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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 huntingStarting 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 treasureBut 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....

Title : Tagged for Death
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ISBN : 9781617730177
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Tagged for Death Reviews

  • LORI CASWELL
    2018-11-16 22:15

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsSarah Winston may be starting her life over after her husband, CJ cheated on her but she is still connected to several places and people from before her divorce. She stills spends time on the Fitch Air Force Base working at the thrift store. A perfect job because she loves hunting for bargains at garage sales and she donates several of her finds to the store. But one of her recent bargains, a bag of clothes, included a bloody shirt and she recognizes it. It is belongs to her ex, the new chief of police of Ellington. His “girlfriend” also happens to be missing and more blood has been found in her dorm room. The investigation includes the security at the base too and CJ is their prime suspect. As mad as she is at CJ, Sarah knows he is not a killer and she is going to prove it.What a fantastic story and introduction to these characters. You can tell the author is drawing from personal experiences, sans the murder/s of course 🙂Sarah comes across as so genuine and I loved her almost obsession with garage sales. It is all about the negotiating and the deal she can get. When she took her friend with her and tried to teach her “the art of the deal”, it was hilarious. That friend could have been me. All the characters grew over the course of the story and there is so much more room for them to grow in this series.The plot is very strong and filled with surprising twists. The connection to the Air Force Base was very appealing and the details of the workings of such a place was appreciated by this reader. I enjoyed solving the mystery right along with Sarah.The garage sale tips were a nice addition and food for thought.I am super exited to get caught up on this series.

  • Meg
    2018-11-14 19:20

    Great start to series. Quick, easy read. Already have next one downloaded.

  • Barbara Ross
    2018-11-25 22:35

    I’ve been excited about this series since I first heard the concept. After I'd read it, I felt even more satisfied. When her husband is unfaithful, plucky Sarah Winston loses her marriage and her identity as a colonel’s wife. In Tagged for Death, Sarah must find a new life, a way to make a living, and, after all her years on the move, a home. Like the hidden gems Sarah Winston finds at garage sales, this book is a treasure.

  • Beth
    2018-11-21 21:33

    Sarah couldn't take her problems to the police. One of the biggest problems in her life was the Chief of Police and her ex-husband. When his shirt shows up in a garage sale bag covered in blood, Sarah can't help but think the worst...he is either dead or killed the mother of his affair baby. This is a great mystery with extremely unexpected twists. I did feel it definitely gave off a depressing vibe. No matter how hard Sarah tried it seems like a constant series of unfortunate events overwhelmed her. Life circumstances were definitely not on her side. Although, there is quite a bit of small town quirkiness it did not outweigh the “bad luck” so even with all the quirkiness it didn't push the story be considered humorous.An enjoyable mystery to solve, a likable heroine and lots of garage sales, Tagged for Death provides ample entertainment for the cozy mystery fan.I received this ARC copy of Tagged for Death from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 2, 2014.Written by: Sherry HarrisSeries: Sarah Winston Garage Sale MysteriesPage Count: 304 pagesPublisher: Kensington Publication Date: December 2, 2014Rating: 4 StarsISBN-10: 1617730173ISBN-13: 978-1617730177Genre: MysteryFind this book on: Amazon | Barnes & NobleReviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    2018-11-26 23:13

    Sarah Winston is divorced from a retired Air Force Commander, C.J., and both live in picturesque New England. He's now a police chief and they remain friends, even though he cheated on her. Sarah's shocked when she finds two bloody shirts in some garage sale bags she's taking to the base thrift shop, and one is monogrammed with C.J.'s initials. The other shirt is a maternity top. At the thrift store, she discovers a skull, bones, and more of C.J.'s belongings. It doesn't look good for her ex-husband. Sarah's making extra money organizing garage sales. However, a young woman is missing. Sarah is threatened several times. The police are bullying her. A murder happens. Something bad is going on around Sarah, and she must figure out what it is before the tag's hanging off her big toe!Author Sherry Harris debuts with a strong writing voice in this not to be missed cozy mystery! She'll keep you guessing until the last minute!I received a complimentary ARC of this book. I voluntarily posted an honest review.

