The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery) by Sherry Harris

The Gun Also Rises
(A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris

About the Book

The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716965
ISBN-13: 978-1496716965
Digital ASIN: B07CWF942Q


A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?


Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her . . .

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The Art of the Cover

In The Gun Also Rises, the sixth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries, Sarah finds lost Hemingway manuscripts. Manuscripts that Hemingway typed with carbon copies. (If you want to read the real story of the missing manuscripts that inspired my plot here is a link:

Last year just after I turned in The Gun Also Rises I made my first trip to Key West and so of course I had to visit the Hemingway House. It was everything and more than I thought it would be.

One of the things that fascinated me about the Hemingway House was the typewriters that Hemingway used that were scattered around the house. I spotted three of them and snapped photos of them.  

The first typewriter I saw was an Underwood, and this quote from Hemingway is with it: If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you. Paris is a moveable feast. 

The second typewriter, a Remington, has a letter Hemingway wrote to a friend May 25, 1934. It starts: The boat is marvelous. And then goes on to describe the features of the boat. 

The third typewriter is in Hemingway’s study where he wrote. It’s a second story space behind the main house and standing in the entry (which is the only place you are allowed) gave me goosebumps. 

When my first book, Tagged for Death, was going to come out my editor at Kensington asked me for cover ideas. I asked if there could be an old fashion looking price tag on the cover. The Kensington art department ran with that. Since then all of the covers for my books have featured the tag with the title in it and I love how they brand the series. Each cover also has an outside scene of a garage sale with a house in the background and what was for sale in front of the house. The cover for Tagged for Death has the item the victim is murdered with on it. Can you guess which object was used? 

All of the above is true until I saw the cover for The Gun Also Rises. Yes, it still has the price tag, but it is the first cover that is indoors instead of out.  In this book Sarah is helping to organize a sale of mystery books to benefit the local library in Ellington, Massachusetts. The cover shows Sarah’s client’s home library. There’s a beautiful roll top desk with an old fashion phone, a valise with the missing manuscripts peeking out, a happy cat, and oh, be still my heart—a typewriter similar to the ones at the Hemingway House. Talk about serendipity! It seemed almost too good to be true after falling so hard for the typewriters at the Hemingway House. 

About the Author

Agatha Award-nominated author, 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.

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