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 The victim was was a popular gossip columnist who aired the kind of secrets that destroy lives and inspire revenge


10 thoughts on “Goose in the Pond

  1. Pamela Mclaren Pamela Mclaren says:

    Benni Harper is a museum director who doesn t seem to spend much time or perhaps the museum isn t open much working, so its no surprise that she has plenty of time to snoop around town seeking clues to the death of a friend of hers Benni is the one who finds the woman while out for a run with her husband, who happens to be at the police chief of a town that is all too much like San Luis Obispo, California To get to the beginning, Benni is planning a storytelling festival at the museum and th Benni Harper is a museum director who doesn t seem to spend much time or perhaps the museum isn t open much working, so its no surprise that she has plenty of time to snoop around town seeking clues to the death of a friend of hers Benni is the one who finds the woman while out for a run with her husband, who happens to be at the police chief of a town that is all too much like San Luis Obispo, California To get to the beginning, Benni is planning a storytelling festival at the museum and the murdered woman is one of the storytellers Her death leads to both Benni and her husband looking closely at all the storytellers and their secrets among them the woman s husband who has been living with another woman the local businessman dangling two woman at the same time an environmentalist storyteller a quilt maker and her father, who works at the museum.On top of it all, Benni s husband is having to deal with the recent death of a friend and the estrangement of his son It makes for interesting, quick reading


  2. Marian Marian says:

    I feel sorry for this poor police chief who can t seem to break a case soon he s going to be out of a job


  3. Amanda Amanda says:

    Another solid cozy with Benni and Gabe Benni is organizing a storytelling festival when one of the main storytellers ends up dead Add to the pot Gabe s son unexpectedly showing up on their doorstep and tensions run high.


  4. Johnny Johnny says:

    About one third of the way through Goose in the Pond, protagonist Benni Albenia Louise Harper, curator of the local folk art museum in a fictional Central Coastal California town, thinks about the way small communities of intense interest form little universes around a common interest and describes artistic conclaves though she could as easily been talking about anime conventions, game conventions, or comic media celebrations as mini societies closed to most people pp 77 78 From ther About one third of the way through Goose in the Pond, protagonist Benni Albenia Louise Harper, curator of the local folk art museum in a fictional Central Coastal California town, thinks about the way small communities of intense interest form little universes around a common interest and describes artistic conclaves though she could as easily been talking about anime conventions, game conventions, or comic media celebrations as mini societies closed to most people pp 77 78 From there she considers the storytelling convention that her museum is hosting and begins to consider stories as oral artistry I particularly liked these few sentences I thought about the many people who d read or told stories to me throughout my life public school teachers, Sunday school teachers, aunts and uncles, my father and Dove Much of who I am was formed by the stories passed on to me or, as storytellers like to emphasize, through me Because, as many of them pointed out, stories were a living thing and like an unplayed symphony, useless until heard pp 78 79 The character parlays those thoughts into the following two lines from her opening speech Telling a story is a way of moving closer to another human being It is a sharing of the heart and soul and intellect It says you and I, we re alike in this one particular thing p 79 That isn t the kind of thought provoking material one expects to read in a cozy mystery, but that s one of the reasons I enjoy picking up these quilting mysteries I discovered through my Mom and Dad These stories often catch you off guard with philosophical pondering that rarely uses sophisticated vocabulary but often offers profound ideas And, in the case of the Goose in the Pond where a storyteller is found dead in her Mother Goose costume get it , Benni not only discovers the positives about storytelling recounted above, but the negatives of gossip mongering when she discovers the identity of the local anonymous gossip columnist What was it in us human beings that caused us to enjoy reading or hearing about the mortification of other people p 126 Realizing that words can build up or tear down, make things easier or harder for people, cause wars or negotiate peace p 184 , she goes on to conclude that the line between hate and love is as thin as a strand of baby s hair p 254 Goose in the Pond has enough viable suspects to keep the merry go round spinning and there may be a very good reason for that, but if the mystery isn t transparent enough for your taste, consider the fact that alongside the mystery, Benni has to referee between interpersonal problems within her festival committee, between her grandmother who raised her and her self righteous, Bible quoting aunt and I don t mean quoting the SPIRIT of the verses, either , in the middle of her relatively new husband and stepson, and with regard to her cousin and her estranged husband It s a rollercoaster of a ride appropriate enough for a mystery where they protagonist confesses, My stomach is like a snow dome someone just shook p 269 This is perfect commute reading and I liked it better than the average mystery


