by Earlene Fowler
After multiple recommendations to use an Earlene Fowler title for the libraries' Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we finally used one of her titles -- Delectable Mountains -- for one of our group discussions in January 2012. I enjoyed this one quite a bit -- it's a middle-of-the-road mixture of cozy and police procedural, and falls right in the middle of the long-running series featuring Benni Harper, set in a small California community. The characters are all well-defined, even if the mystery itself is a bit predictable. Benni doesn't stand out as a busy-body, as many "amateur sleuths" do -- her involvement in the mystery seems reasonable, and I found myself liking her as a character very much. I recommend this series to anyone who's a fan of such authors as Carolyn G. Hart -- strong sense of place, and character-driven storyline. Enjoy! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library and coordinator of the Just Desserts group. [ Join other mystery fans each month to discuss a pre-assigned mystery novel -- our February 2012 meeting is tonight, February 23rd! ]
[Also available in book-on-cd format.]
[ official Earlene Fowler and "Benni Harper" web site ]
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