Sharon Dunn File:
Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
Death of a Garage Sale Newbie
"Ginger, Suzanne and Kindra are so likeable, I found myself wishing they were real, living next door to me .... Old or young, readers will find a character with whom they can identify."
Looking for treasures in other people’s junk is what Ginger Salinski and her Bargain Hunters Network do best. Never in a million sales could they expect their skills for sniffing out deals would be called upon to sniff out a murderer.
When Mary Margret, the newest member of the BHN, fails to show up at her own home for the usual show and tell luncheon, the BHN bands together to figure out where their friend may have gone. Disturbing clues lend Ginger, Suzanne and Kindra to suspect their friend is not merely lost .
That evening, worries about Mary Margret escalate when Ginger discovers a disturbing message from the missing woman on her answering machine. Mary Margret’s voice was tinged with fear as she claims to have unearthed an unsolved crime from the past.
The authorities are not interested in the disappearance of a senior citizen, forcing the BHN to become private investigators overnight. Can the BHN follow the clues Mary Margret left before an unknown killer obliterates the entire group?
Sharon Dunn creatively morphs an ordinary event such as a garage sale into a nail-biting mystery. The members of the Bargain Hunters Network have a lot at stake in their own lives in addition to the possible murder of one of their members. Ginger’s marriage is on the rocks; Kindra is trying to adjust to college life and her new found faith. Suzanne is 9 months pregnant and could deliver a baby any moment!
Dunn doesn’t sacrifice character development for plot. This is a welcome balance, atypical of books in the mystery genre. Ginger, Suzanne and Kindra are so likeable, I found myself wishing they were real, living next door to me.
Perhaps the most unique feature of this book is the diverse age and stage range of the main characters. Dunn shows age doesn’t have to matter in the arena of friendship. The advantages of such relationships are highlighted throughout the entire story. Old or young, readers will find a character with whom they can identify.
Elements of faith are woven into the fabric of the story through behavior, not preachy monologues making Death a great novel to pass along to non-Christian mystery addicts.
I’m so glad Dunn is planning a series with the BHN. I look forward to the next installment! I’m also inspired to check out some garage sales this summer.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.