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Delectable Mountains (Benni Harper Series #12)

Delectable Mountains (Benni Harper Series #12)

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by Earlene Fowler

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When the musical director of Benni’s church is called away, Benni’s gramma Dove eagerly volunteers the both of them to take over the children’s play. But the production comes to a screeching halt when Benni discovers the broken body of the church handyman in front of the altar. Then comes the unexpected appearance of her husband’s cousin, and


When the musical director of Benni’s church is called away, Benni’s gramma Dove eagerly volunteers the both of them to take over the children’s play. But the production comes to a screeching halt when Benni discovers the broken body of the church handyman in front of the altar. Then comes the unexpected appearance of her husband’s cousin, and the disappearance of a valuable antique violin from the Mission Santa Celine. With a growing cast of suspects and a little girl as the only witness to the crime, Benni must unravel a plot of theft and murder before it’s curtains for her…

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Publishers Weekly
No wonder Benni Harper fans are so faithful-the woman can't even stay out of trouble in church. At the start of Fowler's topnotch 12th cozy to feature the quilter and amateur sleuth (after 2004's Broken Dishes), Benni stumbles on the body of church handyman Walt Adams, who's oozing blood onto the sanctuary's new carpeting. Who would hurt a sweet old caretaker? On the other hand, what did anyone really know about Walt's past? Both the policemen in Benni's life-her Latino hunk hubby, Gabe Ortiz, and Ford "Hud" Hudson, who'd love to be more than her friend-warn her to leave the detective work to the professionals, but as usual, Benni leaps first and thinks later. Between Walt's murder and the disappearance of a valuable violin from the San Celina, Calif., folk museum, Gabe and Benni have their hands full. The surprise visit of Gabe's long-estranged cousin, Luis, adds to their difficulties, as he and Gabe seek to work through their differences, and Benni seeks to referee. Gabe's reluctance to open up to Benni propels the three-year Ortiz-Harper union into some rough waters. A heart-hammering hostage situation leads to a highly unexpected ending, while most readers will approve of the almost-but-not-quite-resolved Benni-Hud relationship. Agent, Ellen Geiger. (May 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the next installment of the best-selling series, Benni Harper takes over a church's children's play, and trouble follows when the church handyman is found beaten by the altar...with a small girl as the only witness. Agatha Award-winning Fowler lives in Southern California. Author tour planned. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's lucky that curator/quilter Benni Harper knows so many folks in San Celina, Calif., because her neighbors simply cannot stop killing each other. The director of the children's musical Pilgrim's Progress-The Joyful Journey has been called to attend her pregnant daughter in Kentucky, and Benni's gramma Dove has graciously volunteered to replace her and volunteered Benni as her assistant. So Benni's curatorial duties at the local folk art museum are supplemented by rehearsals with a group of kids from the San Celina First Baptist Church-and one, Maisie Ford, who isn't a member of the congregation but the daughter of mopey Detective Hud Hudson. The most troublesome child in Benni's life, however, is Luis Ortiz, brother of her police chief husband Gabe. Instead of acting like a grown-up, Luis turns up uninvited on Gabe's doorstep, drinks too much, makes frequent rude remarks and turns out to be a three-time loser in the matrimonial stakes. Because Benni can't live by domestic intrigue alone, there's also a murder (the elderly handyman at First Baptist) and a grand theft (a Native American-built violin from the Mission period). But even though she's the police chief's wife-a position that once again lands her in the soup-Benni continues to work more effectively as an inspirational neighbor than as a detective. Withal, Fowler (Sunshine and Shadow, 2003, etc.) continues to wrestle with the question of why bad crimes happen to good people.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Benni Harper Series , #12
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4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, a large number of quilts, and twenty pairs of cowboy boots.

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Delectable Mountains (Benni Harper Series #12) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Celina, California Benni Harper has her hands full as the wife of the chief of police, curator of the local folk art museum, attending two church committees and being a participant for the heritage walk. Yet when her grandmother Dove asks her to help put together the children¿s church musical of Pilgrim¿s Progress she is unable to tell the woman who raised her no. At the same, Benni has unexpected company when her husband Gabe¿s cousin, Luis, drops in unexpectedly................... Surprisingly, Benni has life under control until she finds the dead body of the church custodian Walt Adams. She notices immediately he was murdered by blunt force trauma to the head and nobody knows why the man who was kindness itself was murdered. Shortly thereafter, a valuable violin that is exhibited in the church is found to be a forgery. The original instrument is worth over a million dollars. Between the robbery and the murder Gabe has his hands full with Benni conducting her own parallel investigation because she thinks the two crimes are linked. Little does she know that before the perpetrators are revealed, she will put her own life at risk to save the innocents who are in harm¿s way.................. Earlene Fowler has written another exciting Benni Harper mystery but DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS is extra special. Readers, used to seeing Benni¿s thoughts, get inside the psyche of Gabe who must cope with two major crimes, a hostage situation, his wife¿s sleuthing, and the volatile relationship that exists between him and his cousin. The mystery is very cleverly designed so that it is impossible to figure out what is really going on even though there are solid clues sprinkled throughout the exhilarating storyline............. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the Benni Harper series. Earlene has a way creating characters that I feel are friends of mine. Again, I could not put the book down until I finished.