  5. Angela Angela says:

    This book was like a breath of fresh mystery air for me I decided to take a break in the series I was reading to mix up my reading with this book I am so happy I did Goose In The Pond is an amazing book, with such great characters I just loved Benni, her police chief hubby Gabe, and all the family members and friends of theirs Benni may get into trouble without even trying, but her heart is in the right spot all she wants to do is help her small town, her friends, and her husband by being This book was like a breath of fresh mystery air for me I decided to take a break in the series I was reading to mix up my reading with this book I am so happy I did Goose In The Pond is an amazing book, with such great characters I just loved Benni, her police chief hubby Gabe, and all the family members and friends of theirs Benni may get into trouble without even trying, but her heart is in the right spot all she wants to do is help her small town, her friends, and her husband by being naturally curious and inquisitive when it comes to solving murders How can she stay out of things like she promised Gabe she would, when everyone seems to think she knowsthan she does and is telling her things that could break open the case of the murdered Mother Goose, aka Nora Benni figures what can it hurt to do a little poking and prodigy around for clues People think she s digging anyway, so why not make that assumption the truth Only hitch in this country girls giddy up will be her police chief husband Gabe He wants her to keep her nose out of this murder and just let him do his job, but can she do that He s so stressed from a friend dying, his son showing up on their newlywed doorstep, her family showing up on their doorstep, and pressure from above to solve this murder she would actually be doing him a favor by sticking her nose in and helping right Having never read any of the work from this author, much less the books before this one, I was a bit worried I would be lost I recently tried reading a book by another author mud series and ended up very lost and just giving it up This book pleasantly surprised me and was very easy to hop right into Yes, there were references to past events from the previous books, but none that were super pertinent to this book making sense They made me curious about the other books, but that was all No confusion or lost feelings This author has done an amazing job with description and with character development I found myself going through all kinds of emotions while reading this book too I felt like I was part of the characters circle and could just see and hear the things going on because of this I felt a lit of the emotions the characters did, especially Benni I must say this was one of the few mysteries I have read that had me completely stumped for who done it I mean completely I have had mysteries where I ve been wondering til the end if I could really be right, but this one had me clueless I literally had no clues myself as to who killed Nora I was about ready to say the ducks in the pond she was found in must have done it because she neglected to feed them bread crumbs I didn t see the ending coming at all Andit was an amazing feeling The feeling of being truly surprised by a book.Great writing, great characters, great plot, steady flow, and amazing mystery This book is a must, must, must read You can t help but fall into this book as you read You get caught up in reading this book from page one and find yourself a little sad when it has to end If you are a mystery lover, then this is absolutely the best book ever for you to seek out and pick up 5 5 Stars


  6. Jenny Jenny says:

    This was probably the most ho hum outing of Benni and Gabe The cast of characters is almost entirely new, including Jillian Sinclair, Benni s boss s niece Nick, the brother of the murdered Nora called Mother Goose just once, I guess to further drive the title Evangeline and her father, D Daddy which I thought when she first said it was the result of a stutter , new to town as of 6 months ago Dolores Ayala, a storyteller who seems to be cuddling up to newcomer and handsome bachelor Ash This was probably the most ho hum outing of Benni and Gabe The cast of characters is almost entirely new, including Jillian Sinclair, Benni s boss s niece Nick, the brother of the murdered Nora called Mother Goose just once, I guess to further drive the title Evangeline and her father, D Daddy which I thought when she first said it was the result of a stutter , new to town as of 6 months ago Dolores Ayala, a storyteller who seems to be cuddling up to newcomer and handsome bachelor Ashley Stanhill and Sam, Gabe s 18 year old college dropout son Rita, Benni s 22 year old cousin from the first book, comes back to town for a brief appearance too And of course, Gramma Dove is back with her ranting and raving ways.Nora Hudson is murdered but who did it The mystery is a bit lackluster I didn t really care especially once view spoiler it s let known that she was the author of the newspaper column The Tattler, a gossip piece that apparently threatened the wrong person And for such a small town, San Celina has a bunch of newcomers that all appear to have mysterious pasts hide spoiler I also find it really unlikely that there are this many murders in this small town And that Benni should always be the one to be there when the body is found is evenridiculous view spoiler She ends up going to the library to look through Nora s floppy discs, where she discovers that the piece she was about to publish was about Jillian Sinclair apparently she murdered her husband and told everyone he ran away years ago Similar to the plot of Say No to Murder, another mystery where the main character is in charge of a big event that seems to be threatened by the murder of someone Anyway, Jillian and Ashley are in this together she confessed to her husband s murder because she had too much to drink yup and they, weirdly rather than shoot Benni point blank, have sequestered her in the library basement Of course Benni escapes and they get arrested And none of it was really clever or interesting hide spoiler The storyteller 3 day event seemed interesting, but I didn t really believe that so many people would show up for it Is this kind of a thing a Western past time Note This book took place in late September, so Benni and Gabe have known each other about a year He s kind of a bastard in this book, and part of me wondered if they are heading for splitsville


