Kansas Troubles

Kansas Troubles

A Benni Harper Mystery

Book - 1996
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After a whirlwind marriage to police chief Gabe Ortiz, quilter and amateur sleuth Benni Harper joins her husband on a trip to his Kansas hometown, only to become caught up in the investigation into the murder of quilter, aspiring country singer, and former Amish wife Tyler Brown.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425151488
Branch Call Number: MYS Fow
Characteristics: viii, 306 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 02, 2012

This book had some good points but I thought it was the most unrealistic of the series. You figure out very early on the motive and who the murderer is and I get so tired of all the arguing between Benni & Gabe. The part about the grandmother & dad traveling is just plain stupid.

Sep 29, 2010

So far this is the best in the series.


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Sep 29, 2010

Definitely an improving series. This episode follows detective Ortiz back to his family home in Kansas. It may be the change of setting but there was very little tedious recapping of Benni Harper's past, job, and friends to skim over. What was included from previous stories was worked into the story line instead of reading like an intrusive synopsis. Even the comments about the Kansas quilt pattern were integral to the plot and characters.

Gabe remains reticent about sharing a difficult history even while bringing Benni to meet his friends and family. Benni hears details that highlight the conflict Gabe is in placing Benni in the quandary of seeking his past through his friends stories or waiting to hear it directly from her husband. Of course they tussle about this and Gabe's protectiveness versus Benni's naivete constantly getting her involved.


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