Fool's Puzzle

Fool's Puzzle

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Penguin Putnam
Leaving behind memories of her late husband, Benni Harper is 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. Hoping 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...


Random House, Inc.
Leaving behind memories of her late husband, Benni Harper is 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. Hoping 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...

Baker & Taylor
Benni Harper starts over as curator of a folk-art museum after her husband's death, but when an artist is found dead and her cousin is accused, the clues lead to a different truth about her husband's death. Reprint.

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Thirty-four-year-old widow Benni Harper takes a job as curator of the San Celina folk art museum, only to find herself embroiled in the murder of an artist and small-town intrigues that shed new light on her own late husband's death

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425145456
042514545X
9780425140413
0425140415
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Jul 06, 2016

How could a book written in 1994 seem dated? It does, tho. Apparently L.L. Barrett thought so too when she used the setting, plots, and characters to develop her _Crafty Killing_ series. At least she dropped the "wisecracking" aspect of the heroine, who in 2016 just comes off as a 30 year old woman who thinks she has the right to act 12 when confronted with resistance. I still enjoyed the story and watching where Fowler and Barrett diverge in handling their characters. This is a long series, and I am planning to read it all. Don't let my English teacher critique stop you from enjoying the fun.

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reginaab
Dec 13, 2015

I couldn't get into this story. Frazzled widow with family issues and a sexist brother in law. Not good.

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Shelley51
Nov 07, 2012

Good mystery. Kept my attention. I want to read more by this author!

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nancie
Jan 19, 2010

I really enjoyed this book - I love mysteries and this book had mystery, love story and a surprising ending. I would recommend it.

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