In this book, Benni is busy organizing the first Memory Festival for the city. With a sniper present, Gabe begins Earlene Fowler never ceases to entertain with her Benni Harper series, and Spider Web is no exception. Like when she talked about Jack her first husband and how when she thought about him years later how it wasn't so overwhelming, it was like a soft pinch to her heart. Folk art museum curator, rancher and sometime sleuth Benni Harper is back in an unforgettable new mystery, organizing a Memory Festival. I think I'll go back and read the first one or two even though I know a little bit of what happens.
Harper becomes very much busy as she gets the job of planning 2 weddings at the same time. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. The Memory Festival is a celebration of recollections and loved ones through crafts. At the time of such tight schedules, Benni Harper does not wish to get the load of extra work at the museum. Hoping to conduct an investigation on her own, she crosses paths with the local police chief, who thinks this short and sassy cowgirl should leave detecting to the cops and join him for dinner.
These folks see what needs to be done, and they quietly roll up their sleeves and get it done. Her series is imbued with a deep and abiding faith. Her husband Gabriel Ortiz is the Police Chief. But a sniper threatens to make it a day to remember in the worst way…Benni and the ladies of her Coffin Star Quilt Guild are excited to display their Graveyard Quilt at the first ever San Celina, California, Memory Festival. Ms Fowler does some careful research and her characters are developed well. Together they uncover the remains of a murdered man buried in a shallow grave. Benni has a list 10 pages long of things that must be done in preparation for the festival.
Benni is currently planning a Memories festival, setting up booths and activities. This book deals with Benni being the Chair of the 'Memory Festival' which is about all memories, life, home, death, youth, military etc. Among the guests is Shelby Johnson, a young photography student from a wealthy Chicago family. Not at all what I would expect from someone who claims to care so much about right and wrong. Then a suspicious woman comes to town who appears to be stalking Benni. I will miss all the characters in this series. The city decides to continue with the Memory Festival, and Benni is busy on photo interviews with her Gramma Dove's photographer husband.
Is it a former military member or a discontent? Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. The characters were realistic and the main ones were well developed. This one is about Bennie, who is the director of the local art museum is organizing a Memory Fair where lots of stories, history, and activities for all ages are offered. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Benni's husband, San Celina Police Chief Gabe Ortiz, is dealing with a sniper shooting at police officers and that is causing him to have recurring nightmares as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. Hud is a smart alec bad boy that you just gotta love. But a sniper threatens to make it a day to remember in the worst way.
Her husband is preoccupied with the fact that a sniper has been taking potshots at police officers. Her grandmother Dove and great-aunt Garnet are trying to play matchmaker for her dad who is not pleased. In the debut novel, it is shown that Benni Harper leaves behind the loving memories of her dead husband and goes on to make a new start in her life. I'm having mixed emotions regarding this fifteenth Benni Harper Mystery. If not change, they are at least prioritized differently. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the two elderly sisters, becoming more friends and less competing siblings at a time late in life. I am all for veterans and thank them for their service, but this didn't feel authentic, more forced.
During the early 1980s, she used to teach weekly craft classes at one of the retirement homes located in Covina, California. She follows the same formula: a spunky, likeable heroine in a small town actually San Luis Obispo, California, but called something else, a la Sue Grafon , living with her husband assorted colorful relations, and running a small folk museum that features some of the quilts from which this series takes its titles. The mysteries are solvable with clues along the way. There are several military nurses in this book, which makes me wonder why the marvelous mysteries about nurses by Sharon Wildwing are not read more. This makes Benny Harper realize that her marriage is going to be similar to the Kansas weather, unpredictable and stormy. It helped her a lot to grow as a writer.
While Benni tries to deal with Gabe's situation, she learns a member of her quilt group was a nurse during the Second World War and was a prisoner for 3 years. The opening scene of this book shows that one of the favorite mystery authors of Benni Harper, named Emma Baldwin, is about to visit the San Celina town. She spent most of her growing years in La Puente and was raised by a Western father and a Southern mother. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Gabe is trying to identify the sniper who is targeting members of the police force.