  • Sallee
    2018-11-18 00:14

    This was an interesting book and it is a great start for a new series. Living in a city where a large Air Force base is situated and having married an Air Force brat, I found that I easily connected with the main character. Her description of base activities was right on. Sarah Winston, is now living in a small apartment after a bitter divorce from her former husband, C.J. Hooker for adultery. Now retired from the Air Force, he is the police chief of Sarah's small town of Ellington. Sarah tries to get her life back on track by helping people set up and run their garage sales, something she does quite well. She finds a bloody shirt of her ex-husband and a bloody top belonging to his girlfriend Tiffany who is missing. When C.J. finds himself arrested for her murder, it is up to Sarah to prove that her ex has been set up and that he is not a murderer. The book was well written and there are plenty of people that are potential suspects making you wonder who the murderer could be. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Chris
    2018-11-20 23:25

    I love a good garage sale, and I love a good mystery. Both were well represented in this book. I found the tie in to military base living interesting, it allowed the author to introduce characters that have a forced intimacy. To enjoy what I consider to be a Cozy Mystery, I need to like the main characters and their quirks. There wasn't a lot of quirkiness here, but the fast pace and likable main character helped make up for that.From the very beginning, Sarah knew she couldn't go to the police for help. Even though she was the (alleged) wronged party, having your ex as the Chief of Police can put a damper on those emergency responses. Toward the end of the book, Sarah finds out who she can trust and who really has her back, which surprised me almost as much as it surprised her. I look forward to reading more about the garage sale finds, friends and past indiscretions of the main character. Very entertaining!

  • Mark Baker
    2018-11-23 01:17

    Sarah is trying to put her life back together after a divorce from her air force husband. But when she finds a bag of bloody clothes that belonged to her ex-husband and the woman he cheated on Sarah with, she suddenly finds herself trying to determine what has really happened.The plot of this book was strong with several twists and red herrings that kept me confused until everything came together at the end. The characters were strong as well. While the writing could be a bit choppy at times, overall there was a tone to the story that was perfect for what the characters were going through.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Melodie
    2018-12-07 02:13

    I wasn't sure about this one the way it started out, but it turned out to be a very good first book for this new series. Sarah was a bit too self-absorbed at first, though she has some good reasons to be, but she got over it when push came to shove. Some great characters here and a good mystery. I didn't figure out the bad guy until just before the big reveal. There were some minor things that annoyed me, like all the explanations for military terms (PCS, TDY, etc). I spent the first 6 years of married life as an Air Force wife, so I was annoyed by the explanations, but can see how someone not familiar with military life would need them. This had a good ending, but I don't think the relationships will be resolved so easily. Good read! Recommend!

  • Tracy Weber
    2018-12-10 23:23

    A great start to a promising series! I especially like that the ex-husband was portrayed as a real person, not as a demon-cheater like most of them are in mystery series. And I had no clue who the murderer was until it was revealed.

  • Jonathan
    2018-11-24 21:15

    It's been awhile since I read this, so I won't write a full review but this was an excellent book. Great characters, really good mystery, the killer completely surprised me, and a great premise. Overall a very good start to a series. Just bought the next one!

  • Leslie
    2018-12-05 01:29

    A strong debut. Sarah Winston can come organize my garage anytime, even if there is a chance she'll find a dead body!

  • Jenni Schell
    2018-12-03 01:23

    I really loved this book for several reasons. I loved that it had a hint of military life in it and the characters where fantastic. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Daniele
    2018-12-05 22:20

    Man, this protagonist did some really stupid stuff! However, I found the mystery and the characters interesting. I will read yhe next installment before passing final judgement.

  • Once Upon a Romance Reviews
    2018-11-19 01:15

    It was Sarah that was cheated on by her husband, so why did the police harass her? Why was she getting crank calls? Why was it her who found evidence that belonged to her ex, evidence of a probable serious crime?Lucky I suppose.The first in a new series, it has good points and points that a few readers may struggle with. Slightly.There are many paths Sarah travels to prove her ex, CJ, innocent. Sherry Harris creates such a network of confusion for Sarah and the reader to traverse. I can't tell you how many times I jumped from person to person as being the perp based on the clues and Sarah's interaction with the characters.What I struggled with was the number of characters along with the descriptions and explanations regarding places, events, and so forth. It made little hiccups in the flow for me. Perhaps it was just a bit too much backstory at once?I will say the ending was a bit of a surprise. Will it be a set up for future books in the series? Most likely. I'm not sure how I feel about any of the directions Sarah's personal life may take. At the end, none of the possibilities felt right to me.I'm going to be ready for the next in the series. My curiosity is piqued as to how those issues will be played out, to see what investigations Sarah gets involved with. Quite the conundrum of a story. --Connie

