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Absence of Alice

(Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #9)

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For bargain hunter extraordinaire Sarah Winston, starting life over in Ellington, Massachusetts, has been a true trash-to-treasure success story, except when there's a run on dead bodies...

Sarah's latest client, Alice Krandle, is sure she has a fortune in antiques on her hands. She's already gotten a generous offer for the whole lot before her garage sale has even begun, b
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Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published January 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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PamG
Absence of Alice by Sherry Harris brings murder, mystery and suspense to a cozy mystery set in Ellington, Massachusetts. This is the ninth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series.

Our protagonist, Sarah started a business two years ago organizing on site and online garage sales. Her latest client, Alice Krandle, is sure she can make a lot of money from the antiques and art work that she owns. Meanwhile, Sarah’s landlady and friend, Stella is kidnapped. Unfortunately, the kidnapper ha
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Phrynne
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Jumping into a series at book nine is not always a wise move but in this case it worked for me. I was able to enjoy the book just fine and now have eight previous ones to read!

Absence of Alice was a great read. The main character, Sarah, has the rather unusual job of coordinating garage sales, although hers sounded rather more high market than the average sale! Of course she is also an amateur sleuth with a tendency to get involved in kidnappings and finding dead bodies.

All the basics of a clas
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Chatting About
I’ve never read a book by Author Sherry Harris that I didn’t love! She grand slams another home run with the ninth story of the fabulously entertaining Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series.

Sarah Winston has made great friends and caught the attention of a few enemies since beginning her career as a garage sale organizer. Harriet Ballow, former FBI superagent, is on Sarah’s team now, and she’s a force to be reckoned with. I love the candor and experience she brings to the story.

Harsh reality
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LORI CASWELL
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sarah Winston is busy with a huge sale, but that takes a backseat when she receives a very important phone call. A call where she learns her landlady and friend Stella Wild has been kidnapped. The caller informs her that she must follow their rules if she ever wants to see Stella again alive and well.

Rule #1 – You can’t go to the police, your friend Seth, or Mike “The Big Cheese” Titone for help.

Rule #2 – You have to go about your daily routine like nothing’s happened. And act
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Mark Baker
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Sarah Winston is happily preparing a garage sale for her latest client, Alice Krandle, when she gets a phone call claiming to be from someone who has kidnapped Sarah’s landlady and friend, Stella. With clear instructions not to contact the police, she sets out to find Stella while also following the kidnapper’s strange demands. Can she find her friend in time?

Yes, this book is part thriller, but it is still part cozy as well. The balance truly works. The twists and turns kept me glued to the pag
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Doward Wilson
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grabs you from the opening chapter and doesn't let go until the final twisted ending. A must read for any cozy fan. Work along with Sarah Winston as she tries to solve the kidnapping of a close friend who has been taken by a twisted person bent upon revenge against her. ...more
Amy
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarah Winston's dear friend and landlady has disappeared and she is desperate to find her. But when she begins receiving very personal, detailed directions from Stella's kidnapper, Sarah will go to almost any lengths to find her without anyone else in her life being harmed.
This is one of my favorite series; it is very well-written and I really enjoy browsing through and buying items at garage sales, flea markets, etc. The book moves at a good pace but I had a bit of difficulty connecting with th
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Peggy R
I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and know that anytime I pick up a book in the series I will be entertained. Absence of Alice is the 9th book in the series and for me, I thought this was the best one yet. It kept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages to see how Sarah was going to dig her way out of trouble this time. Sarah Winston is a terrific main character. She definitely gets herself into trouble with her sleuthing but it is never deliberate or reckless. This time ar ...more
Sue Em
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Sherry Harris never disappoints, her two series are among my top five favorites. And this is one of her best books. Sarah Winston has come a long way from military spouse to garage sale organizer over the course of the series. Her business is doing well, as is her love life. However, someone has kidnapped her best friend and is forcing her to "play the game" to get her back unharmed. While the story is strong enough to read on its own, the back stories of her friends and acquaintances provide a ...more
Lisa Morin
As a big fan of Sherry Harris, and Absence of Alice is the best book in this series.
Sarah Winston is an unforgettable character, full of charm, wit, and dedication, to her friends, business, and family.
In this book, Sarah is working on a garage sale for a client, but when a strange phone call sets off a string of events that has the potential to hurt the ones she loves, she must go against everything she believes in to find the answers.

