Sunshine and Shadow

Sunshine and Shadow

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
Benni Harper goes back to 1978 to take a closer look at her college days and her first husband, Jack, as she stitches together an event from her past and a crime in the present...

Baker & Taylor
A modern-day crime sends folk art expert Benni Harper on a nostalgic journey back to 1978 to look at her college days and her first husband, Jack, when she discovers that an event from her own past could hold the key to solving a mystery from the present.

Blackwell North Amer
One of Benni's favorite mystery writers, Emma Baldwin, is coming to San Celina. Her purpose: to reconnect with the town she left years before. Benni is thrilled when Emma agrees to display at the folk art museum a crazy quilt that inspired Emma's first book. It's an exciting time for Benni - and it also stirs up some bittersweet memories of her first husband.
Her current husband, Gabe, also has a friend in town: Luke, an old LAPD buddy, now a private investigator, who's here on a mysterious assignment. But when he's found murdered soon after his arrival, Benni's visit with her mystery writer is overshadowed by a real-life mystery. And when she starts receiving strange phone calls and anonymous letters telling her she'll be the next victim, her interested in the case becomes even more urgent.
Meanwhile, Benni's grandmother is having problems of her own. Her recent vow of 'til death do us part might be replaced with 'til divorce do us part...unless Benni can quickly talk some sense into her. It's safe to say Benni Harper's life is pretty chaotic right now. And it's a lot more shadow than sunshine.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Description: viii, 287 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780425188552
0425188558
Branch Call Number: Fowl

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Shelley51
Jan 12, 2013

This story is very creative. Fowler has Benni going back and forth from the time she is 20 and married to her first husband and the present. I really like this series but each story always has a sad part to it.

samdog123 Sep 14, 2009

Any crafters and quilters out there? Well, try this series and you're sure to enjoy it! The characters are Benni Harper, ex-cowgirl and current currator of a museum and her detective husband, Gabe. The title of the book is the name of the quilt and the theme of the book. A good, cosy mystery series, the first of which is Fool's Puzzle.

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