  • Betty
    2018-11-27 03:37

    This is the best cozy mysteries that t have read in this year. The story is told in a first person and you feel her emotions as the takes various avenues as it is told. Sarah anguished is felt at her betrayal of her husband CJ fling with a 19 year old cadet. Her feelings the as the Ellington Police harass her and being allow on the airbase by suffrage. She wraps herself doing the the one thing that she understands, graduates. Her dismay as she finds two blood covered shirts in the yard sale bags she brought. As one is CJ and the other is Triffany who is missing. The other characters are also rounded out so you are attracted to them. Sarah now is working to help CJ from a MURDER charge. Much of the story is original; no sex or violence. The ending is a surprise and will make you think. I am reading for the next book.Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kingston Books through Netgalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for the opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions are my own.

  • Terri Crossley
    2018-12-09 03:19

    I won this book in a contest and I really enjoyed reading this! I love a great garage sale and Sarah Winston loves the thrill of the hunt as much as I do! When Sarah's marriage falls apart she doesn't want to leave her friends behind that she has made on the base. Since she is no longer a military wife she decides to move to town and settle in a nice apartment so she can be close to her old friends! When picking up some unsold leftovers from a yard sale she discovers her ex husband's bloody shirt. She tucks it away in hopes of asking him why it is covered in blood. When his new girlfriend disappears and the only thing left is a pile of blood her ex is the main suspect. She knows deep down he couldn't have killed anyone so she starts to dig a little deeper to unravel the clues. The more she digs the closer the killer gets and this is one time she won't be able to bargain her way out! I highly recommended this book and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

  • Liz Mugavero
    2018-11-27 00:16

    Loved it! Great debut and fabulous start to a fun new series.

  • Jennie
    2018-11-29 02:10

    The perfect amount of suspense and mystery. The only thing that wasn't tied up for me was the purple love letters.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-22 19:20

    Great mysteryThis is the start to a great mystery series involving a former military spouse and garage sale organizer/bargain finder as an amateur sleuth. Sarah Wintson used to be a military wife, until she caught her husband, CJ with another woman. Now she lives off base in the small town of Ellington, Massachusetts and her ex-husband, CJ Hooker, is the police chief. She spends her time working at the VFW thrift store and organizing garage sales. Until she discovers that her ex husband's mistress is missing and finds a pair of bloody fatigues and uniform shirts. And believes that something is happening to her ex husband's mistress. When some bones and a body turn up and her ex-husband is the prime suspect. She decides to investigate. I enjoyed this entertaining, captivating whodunit that has a cast of interesting characters. I also enjoyed the small town setting.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-10 01:37

    I love mysteries set in New England, and this one set in a fictional town outside of Boston is great! This book has elements of military life, small-town living, a newly-divorced woman re-establishing her independence, and of course, mystery. Most of the main and secondary characters are likeable and realistic. The story moves at a good pace, without rushed parts or boring lags. There's a good mix of mystery and life events. I didn't solve the mystery on my own, didn't even have an inkling about how the story was going to resolve. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens to Sarah, her ex-husband CJ, and her budding, new career in running garage sales.

