“A Good Day to Buy” is the fourth book in the critically acclaimed Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series. The first book in the series by Sherry Harris, “Tagged for Death” was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. “All Murders Final” made my list in 2017 of Best Mystery Books for Book Clubs.
As the story opens, Sarah’s estranged brother, Luke, shows up on her doorstep and asks her not to tell anyone that he is there, especially her ex-husband, the Chief of Police. He claims to be working undercover on a story.
Hours before he arrived, Sarah’s latest garage sale site became a crime scene with the discovery of a murdered Vietnam veteran, Mr. Spencer, and his seriously injured wife.
When her brother vanishes, Sarah rummages through his things and finds a list of veterans. To find her brother, she decides she must find out who killed Mr. Spencer without involving her ex.
As with Sherry’s previous book, this is a delightful cozy mystery. However, what intrigued me were the deeper issues, not always present in cozy mysteries. Issues such as honor and how to deal with dishonorable people. Sarah’s brother at one point tells her that “I’ve learned over the years more about how people get caught up in things. It starts with a little lie someone tells and it snowballs.” This is a topic that could fuel many philosophical discussions and would be great for a book club to discuss.
As with the previous book, love is a main topic. Sarah’s love for her brother and his for her despite their long separation intrigues me. There is also Sarah’s relationship with her ex-husband and issues of rekindling a relationship with him. The book leaves us with a cliff hanger and I can’t wait for the next book to see how the story will be resolved.
Five stars out of Five.
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