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Tagged for Death

(Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,199 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Listening Length: 8 hours, 4 minutes

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 cou
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Published April 18th 2019 by Dreamscape Media, LLC (first published December 2nd 2014)
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Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sarah 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 e
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris is the first book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series. Newly divorced Sarah Winston comes home from a successful yard sale day only to find a bloodied shirt belonging to her exhusband amongst her bags, and finds that his girlfriend Tiffany is now missing. An interesting mystery but I found it difficult to like the main character and the choices she makes. I enjoyed the garage sales tie in but Sarah's investigation only seemed to cause more problems a ...more
Barbara Ross
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to series. Quick, easy read. Already have next one downloaded.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
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
Chatting About
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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-hus ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Baker
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
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, ov
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!
Tracy Weber
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenni Schell
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
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.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong debut. Sarah Winston can come organize my garage anytime, even if there is a chance she'll find a dead body!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla
I really liked this first book of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery Series. I thought Sarah was a great character, and felt for her over how her world had imploded. I liked that she was still loyal enough to ex-husband C.J. to want to help him and prove that he wasn't guilty of murder.

I found this book quick and easy to get through, and thought it was quite a fun read! I'm looking forward to the reading the rest of the series.
Libby Klein
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable. The first book in a fun series already has me hooked on the characters and the messy relationship between them.
Edythe Hamilton
Sarah is the ex-wife of now retired military Colonel C.J. Hooker who is Chief of Police of a small town named Ellington. Sarah loves a good garage sale and when asked will organize any garage for a small fee. While Sarah packs up the garage to give unwanted items to charity, she finds a bag belonging to C.J. with a shirt that is bloody and hope C.J. has not harmed his missing friend Jessica. When Jessica turns up dead C.J. is the prime suspect and with evidence mounting against him Sarah investi ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Terri Crossley
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 shir ...more
Liz Mugavero
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
Loved it! Great debut and fabulous start to a fun new series.
Natalie [genreneutralreader]
Tagged for death was a very fun cozy mystery. My in laws are from the same area this book was set (small towns near Boston) AND Air Force!The mystery was solid. There were just enough suspects that it was neither overwhelming nor easy to guess. While I struggled to figure out why the main character would stay in a town where she had no family connections, no Air Force connections, and where the police force was routinely harassing her, I can’t argue with the logic that some places just feel like ...more
Once Upon a Romance Reviews
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 y
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
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 ...more
I have a very different take on this book from what others might have thought about this. The main character immediately got on my nerves in the beginning with stupid choices. As the book progressed, I almost sat the book down three times. Three more instances of stupidity and highly improbable situations. I got so aggravated, I skimmed to the end to see who the killer was. I knew exactly who it was going to be and I was correct.
I will not be continuing this series. I like smart main characters.
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
A good mystery with a strong female lead. First book in a series.
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WOW! By the end of this book I was turning the pages so fast I saw smoke, lol! Well-written and really kept me guessing (and surprised me!) - can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series! A+++
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Lots of twists and turns. The ending was a surprise even though I had read ahead and knew who the killer was. Looking forward to the rest of their series. Thanks Allison for the books !
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect amount of suspense and mystery. The only thing that wasn't tied up for me was the purple love letters.
Juliana Kulak
3.5 stars.
A.M. Cummins
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook. Love the concept of mystery and garage sales. On to the next.
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Sherry Harris 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 uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. Tagged for Death, first in the series, will b ...more

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