  • Sapphyria
    2018-12-07 19:20

    3.5 StarsSarah Winston is newly divorced from a former military man-turned police chief. When Sarah found out her husband CJ Hooker, cheated on her with one of the military recruits, she packed her stuff and moved out. What Sarah didn't do is move on, which is very evident with every page turned. To help soothe the pain, Sarah continues to volunteer at the thrift store in the town of Ellington, MA, where she, and CJ, live separate lives. The store just happens to be on the Air Force Base she once lived with CJ before he became the town's Chief of Police. Part of her routine includes collecting unsold merchandise from garage sales to take to the thrift store. Sarah makes a gruesome discovery in one of the bags she picked and shortly thereafter, it's learned that CJ's mistress has gone missing. As the disappearance is investigated, all fingers point to CJ in the disappearance and possible murder of Tiffany. Except, Sarah knows he didn't do it. CJ is many things but a murderer isn't on that list. She then takes it upon herself to figure out who's trying to frame CJ and why. Along the way, Sarah rattles the closet doors of some townsfolk that would prefer to leave their skeletons hidden, both complicating and endangering her sleuthing.What follows is a continual run of back luck for Sarah. She discovers bloody evidence in a garage sale donation, is the one to find human bones outside of the thrift store, and the list goes on and on. Not only does it look like CJ is being set up, whomever is orchestrating these events is making sure that Sarah is suffering right along with CJ. This book appealed to me because I love garage sales and what better cozy mystery than one based around them. Such a new and unique idea really. The world building is creative and realistic. Sarah's protagonist character does a lot of foolish things in Tagged for Death. She gets involved in events that could clearly implicate her or CJ or she goes digging into personal lives of people she shouldn't. The writing is good but some of the plot details are distracting. The harassment that Sarah faces at the hands of the local police force is aggravating. It started long before the disappearance of Tiffany yet is explained away at the end of the novel in a bit too convenient way. I understand Pernell's stance on a few things but his threatening undertone toward a woman who was NOT responsible for the ending of her marriage was a bit over the top. Tagged for Death is a good cozy mystery that is full of twists, turns, distractions, and red herrings. There are suspenseful, humorous, and heartbreaking moments that are sure to keep the reader engaged. The author sets up many of the characters as the potential suspect and expertly pulls the tablecloth out from underneath them without spilling the truth. The ending is a two-fold surprise that left my mouth gaping. I wasn't expecting what happened and look forward to Book 2, The Longest Yard Sale.Paperback review copy courtesy of my bookshelf. This is a Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar store purchase. I was also provided a digital copy through NetGalley but opted to read the paperback I purchased instead.

  • Ronna
    2018-11-22 03:35

    I won this book from Firstreads. This is my honest review.This was a particularly good start for a cozy mystery series. Both the setting and the interest of the main character were a bit unusual. Sarah Winston is the estranged wife of Ellington, Massachusetts' chief of police, CJ, who has just left the military in the adjoining military base. Sarah loves looking for treasures amongst other people's cast offs. She has found that her services are requested to organize garage sales amongst her friends, giving her access to more information about their lives than she might normally get on her own.After confessing to a one night stand with a flirty 19 year old, CJ finds himself alone because Sarah just won't forgive him. Then when Sarah finds his bloody shirt in a bag of cast offs, and Tiffany has gone missing, while bones in the woods are presumed to be her body, Sarah seeks to prove CJ's innocence. CJ's loyal police friends are not helping Sarah at all. So the chase to find the killer and stay out of trouble herself begins.I really enjoyed the push and pull of Sarah's trying to investigate and still avoid all the traps set up by her friends and the police. The interaction between the military base and civilian life was very interesting. It was definitely similar to small towns where everyone knows everyone's interest, and rank definitely has it's place. There are some great tips at the book's end on garage sales also. Looking forward to the next one in this series.

  • Laura Reading
    2018-11-26 20:35

    I will admit the cover and title grabbed my attention immediately. I am a tag or yard sale junkie.Cozy mysteries are always in my top 3 preferred genres.This is not a typical cozy. This is a full blown murder mystery.I liked the tag sale references, but as much time as Sarah spends with other people's cast-offs, this murder is more about the relationships between a military base and the closest community.I also learned a lot about regional preferences and it was fun comparing speech and terms for different items.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.My opinion - if you like mystery at all, you will enjoy this book.I look forward to the next in the series.

  • Nicky
    2018-12-08 20:39

    What a great first book! I sometimes have a hard time getting into a story when it's the first, but I had no trouble with this one. Fast pace and great characters. Lots of twists and turns had me guessing until the end (I really thought I had it figured out). I like that CJ wasn't written as that annoying ex that you end up wishing would just go away. I liked the main character, even though she did some stupid stuff and finger pointing. Can't wait for more books!

  • Judy
    2018-12-03 23:09

    Who doesn't love a bargain?What a tangled web that can be weaved. This story is very believable to me. After living on a army post and learning the going ons I could understand. I wish I could have Sarah help me. The girl has some serious talents when it comes to organizing and yard sales.

  • Lisa Morin
    2018-11-11 21:15

    This was another treat book I purchased for myself. I loved the tag sale parts of the book and that made it really fun to read. I found myself lost a few times especially with her ex husband, but towards the end everything clicked into place and it made for an enjoyable read.

  • Mary
    2018-11-26 20:26

    Kept me guessingThis was a well-written mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. The author left so many red herrings that it was fun trying to figure out whodunit. I'll definitely buy the next book in the series.

  • Dee
    2018-12-02 19:23

    A most enjoyable read!

  • Shelley Giusti
    2018-12-06 02:14

    review to come