Absence of Alice (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #9)

A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #9

Set in Ellington, Massachusetts, this ninth book in the series is in my opinion the best one yet.

Who would have thought that a cozy mystery based on garage sales would have so much intrigue and danger?

Sarah Winston is our MC and she is a garage sale organizer. She is really good at her job and her business is going well. But now a new competitor is in town and seems to be sabotaging Sarah’s work and reputation.

Busy pricing and organizing a sale for Alice Krandle, a crotchety old lady who has a soft center while at the same time planning her own anniversary sale in the town common.

But all of that has to take a backseat when her friend, Stella, is kidnapped from her apartment. Sarah begins receiving phone calls from a creepy man/woman telling her she can’t go to the police or her boyfriend, Seth, or even Mike, upstairs whose family is in a mob type business, but he is also her friend.

This was like a scavenger hunt, with the crazy person having her run all over town doing things and putting herself in danger. She does secretly call in reinforcements, including Harriet, her friend and former FBI agent.

I think I was suspicious of everyone in her circle except for the old mean man. He was just an old mean man to me. But at one time I was sure it was Seth. Was it? You will have to find out!

Sarah is such a good character. I can’t wait to see what trouble she gets up to next.

NetGalley/December 29th, 2020 Kensington Books


  1. I love mysteries. Good synopsis. Hallmark channel has these mystery movies and they have a series called Garage Sale Mysteries too. Unsure if the same?

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    1. I’ll have to look for that!


      1. Please do. I hope you get to watch these murder mysteries in Hallmark Channel. My fave are An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Mystery 101, A Martha Vineyard Mystery, Ruby Herring Mysteries, Hailey Dean Mysteries, Murder She Baked…these are all series of 1 hour per episode of crime and it being solved. Enjoy!

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      2. Oh my goodness, I have seen an Aurora Teagarden Mystery on there! Thanks for the info!!

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      3. Most welcome. I love mysteries too😁

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