Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper Series #1)

Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper Series #1)

by Earlene Fowler

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Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper Series #1) by Earlene Fowler

Leaving behind memories of her late husband, Benni Harper is making a fresh start...Moving to the trendy California town of San Celina, she takes an exciting new job as director of a folk-art museum. While setting up an exhibit of handmade quilts, she stumbles upon the body of a brutally stabbed artist. Hoping to conduct an investigation on her own, she crosses paths with the local police chief, who thinks this short and sassy cowgirl should leave detecting to the cops and join him for dinner. But it's hard to keep a country girl down, and soon Benni uncovers an alarming pattern of family secrets, small-town lies—and the shocking truth about the night her husband died...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425145456
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1995
Series: Benni Harper Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 206,315
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

About 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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"In a single brushfill, Fowler captures people we know, the good, the bad, the bizarre, while keeping us on the edge of our seats..."

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"I loved Fool's Puzzle. Earlene Fowler is one of the freshest voices to come along this year."

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Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Earlene Fowler is a wonderful writer, I have read all of her books. I like how the characters interact with each other. Ms. Fowler presents a wonderful cast of characters. The book is a fast read, great for quilters and anyone who wants a good mystery. Its hard to put this book down and go to bed for the night. Benni Harper finds a dead body in the museum and that's where she first meets her future husband Gabriel Ortiz the acting police chief. At first they're like oil and water, Benni is flippant and that annoys Gabe, she calls him Sgt. Friday as a snide remark.
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QUILTANDREAD More than 1 year ago
I thought the characters would be more hands on in regards to the quilting. Instead, it was more mystery and practically no quilting. A little disappointed in that. I am having trouble interacting with the main character. I purchased the first 4 books, so, I will at least read the next 3 in order and see if I can enjoy it more.
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CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I love murder mysteries. I actually read book 15 for a book club awhile back so now I'm going back and reading the first books of the series. The beginning books show the budding romance which is the best part. I loved how Benni and Gabe drove each other crazy at the beginning. Benni was 34 years old and a 9 month widow. She had been married to her late husband for 15 years. This book goes into the heart ache and loneliness that comes with that life changing event. Every day memories of her and her husband broke my heart. There were times during the murder solving parts where I was like "Use You Cell Phone!" but then I remembered this was written in the early 90s when cell phones weren't as prevalent. Hahaha. Just keep that in mind. This was a fun mystery! At times it felt a little slow, but the plot and characters kept me entertained. Content Ratings: sexual: mild language: mild violence: mild
gilbertteacher More than 1 year ago
Although the the title led me to believe the book would have a quilting theme, that was just a very minor sideline. Analogies, similes, and metaphors were over used and most were very poor comparisons. I would not recommend the book, nor would I read another by this author.