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The newest Benni Harper mystery from the three-time Agatha Award Nominee and author of Dove in the Window. The ex-cowgirl, quilter, and resident sleuth of San Celina, California, is back-navigating her way through a stormy sea of puzzling clues to a home she never knew existed... Jacob Chandler knew everything about Benni Harper, and in his house were pieces of her life: a scrapbook of newspaper clippings that covered her life and work. When Jacob Chandler died, he left his home in Morro Bay and all its contents to Benni-the only stipulation being that she had to stay in the house for two weeks, alone, before the inheritance became hers. But Benni Harper has never even heard of Jacob Chandler. To discover whether he is her guardian angel or personal demon, she must follow the scavenger-hunt clues he has set up for her throughout his home. The waters are rough and the direction unclear as she finds herself setting a course to a time and place in her own past-a place Benni Harper and Jacob Chandler both knew as home...
"Earlene Fowler writes from the heart, and her Benni Harper is a true original." -Susan Rogers Cooper, author of Doctors and Lawyers and Such
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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.Review:
Albenia (Benni) Harper is a curator of the Joseph Sinclair Folk Art Museum and Artist Co-op in San Celina California. She married her second husband, a Police Chief named Gabe, just fifteen months ago. When she meets with her friend, who is also a lawyer, she is surprised with the news that a man named Jacob Chandler has left her a house and all his possessions - as long as she agrees to reside in the house for two weeks. Otherwise, the inheritance will revert to the government. What really surprises her about this turn of events is that she has no idea whom Jacob Chandler is. When Benni goes to the house, she finds out that she has also inherited a dog named Scout. This is one of the less disturbing finds. Benni starts to get spooked when she finds a carved horse with the name of her first horse on it and an old jacket that she thought she had lost. Benni starts to investigate who this Jacob Chandler, was using his friends and acquaintances, and finds herself on a strange scavenger hunt. She also has to deal with some antagonism from the people that feel they should have been the recipients of this windfall, a protective husband, a grandmother who has taken the local historical society hostage and the mystery of why this stranger knew so much about her. Benni's two weeks are full of suspense, fear, and confusion and in the end, a surprise she just wasn't expecting. This mystery is a true page-turner (please excuse the cliché). Benni and her family are a treat to read about and the suspense over Jacob Chandler drives the story at a very quick pace. The plot was very well developed, both the story and the character motivations and roles seemed real and even more importantly plausible. Earlene Fowler has written a great mystery. I found myself admiring the mind that came up with this premise and executed it so well. I was really pleased to see that she has written other books and I plan to search them out. An unique story with an intriguing mystery. Earlene Fowler is a name that should show up on every mystery lover's bookshelf. Mariner's Compass is a great why-done-it. Michelle Sawyer -- Copyright © 030199 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times
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Book Description Thomas t Beeler, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1574904019