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My Musing ~ A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris

A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris is the fourth book in the “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, April 2017

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.

BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

Love this series and this one is the best thus far. This is a fast-paced and action-packed whodunit that captured my attention and I could not put this book down. This multi-plot drama was well written and expertly staged with visually appealing narrative that put me in the middle of all that was happening. The author knows how to use the art of hiding in plain sight because those little twists was strategically placed to keep me reading and oh what a tangled web was woven. I enjoyed the length Sarah goes to protect her brother while trying to keep everything else above board. With humor and mayhem side by side, this book kept me entertained from beginning to an ending that leaves me wondering what is Sarah going to do. With a great supporting cast, engaging dialogue and the backdrop of garage sales plus tips, this was an enjoyable read and I eagerly await the next book in the series.

A day in the life of Sarah Winston by Sherry Harris

Can I have a do over? Sarah Winston here and I’ve had some bad days. Haven’t we all? But the last few days added together make one of the worst weeks of my life. Things started well enough on a lovely early May day in Ellington, Massachusetts. I was throwing my first big yard sale of the spring and had gone all out. Balloons for the kiddos, coffee and donuts, tunes playing. It was so much fun. Until one of my clients, a veteran, was murdered and his wife was seriously injured—during the yard sale!

Could the day get any worse? Oh yes. Then my brother Luke turned up at my door. That may sound like a good thing. But wait. I hadn’t seen Luke in almost twenty years and only talked to him twice during that time. And he didn’t show up for a wonderful family reunion. No. He wanted me to hide him. I’m still not sure from whom, but it didn’t sound good. His exact words were, “I’m asking—no, begging—you not to tell anyone I’m in town.” Especially not my ex, the chief of police of Ellington. Most people wouldn’t have a problem not mentioning something to their ex, but CJ and I have a complicated relationship.

So of course CJ picks that moment to knock on my door, which presented me with a huge dilemma. Hide Luke or lie by omission to CJ. Luke gave me his “help me, sis” look—the same one from when we were kids—the one I could never say no to. So I hid him in the attic space off my one-bedroom apartment.

But that wasn’t a long-term solution. It was barely a short-term one. So I began stashing Luke in various places around my apartment building for a couple of days, like he was an illicit drug I was hiding—only a lot bigger and harder to hide. Then he vanished! All I have left is his notebook with a list of veterans in it. Veterans? My murdered yard-sale client was a veteran. Could Luke’s disappearance and the murder be connected? Knowing my life, you can bet they are. And I’ve now realized that to find Luke, I’ll have to figure out who killed my client.


You can read more about Sarah in A Good Day to Buy, the fourth book in the “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series.

HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.

BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

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About the author
Sherry Harris is the author of the Agatha Award nominated Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. 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 series. The fourth book in the series, A Good Day To Buy, releases on April 25.

Visit Sherry at Sherryharrisauthor.com and on the Wicked Cozy Authors blog.

All comments are welcomed.

A Good Day to Buy is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Good Day to Buy. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends April 27, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Words from Stella Wild by Sherry Harris

All Murders Final!I’m Stella Wild and to tell you the truth, a day in my life would probably bore you to death. That is until Sarah Winston moved into the empty apartment in the old house I converted to a four-plex. Pre-Sarah I taught voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston, loved karaoke, gave private voice lessons, oh, yeah, and I had terrible taste in men. I guess even post-Sarah I still do all those things but having her around has changed my life a lot.

Sarah showed up one day last winter asking to rent my vacant one bedroom. I’ve seen basset hounds with perkier faces but she was in the middle of a divorce so I couldn’t blame her. She didn’t get out much at first, and when she did it was to go to garage sales or flea markets. Not exactly my cup of scotch. But things got interesting when she found evidence that her ex-husband, our new police chief, had been involved in a murder. Sarah didn’t believe it, and as she set out to find the real killer our friendship was born.

It’s odd that a murder brought us together. And there have been more since then. Good thing I trust Sarah. In her latest adventure I meet a new man in a most unusual way. If things work out between us (I hope they do) we’ll have the best “how we met” story ever. Sarah’s part of that story, in fact if it hadn’t been for her, I would have been sitting at home drinking a scotch that night, and practicing an aria for an upcoming faculty recital.

But Sarah’s worried because my new guy and I don’t have a lot in common. My life revolves around music and he barely knows what rhythm and blues means, and he’s never been to an opera. Even worse he’s a Yankees fan living in Red Sox nation. But I can look over a few flaws right? I gave Sarah the benefit of the doubt when half the town thought she murdered someone.

