Cover Reveal — Let’s Fake A Deal

By Sherry — I’m flying to Boston today for Crime Bake, get to see lots of friends, and take a master class from Walter Mosley!

I was so excited when Linda Langford (her blog is Chatting About Cozies) sent me a message Monday saying Let’s Fake A Deal was up for preorder! I rushed right over to look at the cover. And here it is:

Here’s the back cover copy:

As a former military spouse, Sarah Winston’s learned a little about organizing, packing, and moving. Her latest project sounds promising: a couple of tech-industry hipsters, newly arrived in her Massachusetts town, who need to downsize. Unfortunately, when Sarah tries to sell their stuff, she discovers it’s all stolen—and she’s the unwitting fence.

Michelle, an old friend of Sarah’s from the Air Force base, is in line for a promotion—but not everyone is happy about it, and she’s been hit with an anonymous discrimination complaint. When one of the men she suspects is behind the accusations turns up dead in Michelle’s car, Sarah needs to clear Michelle’s name—as well as her own for selling hot merchandise. And she’ll have to do it while also organizing a cat lady’s gigantic collection of feline memorabilia, or they’ll be making room for Sarah in a jail cell . . .

The team at Kensington does such a fantastic job with the cover art and back cover copy! I am so grateful to them. As you can tell from the cover and back cover copy Sarah’s newest client is obsessed with cats. Do you collect just one thing? Or are you all over the place like I am?

I’m going to give away an ARC of The Gun Also Rises to someone who leaves a comment. I may be slow to respond since I’m traveling today!

130 Thoughts

  1. I LOVE the cover for this, and The Gun Also Rises!!! Can’t wait to read them.

  2. I used to collect clowns but I find as I get older I’m getting ready of more and more things

  3. I’ve love to read The Gun Also Rises. Collections, I’ve been collecting stamps for years. I like cat related things but try to limit myself as a person can just get too much stuff and eventually have to give it away when you downsize. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  4. What a great cover and lots of cats! I guess I collect all over the place–but not too much! If I can’t display it, I probably don’t need it!

  5. I love the cover and synopsis of Let’s Fake a Deal. I’ve added it and The Gun Also Rises to my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf. The only thing I collect now is books. I used to collect rabbits and old perfume bottles. Have a wonderful time at Crime Bake.

  6. Count me as one who has a lot of cat related stuff around the house. Hmmm. I think I just got an idea for a blog. Love the cover, Sherry, and looking forward to reading both books. Have fun at Crime Bake.

  7. It was all stolen?? Oh my goodness, what a pickle she is in!
    I love this cover!
    I don’t really collect a certain thing, unless books count, which we all know they don’t! One can never have too many books!
    Have fun at Crime Bake! I would be in heaven taking a class from Walter Mosley!

    1. Hi Deb,

      I have a T-Shirt that says, “It’s not hoarding if it’s books.” I also have a pin that says, “Books multiply like rabbits. Bookshelves multiply like elephants.” Frankly, it’s only the invention of the Kindle that’s kept me from accidentally walling myself into my house with piles of books!

  8. I can’t wait to read this. Does having 6 real cats count? We were had that many for a number of years. Sadly, 4 have crossed the rainbow bridge and we miss them everyday.
    Master class with Walter Mosley — that’s amazing!
    Safe travels!!!

  9. I love the cover, and all those cats. I collect Hummel figurines. I have no idea how many I have, but they are all in a curio cabinet, not all over the house. I am so looking forward to catching up with this series. I am one behind but would love to win this draw. Good luck with the new book.

  10. If you asked my husband, he’d say I collect books! I just call it building a personal library 🙂 Other than that the only thing I “collect” are the National Park Service cancellation stamps and the stickers/stamps featuring different parks and historic sites. This year I had to get the larger “Collectors Edition” book because I ran out of room in my smaller NPS passport book.

  11. I love the cover. Cats are the first thing that I scope out at a yard sale. I only have 2 cats, but my mom has 10, so I get to bask in her craziness! I mostly collect books and quilt fabric. I am not a hoarder–it’s called prepping for retirement! I have it preordered!

