Books by Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, a purple pickup truck, and many pairs of cowboy boots.


SPIDER WEB by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2011

"Fowler pieces together questions of memory and identity so deftly that only purists will bemoan the dearth of clues or detection."
Quilt maven Benni Harper (State Fair, 2010, etc.) grapples with public responsibilities and private challenges when a sniper targets San Celina's finest. Read full book review >
STATE FAIR by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 2010

"Fowler evokes all the sights, sounds and smells of the fair, from deep-fried pickles to midway rides to animal contests, while providing a worthy puzzle for redoubtable Benni."
The state fair provides the bustling backdrop to Benni Harper Ortiz's (Tumbling Blocks, 2007, etc.) latest brush with murder. Read full book review >
THE SADDLEMAKER’S WIFE by Earlene Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"The creator of Benni Harper (Delectable Mountains, 2005, etc.) has produced a lovely crossover novel, a family tale with flair and heart."
A young widow confronts the family her late husband denied he had. Read full book review >
DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2005

"Withal, Fowler (Sunshine and Shadow, 2003, etc.) continues to wrestle with the question of why bad crimes happen to good people."
It's lucky that curator/quilter Benni Harper knows so many folks in San Celina, Calif., because her neighbors simply cannot stop killing each other. Read full book review >
SUNSHINE AND SHADOW by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 2003

Spring 1978: Newlyweds Benni (Steps to the Altar, 2002, etc.) and Jack Harper take time out from conjugal relations to enroll in Professor Hill's history class at Cal Poly San Celina. Read full book review >
STEPS TO THE ALTAR by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 2002

"Fowler (Arkansas Traveler, 2001, etc.) wants to tread the dangerous ground of self-examination but refuses to take any real risks as Benni, reinforced by constant evidence of her own desirability, emerges from her ordeal no different from before."
Everyone's favorite cowgirl, Benni Harper, seems about to have her heart's desire: to see her best friend, Elvia Aragon, married to her cousin Emory and her Grandma Dove married to longtime love Isaac Lyons. Read full book review >
ARKANSAS TRAVELER by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2001

"Not so much an Arkansas Traveler as a Log Cabin quilt marked by endless repetition: Racism bad, Benni clever, you can't go home again."
Benni Harper (Seven Sisters, 2000, etc.) has come a long way from Blevins County, Arkansas, where she spent much of her youth eating cheese grits and raising hell with her cousin Emory Littleton and best friend Amen Tolliver in the poky little town of Sugartree. Read full book review >
SEVEN SISTERS by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2000

Seven Sisters ($21.95; Apr. 10; 320 pp.; 0-425-17296-1): In six earlier adventures (Mariner's Compass, 1999, etc.), Benni Harper never learned the knack of disentangling the travails and celebrations of domestic life from homicide. Read full book review >
MARINER'S COMPASS by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"And can Benni, taking leave of her husband, San Celina Police chief Gabe Ortiz, pick up the clues scattered through the house fast enough to solve these riddles and survive her inheritance?"
Who is Jacob Chandler? Read full book review >
DOVE IN THE WINDOW by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"But Benni's warmly likable persona makes it all worthwhile—especially for lovers of the cozy genre."
A fifth go-around for Benni Harper (Goose in the Pond, 1997, not reviewed, etc.), the ranch-bred widow of Jack Harper, who's now married to San Celica, California, Police Chief Gabe Ortiz. Read full book review >
GOOSE IN THE POND by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"Quilters and storytelling enthusiasts may find some joy here; others will find this one heavy on chitchat but low on substance."
A fourth appearance for Benni Harper (Kansas Troubles, 1996, etc.), curator of the Folk Art Museum in San Celina, California- -recently married to the town's Chief of Police Gabe Ortiz—who's now deep in preparations for the museum's first storytelling festival, to be combined with a show of handmade quilts. Read full book review >
KANSAS TROUBLES by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

"And for that matter almost the only clue in Benni's third outing (Irish Chain, 1995, etc.), more notable for its double- wide raft of suspects and its affectionate prairie background than for its tight plotting."
As cowgirl-turned-quilter Benni Harper might have expected, marriage to San Celina (Cal.) police chief Gabe Ortiz is no bed of roses. Read full book review >
IRISH CHAIN by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"You got a problem with that?"
Bad news for the Senior (Citizens') Read full book review >
FOOL'S PUZZLE by Earlene Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"Here's hoping we get to see more of her when she's not under such a cloud."
Benni Harper's first mistake as curator of the Josiah Sinclair Folk Art Museum is letting Marla Chenier use the pottery wheel in the museum after closing hours; that's what sets Marla up to get killed. Read full book review >