With Christmas just a few weeks away, Benni's queenly boss, Constance Sinclair, demands that she investigate the death of a local socialite. It's not long before Benni recognizes that there may be some deadly truth to Constance's suspicions. But with a famously reclusive artist about to put Benni's quilting museum on the map-and her daunting mother-in-law and her "surprise" new husband visiting-Benni's holiday is already hectic. Nevertheless, she'll need to crack the exclusive circle of suspects before one more gourmet goose gets cooked.
In the new novel in the "breezy [and] humorous" (Chicago Sun-Times) series, Benni Harper is carrying a bundle of holiday stressas she unwraps the secrets of an elite and possibly murderous society…
San Celinas most exclusive society suddenly has an opening and Benni Harper has been tappednot to join, but to investigate. The upper crust, female-only "49 Club" is restricted to exactly that many members, and one must die before another joins. When the latest socialite de-pledges in her sleep, Bennis boss wants the mystery solvedand naturally, its landed on Bennis to-do list.
Reluctant at first, she profiles a few women whose social ambitions give them an obvious motive. But with a famously reclusive artist about to put Bennis quilting museum on the mapand her daunting mother-in-law soon to arriveBennis holiday is already hectic. Nevertheless, shell need to crack this exclusive circle of suspects, before one more gourmet goose gets cooked.
"Benni delves into the secrets of the town's elite with her usual flair, unraveling a plot that is as dangerous as the bulls on her father's ranch and as cozy as the quilts she reveres."Publishers Weekly
"The rich cast of secondary characters [and] plenty of humor…enrich this thirteenth in the long-running series."Booklist
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 large number of quilts, and twenty pairs of cowboy boots.