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Spider Web (Benni Harper Mystery) Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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This book deals with Benni being the Chair of the 'Memory Festival' which is about all memories, life, home, death, youth, military etc. In the midst of this, her husband is faced with a sniper that is shooting patrol Officers on his police force.
Gabe, The chief of police finds the situation triggering his potent memories of being in-country in Vietnam. They are violent. While Benni tries to deal with Gabe's situation, she learns a member of her quilt group was a nurse during the Second World War and was a prisoner for 3 years.
What is the motive behind the snipping? Is it a former military member or a discontent? The city of San Celina is trying to continue their lives while dealing with this very real fear.
I found this book very fulfilling and as I stated, I took my time due to remembering my friends that I made during my time in the USMC, although I was fortunate to be stateside.
This is a book I shall re-read in the years to come. It was an important book to me.
This latest Benni and Gabe Ortiz story is a fascinating one. In the course of collecting stories for memory books, Benni hears some wonderful and touching recollections of life during World War II. The story of Winnie the nurse in the Philippines was difficult to put down.
There is a sniper in town, targeting police officers, and this has sent Gabe into the nightmares of Post Traumatic Stress from his service in Viet Nam. Benni tries to help him herself, but he denies needing or wanting help.
Meanwhile, in a lighter frame, Grandma Dove and her sister Garnet are trying to `help' Benni's father, Ben, with his love life. He doesn't want their help and is trying to escape from their ministrations, all the while complaining to Benni.
A new woman has come to town and is asking Benni a lot of personal questions. Who is she and what does she want? Is she a former lover of Gabe's? Benni doesn't trust her and has friends look into her background.
All of this is happening during the run-up-to and excitement of The Memory Festival. There were booths with quilts, others with pottery, books, scrapbooks, photography, and other ways to remember occasions and loved ones. As Chair of the Festival, Benni is constantly on the go and meeting with folks. She is determined to not chair this festival again (an I know what she means).
I heartily recommend this book published in hardcover by Berkley Prime Crime, ISBN: 978-0-425-24098-4.
Maybe it is a spoiler, but I think it's also pretty cool that the mystery contained in this story does not involve a murder. Attempted murder, definitely.
This book contains some of the most lyrical writing I have seen in this genre. Benni is deeply grateful for her blessings, deeply anguished when those she loves are suffering, and just basically a good person. She is spiritual and also religious, but not in an overbearing or intrusive way. It's just part of who she is.
I really don't want to give away any plot points, but I do want to encourage everyone to read this book, so let me just say that there are some developments here that delight me and make me excited for the next chapter in Benni's story. I was moved to tears several times, which doesn't often happen. I cry at movies, not usually at books, but this one is very special indeed. Really, I can't say enough good things about this series and particularly this latest installment. It is simply the best.