Books by Sharon Fiffer

Sharon Fiffer did not begin her writing career as a mystery author. After co-editing (with her husband, writer Steve Fiffer) three acclaimed collections of literary memoirs, Home: American Writers Remember Rooms of Their Own and Family: American Writers R

LUCKY STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Jane's eighth doesn't live up to some of her earlier adventures (Backstage Stuff, 2011, etc.) but still provides a pleasant, if unexciting, read."
A part-time detective and full-time collector finds that her old hometown is more exciting than it used to be. Read full book review >
BACKSTAGE STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Fiffer seems to be reworking her main characters, shifting their relationships and, in the case of Tim and Jane, making them more conventional and less amusing. Pity."
Anyone can get through a divorce when she has a nice murder to occupy her. Read full book review >
SCARY STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Somewhere en route to better plotting, Fiffer has drained Jane of her ebullience and humor, whose loss may account for her husband's defection. But Tim can still provoke a good chortle, and many readers will be charmed into picking up a knife and carving a leer into a pumpkin face."
Jane Wheel, professional garage-sale picker and quasi-professional detective, finds her brother's doppelgänger. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: June 5, 2006

"Some amusing takes on Hollywood personalities and excesses, but the plot falls apart almost before it begins."
Backstabbing—of the literal and figurative varieties—in Tinseltown. Read full book review >
BURIED STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Nov. 10, 2004

"Lacks the effervescence and humor—not to mention the garage-sale lore and Tim's retorts—of Jane's previous adventures (The Wrong Stuff, 2003, etc.). But Fiffer's plotting is on the upswing. "
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he? Read full book review >
THE WRONG STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"The plot is merely serviceable, but Jane and Tim, who fantasize about their pretend offspring, the darling Patina and the smart Veneer, are absolutely charming. Added bonus: the amusing admonitions to pack rats that head up each chapter."
Something for nothing turns out to be a really bad buy. Read full book review >
DEAD GUY’S STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Hilarious stuff, worth reading cover to cover if only for the outrageous joke on page 57."
Jane Wheel, who brakes for yard sales, garage sales, and even interesting-looking curbside trash, can hardly believe her good luck: a whole room at the Bateman estate sale devoted to paraphernalia from the owners' Shangri-La tavern! What a find, particularly since her parents Don and Nellie can use it all in their own tavern, the EZ Way. Well, maybe not everything. When Jane carts the contents of the magic room home, she discovers a severed finger bouncing around in a jar. And her father absolutely refuses to have any of the vintage punchboards, remnants of a harmless gambling pastime from the '50s, in the EZ Way, though he declines to explain why. Nothing daunted, Jane tucks the finger away, asks her pal Bruce Oh, an ex-police detective, to help identify it, and hauls the punchboards over to the McFlea, the show house being assembled by Tim, a friend since kindergarten, and the drollest gay man since Paul Lynde. But then the EZ Way's former landlord, Gus Duncan, dies, and, gosh, his finger is almost severed too. And Jane, who's almost as good at finding bodies as at finding Bakelite buttons (Killer Stuff, 2001), discovers Lilly Duff, a second-generation tavern owner, dead in a basement room in one of Duncan's houses while every single intact finger points ominously at prowling Bateman womenfolk. Read full book review >
KILLER STUFF by Sharon Fiffer
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"A delightful look at collector's mania, with childhood friends Jane and Tim charming, semi-witty, and entertaining. If Fiffer can find her way out of a plot as easily as she can find her way to the next yard sale, she'll have fans galore."
An adorable mystery debut for nonfiction anthologist Fiffer (Body, 1999) slathered in so much charm one wants to forgive her outlandish solution. Jane Wheel, a suburban Illinois advertising executive and mom recently separated from her job, her husband, and her son, borrows her neighbors' van for a morning of yard sales, but when she returns she finds poor Sandy Balance with her throat cut. When the other neighbors assume Jane's guilt—after all, didn't they catch her kissing Sandy's husband Jack a few months back in the Balances' kitchen during a party?—she turns for solace to her gay chum Tim, a floral designer/antiques purveyor. The two return from foraging among estate sales to find handsome David Gattreaux, Tim's sometime helper, dead. Two bodies in two days! Detective Oh, whose wife also loves flea markets and yard sales, wonders what the deaths have in common besides Jane. Architectural scavenger Richard Rose, who keeps bumping into Jane at yard sales, asks her out to another estate sale. But while Jane is hunting down Bakelite buttons and McCoy pitchers, Tim is being thrashed in an attic, and another body turns up dead right next to him. Jane will also get bumped, thumped, and beaten to estate-sale treasures before Oh's low-key skills tie the murders together. Read full book review >