Earlene Fowler's Agatha Award-nominated series featuring sleuthing quilter and rancher Benni Harper is beloved by critics and fans alike for its endearing characters, charming wit, and enchanting folk-art elements. In the seventh book in the series, Benni becomes entangled in a feuding family's tragic past--and investigates a brutal crime that hits perilously close to home.
Praise for the Benni Harper mysteries:
"Captivating...a notable series."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Fowler writes beautifully about the picturesque Central Coast, ranching and local cuisine, and her sympathetic, witty characters enlighten readers about California history and society."-- Booklist
"Breezy, humorous dialogue of the first order....Quilt patterns provide a real and metaphorical background."-- Chicago Sun-Times
"Her plots can be as outrageous as Ellery Queen's, her turf is Ross Macdonald's, and her tone is heir to Grafton and Paretsky."-- Nashville Scene
"The patchwork quilt provides the guiding metaphor for Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper series and in her latest, Seven Sisters, it becomes the perfect emblem for a universal sisterhood where women's hearts are torn and tested, and unite to create a resonant story of complex patterns and hard-earned grace."-- Jo-Ann Mapson, author of The Wilder Sisters
"Brilliantly crafted romantic suspense."-- The Mystery Zone
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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.From Publishers Weekly:
Conflicting family loyalties and the burdens of the past lie at the heart of the engrossing seventh novel from four-time Agatha Award nominee Fowler to feature amateur sleuth Benni Harper. Benni's 19-year-old stepson, Sam Ortiz, confides in her that he and his pregnant girlfriend, Bliss Girard, a rookie cop in the San Celina, Calif., police department, want to marry. Benni fears that her husband, Gabe Ortiz, the town's police chief, will disapprove--and that so will Bliss's socially and politically prominent family, the Browns. Benni isn't certain how to react when Lydia Ortiz, Sam's mother and Gabe's first wife, arrives to discuss the domestic crisis. Matters come to a head when the extended families dine together at the Browns' ancestral stronghold, Seven Sisters Ranch. The murder of Giles Norton, husband of another Brown offshoot and the son of prominent vintners, puts everyone at Seven Sisters at risk. A sheriff's department newcomer, Ford "Hud" Hudson, investigates the killing, and quickly pegs Benni as an unofficial assistant because of her reputation for nosiness and her connections to the case. The tenacious Hud constantly backs Benni into corners whenever she shows signs of wanting to wash her hands of the whole affair. In the end, Benni's own instincts drive her to dig out the long-hidden truth behind the deaths of four of the original seven Brown sisters, for whom the ranch was named. How this secret relates to the present tragedy provides the stunning climax to a compelling story of families torn apart by divided loyalties. Agent, Deborah Schneider. 9-city author tour. (Apr.)
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Book Description Demco Media, 2001. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP78894226