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Irish Chain

Irish Chain Meet Benni Harpera spirited ex cowgirl quilter and folk art expert who s staking out her own corner of the contemporary American West She s got an eye for murderous designs and a talent for piecing

  • Title: Irish Chain
  • Author: Earlene Fowler
  • ISBN: 9780425151372
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Meet Benni Harpera spirited ex cowgirl, quilter, and folk art expert who s staking out her own corner of the contemporary American West She s got an eye for murderous designs and a talent for piecing together the most complex and cold blooded crimes Benni s taking time from her job at the folk art museum to sponsor a senior prom at San Celina s retirement home DurMeet Benni Harpera spirited ex cowgirl, quilter, and folk art expert who s staking out her own corner of the contemporary American West She s got an eye for murderous designs and a talent for piecing together the most complex and cold blooded crimes Benni s taking time from her job at the folk art museum to sponsor a senior prom at San Celina s retirement home During the dance, she s surprised to find herself waltzing with Clay O Hara, the Colorado cowboy she had a crush on when she was seventeen She s even surprised when Clay s uncle and an elderly woman are found dead in one of the residents rooms Now Benni s trying to find a link between the two victims and the common thread that bound them together in death

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    1. Miriam on said:

      Weaker mystery plot showcases the romance of widow Benni and divorced police officer Gabe. Although Fowler doesn't seem to mean in this way, I always thought their relationship was terrible. Neither treats the other with respect or honesty. I was offended by Fowler's implication that the two were equally guilty of "messing around" when Benni had lunch in a public place with a teen crush (from before she was married!) and Gabe was alone in a bedroom at night with the woman with whom he previously [...]

    2. Jonathan on said:

      Excellent, I absolutely devoured this book! I am on board for the next one!

    3. Rachel on said:

      Not as good as the first, but possibly because the motive for murder was (IMHO) pretty weak. I did still enjoy the character of Benni and I like her boyfriend Ortiz, but the characters use Spanish in the weirdest way. It's almost like the author doesn't think Hispanic characters are authentic if they don't use a palabra of Spanish at least every chapter. And it is really peeving me that the story is set in "San Celina" which is obviously SLO for anyone who has lived in California for any length [...]

    4. Paula on said:

      This is the second book in this particular series, following on from Fool's Puzzle, and once again, our protagonist is Benni Harper, recently widowed and now running a small folk art museum and artist's cooperative. In Irish Chain, Benni becomes involved in the history of her small town, when two senior citizens are murdered in a local nursing home and there's apparently more to the past than meets the eye.Interestingly enough, there seems to be a link with the treatment of Japanese immigrants d [...]

    5. Irene on said:

      Two residents of a nursing home found dead in a room. Benni Harper gets involved because she discovers the bodies. Her boyfriend is in charge of the investigation and constantly warns her not to get involved. Of course, she doesn't listen. Benni begins asking questions. At the same time, an old flame is back in town, and he's one of the prime suspects and Benni finds herself quarreling with her boyfriend and spending too much time with the old flame causing some confused feelings. In the midst o [...]

    6. Jenny on said:

      Judging from the other reviews, I might be in the minority of people who liked the first book in this series better.I just found this to be a bit too all over the place. Too many new men move to town (and at first I had trouble keeping Mac and Clay separate, if only because they showed up at the same town and both seemed quite handsome and interested in Benni) and two old people are killed in the 3rd or 4th chapter. The deaths are suspicious and since Benni discovers their bodies, she's again in [...]

    7. Lisa on said:

      So far I have not been overly impressed with the relationship between Benni and Gabe. She seems very much like a loose cannon who doesn't take into account the trouble she can get herself and others into just by being stubborn and doing the opposite of what she is asked to do. I have a feeling this is going to be a theme throughout the rest of the series and I have seen it with other series as well. I guess if they all played it safe, then the main character would not find themselves in the trou [...]

    8. Michele on said:

      At first, I thought I was going to have to slog through "sophomore slump". The first book in the series was awesome. This one was a little slow to get going, however, when I started it, I was interrupted every 5 minutes, so maybe that was it, because once I had time to read and get into the story, this book was excellent. It touched on a part of history that has always interested me, the "relocation" of the Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. Second book was great, hoping the rest of the seri [...]

    9. Charlyn on said:

      Benni is busy with opening a needlework show at the museum and helping a group of students hold a prom at the convalescent home, but not too busy to also write a paper on local history and become involved in a murder. Unfortunately, the murders happen at the prom and Benni knows both of the victims. She is also trying to sort out her feelings for Gabe Ortiz, the interim sheriff, and Clay O'Hara, a former boyfriend and nephew of one of the victims. Mystery, local history, and personal drama combi [...]

