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Death of a Garage Sale Newbie

(A Bargain Hunters Mystery #1)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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 cou
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Multnomah
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Rhonda Clark
Jan 13, 2008 rated it liked it
First in A Bargain Hunters Mystery
Written by: Sharon Dunn
Reviewed by: Rhonda Clark
Just as Sharon Dunn can’t pay retail, neither can her main character, Ginger. Ginger has honed her craft of bargain hunting into a sought after skill by her friends. Along with her protégés, Kindra, Suzanne, and Mary Margaret, they make up the Bargain Hunters Network in small town Montana.
When one of the quartet disappears, it’s up to the other three to find out what happened. With the
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
I enjoyed this book. When I picked it up, I didn't realize that it was a 'Christian' mystery, but the author doesn't shove that down your throat. It enhanced the story, IMHO. But I didn't really connect with the main characters. Ginger's best friend is found dead with an arrow through her chest. The cops are ruling it an accident. But Ginger isn't buying it. Before dying, Mary Margret had left a frantic message on Ginger's machine about being in danger. Ginger and her other friends, The Bargain ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried this book because I liked the title, frankly. I had no idea it was classified as "Christian fiction" but if I had, I would have expected it to be part of the plot. Instead, I found it annoying to have the word "Christian" thrown in at what I considered odd or inappropriate places about 15 or 20 times almost as if she was doing it simply so she could give it the label of "Christian fiction." I have read the Jan Karon series and thoroughly enjoyed all of her books - and maybe the bar is se ...more
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
New series and new author for me. I liked the book but my only complaint was the number of characters introduced and no definite protagonist. Yes, I realize that Ginger is probably who the author meant as the protagonist but there was also Kindra, Suzanne, Arleta, Ginger's husband--Earl, and Tammy the cop. As I commented in the Cozy group discussion this was a group protagonist which was a bit confusing. I liked the book well enough to continue the series though. ...more
Maren Lundgren
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I call this kind of book "Brain-Fluff Mystery". The attempts at humor by this author were so obvious that they bordered on ridiculous. The main characters were likable, if typical. The Christian aspect of the book was subtle, which I appreciated. Not my favorite series by a long shot, but not unbareable either. I probably wouldn't continue on with the second book if I hadn't checked it out with the first. ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was an okay mystery novel geared towards older women with a Christian theme which bordered on annoying. I didn't really relate to the characters because I've never understood people who find religion to be so important to them. Not my cup of tea, but probably a good read for the target audience. ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Read this one after I read the second book in the series. This book is better written and develops the characters better. I still think that with a premise of 4 members of the Bargain Hunters Network, the author struggles to utilize them all. Not a particularly well written series.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I could not put it down. I am excited to read the next two books in this series
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
I grabbed this from the library's employee recommendation shelf. The story is fine and the content is clean, but it is painfully slow! I really had to force myself to finish. ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't finish this one. ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I wanted a light-hearted mystery with no swearing. It's centered around 4 women that are in the "Bargain Hunters Network". I thought that might be kind of cheesy, but so far so good. ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: funny-mysteries
Not interesting enough to finish.
Ruth Kevghas
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
The mystery part was okay- didn't like the preachy part! I am going to pass on the next in the series even though I bought it already-- passing it on to someone that likes "Christian" books. ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
A nice light read with a group of bargain hunters as detectives.
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was an easy read. I figured out the killers early on, though.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Every once in a while I do this. I tend to read lots of non-fiction and heavy, thematic fiction with important social themes and commentary. And occasionally, I just can't do it anymore. So I turn to stuff that has been sitting on my shelves for years, looking for light and breezy and easy. And then, I usually remember why I read the other, deeper stuff. Because a lot of the light and breezy stuff is just not very good. It is preachy and treacly and has poorly developed characters. This was that ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: twentytwenty
Story itself is likable, but I think it could do w/o referring to overweight characters as "wearing tents" or describing them as "bulbous" or "wobbly" or saying that someone was "as wide as they are tall". Especially from a narrator that is supposed to be Christian. ...more
Jessie Weaver
It's an ordinary Saturday morning and most people in Three Horses, Montana, are snuggled in their beds or enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee. Not Ginger, Suzanne, Kindra, and Mary Margret, though. The four members of the Bargain Hunters Network are doing what they do every Saturday at the crack of dawn: hitting up yard sales.

When they all convene at Mary Margret's house that afternoon, however, there's definitely something wrong: the hostess is missing, her items in slight disarray. Ginger goes
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Four women discover their bargain hunting club has been reduced to three, when one is kidnapped and murdered after a morning of visiting garage sales. The clues are in front of them, they just have to figure it all out.

I thought this would be a fast read. But the characters are annoying. Ginger is the ring leader and has various subplots, from trying to pay full price for a dress to trying to fix her marriage when she can't see she devalues anything that means anything to her husband. Yet she is
Lynn Demsky
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
“Solving a murder mystery is much more than the BHN bargained for! — Â — 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 at bonding while clipping coupons, attending half-price sales, and scouting clearance racks in their hometown of Three Horses, Montana. But when o ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You Never Know What Will Turn Up At A Garage Sale!

Three Horses, Montana is home to many unique garage sales with bargains abounding. Meet four inseparable friends who stay on a budget while entertaining their pockets for pennies! Mary Margaret, Ginger, Suzanne and Kindra are kindred spirits, all in different stages of life, newbies and seasoned shoppers, who each share one passion: garage sales. When one member of their group goes missing the remaining three join forces and discover how danger c
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up at a secondhand bookstore, very appropriately. I read the book in about 24 hours. I'd compare it to Ginger Kolbaba's Lulu's Cafe series, in that this is a cozy mystery involving a close-knit group of women who are all Christians.

Just wanted to mention that although "Renata" is a character from France, when I read her dialogue, I imagined her voice and accent to be like Sofia Vergara from Modern Family.
Kim Johnson
I only picked this book up in case I couldn't get into Murder on the Orient Express which turned out to be rather interesting. I tried to rent the movie today but couldn't find it. I think my mother has a copy that I'll borrow. This is a genre that is new to me and I only picked it up because of the little contest the library had this summer. 6 books in 6 weeks - Mission Accomplished. ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Mostly pretty good and I got some chuckles from it. I could definitely relate to her bargain hunting. A point made by the husband was interesting. He said, "When all that you buy is bargain or discount, it makes me feel like I am not a good provider." I liked the camaraderie, but some of characters were shallow. ...more
Shawn Koca
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this! I found it at our local Christian bookstore. I can't wait to go back and find the sequel that was supposed to come out this month. I always enjoy the Christian based books and this was no exception. ...more
Joy Gerbode
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really good story, interesting mystery with some pretty good detective work, not completely predictable, and even has a bit of a moral lesson to it. Good reading, and especially interesting for those who are garage sale fanatics!
Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adultbooks
A bargain hunters mystery? Sounded promising since I am
a bargain hunter wannabee. Lots of twists and turns
but fun to read. You wonder how the amateur sleuthers
are going to get out of trouble.
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I am a bigger fan of Dunn's "Ruby Taylor" mysteries--although their titles are pretty silly. ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Just a fun mystery, with some quirky characters.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Cute but thought provoking Christian mystery about bargain hunters and a murder.
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After 26 years of marriage Sharon's beloved husband Michael passed away in 2014. Together they had a life filled with adventure, laughter and unconditional love. She considers herself blessed to have been loved that way. She now lives with three nearly grown children, a nervous border collie and two cats.

Her love for mystery and suspense began in the fifth grade, when she found a whole set of Nan

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