Tumbling Blocks (Benni Harper Series #13)

Tumbling Blocks (Benni Harper Series #13)

by Earlene Fowler

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Overview

In the new novel in the “breezy [and] humorous” (Chicago Sun-Times) series, Benni Harper is carrying a bundle of holiday stress—as she unwraps the secrets of an elite and possibly murderous society…
 
San Celina’s most exclusive society suddenly has an opening and Benni Harper has been tapped—not to join, but to investigate. The upper crust, female-only “49 Club” is restricted to exactly that many members, and one must die before another joins. When the latest socialite de-pledges in her sleep, Benni’s boss wants the mystery solved—and naturally, it’s landed on Benni’s to-do list.
 
Reluctant at first, she profiles a few women whose social ambitions give them an obvious motive. But with a famously reclusive artist about to put Benni’s quilting museum on the map—and her daunting mother-in-law soon to arrive—Benni’s holiday is already hectic. Nevertheless, she’ll need to crack this exclusive circle of suspects, before one more gourmet goose gets cooked.
 
“Benni delves into the secrets of the town's elite with her usual flair, unraveling a plot that is as dangerous as the bulls on her father's ranch and as cozy as the quilts she reveres.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“The rich cast of secondary characters [and] plenty of humor…enrich this thirteenth in the long-running series.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425221235
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: Benni Harper Series , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 228,421
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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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Tumbling Blocks (Benni Harper Series #13) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
DesignerDonna More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Earlene Fowler's mysteries, though they aren't particularly deep or thought-provoking. I have often visited this Central California area, so the setting is very appealing to me. Having read as many of the series as I can, I no longer expect much of a tie-in to quilting, although the book titles and covers would lead a potential reader to assume that quilting would be more important. The main character, Benni Harper, sometimes sets up quilt displays as part of her job, but there isn't much discussion of different quilt designs, nor do quilts play much of a part in the plot. However, the mysteries usually have a twist at the end so that it is not obvious who is the villain. Jennifer Chiaverini's books have more quilting and less mystery, but both series are enjoyable and wholesome.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the story wasn't great but it was good-natured and the reader, johanna parker was excellent.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabe's mother comes to San Celinas for the Christmas holiday, bringing some heavy surprises that throw her son off kilter in more ways than one. And Kathryn's visit just adds to the stress Benni is already under, trying to prepare the museum for the unveiling of a stunning piece of "outsider art" and coping with a highly excitable and eccentric boss who is convinced that her best friend didn't just die in her sleep as the medical examiner said, but was murdered for her spot in one of San Celinas' most exclusive women's clubs. Benni has to entertain her in-laws, be in charge of a huge "opening night" at the museum, soothe her pregnant best friend's rattled nerves, and dog sit an untrained puppy, all while pretending to investigate a natural death as if it were a murder. Merry Christmas to you, too, Benni Harper.Another comfortable visit with Benni and Gabe, where the backstory takes center stage over the downplayed mystery. In fact, it felt to me like the little bit of plot in the mystery part of this story seemed to get in the way of the real story here, which was digging into the fractured dynamic between Gabe and his mother. Fowler is slowing down on publishing these books and I do hope she hasn't reached the end of her inspiration for the story of Benni and Gabe. There's a lot more to tell, and I'll be looking forward to the next volume.
libmaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bennie Harper has no intention of seriously investigating the death Constance Sinclair's best friend. She's too tied up in a new exhibition of 'outsider art,' scheduled to open soon at the folk museum where she is the curator. Unfortunately, her husband, the Police Chief, wants Bennie to keep Constance out of his hair and she shouldn't offend Constance, one of the museum's benefactors. Isn't this a useless waste of time? ... of course it isn't, and fans of this series will enjoy the twists and ...more Bennie Harper has no intention of seriously investigating the death Constance Sinclair's best friend. She's too tied up in a new exhibition of 'outsider art,' scheduled to open soon at the folk museum where she is the curator. Unfortunately, her husband, the Police Chief, wants Bennie to keep Constance out of his hair and she shouldn't offend Constance, one of the museum's benefactors. Isn't this a useless waste of time? ... of course it isn't, and fans of this series will enjoy the twists and turns.
libasst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
mystery was never really wrapped up, and not so strong either. Might have been more satisfying as an art mystery instead of a murder mystery. Gabe character seems to have reverted to childish behavior. would a grown man who has just been told his mom has MS really whine about not being the first to know? didn't meet my expectations. enjoyable audio escapism.
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Each new book is sought after eagerly, and they never fail to entertain me, each layer of the plot unfolds and I am enthralled.
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As a quilter, I had hoped that the title indicated that there was some tie to quilting - worked into the plot, as a side interest - whatever.But it didn't have any. I plugged through, but this would not be in my list of favorite books.
Mumskies More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend reading this book and the others in this series. If you enjoy light but interesting mysteries this is a great series.
pugsnhugs More than 1 year ago
Tumbling Blocks is as good as the ones before, very enjoyable read.
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