Item description for Tumbling Blocks (Benni Harper Mysteries) by Earlene Fowler...
Overview When her boss, Constance Sinclair, insists that she investigate the death of a local socialite, Benni Harper's search for the killer is threatened by plans to put her quilting museum on the map and a visit from her daunting mother-in-law and "surprise" new husband.
Publishers Description With Christmas just a few weeks away, Bennis boss, Constance Sinclair, demands that she investigate the death of a local socialite. Its not long before Benni recognizes that there may be some deadly truth to Constances suspicions. Shell need to crack an exclusive circle of suspects, before one more gourmet goose gets cooked.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.83" Width: 4.19" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
ISBN 0425221237 ISBN13 9780425221235
Availability 0 units.
More About Earlene Fowler
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.
Earlene Fowler currently resides in Orange County, in the state of California. Earlene Fowler was born in 1960.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tumbling Blocks (Benni Harper Mysteries)?
Can't put it down! Nov 30, 2009
I almost hate to read this book because its the last in the series and then what am I going to do? I love the writing and I want to live in San Celina and hob knob with Benni Harper- Ortiz! I can relate to Gabe's moods and totally understand Benni's delimmas.
Great reading Oct 3, 2009
I enjoy reading and choose books that I feel I would like to read. I have NEVER been disappointed in any books I have received from this site. Continue with the good work.
Not much mystery Sep 9, 2009
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, though I do hope that Benni gets some of her old grit back. I really wanted to reach into the book and give her a shake a couple of times, especially when she was trying to tiptoe around Constance Sinclair. I wanted Benni to tell her to take a flying leap and walk away from her job at the museum, but I guess that's impossible since the whole quilting block title thing depends on it. Though, this time, there was very little in the story to connect it to the title, except for one small quilt that was barely mentioned and had nothing to do with the museum anyway.
First and last time to read an Earlene Fower book Jun 9, 2009
I bought this book at a bookstore. From the front and back cover, it looked really interesting and mysterious. Boy was I wrong! I barely made it through this book and really only finished it out of stubborness and the fact that I had paid good money for it.
The plot was thin, and worse yet, boring. I didn't even care who or why the person was killed and instead wanted them to off Benni. You know you're in trouble when you are rooting for the bad guy. Benni's husband was annoying and I still don't understand why her Dad is referred to as "D-Daddy", however I don't care.
I won't waste anymore money on this author.
Vintage Fowler but sputtering Apr 6, 2009
If you love Fowler, as I do, this new entry will give you everything you came for: familiar family and friends, a generous view of faith, a slowly spun-out mystery and her always witty dialogue. What's lacking is the emotional impact. Nobody really grows. Hud has lost his edge. Dove has lost her impact. Gabe has lost his mind! And the ending stretches all credulity. Hope to see better next time.