Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review: A Good Day to Buy by Sherry Harris (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries #4)

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Strong characters and compelling plot
Cons: A couple of niggles, but nothing major
The Bottom Line:
Her brother returns
Complicating Sarah’s life
In fast paced story

Today is a Good Day to Read This Book

I hadn’t realized just how addicted to the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries I’d become until a few days before I sat down to read A Good Day to Buy, the fourth in the series, and realized I couldn’t wait to dive in.  The book didn’t disappoint me at all.

Spring has arrived again, which means that Sarah Winston is in full garage sale mode.  This particular Saturday, she is running a garage sale for the Spencers, an older couple who are looking to downsize before they move to Florida to be closer to their son and his family.  Part way through the morning, Sarah goes behind a curtain she’s set up in the garage to find the couple lying on the garage floor.  While Mrs. Spencer is only unconscious, Mr. Spencer is dead.

When Sarah finally gets home, she has another surprise – her younger brother Luke shows up at her door.  She hasn’t heard from or seen Luke in years.  He says he’s undercover and needs a place to lay low for a few days.  Sarah quickly agrees, hoping to get more information from him and work on repairing their relationship.  However, hiding Luke turns out to be more difficult than she expected, and then he disappears again just when the police want to question him in Mr. Spencer’s death.  Why is Luke a suspect?  Where did he go?  What is he doing in town?  And can Sarah clear his name?

Obviously, Luke’s presence adds a nice layer to this mystery, and it really drew me into the book.  I needed to know what he was really up to and how it contributed to the disaster of a garage sale that opened the book.  I couldn’t put it down, and I finish the book in just a couple of days.  I had a couple of niggle with the climax, but they are very minor things.

The reason I couldn’t wait to get to this book is the characters.  I absolutely love them, and it was wonderful to be spending time with Sarah and her friends again.  It was interesting watching her relationship with CJ, her ex-husband and current boyfriend, taking another step forward.  And for those wondering, Seth does also have a presence in the book, although the love triangle isn’t the strong element it was in the earlier books.  We meet some interesting new characters in this book as well.

Another aspect I love is the nearby air force base.  As an air force wife herself, Sherry Harris knows the life she is portraying, and it adds a great unique element to this series.

With how this book ended, I am anxious to find out what happens next to Sarah.  But even without that ending, I’d be back as soon as the next book was released.  A Good Day to Buy is another fantastic read that will leave fans of the series satisfied.  And if you aren’t among the series fans yet, you’ll find no better bargain for your money than fixing that today.

Need more of Sarah’s adventures?  Here are the rest of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries in order.

NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.


  1. What a great review! I love this series and have a copy of A Good Day to Buy waiting for me. I hope to read it this weekend.

  2. I read the first in the series awhile back and really enjoyed it. I wasn't too fond of Sarah at times but the story was wonderful. I really like the idea of a garage sale mystery.