Local mystery writer Suzi Weinert, author of Garage Sale Stalker was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Garage Sale Stalker is the first in the author’s series of garage sale mysteries. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
Her mystery thriller is set in Mclean, Va., where she and her husband lived for 25 years after he retired from the Army. Researching for accuracy, she attended the 10-week in-depth Fairfax County Citizen Police Academy course, the highlight of which is a 12-hour shift citizen ride-along in a police cruiser where she observed all the patrolman’s challenges and responses during that period.
Inspiration for the mystery derives from Weinert’s regular series of moves as an Air Force brat before marrying an Army officer after college. She moved 11 more times in 21 years to residences ranging from California to Washington DC, plus tours in Germany and the Philippines. Seeking to transform each military house into a home, she discovered military thrift shops where frequently moving Army families consign what they cannot take along and later supplement belongings reasonably at their new station’s thrift shop.
Her book further reflects concerns honed by her auxiliary membership in “Childhelp,” a national organization devoted to meeting the needs of traumatized children.