Dove in the Window Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1999
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From Kirkus Reviews
A fifth go-around for Benni Harper (Goose in the Pond, 1997, not reviewed, etc.), the ranch-bred widow of Jack Harper, whos now married to San Celica, California, Police Chief Gabe Ortiz. San Celica is having a Heritage Days celebration, and Benni, as curator of the Folk Arts Museum and Artists Co-op, is in the thick of it. Her elegant southern cousin Emory Littleton (with a mega-crush on Bennis best friend Elvia Aragon) is staying with her, and at her fathers ranch, presided over by Grandmother Dove, a huge family gathering is in progress. Disaster strikes when talented young photographer Shelby Johnson is found dead one early morningmurder or accident? Ranch-hand Kip Waterman and hard-drinking Wade Harper, brother of Bennis late husband, had come to blows over Shelby the night before. Matters worsen when, days latter, Kips drowned body is discovered behind the Frio Saloon. Through it all, Benni has to calm her artist friends Olivia Contreras and Greer Shannon, deal with a zillion chores, and cope with the unexpected presence of renowned photographer Isaac Lyons, Shelbys stepgrandfather, who seems smitten with Grandma Dove. In the end, its Bennis investigative collaboration with Isaac (over Gabes strong objections) that brings a killer to a kind of justice. The quest for whodunit is all but buried under Bennis breezy down-home chatter, sometimes mawkish soul-searching, and descriptions of the celebrations endless eventsfrom the local gallerys show of women artists to the Cow-Plop contest. But Bennis warmly likable persona makes it all worthwhileespecially for lovers of the cozy genre. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, a large number of quilts, and twenty pairs of cowboy boots.
Top Customer Reviews
I took off one star for the irritating practice of mentioning an event several times throughout the book--in this case, a "hot" date between Benni's best friend and her cousin--and then having the event happen sometime out of the time frame of the book. Unfair, annoying, and unnecessary, near as I can tell.
I took off another star because a young photographer gave Bennie an album of her pictures on page 13. When the photographer is subsequently killed, I waited--and waited--and waited--for her to finally remember the album and look at it. It's one of those times when you want to shout at the character for being such a numbskull. On page 289, I could finally rest easy. I love San Celine; I think its inhabitants are a lot of fun, so much so that I resented being tripped up by the author and reminded that this is, after all, a manufactured story.
However, all the personal feelings are placed on hold when one of the local artists is murdered on Ramsey property just hours after a fiery incident involving Wade. When the victim's boy friend is also killed, the sheriff considers Wade as the prime suspect. In spite of Gabe's misgivings, Benni begins to investigate the double murders so that she can keep Wade free and she can close the book on her past. What she has not yet learned is that she has placed her own life in great peril.
DOVE IN THE WINDOW is a first rate relationship drama that is wrapped inside an intriguing who-done-it. Earlene Fowler pays as much detail to Benni's relationships and mental state as she does to the crime drama. This dual technique brilliantly merges together, turning the novel into an emotionally satisfying mystery. The addition of old friends as secondary characters leave the audience feeling as if they are visiting the small California town for the festival. Ms. Fowler is a very talented writer, who gets her readers involved with the mystery and the characters. This is a series worth reading.
Benni and her husband Gabe are still working out the kinks in their new marriage and the surprise visit of a former brother-in-law causes dissention between them. Grandmother Dove is as feisty as ever and cousin Emory visits from Arkansas. At the annual Harper family barbecue, a young and talented photographer is found dead and Benni's concerned because the young woman had confided a serious problem to her.
There's always a lot going on in these stories and the author does a great job of keeping the reader interested in all of the different plots.
Most recent customer reviews
The Bennie Harper series is one of my Favorites, great mystery, great developed complex characters, have read all the books available in e books format,looking forward to when the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by diane Murray
I thought it was a decent mystery.
That aside, there are two types of novels I read: those I could recommend to my grandmother, and those I cannot. Read more
Although this is a soft-boiled, fun series, I find that the protagonist is too self-centered and whiny. Read morePublished on March 11 2002
I love all of Earlene Fowler's books. The Benny Harper series is a great one to read at the beach. Fun, Light mysteries, that don't give you a headache trying to figure it out. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2000 by Judi Kirby
Earlene Fowler manages to deal with tender and poignant family struggles as well as giving the reader an exciting whodunnit. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 1999 by Kimberly Bright
This is Earlene's fifth book in the series and you know that with Dove in the title, Grandma Dove will be featured a bit more. Read morePublished on May 20 1999
Once again, Earlene Fowler had me hooked right from the beginning in this fifth book in her series. For those of us who love Grandma Dove, this book is especially wonderful since... Read morePublished on May 14 1999