  12. I love the cover and I love the series… I collect books and glass, especially blue. I wish Sarah lived near by…I can’t wait to read this, thank you for the chance to win a copy…

  13. Another great cover, Sherry. Congrats!

    I collected teddy bears, especially Gund bears, when I was younger, but The Hubby put a stop to it. “We don’t have room for a thousand bears.”

  14. Love the cover art! You can definitely tell the stuff belongs to a collector! And the description makes me want to read it now. Can’t wait, added it to my TBBL (to be bought list). Yeah, I’m an all over the place collector from way back in my childhood. I started collecting miniature pitchers (think 3″ & smaller) when I was a kid. I wanted to collect something and my grandma, who owned a antique/junk store, gave me my first one. It was like 50 years old then and when I was a kid that seemed very old..not any more, of course! She told me to stick with old ones and ones that really meant something to me and it would keep my collection memorable to me and in a manageable collection size. When I was a kid I also collected matchbooks from places. A friend who went to Hawaii got that started. I still have that collection. Now days I have a collection of Disney Christmas ornaments that are mostly Hallmark, a small collection of vintage advertising thermometers, a few Disney snowglobes, and the pride of my collections….MY BOOKS! If I ever HAD to get rid of anything my books would be the last thing I would part with! I have all my childhood ones too. My mom is a retired reading/learning disabilities teacher and knew the value of books way back, I got new books at the store instead of toys! Renee

  15. Have tons of fun at the Crime Bake!

    Love the cover! The back cover copy has me excited and putting this book on my TBR list. I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

    We collect clowns but only Emmett Kelly Jr. clowns. Long story short, after the passing of our daughter, to find a goal to keep us busy, we started searching for an Emmett Kelly doll like I had as a kid. Through that we found there was actual appearances with in 200 miles of us of his son, Emmett Kelly Jr. who was also a clown. Many trips to appearances later and after becoming personal friends with Emmett, we actually did clowning ourselves. Emmett has now passed on and due to age and mostly health reasons, we aren’t able to clown any more, but we have wonderful memories of our clowning years. When we moved last year and greatly downsized, we had to figure out which ones really meant something to us and disposed of the rest. However, figure there will always be room for a little clowning in our home.

    My Mom’s nickname from my Dad was Frog so naturally she had a frog collection. After she moved in with us and after her passing, we now own a frog collection. 🙂

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win a copy of “The Gun Also Rises”.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  16. I wish I were flying to Boston today for Crime Bake! I’m sure it will be big fun! I love this cover, Sherry, and look forward to every new Sarah Winston book. I don’t really collect anything, except books and bookmarks. We don’t have much storage/display space!

  17. Enjoy Boston – we were stationed at Ft. Devens and went into the city as often as possible. Love the cover and all of your books! It’s nice as a military spouse to have a series that I can really relate to! And I admire her for forging a new life out of what must have felt like a disaster to her. Can’t wait for the newest to come out!

  18. Have a ball at Crime Bake, Sherry. Wish I could be there, too. I collect postcards. I have file drawers full of them. They are great reference material and bring back so many memories. And I collect giraffes. Everything from great pictures and paintings, masks, and even one 3-foot tall one who lives in the living room. All are pieces of art.

    Looking forward to Let’s Fake a Deal. Love the cover with all the cats!

  19. Mostly I seem to collect books although it’s more that they pile up faster than I can read them

  20. Love the cover; it says Sarah Winston. I used to have several small collections (bears, pewter wizards, harp seals, bells) and thousands of books; then we downsized.

  21. Congrats on the upcoming release, love that cover! I tell myself I don’t want to be a collector because it would be expensive and time consuming, so instead I collect everything. I used to always the buy the little cosmetics sampler to get the free bag. They don’t do that anymore but the bag obsession hasn’t stopped. And of course there is collecting books, right? Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. I love to read books with punny titles. They draw me in. Like this series and hope to win a book. Thanks for the chance.

