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Goose in the Pond

by Earlene Fowler

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This is the fourth book in the Benni Harper series. Benni runs the local
craft guild and quilt museum and has been busier than a one-armed paper
hanger, getting ready for the first annual Storyteller's Festival. She has
a dozen or so storytellers lined up to perform during the three day event,
but she has to admit that she can't seem to keep them in line. Petty
arguments, old resentments, and hot tempers combine to keep Benni hopping
trying to keep order in the days leading up to the Festival. But,
everything is turns to chaos when Benni literally stumbles into the body of
Nora Cooper, the storyteller who always dresses as Mother Goose, floating in
the lake at the city park. Benni's husband, police chief Gabe Ortiz, tries
valiantly to keep Benni out of the murder investigation, but since it
intimately involves all of her storytellers, that's impossible and he knows
it. As the clues mount up, they are beginning to see that Nora wasn't the
person they thought she was at all, and several people in town had good
reason to rejoice at her untimely demise. Sorting through the clues is like
trying to keep quilting thread from knotting up, but Benni and Gabe somehow
manage to do it.

I'm liking this series more and more as I get further into it. I guess I'm
getting used to the relationship between Benni and Gabe because it doesn't
feel quite so odd in this fourth book. This was an entertaining read. It
gets a 4. ( )
  madamejeanie | Sep 21, 2008 |
Good, if not a little trite
  whyteb | Dec 31, 1969 |
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GOOSE IN THE POND
Like many old quilt patterns, Good in the Pond was probably inspired by nature, giving us a hint at the playful and creative imaginations of early quilt designers. Seen as far back as the early 1800s and made from a combination of tiny squares, triangles, and strip blocks, it emulates the ripples created by a goose swimming across a body of water. Any colors and fabric may be chosen for this pattern, as Goose in the Pond, like a beloved folktale, lends itself well to individual interpretation. Thought to have originated in Massachusetts, it is also known throughout different parts of the country as Toad in the Puddle, Young Man's Fancy, Mexican Block, Patchwork Fantasy, Bachelor's Puzzle, Unique Nine Patch, and Scrap Bag.
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For Allen
your love sustains me
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"I hate this," I said, my breath coming in short, painful bursts.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425162397, Mass Market Paperback)

Benni Harper--spirited ex-cowgirl, quilter, and folk art expert--finds herself on the trail of killer in this brand-new mystery from Agatha Award-nominee Earlene Fowler... When Benni finds a dead woman lying facedown in the lake, dressed in a Mother Goose costume, her investigation takes her inside the Storyteller?s Guild. There she discovers that Mother Goose was telling more than fairy tales--she was a gossip columnist who aired the kind of secrets that destroy lives--and inspire revenge...

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:49 -0400)

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After the murder of the library storyteller, Benni discovers that Mother Goose was telling more than fairytales and was capable of telling secrets that destroy lives.

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