Kansas Troubles (Benni Harper Series #3)

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With her acclaimed mysteries Fool's Puzzle and Irish Chain, Earlene Fowler introduced Benni Harper, the ex-cowgirl and quilter of San Celina, whose crime-solving talents are as colorful and complex as the patchwork patterns she loves. After a whirlwind marriage to Gabe Ortiz (and ignoring predictions that the sassy blonde and the stone-faced cop may kill each other before their first anniversary), Benni visits his hometown near Wichita. At a rowdy backyard barbecue, she meets Tyler Brown, an aspiring country ...
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With her acclaimed mysteries Fool's Puzzle and Irish Chain, Earlene Fowler introduced Benni Harper, the ex-cowgirl and quilter of San Celina, whose crime-solving talents are as colorful and complex as the patchwork patterns she loves. After a whirlwind marriage to Gabe Ortiz (and ignoring predictions that the sassy blonde and the stone-faced cop may kill each other before their first anniversary), Benni visits his hometown near Wichita. At a rowdy backyard barbecue, she meets Tyler Brown, an aspiring country singer with a promising future - and a fascinating past. Once, Tyler lived a simple Amish life as Ruth Stoltzfus. After leaving behind a stoic husband and being shunned by an entire community, she's determined to make it on her own, selling her exquisite handmade quilts to get by. But her gifts - and her life - are cut short when she's murdered. Out of his jurisdiction, Gabe is frustrated to sit on the sidelines while his friends are investigated - and furious that it's Benni doing the investigating. But tensions flare as Gabe and Benni argue about more than the murder case that's come between them. Benni tries to crack the silence surrounding Gabe's past - and learns that her marriage is much like Kansas weather: unpredictable and bound to be stormy.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Newly married California museum curator Benni Harper travels to Kansas to meet her in-laws in this third of Fowler's quilt-pattern series (after Irish Chain). Police chief Gabe Ortiz, her husband, assures her that everyone in his small hometown will love her, but Benni, whose father, eccentric Aunt Dove and Uncle Arnie are driving from California to be with them, isn't so sure. At a party given by Gabe's sister, she introduces herself to Tyler Brown, whose quilt on the sister's living room wall she admires. Tyler, who says she left her Amish family a year ago to pursue a singing career, is visibly upset and says she's being harassed. Later that evening, Tyler's body is found, her head bashed in, leaving Gabe's childhood friends suspects in the murder. With the help of her sister-in-law, Benni attempts to identify the killer and, in the process, learns more about the pasts of her husband and his friends than she's sure she wants to know. Complicating matters further and adding comic relief to this grim tale are periodic calls from her family as they work their way across the country. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
As cowgirl-turned-quilter Benni Harper might have expected, marriage to San Celina (Cal.) police chief Gabe Ortiz is no bed of roses. On her maiden voyage to Derby, Kansas, to meet her bridegroom's family, she finds them up to their Stetsons in murder. Local feed-and-grain scion Rob Harlow's newest girlfriend, country singer Tyler Brown, has been bashed to death with a brick, and everyone in town is a suspect. It's an especially rich field, since Tyler was AWOL from an Amish husband who couldn't get divorced as long as she lived, and her current activities weren't calculated to win new friends. Despite her distracting misgivings about her own husband's secrets, Benni's sharp eye for quilt patterns provides the crucial clue.

And for that matter almost the only clue in Benni's third outing (Irish Chain, 1995, etc.), more notable for its double- wide raft of suspects and its affectionate prairie background than for its tight plotting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425156964
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Benni Harper Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 368,954
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Earlene Fowler

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    ENJOY THIS SERIES

    Not as much about quilting as I thought the title suggested. Good stories, well told.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    highly recommend

    I love the Benni Harper series. In the three books that I have read each one seems to bring us closer to the life that Benni and Her Husband Gabe. Each title is a different quilt Block pattern. Since each quilt pattern has at least 2 to 5 different names for the same pattern. In this book of the series they go home to visit his family for a visit and celebrate their marriage with Family and friends. While visiting one of the friends of the family is murdered. As I was reading the book I thought that a different person was the one who murdered Tyler but I was wrong. I guess that you aren't always sure who did it until the end of the book or even in real life.

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