"five star mystery"
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
Benni's husband, Chief of Police Gabe Ortiz also has a
friend visiting. Luke a former LAPD police officer is now a
private investigator who is in town on a case and looking
into possible family he has in the area. When Luke's body
is found with fifteen stab wounds, Gabe takes the homicide
very personally. However, not quite as emotionally as when
someone starts stalking his wife by messing up her car,
sending her threatening photographs and even taking
potshots at her. Gabe is afraid that somebody is taking
revenge on him by going after his wife but Benni thinks
that the stalker is not connected with Gabe at all, but
with somebody else in town.
Each Benni Harper mystery is better than the previous one
because the characters change and grow. Readers see how
Benni's seventy-something grandmother adjusts to her new
marriage, and how the heroine's cousin and best friend act
like marriage is an institution made just for them. For
the first time, using flashbacks, Earlene Fowler gives
readers a glimpse into the marriage of Benni and her first
husband and the connection he had to Gabe. SUNSHINE AND
SHADOW is a five star mystery.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 8, 2003