Acquired via BookCrossing 05 Dec 2008 – BC Birmingham Secret Santa from Fritzi

I’ve been waiting to read the rest of the series so I could have a go with this one.  I’m on a spiral which finally brought me the one before it!  The great thing about these Benni Harper mysteries, as I’ve said before, is that there is a lot more going on in the books than just murder and mystery.  Benni, her family, her husband Gabe and her friends are well fleshed out and interesting in their own right.  Benni and Gabe’s marriage continues to deepen and grow, and you don’t get the feeling that emotional events are just there to drive the murder mystery plot.  But there is of course a good plot here, and closer to home for Benni as a promising young photographer is found dead on the family ranch.  Rivalries between the artists in the co-op are running high with some bemoaning the fact that only the young and beautiful seem to get attention.  And one rough diamond cowboy would be even more of a top suspect without Benni’s covert support.

Great escapist read as ever.