Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Earlene Fowler - Fool's Puzzle

Fool's Puzzle
Fowler's 1st book
1st book featuring Albenia "Benni" Harper, folk art museum curator in San Celina, California
237 pages
Berkley Prime Crime

Meet Benni Harper... a spirited ex-cowgirl, quilter, and folk art expert who's staking out her own corner of the contemporary American West. She's got an eye for murderous designs - and a talent for piecing together the most complex and cold-blooded crimes...

Leaving behind memories of her late husband, Benni's 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 - and hopes 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...

The book was recommended to me by some wonderful friends.

First sentence:
"My day didn't start with murder, although the thought crossed my mind."

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