I felt that this book was like an odd scavenger hunt, having
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Kaitlyn Dunnett
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another excellent entry in this series. I HAD to keep reading to find out who dunnit, and I wasn't even close to guessing the villain. I love a nice, complex plot with lots of twists and turns and this one definitely had plenty of surprises. ...more
Mallory
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of this series that I have read, but it will not be the last. Like cozy mysteries it was easy to dive right into this volume of the series, I have the first book already on reserve at the library. While I enjoyed this book, I have to say I’m not certain it truly felt like a cozy mystery which is what I was expecting. That being said, I have a wide array of genre interests and I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. The amateur sleuth, ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite cozy series. I read all of this authors books. She creates delightful charcters and fun mysteries. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC for review. My review opinions are my own. This is the 9th Garage Sale mystery.

We return to our protagnist Sarah and her busy garage sale business. She enjoys her business and has branched out over the years successfully to now arranging sales for wealthy clients with antiques. Her current client has a house full o
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Elizabeth
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I have to admit that I was a little worried that I would have a problem getting into this book not having read the previous books in the series. Boy, was I wrong! It did take me a couple chapters, but once I did this book flew and left me hungry for more of this series!

First of all, the characters were stellar. They were active and there was always something new going on. I love a fast pace! Second, the plot was different from books I've read before which really got me interested.

I
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Dawn
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sherry Harris hit it out of the park with this one! GREAT storyline...so intriguing and had me guessing who the kidnapper was until the reveal! I loved how the depth of Mike's friendship with Sarah is a strong thread throughout the book. ...more
The Cozy Review
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Readers know that there are books that will be good before they even crack the spine. What they don’t know is how good it will be. The newest “A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery” Absence of Alice, is one of those books. It doesn’t matter if you have not read any of the other books in this series; readers will fall in love with Sarah. They will also take up the hobby of garage sales if they’re not careful!

Sarah’s garage sales business is going well, despite having a former helper now her competition
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Sapphyria
Absence of Alice is another spectacular book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series by Sherry Harris.

Sarah and her friend Harriet are preparing an indoor garage sale for Alice Krandle, a new client. After spending hours pricing the knickknacks, artwork, and expensive figurines, Sarah wants to wind down for the day. Unfortunately, a random phone call, revelation of a kidnapping, and strict instructions has Sarah running across town. Stella, her landlady, has been kidnapped and her kidnap
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Bridget
This is the ninth book in a series by Sherry Harris about Sarah Winston who started over in Ellington, Massachusetts as a bargain hunter and is now hugely successful. With her business booming, she is preparing a garage sale for her latest client, Alice Krandle, as well as undertaking her own second-anniversary sale to be held on the town common in just over a week's time. Whilst relaxing with a cup of tea Sarah doesn't expect to receive a phone call about her landlady, Stella, who is being held ...more
Brenda
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Absence of Alice is the ninth installment in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series set in Ellington, Massachusetts and featuring garage sale organizer, Sarah Winston. Business is booming and Sarah is looking forward to hosting an antique sale for Alice Krandle and preparing for her own two year anniversary sale to be held on the Town Common.

Sarah receives a phone call from a creepy man who informs her that he's kidnapped her landlady Stella Wild. The man says that Sarah can't call the pol
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RO G'ma
Absence of Alice is the ninth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series written by Sherry Harris. The well-plotted mystery is complex, and there are enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader engaged throughout the book. Ms. Harris provides enough character background that this book can be read as a standalone.

Sarah Winston lives in Ellington, Massachusetts, and loves garage sales. She provides professional services to people having garage sales and volunteers at the local mili
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Barbara Sousa
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a reason that Sherry Harris’s Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Absence of Alice, the ninth book in the series, exemplifies the tight writing, layered plotting, and intricate mystery that I have come to expect – and love.

