My 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.
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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.