Berkley, May 2004, 24.95, 271 pp.
In San Celina, California, Shawna Darnell Abbott and her husband Johnny turn the Broken Dis Ranch into a guest ranch in the hope that they can make enough profit to avoid bankruptcy and consequently lose the family spread. Benni Harper and her grandmother help the young couple during the first few weeks of the new operation.
A dog finds a bone on a trail that a guest identifies as human remai... Delectable Mountains
Berkley, May 2005, 23.95, 320 pp.
In San Celina, California Benni Harper has her hands full as the wife of the chief of police, curator of the local folk art museum, attending two church committees and being a participant for the heritage walk. Yet when her grandmother Dove asks her to help put together the children's church musical of Pilgrim's Progress she is unable to tell the woman who raised her no. At the same, Benni has u... Dove in the Window
To the chagrin and frustration of her husband, Benni Harper investigates the murder of a photographer and her ex-boyfriend. Her brother-in-law is one of the suspects.... Fool's Puzzle
Benni Harper investigates the death of one of the artists at the Josiah Sinclair Folk Art Museum which may be related to her husband's death several months earlier. Her amateur investigations get her in trouble with San Celina's new police chief, Gabriel Ortiz....
Goose in the Pond
Benni discovers the body of an aquaintance. Her husband, the police chief is investigating, His son appears on the doorstep, followed by one of Benni's cousins; instant houseguests! Then Grandma Dove moves in after a fight with her sister! There's a storytelling festival going on and the murderer may be one of Benni's lifelong friends who may or may not be a storyteller. Why can't Benni keep her nose out of the crime? No one will let her! They assume tha... Irish Chain
Benni Harper investigates the deaths of two residents of a retirement home.... Kansas Troubles
Albenia (Benni) Harper travels to Kansas to meet new husband San Celina Police Chief Gabriel Ortiz' family. At a party introducing her to Gabe's friends, Tyler Brown, an aspiring country singer and former member of the local Amish community who has been shunned, is murdered during a party game in the corn fields. All signs point to one of the party goers.... Mariner's Compass
Benni Harper inherits a house from a man whom she has never met but who appears to have been intimately connected with her mother. She is required to spend two weeks in the house, alone, which annoys her husband, police chief Gabe Ortiz. During that time, she begins to explore the relationship of her benefactor to her mother, and her benefactor's unsavoury past.... Seven Sisters
Benni Harper's step son is engaged to marry the granddaughter of a prominent rancher; the young woman also happens to be the newest and most brilliant addition to Gabriel Ortiz's, Benni's husband, police force. When they are invited out to the ranch to meet the in-laws, the rancher's dissolute son-in-law is murdered, and Benni investigates. Story is complicated by arrival of Ortiz's beautiful ex-wife and an investigator determined to get Benni's help on ... Steps To The Altar
Berkley, April 2002, 22.95, 320 pp.
The central coastal California town of San Celina is home to chief of police Gabe Ortiz and his wife Benni Harper. Although Gabe was once an undercover narcotics officer in the big city, receiving an adrenaline high from collaring a drug dealer, he is content now to work in this quiet college and retirement village. However, whenever a homicide does occur, it seems that Benni is in the mid...
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Sunshine and Shadow
Berkley, May 2003, 22.95, 304 pp.
There is a lot going on in the life of Benni Harper, San Celina's curator at the Sinclair Folk Art Museum and Artist's Co-Op. Emma Baldwin, the author of the teenage Molly Connors mysteries, is back in town and has donated her Crazy Quilt to the exhibit Benni has put together. Benni is delighted that the woman she interviewed in college is back and hopes that they can become better acquainted.