Author: Earlene Fowler

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Book:Mariner's Compass

Mariner's Compass: A Benni Harper Mystery

Earlene Fowler

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…

Book:The Saddlemaker's Wife

The Saddlemaker's Wife

Earlene Fowler

After the death of her husband Cole, Ruby McGavin is shocked to learn that she’s inherited part of a cattle ranch in Tokopah County, California. But she’s even more surprised to find out that the family he claimed died years ago is very much alive.

Ruby arrives in town intent on simply selling her part of the ranch to the McGavins. But as she comes to know them-in particular the handsome saddlemaker Lucas McGavin-Ruby learns family secrets about her departed husband and his family that make her wonder if she ever really knew Cole.Driven to uncover the whole story, Ruby discovers a legacy of pain and denial.

Book:Arkansas Traveler

Arkansas Traveler: A Benni Harper Mystery

Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler has earned unprecedented acclaim for her "compelling" (Booklist), "brilliantly crafted" (The Mystery Zone) mysteries featuring folk-art expert Benni Harper. In Arkansas Traveler, Benni returns to the small Arkansas town where she spent her childhood summers, hoping to reconnect with her friends and family. But Sugartree isn't the peaceful place she remembers. It's torn apart by racial tensions-and murder...

Book:Goose in the Pond

Goose in the Pond: A Benni Harper Mystery

Earlene Fowler

After spending time—and solving a murder—in Wichita, Kansas, Benni and her new husband Gabe Ortiz are back in San Celina, California. While Benni is jogging in the park next to the library, she happens upon the dead body of a library storyteller. It is a disturbing scene—the woman is still dressed in her Mother Goose costume, lying facedown in the lake. When Benni discovers that some people in the Storyteller’s Guild may have wanted the woman dead, she can’t help investigating. And as Benni sets out to solve a murder, Gabe tries to stop one. Because his surf bum son is back in town—and he’s driving everyone crazy!

Book:Kansas Troubles

Kansas Troubles

Earlene Fowler

With her acclaimed mysteries Fool’s Puzzle and Irish Chain, Earlene Fowler introduced Benni Harper, the ex-cowgirl and quilter of San Celina, whose crime-solving talents are as colorful and complex as the patchwork patterns she loves.

After a whirlwind marriage to Gabe Ortiz (and ignoring predictions that the sassy blonde and the stone-faced cop may kill each other before their first anniversary), Benni visits his hometown near Wichita. At a rowdy backyard barbecue, she meets Tyler Brown, an aspiring country singer with a promising future—and a fascinating past. Once, Tyler lived a simple Amish life as Ruth Stoltzfus. After leaving behind a stoic husband and being shunned by an entire community, she’s determined to make it on her own, selling her exquisite handmade quilts to get by. But her gifts—and her life—are cut short when she’s murdered. Out of his jurisdiction, Gabe is frustrated to sit on the sidelines while his friends are investigated—and furious that it’s Benni doing…[more]

Book:Fool's Puzzle

Fool's Puzzle

Earlene Fowler

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 of 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…

Book:Dove in the Window

Dove in the Window: A Benni Harper Mystery

Earlene Fowler

With Fool’s Puzzle, Irish Chain, Kansas Troubles, and Goose in the Pond, two-time Agatha Award-nominee Earlene Fowler introduced Benni Harper, the ex-cowgirl of San Celina, whose talent for piecing together quilts is rivaled only by her talent for piecing together clues. Now Benni is sorting out a complicated patchwork of motives that marks someone very close to her as the possible murder suspect of a talented photographer. Once again, Earlene Fowler succeeds in presenting a mystery filled with puzzling twists, delightful atmosphere, and the wit that has made her a favorite among fans.

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