A Day in the Life with Angelo DiNapoli by Sherry Harris

The Longest Yard SaleMy name’s Angelo DiNapoli and in Italian “Angelo” means Messenger of God, so if I seem like a bit of a know it all, it comes to me directly from the Big Guy. I own DiNapoli’s Roast Beef and Pizza in Ellington, Massachusetts, it’s a hub for our small town and sits right across the street from the town common.

While to some tourists’ eyes the common might be your typical New England common — large green, beautiful, soaring church — to me it’s the heart and soul of our town. Just the other day my friend Sarah Winston turned the common into New England’s Largest Yard Sale. It was the biggest event here since the Revolutionary War and brought a lot of tourists into town. It was a huge success — never mind the murder, art theft, and arson.

Ellington’s also special because it borders Fitch Air Force Base. The people from the base shop and eat here in Ellington which helps our local economy thrive. It’s how I got to know Sarah, who used to be married to CJ Hooker, our current police chief and former commander of the Fitch security force. Sarah’s a great kid—well, she’s 38, but that’s seems young to me—and she always has a good attitude. Even when she went through her divorce last year she kept her sense of humor and told me she was happy not to be a Hooker anymore.

The kid’s been through some tough times: husband troubles, she’s found a dead body or two, her best friend’s been accused of murder and theft. On top of that our county’s young DA — Mr. “Massachusetts’s Most Eligible Bachelor” two years running — has taken an interest in Sarah. It gets a little awkward considering her ex and Mr. Most Eligible have to work together when there’s a crime. I don’t see what the big deal is with the guy, but even my Rosalie gets a little blush on her cheeks when the he walks in. I, myself, am keeping an eye on him.

Sarah comes to DiNapoli’s when she needs a meal but more importantly when she needs a friend. Her family’s all the way out in Pacific Grove, California. So I impart my wisdom, things like “you mess with the bull, you get the horns” and “never talk to the police without a lawyer.” She’s a little too trusting when it comes to the police, and sometimes, seeing as her ex is the chief of police, it’s hard to get that through to her.

Her best friend, Carol, is a suspect in the murder of the guy killed right after New England’s Largest Yard Sale. He turned up dead in the back room of her shop, Paint and Wine. I made sure Sarah got in touch with my cousin, Vincenzo, who’s a lawyer. The guy’s good. He got Mike “The Big Cheese” Titone off multiple racketeering charges. If he can do that he should certainly be able to get one of Sarah’s friends off the hook. I have to confess though, Sarah doesn’t seem like she wants to sit back and let Vincenzo do his job. I’m a little worried that she might poke her nose in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if she does that, she might get more than she bargained for. Then even my famous pizza won’t be able to save her.


You can read more about Angelo in The Longest Yard Sale, the second book in the “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series, published by Kensington. The first book in the series is Tagged For Death.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on July 6 for the chance to win a print copy of Tagged For Death and The Longest Yard Sale. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the 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. Tagged for Death, the first in the series, was nominated for an Agatha Award for First Best Novel. The Longest Yard Sale is available on June 30, 2015. She lives with her husband and Westie, Lily, in Northern Virginia. Visit Sherry on her website and on the Wicked Cozy Authors blog.

140 comments

  1. This is a new series to me but it sounds like it would be a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Oh yeah! Garage sales, mystery, murder, what else could you want:) Really want to get lost in this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. This looks like a really awesome book….love, love, love the cover!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! God bless you Dru!!!!

  4. I read the first page of Tagged for Death and I’m hooked! It’s always nice to find an entertaining cozy mystery! Now there’s two! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Thank you for this opportunity. This is a new series to me but it sounds like it would be a fun read

  6. I loved the first book–it had a few twists I’d never seen before. This one sounds equally great.

  7. I’ve found some great bargains at yard sales, including an circa 1860 pendulum, chiming wall clock. The people wanted only $25 for it. I tried to convince them it was worth more and to take it to an antique shop. They said ‘No” and it’s graced my wall ever since. This sounds like a great series.

  8. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I’m looking forward to reading The Longest Yard Sale. Love the title! Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Don’t include me in the contest. I’m going to buy it at my first opportunity–tomorrow!–rather than wait to see if I win. I enjoyed the sneak preview, Sherry.

  10. Ok another series I have to add to my list. Would love to win, but either way I am going to have to get this one!!

  11. I think this is the closets I’ll ever get to the LONGEST YARD SALE and think Sarah sounds like the perfect person to see it with. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

  12. I love yard sales but there aren’t very many at our apartment! I did have some garage sales in the past, didn’t make much but it was good to know that the stuff was being recycled by someone who wanted them. Thank you for the chance to win.

  13. The yard sales are fun, but what I really want is a DiNapoli’s Roast Beef and Pizza in my neighborhood! And friends like Angelo and Rosalie who will whip up something for me whenever I need it.

  14. Thank you for the opportunity to win, sounds like a fun series.
    Will be adding Sherry Harris to my list of authors to read.📖📚

  15. I really enjoyed the first of this series, I wish that I had a DiNapoli’s in my neighborhood. I can’t wait to read about the largest yard sale, oh and of course the murder mystery. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. I haven’t been to a yard sale since I was a child, but maybe this series will change that!

  17. This looks like it will be a very good read, thanks for the chance to win. Good Luck all 😉

  18. Sounds like a great series! I haven’t yet been able to read the first book but as a cozy mystery lover and a yard sale lover, they both sound great!

  19. What fun-painting, wine, pizza, garage sales-you got me even before murder! I have to get the first in the series! And perhaps win the second 😉

  20. I have heard so many wonderful things about these books. Being such a tag sale, yard sale, garage sale, flea market addict, I know these are perfect for me.

  21. These characters sound so personable. This is a series I definitely want to enjoy!!

  22. Hey Dru Ann! I have the debut book of this series sitting in my TBR pile & would love to win this one! Congratulations on this release Sherry!

  23. Happy Garage Sale hunting! I love anything that says bargain, rummage sales garage sales ! Congratulations on your new book Sherry!

  24. This sounds like a great series! Of course, we usually call them garage sales in our neck of the woods! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Thank you for the giveaway! I enjoyed the first of the series and look forward to reading this second book.

  26. I grew up doing yard sales, and finding treasures. Would love to continue the passion of hunting for them in these books!

  27. This is a new series to me but it sounds like it would be fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Yard sales,garage sales,resale shoppes,tag sales are all near and dear to my heart. They are my form of treasure hunting so I can’t wait to read this book. Fingers crossed to win

  29. Wonderful of you to share the two works in this giveaway. Excited to read these books.

  30. I should have a bumper sticker on my car saying, I brake for yard sales. It is a great way to get rid of things you no longer need and earn some money too but also a great way to find items you may need too. Thanks for this chance. robeader53@yahoo.com

  31. This is a new series to me but I’m looking forward to reading as many books in the series as you can write!

  32. Great idea for a book series. Can’t wait to read tem. Thanks ffor the contest.

  33. I have added this series to my Mystery Read wish list. So many great books so little time, lol. Hope to win #2 and I will buy #1. Thank you for the fun.

  34. This is a new author for me. Sounds like a good book and will be adding it to my TBR list. 🙂

  35. I would absolutely love to become the recipient of this book. I not only live in Massachusetts but I know many antique dealers who sell at the Brimfield Fair which is one of the biggest if not the biggest and longest “yard sale” there is. Looking forward to reading this series and congratulations to Sherry. I am a fan from this book forward. Thank you.
    Cynthia

  36. I love cozies. This is a new author to me. Please include me in this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

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