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At first, I thought I was going to have to slog through sopho slump The first book in the series was awesome This one was a little slow to get going, however, when I started it, I was interrupted every 5 minutes, so maybe that was it, because once I had time to read and get into the story, this book was excellent It touched on a part of history that has always interested me, the relocation of the Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor Second book was great, hoping the rest of the seri At first, I thought I was going to have to slog through sopho slump The first book in the series was awesome This one was a little slow to get going, however, when I started it, I was interrupted every 5 minutes, so maybe that was it, because once I had time to read and get into the story, this book was excellent It touched on a part of history that has always interested me, the relocation of the Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor Second book was great, hoping the rest of the series continues on this way Two residents of a nursing home found dead in a room Benni Harper gets involved because she discovers the bodies Her boyfriend is in charge of the investigation and constantly warns her not to get involved Of course, she doesn t listen Benni begins asking questions At the same time, an old flame is back in town, and he s one of the prime suspects and Benni finds herself quarreling with her boyfriend and spending too much time with the old flame causing some confused feelings In the midst o Two residents of a nursing home found dead in a room Benni Harper gets involved because she discovers the bodies Her boyfriend is in charge of the investigation and constantly warns her not to get involved Of course, she doesn t listen Benni begins asking questions At the same time, an old flame is back in town, and he s one of the prime suspects and Benni finds herself quarreling with her boyfriend and spending too much time with the old flame causing some confused feelings In the midst of her involvement in the investigation, she s also researching a historical society project concerning the Japanese Americans in the area and their treatment during WWII.The situation of the Japanese Americans during WWII is not something you often hear about It was interesting having an author include it in the story Excellent, I absolutely devoured this book I am on board for the next one This is the second book in this particular series, following on from I like this series because i enjoy the characters However, this book was quite boring until the end It took way too long to get to the mystery and didn t keep your attention Too much emphasis was placed on Benni s love life. I really struggled partway through this one I know a lot of people love Benni, but I m finding her a little too stubborn for her own good Which is sad because I think there are a lot of great characters in this series, especially Dove And Gabe Also, I don t understand why they suddenly got married given all of the problems they have just dating each other A marriage certificate doesn t make that go away. Judging from the other reviews, I might be in the minority of people who liked the first book in this series better.I just found this to be a bit too all over the place Too many new men move to town and at first I had trouble keeping Mac and Clay separate, if only because they showed up at the same town and both seemed quite handsome and interested in Benni and two old people are killed in the 3rd or 4th chapter The deaths are suspicious and since Benni discovers their bodies, she s again Judging from the other reviews, I might be in the minority of people who liked the first book in this series better.I just found this to be a bit too all over the place Too many new men move to town and at first I had trouble keeping Mac and Clay separate, if only because they showed up at the same town and both seemed quite handsome and interested in Benni and two old people are killed in the 3rd or 4th chapter The deaths are suspicious and since Benni discovers their bodies, she s again in the thick of it view spoiler As soon as Todd started working for Benni at the museum, I suspected he had something to do with the murders I have a hard time believing his grandfather killed Brady O Hara, but I guess he cared about Miss Violet that much Brady was trying to kill Miss Violet because she knew he d been blackmailed after raping Miss Violet s Japanese student in 1941 after he found out his brother had been killed at Pearl Harbor And all the drama around Benni and Gabe and it s absolutely bananas that they end up getting married at the end of this book is that just so they can sleep together It won t solve any of their communication problems Super dumb What was the hurry hide spoiler More Elvia, please, next time So far I have not been overly impressed with the relationship between Benni and Gabe She seems very much like a loose cannon who doesn t take into account the trouble she can get herself and others into just by being stubborn and doing the opposite of what she is asked to do I have a feeling this is going to be a theme throughout the rest of the series and I have seen it with other series as well I guess if they all played it safe, then the main character would not find themselves in the trou So far I have not been overly impressed with the relationship between Benni and Gabe She seems very much like a loose cannon who doesn t take into account the trouble she can get herself and others into just by being stubborn and doing the opposite of what she is asked to do I have a feeling this is going to be a theme throughout the rest of the series and I have seen it with other series as well I guess if they all played it safe, then the main character would not find themselves in the trouble which always seems to come their way at the end of the book Not as good as the first, but possibly because the motive for murder was IMHO pretty weak I did still enjoy the character of Benni and I like her boyfriend Ortiz, but the characters use Spanish in the weirdest way It s almost like the author doesn t think Hispanic characters are authentic if they don t use a palabra of Spanish at least every chapter And it is really peeving me that the story is set in San Celina which is obviously SLO for anyone who has lived in California for any length Not as good as the first, but possibly because the motive for murder was IMHO pretty weak I did still enjoy the character of Benni and I like her boyfriend Ortiz, but the characters use Spanish in the weirdest way It s almost like the author doesn t think Hispanic characters are authentic if they don t use a palabra of Spanish at least every chapter And it is really peeving me that the story is set in San Celina which is obviously SLO for anyone who has lived in California for any length of time She keeps the surrounding towns, she keeps Cal Poly, she even keeps the gum alley Is there a rule that you have to rename the town you set your story in ^READ E-PUB ↳ Irish Chain ↠ Meet Benni Harpera spirited ex cowgirl, quilter, and folk art expert who s staking out her own corner of the contemporary American West She s got an eye for murderous designs and a talent for piecing together the most complex and cold blooded crimes Benni s taking time from her job at the folk art museum to sponsor a senior prom at San Celina s retirement home During the dance, she s surprised to find herself waltzing with Clay O Hara, the Colorado cowboy she had a crush on when she was seventeen She s even surprised when Clay s uncle and an elderly woman are found dead in one of the residents rooms Now Benni s trying to find a link between the two victims and the common thread that bound them together in death