And that’s why Sarah puts up with me when I do things she doesn’t like. Even when I let a dangerous man who needed a place to hide out move into the empty apartment next to hers. Ellington, Massachusetts is a small town and when someone asks you to do a favor you do it.

Speaking of favors, Sarah finds one of Ellington’s most beloved citizens murdered. She has her hands full figuring out who was mad enough to kill this woman over a favor owed. And man, did a lot of people in Ellington owe her something — me included.

I do have a bit of advice, don’t go for a walk with Sarah on a snowy winter night because you never know what might happen. It could be love. . .or murder.


All Murders Final! is the third book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series, published by Kensington, April 2016.

Her Next Sale
When Sarah Winston started the virtual garage sale, it seemed like a keystroke of genius and the next logical step in her business. No more collapsing card tables and rainy-day washouts. But what began as a fun way to run garage sales during the long New England winter has become a nightmare of managing people and putting out fires. Online, she can avoid the crowds–but not the crazies.

May Be Her Last
She certainly never bargained on dealing with frightening threats. And when a client is murdered, it’s time for Sarah to swallow her pride and seek the help of her ex–C.J. Hooker, chief of police. Forging a tense alliance, they search–online and off–for the killer. But solving this crime before someone else gets tagged seems virtually impossible. . .

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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 combines her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her years living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.

Sherry is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, and the Chessie Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Sherry, her husband, and guard dog Lily are living in northern Virginia until they figure out where they want to move to next.

Connect with Sherry at sherryharrisauthor.com, @SHarrisAuthor, on Facebook and at Wicked Cozy Authors.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of All Murders Final!. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end May 6, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Edgar Allan Cozy edited by Sadie Hartwell

Edgar Allan Cozy: Wicked Short Stories is a collection of short stories and poems by Sheila Connolly, Sherry Harris, Sadie Hartwell, Edith Maxwell, Barbara Ross. Publisher: Wicked Cozy Press, January 2016

Edgar Allan CozyWhen cozy mystery writers meet Edgar Allan Poe, the result is Edgar Allan Cozy. Each story in this suspenseful new anthology is inspired by the work of Poe. “The Raven,” “The Lighthouse,” “MS. Found in a Bottle,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “Annabel Lee” have been updated and set in the fictional town of Raven Harbor, Maine. Edited by Sadie Hartwell.

This is a nice collection of poems and short stories culled from the likes of Edgar Allen Poe. I love the modern day homage to the Raven by Barbara Ross. Next up was a short story, echoing “nevermore” by Sherry Harris and I liked how it ended. As for the short story by Sheila Connelly, Edith Maxwell, and Sadie Hartwell . . . “love that twist.” And a fitting end to this collection is the poem by Sherry Harris. All six composites are excellent reads.

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.

My Musing ~ The Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris

The Longest Yard SaleThe Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris is the second book in the “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, June 2015

ONE MAN’S CLUTTER
When Sarah Winston turns Ellington, Massachusetts, into New England’s largest garage sale for a day, it’s the small town’s biggest event since the start of the Revolutionary War—but without the bloodshed. That is, until a valuable painting goes missing…and the lifeless body of an Air Force officer is found in Carol Carson’s painting studio, his face perfectly framed with the murder weapon—a metal picture frame.

IS ANOTHER MAN’S CLOVER
Sarah is mad as heck that someone used her town-wide garage sale to commit a crime—and frame her good friend Carol. She is definitely on this case…but it’s not easy rummaging through increasingly strange clues that point to cheating spouses, downright dirty investment schemes—even the mob. And Sarah will have to be very careful if she wants to live to bargain another day.

This was a nicely paced drama that abounds in deception in all forms at the Air Force base. Getting the task of organizing the biggest yard sale is a bonus to Sarah that is until small incidents and murder mars the festivities. When her friend is accused, Sarah puts on her amateur sleuth cap to clear her friend’s name. The author does a very good job of pulling me into all aspects of this action-packed drama with a solid plot and a mystery that kept me as entangled in the overall story. Sarah is a determined heroine with a mind of her own and it is evident as her interactions lead her closer to the apprehension of the killer. When this book was read and done, it was a nicely woven work of art where all the puzzling pieces finally fit together like when you score a good bargain and in this case, solve the mystery. An enjoyable read and I look forward to the next adventures with Sarah and her friends.

