Benni Harper Mysteries by Earlene Fowler
Benni Harper is the protagonist in a series of cozy mystery novels by American novelist Earlene Fowler. She works as a folk art museum curator in the fictional town of San Celina, California (based on San Luis Obispo). Quilting is a major theme of the series. Other recurring characters in the series include Gabe Ortiz (police chief), her friend Elvia, Grandma Dove, Aunt Garnet and her cousin Emory.

Earlene Fowler debuted her Benni Harper character in the first Benni Harper Mystery, entitled Fool’s Puzzle, which was published in 1994. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Earlene Fowler’s Benni Harper books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of Benni Harper Books

Fool's Puzzle(1994)Description / Buy at
Irish Chain(1995)Description / Buy at
Kansas Troubles(1996)Description / Buy at
Goose in the Pond(1997)Description / Buy at
Dove in the Window(1998)Description / Buy at
Mariner's Compass(1999)Description / Buy at
Seven Sisters(2000)Description / Buy at
Arkansas Traveler(2001)Description / Buy at
Steps to the Altar(2002)Description / Buy at
Sunshine and Shadow(2003)Description / Buy at
Broken Dishes(2004)Description / Buy at
Delectable Mountains(2005)Description / Buy at
Tumbling Blocks(2007)Description / Buy at
State Fair(2010)Description / Buy at
Spider Web(2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Benni Harper Collections

Benni Harper's Quilt Album(2004)Description / Buy at

Note: The collection Benni Harper’s Quilt Album was co-authored with Margrit Hall.

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Benni Harper Synopsis: Fool’s Puzzle is the debut novel of Earlene Fowler and the first in the Benni Harper Mysteries series. Benni Harper is a widow moving to San Celina, California for a fresh start and takes a new job as a curator for a folk art museum. While setting up an exhibit, she comes across the body of an artist. She meets with a local police chief who thinks the cowgirl should leave the investigating to the police and join him for a date. However, she isn’t going to listen and digs deep into family secrets, town-wide lies and the truth about what happened to her husband.

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