Meg and Michael have purchased their home together and it is from the cantankerous Sprocket family. They won't clean it up, fix the major issues and want money from the sale of all the stuff in the house, without doing any work.
So for months, Meg has been organizing, selling and preparing for a huge yard sale, to get rid of the items found in the house and getting her family to come in and help at the sale, allowing her large extended family to also set up tables to sell off things as well. True to form, people who want to go to a yard sale, want to start earlier than anyone else and have started ringing the door bell on her house at very early hours, while she and all the house guests are sleeping in sleeping bags on the hard floor because she and Michael cannot have any of their own items in the house, because the Sprockets will accuse them of stealing from the estate.
One of the Sprockets (Barrymore) has shown up and said he is there at the wishes of the family to get their fair share of the sale.
While all this is going on, Gordon (you-thief) has also shown up early and been doused with water for trying to gain an early entry. Gordon has many enemies due to poor business practices, a poor marriage, and just generally being a poor person. When he is found murdered in a trunk, found in the barn, locked, the first person suspected is a friend of Michael's is suspected. Meg feels that she needs to prove that he didn't do the deed.
She finds that many of the people that were interviewed by the Police Chief, lied and she finds the truth and keeps going further along to find the truth.
Another fun story, showing that having a yard sale can be very difficult and frustrating. People showing up before people are ready and people asking for lower prices on items because they are out to get a good deal. People parking wherever to get to the sale.
I really like this quote because it speaks to keeping the clutter contained and at a minimum. No matter how hard I try to contain clutter, it seems to outwit me. I would have yarn and books and movies and photo albums, but my kids like their toys, yet (some of which are collector items) and there are many other things that are just overwhelming. I know one day I will be able to rid myself of some of the clutter and just get down to things that bring me happiness.
It seems that a carry over from my college days is that I will read several books at once. Mostly because I have books everywhere and in two formats....paper and ebook. I have a book upstairs by my bed, a book that is in my car, a book in my purse, a book downstairs near my chair. When I have trouble getting into a book (see "The Overton Window") I will start reading other books. The other thing is that the Bible is a work in progress. I am (and have tried many times) to read the Bible in a Year. This year, I am doing better, but I have fallen behind. I find that the books that get read the most or fastest are the cozy mysteries (my favorites). I try to sit and read things that require quiet when I am alone and that is almost never. I have my children that are homeschooled and my husband and just when I start to get into a book, they demand my attention, so I put that aside and then they don't want my attention until I touch it again. So as a curiosity....how many books do you read at one time? Are they all the same genre or are they a mixture? Are they the same media or different?
I'm going to lounge a little before going to Quincy. Eat. Relax. Shower. Nap. Gather books I want signed.
I have to say this is just annoying me though. Look what conflicts with the Okarafor signing!
Of course, I think I can view it online eventually. Because I'm going to that signing. I might be able to sneak in mid-talk, but, damn it. Damn it all.
I did sneak in four more book purchases after seeing that Yoon Ha Lee and Tui Sutherland were going to be there. I knew about Lauren Roy but was shy of spending more money before Readercon, but since I was determined to buy a new copy of Tongues of Serpants - I can't find my read copy, blargh - I ended up splurging on this, too. You only live once and this and Inhumans are my last hurrahs before I bury myself in grad school!
PS: I don't want to annoy myself. Unlikely I'll read or talk about SE until Readercon finishes, maybe a week or so after that, too.