My Musing ~ Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris

Tagged for DeathTagged for Death by Sherry Harris is the first book in the new “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, December 2014

Starting your life over at age thirty-eight isn’t easy, but that’s what Sarah Winston finds herself facing when her husband CJ runs off with a 19-year-old temptress named Tiffany. Sarah’s self-prescribed therapy happily involves hitting all the garage and tag sales in and around her small town of Ellington, Massachusetts. If only she could turn her love for bargain hunting into a full-time career.

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure
But after returning from a particularly successful day searching for yard sale treasures, Sarah finds a grisly surprise in one of her bags: a freshly bloodied shirt…that undoubtedly belongs to her ex, CJ, who now happens to be Ellington’s chief of police. If that’s not bad enough, it seems Tiffany has gone missing. Now it’s up to Sarah to prove that her cold-hearted ex is not a cold-blooded killer…

But finding that treasure can be murder.

This was a fun read that was both energetic and entertaining at the same time. I loved the plot setting and getting to know the main characters a bit better as the story moved forward. The author did a great job in keeping me tuned to the pages, especially that surprising twist that had me going “whoa” because I never saw that one coming. Well-played Sherry, well-played. With a friendly cast of characters, good conversations and a good story, this whodunit is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre and I look forward to reading The Longest Yard Sale, the next book in this pleasantly appealing series.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

A Day In The Life of Sarah Winston by Sherry Harris

Tagged for DeathHi, I’m Sarah Winston. It’s Saturday morning in Ellington, Massachusetts, and I’m taking my friend Carol Carson to her first garage sale. I turn to her as I park. “No matter how excited you are about something you see, act like you don’t care. This is all about the fine art of negotiation. Find your inner poker player.”

Carol nods enthusiastically before jumping out of the car.

I follow her. “Take it down a notch.”

“Oh, right.” Carol tries to get her smile under control

I did a quick scan of the garage sale. It’s a mess. The only reason we stopped is because it advertised like-new designer clothing for kids. If it wasn’t for Carol, I’d hop back in my car and head to the next sale on my list. Clothes were heaped on a table and in bags on the ground. The couple of nice pieces of furniture were barely visible from the road. I shook my head. I could make this place shine given the chance. I spot something that looks like a bulletproof vest and go investigate. It turns out to be one of those puffy, down-filled vests.

Ten minutes later Carol squeals. “Sarah! Get over here. This platter matches your dishes!”

Yeesh, had she heard nothing I’d told her in the car? “Just a minute.” I yell as I continue to exam a vintage Christmas tablecloth. A small tear in a corner and large stain in the middle makes me put it back. I finally head over to Carol but stop when I spot a motion activated security system. I pick it up only to find it’s a smoke detector. I need to find a garage sale with security equipment. Carol still bounces with enthusiasm when I arrive at her side.

She shoves the platter at me. “Look it’s Dansk. Only five dollars. It would cost way more at Macy’s. Aren’t you excited?”

I glance at the woman running the garage sale and shrug. “I don’t need it.”

Carol looks like a little girl who just had her favorite doll snatched from her. I carry it over to the woman. “Would you take two for this?”

“Sure,” the woman said.

Back in the car I break into a big smile. “Great find. The platter would cost at least forty-five dollars at the store.”

Carol looks at me oddly. “Oh, right, poker face. I’ll do better next time.”

“Smiling and being friendly is fine. No bouncing. No squealing. It leaves no room for negotiating.”

After a long morning of poking around garage sales, I drop Carol off at her shop, Paint and Wine. I call it Paint and Whine because sometimes that’s what I do when I’m there. Lately I’d been around more often because of a list of woes: my recent divorce, my ex-husband who’s the police chief of our small town, no job, and not all that many marketable skills. My ex was in the military for twenty years and having a career when you moved every few years wasn’t easy. I loved all the duties and activities that went along with being a military wife, but it left big gaps in my resume.

Yesterday I told Carol about my biggest problem. Someone keeps calling me, firing a shot, and then hanging up.


You can read more about Sarah in Tagged For Death, the first book in the new “Sarah Winston Garage Sale” mystery series, published by Kensington.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on December 10 for the chance to win a copy of TAGGED FOR DEATH. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

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 Mystery series. Tagged for Death is the first in the series. She lives with her husband and Westie, Lily, in Northern Virginia. Visit Sherry on her website.