  23. Yay, Sherry! I love the cover, and the book sounds sooo good. Have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to catching up in person before too long! Oh, and I don’t collect anything except great books!

  24. I don’t really collect anything except books. Love this cover and the multitude of cats. Our cat would not approve, however. She is very much an Alpha and doesn’t share well with other cats. She’ll have to just deal with the cover, because I hope to read the book!

  25. For years I collected books – not a book collector, they just amassed around the house – and giraffes. Now they are packed away and I go to the library for my books…the Wickeds included. Love the cover!

  26. Hi Sherry. I enjoy going to garage sales and estate sales looking for whatever may standout. When I’m interested in buying books I watch for my library’s book sales. Granted they might not be current releases but I can work with that. Please keep on writing and sharing your books. Your covers are so inviting..

    1. I’m very well known at the library book sales. I would love to buy everything at full price to support the authors, but what insatiable reader can afford to?

    2. Thank you! Even though I have several collections I tend to be a whatever stands out person too. It’s why I own a wooden dumbbell. The shape and wood appealed to me.

  27. This is one of my favorite series. I can’t wait to read both of the new books. I collect snowmen (for Christmas decorations) and books of course.

  28. Hi Sherry,

    Excellent cover, as always. I always look forward to spending some quality time with Sarah Winston. In fact, (and I’m embarrassed to admit it), but more than once, I’ve urged people to read the wonderful Garage Sale mysteries by Sarah Winston. In fact, I fear I may have called you that to your face once at a conference. It just shows how real you’ve made Sarah. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

    I’m afraid I’ve collected way, way too many things. I’ve traveled a lot, and I almost always pick up some relatively inexpensive curios that exemplify the culture of that country. I loved looking at them daily since they were reminders of the wonderful experiences I’d had all over the world. I realized that things had gotten out of hand when a particularly caustic friend asked me if I were planning to turn my apartment into a gift shop. (Actually, I think he may actually have said “junk shop.”)

    However, the only place I’ve really gone overboard is with model trains. I’ve built a good sized layout. And if you visited my home, you be sure to see it because it fills the front room. In my defense, I’ll just say it’s there because it’s the only big enough room in the house that wasn’t in constant use.

    For me the real joy (apart from the fun or running them round and round my layout – OK I’m really ten years old in my head) is the incredible pleasure I get in all the tiny details in them. And building and enhancing my layout is very like the pleasures miniaturists who build tiny rooms or even scrapbookers or other crafters.

    I do admit, however, that the same caustic friend I mentioned earlier, bought a metal sign and attached it to my layout saying, “Still Plays with Trains.”

    1. My husband and I love to “play with trains”, too. We have built several layouts including several modules that can be plugged into other people’s and have a huge layout at train shows, etc. And collecting the trains and cars is definitely addictive.

    2. You are so funny, Lee! When I was little we had neighbors who had a fantastic train set in their basement. I’ve always loved them! And you can call me Sarah anytime! Thanks for spreading the word.

  29. Can’t wait to read this! Have a blast at Crime Bake and I’ll see you at Malice in May!
    I collect books, puzzles, and Snoopy stuff. I love me anything Snoopy.

  30. Just bought several of this series can’t wait to start reading them!! I hear they’re great.

  31. I collect Christmas ornaments especially when I travel. If I can’t find an ornament I try to find something that reminds me of the city or country. One summer in Europe I found key chains that had something symbolic of the country e.g. a ski boot from Switzerland and in Berlin one with Checkpoint Charlie (summer before the Wall came down in Nov ’89.) The next time I was in Berlin in ’91 the Wall was down so there was a little chunk of the Wall. I also collect t-shirts.
    I love this series and the covers for both books. Can’t wait to read them.

    1. We collect Christmas ornaments when we travel, too. We had to buy a larger tree last year. 😁. And, yes, keychains make good substitute ornaments.

  32. I collect lots of things: books, CDs, pens, stamps, postcards, etc. I have two cats.

  33. I love the cover and look forward to reading the book. I seem to collect strays and books!

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