A Good Day to Buy (Garage Sale Mystery Book 4) by Sherry Harris.
I’ve read and enjoyed all of the books in the Garage Sale Mystery Series by Sherry Harris, but in this latest book her mastery of her craft takes a giant leap forward. The writing is smooth and engaging, and the plot moves along briskly. Kudos to Sherry!
Sarah Winston spent most of her adult life as an Air Force spouse. In the first book in the series, she is in her late thirties and newly divorced, with a passion for garage sales. She manages to turn this passion into a business helping other people hold garage and estate sales.
As A Good Day to Buy (the fourth book in the series) opens, she is holding a garage sale for a retired military couple who are moving from Massachusetts to Florida. During the sale, she discovers the couple on the floor of a private area of the garage – the husband dead, the wife unconcious. Through an open back door, she sees the figure of a man running away. Because it was Sarah’s idea to hang sheets to block off this area of the garage, she feels responsible for what happened.
Not long after she arrives home from the crime scene, her estranged brother knocks on her door. Luke Winston hadn’t seen his sister or parents since he joined the Marine Corps nineteen years before, and had telephoned Sarah only twice in all those years. Sarah is delighted to see Luke, but when her ex-husband (now the local chief of police) knocks on her door, Luke insists she hide him in the attic. He later explains that he is a journalist working on a big story and no one must know that he is in town. Sarah helps to hide Luke for a few days, but then he vanishes. Since he had promised not to leave without saying good-bye, Sarah is determined to find him. Her search for Luke becomes intertwined with her discoveries about the couple who hired her to hold the garage sale. Both investigations come together at the end of the book.
If you like cozy mysteries that include garage sales, military families and/or small town New England settings, you may want to give this book a try. I liked it a lot.
(Kensington Publishing, April 2017, 288 pages)
FTC Full Disclosure – Library book