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Title:
Broken dishes
Author:
Fowler, Earlene.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
ix, 271 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Benni Harper mystery"--Jacket.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780425195970
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In this new novel by the author of Sunshine and Shadow, Benni Harper wears multiple hats-as a cowgirl and a detective-roping in guests and suspects during one mystery-filled Western week... On the property of a friend's dude ranch, Benni uncovers the remains of a long-dead murdered man buried in a shallow grave. Now, she must keep the guests safe and happy while unearthing the truth behind a terrible crime...


Author Notes

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California. She wrote literary and commercial short fiction for ten years without publishing success when she decided to write a mystery novel. Her first novel, Fool's Puzzle, was published in 1994. Her other works include Kansas Troubles, Seven Sisters, Arkansas Traveler, Broken Dishes, Delectable Mountains, and The Saddlemaker's Wife. She won the Agatha Award for Mariner's Compass in 1999.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This satisfying series, in which the titles all come from quilt patterns, takes a different turn as Benni Harper spends a couple of weeks on a guest ranch in California. It's not for fun: the young couple, Shawna and Johnny, who own the ranch are the daughter and son-in-law of a recently deceased friend of Benni's dad, who asked her to help them out. And she does so with gusto, enlisting recalcitrant relatives, her feisty grandmother and her new photographer husband, a quilting acquaintance, and various others to offer classes and services to get the ranch off to a solid start. But accidents happen, including earthquakes, and a decades-old skeleton turns up on the property. While the denouement feels tacked on, Benni's warmhearted openness and her deep faith make her an engaging companion, indeed, and her handsome cop husband and his Latino endearments don't hurt, either. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Fowler's 11th Benni Harper mystery (after 2003's Sunshine and Shadow), one of the best yet in this well-written cozy series, quilter Benni comes to the rescue of Shawna and Johnny Abbot, the new owners of the Broken DIS (aka the Broken Dishes) cattle ranch, now converted to a guest ranch. The opening of the retreat goes smoothly, until a makeshift grave is discovered during the ladies' first trail ride. Finding a dead body, albeit skeletal, around Benni is nothing new, and neither is the arrival of Detective Ford "Hud" Hudson their paths have crossed before, and not to the liking of Benni's luscious Latino hubby, Police Chief Gabe Ortiz. Gabe's presence at the Broken Dishes insures more testosterone-fueled battles than the ones already boiling between Johnny and head wrangler Whip. Rumors that a syndicated travel critic is secretly among the ranch's first guests add to the staff's already abundant distress, and tempers and tensions stretch to their absolute limits. Plenty of exciting PG-rated action some mild flirtation and innuendo is as sexy as it gets will keep the reader turning the pages, while Fowler's sense of humor crops up in character names like Kitty Katz and Bunny Hopp, as well as in Benni's wise and witty personality. Agent, Ellen Geiger. (May 4) Forecast: The author won an Agatha for 1999's Mariner's Compass. She should have a good shot at winning another with this superior effort. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Cowgirl and sometime sleuth Benni winds up investigating murder when she attempts to help some friends publicize their California dude ranch. If the murder isn't solved quickly, their guests will be scared away. For all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.