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  • Unexpected! Awesome! Loved it!

    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 of murders keep the series and Absence of Alice on the lighter side of traditional mysteries. When Sarah gets a call that her best friend has been kidnapped, the kidnapper says he will kill Stella if Sarah approaches any of people she usually counts on. She believes that he can find out if she does so; nothing is secret in a small town. Her only choice is to act as normal as possible and do everything he says while she tries to figure out who he is and where he is hiding Stella. For a woman who is friends with police officers and dating the district attorney, she is in a really bad position. It doesn’t help that she doesn’t lie. She cannot image why anyone would kidnap a friend to get at her or who would play games, deadly games, with her in exchange for clues to her friend’s whereabouts. Even if she does manage to rescue her friend, odd are that her other friends will feel betrayed and little that matters in her life will be the quite same again. Sarah’s strength and intelligence in life and in solving murders, as well as her kind heart and the warmth of her circle of friends draw me to this must-buy series time after time. I requested an ARC through NetGalley because I love the series so much that I just can’t wait to get my hands on it and I know am going to shout about it anyway, but I also love it so much that I pre-order a personal copy for every book. #NetGalley #Absence of Alice

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  • Garage sales can be murder!

    Absence of Alice continues Sarah Winston’s adventures in Ellington, Massachusetts. If you’ve been with her since the beginning of the series, you’ve seen her start her now very successful garage sale business from scratch and rebuild her life and reinvent herself, sometimes one step forward and two steps back. She’s built a life for herself, made friends, established a solid business and a reputation. Unfortunately, part of that reputation is being a magnet for dead bodies. Sarah is dedicated and honest and loyal and fearless. And headstrong and reckless and doesn’t always think things through. This time around, a dear friend is kidnapped and Sarah is warned not to involve the police or others or her friend will be killed. So off Sarah goes, attempting to find her friend on her own. Absence of Alice is a great story and Sarah is a character you will truly like – even if you will want to throttle her at times and shout, “What are you doing, Sarah?” This book works wonderfully well as a stand-alone, with enough backstory for you to know who Sarah and the others are. But if you have a chance start from the beginning because Sarah’s journey is truly amazing. So many details to make Sarah the jewel she is. Thanks to author Sherry Harris and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of Absence of Alice for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it without hesitation. All opinions are my own.

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  • Loved it!

    kidnapping, suspense, scary-parts, scavenger-hunt, threats, law-enforcement, small-business, small-town, Massachusetts, amateur-sleuth***** Stella is Sarah's friend and landlady but she is absent because she was kidnapped by someone with a malicious sense of humor with the greater intent of making Sarah go through hoops and suffer guilt. The suspense is intense and the plot twists are quite diabolical but there is no violence and sometimes there is just the right touch of humor. While this is one in a series, it easily stands alone. Excellent reading! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Hooked from the staff

    This was a great read. From the beginning I was hooked, and deeply invested in the hunt for Sarah's best friend. The author, Sherry Harris, of building the intrigue and did a great job of moving the story along. She created some exceptionally tense moments. If there was any criticism, it was the the perpetrator was just a little unbelievable. However, this didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of this mystery thriller. I haven't read the others in the series and found it stood apart as a separate novel very well. With thanks to Kensington, the author and #NetGalley for my advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Fun and Quirky Must Read!

    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 depth. I found myself unable to put it down to break for lunch! Such a smooth and easy read, start to finish. The unique cleverness of the plot is the biggest draw for me. The author had me guessing and re-guessing, scrutinizing each character to bits. Everything just works seamlessly...thoughtful, smart and engaging. Seeking a different mystery with gripping dark elements, yet still a cozy without the violence? You really should read this, my favourite thus far in the series. Brilliant. An easy 5 star. My sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this riveting book in exchange for an unbiased review. Much appreciated.

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