    10. Andrea on said:

      I think I'm a little biased for liking this book since I'm Japanese American, but I really do appreciate how they talked about what people went through during WWII.But the murder was also awesome as well! It wasn't a straight forward plot, but involved a lot of secrets, shame, and of course revenge.The relationship between Benni and Gabe also reached a climatic level, and I was satisfied with how it ended. :)

    11. Karol on said:

      I liked Irish Chain much better than the first book in the Benni Harper series (Fool's Puzzle). This was a better-than-average cozy mystery, with a result that really did surprise me. It had the additional benefit of an unusually meaty topic - that being the relocation of American citizens of Japanese descent during WWII.I'm still relatively new to the cozy mystery genre, but this is one of the best in the category that I've read.

    12. Erin L on said:

      I really struggled partway through this one. I know a lot of people love Benni, but I'm finding her a little too stubborn for her own good. Which is sad because I think there are a lot of great characters in this series, especially Dove. And Gabe. Also, I don't understand why they suddenly got married given all of the problems they have just dating each other. A marriage certificate doesn't make that go away.

    13. Ann on said:

      Eehh! I wasn't really thrilled with it but it wasn't horrible either. The beginning was a drag but then toward the end it moved a little better. The characters were okay. I really can't pick out something that I hated about it but it just didn't grab me. I thought the quilting tie in was very weak.

    14. Donna on said:

      Benni is sponsoring a "senior Mardi Gras" at a retirement home. Later in the evening finds two residents dead. She sets out to find the mystery and the connection between them. Could a 50 year old secret be the cause? To complicate matters, her HS boyfriend shows up just as she is getting involved with Gabe, the interim police chief.

    15. Margaret on said:

      "Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up." And earlier in the book, something about ranching wisdom--If it's fixing to rain, let it. Winding through this down home story is the tragedy of the interment of Japanese descent citizens in WWII. An excellently written story.

    16. Catherine Woodman on said:

      this is the first of this series that I read, and it is one of my favorite quilt patterns. This continues to go well. The writing is not at a high caliber but it is pleasant. I like the quilt references, and Benni Harper is good--sometimes I find her a little annoying but she is largely a good character

    17. Janell on said:

      This is the second book in the Benni Harper mystery series. Benni has become involved with Gabe, the Chief of Police. When she again discovers a body, the sparks begin to fly between them. Although I enjoyed this one, the plot was a little weak and the mystery itself was pretty dull.

    18. Michelle on said:

      3 1/2 stars. I'd read this once before but forgotten it. There were some weird editing problems that put me off of the author. TOo cheesy in a few places, but the mystery was pretty good and had several twists.

    19. Debie on said:

      The series involve a number of likable characters. I like the discussions of different crafts. In addition to a murder mystery there was a look at the Japanese Americans living in California during World War II and their relocation and return to the area.

    20. Mama on said:

      Don't let the title fool you, it's not about quilts. They may mention quilt here or there, but the book (series) is murder mystey. VERY well written. Strong, sassy female lead character. Ver fun read. I highly recommend the Benni Harper Mystries!!!!!

    21. Kitty Tomlinson on said:

      Investigating the death of the San Celina Senior Citizen Prom king, museum curator Benni Harper goes against the wishes of her police chief boyfriend and uncovers the victim's fifty-year-old affiliation with a World War II Japanese blackmailing ring.

    22. Sheryl on said:

      I like this series because i enjoy the characters. However, this book was quite boring until the end. It took way too long to get to the mystery and didn't keep your attention. Too much emphasis was placed on Benni's love life.

    23. Paula on said:

      I really liked this one better than the first. I loved the character development and I loved the way she interspersed some of the history in there too. I totally did not see it resolving the way it did, which is an aspect of reading mysteries that I love.

    24. Chancy on said:

      Better than the first but still not great, I'm wondering if she keeps getting better though.

    25. Kelli Ende on said:

      First of Earlene Fowler's books that I have read. I can't wait to read more.

    26. Nicole on said:

      This mystery looks back to the past two generations of unresolved conflicts based on events before & during WWII.

    27. Kt, Kt on said:

      A very delightful continuation to the series. I am finding them all nice, easy reading that is interesting and fun.

    28. AngryGreyCat on said:

      Did not finish - will probably go back to later because I did enjoy the first in the series.

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