State Fair
Earlene Fowler

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About State Fair

     For Benni, the annual San Celina Mid-State Fair is a much anticipated break in her normal routine of overseeing museum exhibits, temperamental artists and stubborn cattle. This year there is a special showing of traditional African American quilts. When the exhibit's main attraction--a replica of a story quilt made by historical quilting icon Harriet Powers--is stolen, Benni suspects it is more than mere thievery.

     Benni soon learns that underneath the fun, the fair has become a focal point for certain people who are angry at his year's choice for fair manager, Levi Clark. And when the theft leads to a cold-blooded murder, Benni will have to search through a crazy quilt of of clues to discover who in San Celina's seemingly idyllic society is really a wolf in sheep's clothing...
"Fowler's congenial mix of humor, folklore and murder makes this Agatha-Award-winning series as much fun to visit as a county fair and a likely ribbon winner."--Publisher's Weekly

"Framed by the sights and sounds of a western state fair, the novel mixes mystery, humor and a perceptive look at racial issues in California farm country."--Booklist


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