In this installment, Sarah is preparing a garage sale for her client, Alice Krandle, when she discovers that Stella, her friend and landlady, has been kidnapped. The kidnapper gives her specific instructions to follo
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Jeanie Jackson
With Absence of Alice, Sherry Harris offers us a prime example of the quality and uniqueness that makes the Sarah Winston Mystery series outstanding. I am an avid reader of cozy mysteries and Sarah Winston meets many of the best characteristics of the cozy world, but the variety alone takes it beyond the standard for the usual cozy mysteries. At the same time, the small-town warmth, great friendships, and Sarah’s somewhat unusual career of organizing garage sales, as well the limited description ...more
Kathleen
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2020, netgalley, arc
This is the ninth in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series.
Sarah’s landlady and friend, Stella is kidnapped. The kidnapper has decided to make life difficult for Sarah. She isn’t allowed to call the police & is sent all over the surrounding area doing tasks for the man.


I haven’t read this series in order. I had no problem keeping up and following the storyline and characters’ backgrounds.

I enjoyed the mystery and the misdirections only added to the intensity of finding out who was behind
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Amanda
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Sarah Winston's garage sale business is thriving and her latest client Alice is counting on Sarah to get top dollar for her antiques. In Absence of Alice, Sarah works hard to get the most money for Alice, and to do all she can to help her friend Stella, who has found herself in a very dangerous situation. I really enjoyed this well-written mystery that kept me guessing and second guessing til the very end. The characters are realistic, developed, and likable. The Boston suburb setting has a nice ...more
Gennielc
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
First, I really like her writing. Grammatically correct and such.
Second, HUGE anxiety in this book. Someone's bad things happen to the characters, so I couldn't be certain that everything would turn out ok (as it's true in some cozy mysteries).
Third, I couldn't stop reading this book! The first book in a while I started up past my bedtime not wanting to put the book down.
Fourth, great mystery. Never would have guessed, but looking back it made sense. Was it the most obvious character, or the lea
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Brenda
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Garage sale organizer Sarah Winston markets, prices and values items for her clients. In a sinister and devious plot, she is forced into the horrifying position of making impossible choices which are infinitely harder than object valuations. She is led through a labyrinth of problems, each unexpected, each calling on her to draw on her wit and intellect.

An unconventional cozy mystery, Absence of Alice is all about suspense which is a wonderfully refreshing surprise. The story has substance and
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Library
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, owned
This ninth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series is outstanding and that is saying a lot since the other eight books are exceptionally good, too. Sherry Harris has written a "thrill-ride" cozy as she takes the reader on a plot roller coaster that has Sarah working hard to try to figure out who it is that is threatening her loved ones and even kidnapped her dear friend and landlady Stella. Who can she trust and why is it that the kidnapper seems to be a step ahead at every turn? I heartily ...more
Jane
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This book took me by surprise. Not your typical cozy mystery; an engaging storyline filled with twist and turns. Enjoyed the plot, characters and the final reveal. Would recommend.


Thank you to NetGalley, Sherry Harris, and Kensington Books for the ARC of this book.
Amye (pagesandplannersabroad)
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington for the Advanced Reader’s Copy of Absence of Alice in exchange for an honest opinion. This is the 9th book in the Sarah Winston Garbage Sale series.

This book starts off in a much different way that a normal cozy mystery. Sarah is on her way to organize her latest client’s garage sale, when she is contacted by a kidnapper. The kidnapper has taken Sarah’s landlady. The kidnapper has a series of demands if they are met Stella, the landlady, will be re
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Roxanne Spencer
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recently read Sherry Harris' first book in her new series (From Beer to Eternity) and was hooked on her characters and plot, so I immediately dove into her Garage Sale Mystery series. Harris perfectly captured the life of military and ex-military families when she created Sarah Winston, and the stories are engaging. In the latest, Sarah is caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, as she must solve the the mystery without turning to her friends. Though a series, the Garage Sale myst ...more
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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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