Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris.
Belle Winthrop Granville asks Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through Sarah’s garage sale business. As Sarah sorts the books in the attic, she comes across the stolen Hemingway manuscripts. The manuscripts were stolen from a train in Paris in 1922. How did it end up a hundred years later in Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts?
Before Sarah can get any answers, Miss Belle is assaulted and her maid, Kay, runs away with the stolen manuscripts. Sarah runs behind Kay into the woods, but finds Kay dead. Someone shot a limb off a tree and it fell on Kay, killing her instantly. Rumor spreads that the limited edition of The Sun Also Rises is present in the Granville house. With reporters, Legion of Literary Treasure Hunters and a killer on loose, will Sarah be able to recover the stolen articles before it is too late?
The Gun Also Rises is one of the best cozy mysteries that I have read this year! The first thing I noticed about the book is the writing. It is simple, easy to understand and before you know, you are halfway through the story! And that is the sign of a really good author and really good storytelling skills. I loved the concept of stolen manuscripts, a garage sale, a rare book dealer, the reporters harassing Sarah and a group of Literary Treasure Hunters.
Sarah is the ex-wife of military personnel and there are mentions of life on the base. This brings a nice touch to the story – how wives deal with spouse’s PTSD, how wives have to sacrifice things they love to do so that they can move when their husbands are transferred to a different location.
I liked the protagonist – Sarah Winston. Her issues in life – dealing with the divorce and how she still blames herself a tad for not making her twenty-year-marriage work was a nice touch to the story. Miss Belle is another character that I liked. A rich widow who wants to solve the mystery behind finding stolen manuscripts in her house. Stella, Awesome, Roger, Trevor, Bull, Pellner, Seth and Ryne – they all play an interesting role in the story.
The identity of the perp was unexpected and shocking. The story gets really interesting towards the end. The characters are likable, the story is interesting and unique, and it keeps you hooked on to the book till the end. The Gun Also Rises is an interesting, exciting page-turner.
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: The Gun Also Rises (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #6)
Author: Sherry Harris
Publication Date: 29 January 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
There’s a giveaway for this tour. If you like to win a copy of The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris, then do participate in the giveaway. (Print Copy; US only)
Giveaway link here.
Thank you, Lori Caswell from Escape With Dollycas for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Thank you, Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC.