 20 days ago
I received a free copy of LET’S FAKE A DEAL (Book 7 of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries) by Sherry Harris in exchange for an honest review. Sarah Winston has settled into her life as a former military spouse living in an Air Force town. Sarah’s garage sale business is now stable, and her romantic relationship is progressing nicely. Sarah’s life is turned upside-down when she’s accused of fencing stolen goods at one of her garage sales, arrested, and charged. In the meantime, one of Sarah’s friends, Michelle, is facing her own difficulties; it seems the Air Force boy’s club is trying to torpedo Michelle’s career and upcoming promotion by filing unfounded discrimination complaints against her. When Michelle’s accuser is found murdered in Michelle’s automobile, it seems like both Sarah and Michelle are being set up for jail. Can Sarah figure out who’s framing each of them before they go from friends to cell mates? I liked this book. I did not read any of the earlier books in the series, but I easily connected to the characters and had no problems following the story lines. I recommend this book to fans of Sherry Harris, to fans of the series, and to fans of garage sale, military wife, or antiques-themed cozy mysteries. #LetsFakeADeal #NetGalley
Chatting-About-Cozies 20 days ago
A pageturner! As the story begins, former military spouse and currently divorced protagonist, Sarah Winston is duped by a couple who hire her to sell stolen goods at a garage sale. They’ve flown the coop leaving Sarah in trouble with the law. If that wasn’t enough, one of Sarah’s enlisted friends, Michelle, is having problems with harassment at the Air Force Base and is accused of murder. Sarah knows she’s innocent, but finding the real killer is a daunting task. Ms. Harris pens a great blend of intrigue and humor in book 7 of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries. Many familiar characters from previous stories step up to help defend Sarah and help find the serial burglars scamming innocent folks out of money. Don’t miss this exciting addition to this excellent cozy series! I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.
MKF 20 days ago
If you haven't read this series yet, please, start now. You'll be fine with this as a jump off point but you'll find yourself so taken by Sarah that you'll want to go back and read the others. This time out, Sarah, who is now divorced from her husband, is dealing with two big things- she's found herself in a pickle because a couple she did a garage sale had stolen all the stuff! And she's the one who technically sold it. Even worse, though, her friend, Michele, a Lt Colonel in the Air Force, has been accused of harassment, possibly by Major Blade, who is then found dead in his car. Sarah, of course, has to investigate and make sure her friend is cleared. No spoilers but this is a good topical situation. I don't know of any other cozies that dip into the military world and certainly this doesn't go too far but Harris it well and it shows. Great characters, a good sense of humor, and a nice plot line made this an excellent read. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. A really good read and I'm looking forward to the next one.