Saturday, July 8, 2017

Aloha to Sherry Harris and A GOOD DAY TO BUY - Book Review (with giveaway)


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.

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 . . .

Bye, bye, bye - NSnyc

Bai, Bai, Bai - Christopher Walken and Justin Timberlake

Buy, buy, buy - anxious garage sale participant

A GOOD DAY TO BUY is Book 4 in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. Sarah is a former military spouse who chose to stay in the cozy New England town of  Ellington after her divorce from CJ.  CJ also stayed in Ellington after retiring the Security Forces squadron commander on nearby Finch AFB.  Their lives continue to intersect as he serves as Ellington's Chief of Police ... and she continues to volunteer on Finch AFB.

Harris is a military spouse who previously lived on Hanscom AFB outside Bedford, Masssachussets - a suburb of Boston. Hanscom was my first assignment in the Air Force ... I have fond memories of "Happy Hanscom".  Sherry is also a garage sale enthusiast - she posts fabulous finds on Facebook at this link

In the previous three books, Sarah adjusted to "civilian" life in a town where locals have multi-generational connections to the land.  She found a niche as a "garage sale" consultant and created an online sales site for second hand goods.  Along the way, she discovered a few bodies, found herself in precarious positions, and solved the murders that stymied CJ. As much as he professionally advisers her to stay out of police business, CJ still cares for Sarah.  

Book Four opens with Sarah conducive to CJ romancing her back into his life.  Sarah feels as though she is on Clound Nine until her worst nightmare unfolds - she hears a crash in the back of the garage during an active yard sale.  Her client, a veteran, is dead and his wife is injured.  The situation is complicated by the arrival of Luke Winston, Sarah's long lost brother and a Marine veteran who suffers from PTSD.  Sarah follows him down a rabbit hole for his investigation into "posers" - civilians who pose as veterans for monetary gain. Luke's fingerprints at the scene of the crime interrupt Sarah's romance with CJ and put her in jeopardy as she seeks to clear his name.

A GOOD DAY TO BUY offers the typical cozy mystery fare - quirky characters, red herrings, and an amateur sleuth who often looses common sense in the pursuit of a lead.  Mix in local culture - fluffernutter sandwiches, lobster rolls, and Boston's North End pizza - for a satisfying read.  Harris pays tribute to our veterans by visiting the American Legion, interacting with veterans of all ages, and spotlighting how the veteran community takes care of each other.  For example, a female Vietnam veteran explains why a WWII veteran wears a "non issued" belt - his arthritis requires him to use a belt that is easier to buckle. That one scene reminded me that our veterans are National Treasures, whether or not their are dressed to regulation.

I checked out A GOOD DAY TO BUY from the Howard County Library System.

Check out my pictures from "Happy Hanscom" on my travel blog at this link.

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Share a "special" find from a garage sale, flea market, or Thrift Shop.  

I found two individual tea pots from the base thrift shop - one is early design of Polish pottery and one is from the B&O Railroad.  They probably do not have monetary value but offer sentimental value.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, July 31.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. I don't do well at garage sales, etc.

    1. Why do you think that is the case? Sometimes it is hit or miss ... treasures or trash. I think you have to be persistant!

  2. I found a beautiful piece of coastal artwork at a local yard sale. When I got home I researched the artist and found he has a galley in Carmel and his paintings go for many thousands of dollars ! I paid 15 ! abeachlifesc (at) yahoo dot com . Thank you for the chance to win.

  3. Never been to a garage sale, but I bought a Beanie Baby at a flea market. It wasn't one of those rare ones, but it was cute.

  4. I love charity shops. I tend to visit my favourite at least once a month. Some of my favourite buys have been designer clothes bought for a few dollars.

  5. I just bough a quad cane for $3!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo

  6. I love garage sales and flea markets. I found a few Depression Glass pieces for just a few dollars. I love that era and the DG. One of the pieces , a set of 4 bowls sells for $350.00 and I paid four dollars for that set and a few plates. You never know what you'll find.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. I love garage sales and flea markets. I found a few Depression Glass pieces for just a few dollars. I love that era and the DG. One of the pieces , a set of 4 bowls sells for $350.00 and I paid four dollars for that set and a few plates. You never know what you'll find.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. I haven't been to one in ages. I have too much "stuff" as it is lol.

  9. I like to go to flea markets. I find wonderful treasures for stocking stuffers.

  10. I got an old bottle stopper - it's a faceted glass crystal - I have it in an empty solid red wine bottle on the window ledge - when the sun shines in at the right angle I get rainbows on my wall.

  11. I got an "ugly Christmas" sweater at a thrift store. It was for an Ugly Christmas Sweater charity run that I was participating in.

  12. I found a gorgeous star sapphire ring at a resale store when I was in middle school. I wore for many years. When my daughter was in middle school, I gave it to her.

  13. I bought a real silver Claddagh ring for €5,- at a charity shop & love wearing it!!

  14. don't really shop there