Sunday, April 27, 2008

Book Review: Tumbling Blocks by Earlene Fowler

Title: Tumbling Blocks
Series: Benni Harper Mystery #13
Author: Earlene Fowler
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published: 05/06/2008
Publisher: Berkley
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery


With Christmas just a few weeks away, Benni's queenly boss, Constance Sinclair, demands that she investigate the death of a local socialite. It's not long before Benni recognizes that there may be some deadly truth to Constance's suspicions. But with a famously reclusive artist about to put Benni's quilting museum on the map-and her daunting mother-in-law and her "surprise" new husband visiting-Benni's holiday is already hectic. Nevertheless, she'll need to crack the exclusive circle of suspects before one more gourmet goose gets cooked.


I've read and enjoyed all of Earlene Fowler's books. This one may be her most personal novel yet. The addition of the Pembroke Corgi, Boudin, to the series had me comparing the parallel lives of the author and the main character, Benni, more than ever. I've been reading about Earlene and her Boudin on her website for years.

I always enjoy her description of San Celina (San Luis Obispo) and surrounding areas, ranch life, and her loyal friends and family. Benni's view of family and friends seemed more 'relatable' than ever. I also appreciated the dedication and concern given to the canine characters...lucky dogs indeed!

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