  7. Sue Sue says:

    In this fourth outing, Benni Harper and her police chief husband, Gabe Ortiz, have returned home to San Celina, California from visiting his family in Kansas They are hoping to have some peace when Benni discovers a dead body and an investigation begins This series has some developing story arcs that would make it harder to pick it up in the middle Their new and developing marriage relationship, his difficult past as a marine in Vietnam and twenty years of work in the LAPD, his troubled relat In this fourth outing, Benni Harper and her police chief husband, Gabe Ortiz, have returned home to San Celina, California from visiting his family in Kansas They are hoping to have some peace when Benni discovers a dead body and an investigation begins This series has some developing story arcs that would make it harder to pick it up in the middle Their new and developing marriage relationship, his difficult past as a marine in Vietnam and twenty years of work in the LAPD, his troubled relationship with his teenage son, her weird and wacky family, and her independent attitude all have roots in the earlier novels These story threads are advanced in this novel and that s one of the intriguing things about reading a series the reader starts to care about the characters and wants to know what happens next Gabe is dealing with pain and loss and Benni has some wise words to say about both as she watches him deal with these issues Her grandmother, Dove, is hilarious but also wise.The author utilizes an interesting technique to avoid the impression that everyone in this middle sized city is a murderer She concentrates the action on a small group of people who are thrown together for some reason In this case, Benni is organizing the first storytelling event in the town in conjunction with her museum curator job, and the characters are all on her organizing committee Some of the other residents come in and out of the story peripherally, to remind us they still live there, but we really only read about these storytellers It s easier to keep track of the suspects that way and Benni even notes in the book how interesting it is that people tend to group themselves into interest circles and there s a whole set of history and rules that others don t see unless they re involved.This cozy mystery series has good plotting, some suspense, and is written formature female readers who can identify with widowhood, second marriages, and grown up problems It s written in the mid 90 s so sometimes I chuckle at the technology anachronisms Only the rich carry cellular telephones and at one point Benni looks for clues in a set of rainbow colored computer disks Remember when we had those Wasn t that long ago.


  8. Andree Andree says:

    I generally liked this one I liked the balance to it Generally, I thought the balance between Benni and Gabe was better I liked how their relationship was portrayed for the most part in this one Dove and Garnet s biblical verse feud was fun Sam was realistic Rita was less annoying than I was expecting I generally liked the family dynamic, and I like the idea of a storytelling festival That was charming.However, the ending view spoiler Seriously Benni That was the first time in the en I generally liked this one I liked the balance to it Generally, I thought the balance between Benni and Gabe was better I liked how their relationship was portrayed for the most part in this one Dove and Garnet s biblical verse feud was fun Sam was realistic Rita was less annoying than I was expecting I generally liked the family dynamic, and I like the idea of a storytelling festival That was charming.However, the ending view spoiler Seriously Benni That was the first time in the entire series that I ve actually thought, Well, now you re just being a moron I get the urge to help solve Gabe s case since he s so stressed I get that you re curious And maybe searching for the homeless person s locker was a little risk, but okay Then you got the disks At that point, they pretty much needed to be turned into the police I could sort of unerstand why she didn t not really, but sort of , even if it was a bit stupid At least she tried to read them privately on a friend s computer first that was sensible Good thinking I could have allowed that But then, when that didn t work, you decide, instead of turning them into the police, to read them in THE LIBRARY Where HALF of the employees are SUSPECTS Are you actually an idiot It just really didn t work for me, because it felt really contrived Like, Well, we have to put Benni in mortal peril somehow, because that is how ALL THE BOOKS MUST END, sooooo It just really didn t work for me hide spoiler But, I liked most of the rest of the book, so sill four stars I guess I m in a generous mood It s probably 3.5 rounding up


  9. Charlyn Charlyn says:

    On an afternoon run with her husband, Benni takes a break to feed the birds but instead discovers a dead body in the pond and it s someone she knows Newlyweds Benni Harper and Gabe Ortiz are still not completely comfortable with one another, so having Gabe s son, Benni s grandmother and her cousin all arrive at their small home at almost at the same time is a disaster in the making Benni is trying to organize the first storyteller festival at work And now her husband, the chief of police, is On an afternoon run with her husband, Benni takes a break to feed the birds but instead discovers a dead body in the pond and it s someone she knows Newlyweds Benni Harper and Gabe Ortiz are still not completely comfortable with one another, so having Gabe s son, Benni s grandmother and her cousin all arrive at their small home at almost at the same time is a disaster in the making Benni is trying to organize the first storyteller festival at work And now her husband, the chief of police, is investigating those with whom she s working because the victim was a storyteller and one of the organizers of the event Benni tries to separate herself from her husband s investigation, but everyone seems to think she knowsthan she does because she s married to Gabe And, at the same time, she seems to continue to fall privy to information that her husband needs to know Antagonism between Gabe and his son Sam at home and Gabe s failure to deal with his grief over the death of two friends creates problems between Gabe and Benni at the same time both are under pressure at work Another good mystery with a few surprises at the end


  10. Rachel Rachel says:

    This book, the fourth in the series, is less about the mystery than about trying to develop the relationship between Benni the woman who can t help tripping over dead people and then solving the murders usually while being threatened with bodily harm and her husband, Gabe the police chief I have the same problems with this book as with earlier ones in the series, and I didn t think that the mystery with this book was very good, but the third book was better than the second, so maybe the f This book, the fourth in the series, is less about the mystery than about trying to develop the relationship between Benni the woman who can t help tripping over dead people and then solving the murders usually while being threatened with bodily harm and her husband, Gabe the police chief I have the same problems with this book as with earlier ones in the series, and I didn t think that the mystery with this book was very good, but the third book was better than the second, so maybe the fifth will be better than the fourth