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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (739 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Earlene Fowler Narrator: Johanna Parker Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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National best-selling author Earlene Fowler delivers the 14th installment in her popular Benni Harper series. Following the tradition she began in Fool's Puzzle and has continued through Tumbling Blocks, Fowler crafts a tale as enthralling as the quilting pattern she selected for the title. As Benni becomes embroiled in a new mystery, listeners can be sure she won't rest until she corrals the truth and hog-ties the culprits.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoy these stories...Benni, Gabe, Dove, great characters and good stories. This entry was one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 2/13/2014

    " I found this book disappointing. I've enjoyed this series so much, but this book was really a let down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sjohnson329 | 2/11/2014

    " This was a good and easy read. Would recommend it for a fun read however the plot was a mystery murder. Good characters presented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/10/2014

    " It took me a bit to get into this book. I have read other Earlene Fowler books. This one has transplanted Arkansasan's (if that's a word) living in San Luis Obispo, CA area, though it's called San Celina. There's lots of stuff about State Fairs (silly contests and outlandish foods, but also interesting things about sibling relationships and interracial marriages. I was glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I like Aunt Garnet's new personality! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) | 1/24/2014

    " #119 I enjoyed learning about African American Quilts in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/19/2014

    " I love Earlene Fowler and I love the Benni Harper series. a predictably entertaining (light) read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/17/2014

    " This was a little lighter novel that made the reader want to go to a state or county fair to see the sights and eat the food. There were a lot of descriptions of fair life as Benni volunteers there and finds a dead body. Aunt Garnet is out for a visit and seems to be channeling Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher both as she assists Benni in looking for the killer. It seems to be racially motivated and I was a little annoyed with her naivete, especially since "Arkansas Traveler" involved hate crimes and was rather powerful in its evocation of prejudice. I thought it a little disingenuous that Benni has a Hispanic husband and long-time best friend and spent summers in Arkansas with black friends and has never really considered racial issues and their impact on people of color. It seemed a strange theme after the previous book. That having been said, this was another fun romp with the quirky characters we've grown to love as Benni finds the murderer and is caught in a perilous situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/9/2014

    " Good, but not one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa | 1/9/2014

    " It was a good continuation of the series, although it dragged a little. I really enjoy the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/31/2013

    " 17th book in this series and it's getting a little tiresome, but the earlier books are worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/9/2013

    " Benni becomes involved with a murder at the State Fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Galambos | 12/4/2013

    " Loved it. This series just gets better and better. Read January 2010, reread in order 2013. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this installment very much and I hope we experience more of Benni's adventures with all the new family members added in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 11/16/2013

    " Sometimes we think we understand things but maybe we're just naive. This is an excellent book with info about quilts and Benni's art museum projects but also a lot about the human situation. Very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/5/2013

    " Another good installment in the Benni Harper series. The mystery was well developed, and some interesting new characters were introduced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 7/25/2013

    " Very fun mysteries and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/9/2013

    " I met Earlene Fowler at a book signing in Dayton, Ohio for this book. It was a great time and I loved hearing about her ideas and how she develops her books. This is a great book that I'm glad I have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 4/22/2013

    " It was like meeting up with an old friend, talking quilts, husbands, family, jobs, and murder mysteries. I love this series and need to complete my collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 3/18/2013

    " I love this series! Benni and Gabe are still one of my favorite couples to read about! This was not her best book in the series, but I still enjoyed having a new story to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 10/7/2012

    " Slow developing story but OK once I got into it. Might read another by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 10/20/2011

    " This is the 14th Benni Harper mystery in the series - all top-notch, set in central California, with complex and engaging characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Klein | 8/8/2011

    " Benni Happer Ortiz again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Bringardner | 4/27/2011

    " I like Benni and Fowler's writing style but this one had a bit too much about Christianity and race relations taking away from the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ChrisGA | 4/11/2011

    " Depressing topics of racism and hate crimes, but the series' regular characters add humor and sweetness to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 4/6/2011

    " Surprise ending I didn't see coming... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 3/9/2011

    " I think I've read most of this author's books about Benni Harper. I especially enjoyed her wonderful description of the fair - reminded me a little of our local fair. The information she provides about quilting is always enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 1/4/2011

    " I like the Benni Harper mysteries. Fun to be with her and her family and her friends again. She seems to get involved even when she doesn't want to be involved.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/27/2010

    " Benni Harper is back and more settled as a wife less obsessed with the Art Museum but caught up in her Aunt and Grandmother's lives. I liked this one at least as much as the others...maybe more! Easy REad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/15/2010

    " Very fun mysteries and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 11/20/2010

    " Benni becomes involved with a murder at the State Fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 10/27/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. It is true Benni Harper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/7/2010

    " I love Earlene Fowler and I love the Benni Harper series. a predictably entertaining (light) read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 9/25/2010

    " Surprise ending I didn't see coming... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/21/2010

    " I met Earlene Fowler at a book signing in Dayton, Ohio for this book. It was a great time and I loved hearing about her ideas and how she develops her books. This is a great book that I'm glad I have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 9/14/2010

    " Loved it. This series just gets better and better. "

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About the Author
Author Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She is the Agatha Award–winning author of the Benni Harper series and The Saddlemaker’s Wife. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, and a semi-obedient Boudin.

About the Narrator

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.