Steps to the Altar

Steps to the Altar

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
Ninth in the Agatha Award-winning series that's been hailed as "engrossing" (Publishers Weekly), Steps to the Altar finds California folk art expert Benni Harper preparing for two upcoming weddings, digging up clues to an decades-old unsolved murder-and struggling with a very personal crisis of the heart.

Baker & Taylor
While preparing for two upcoming weddings, California folk art authority Benni Harper suddenly finds herself embroiled in a decades-old, unsolved murder and dealing with a personal crisis of the heart.

Blackwell North Amer
The Steps to the Altar pattern most likely has its origins in things romantic, though there is a possibility that it also has a spiritual aspect. Prior to the twentieth century, marriage denoted a major role shift in a woman's life. A gift of a quilt from her closest friends both commemorated this event and served as a reminder of her friend's love and support. The Steps to the Altar pattern is a fairly simple one using squares and triangles to make a block that is striking when contrasting fabrics are used. The name actually refers to at least three different patterns, some of which have their earliest origins in late nineteenth century Ohio and New York. It is also called Dish of Fruit, Flat Iron Patchwork, Strawberry Basket, Stairstep, Stairs of Illusion, English T Box, Jacob's Ladder and Building Blocks.

Baker
& Taylor

While preparing for two upcoming weddings, California folk art authority Benni Harper suddenly finds herself embroiled in a decades-old, unsolved murder and dealing with a personal crisis of the heart. By the author of Arkansas Traveler.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
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ISBN: 9780425183496
0425183491
Branch Call Number: F FOW
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 22 cm

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Shelley51
Jan 03, 2013

This was a captivating story-I hated to put the book down. There are several interesting twists readers should enjoy!

samdog123 Jul 14, 2009

I really love this mystery series featuring Benni Harper, curator at a folk arts museum and her husband, Chief Inspector Gabriel Ortiz. This is the 9th book in the series with the first title being "Fool's Puzzle". The storyline of the books is based around the name of the quilt featured in the title. If you're looking for a series where you can grow with the characters, you won't be disappointed here.

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