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Mariner's Compass by Earlene Fowler
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Feb 20, 2011

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bookshelves: mystery
Read from February 18 to 20, 2011 — I own a copy

I purchased this book at a local used bookstore without knowing much about it. The title "Mariner's Compass" caught my eye. In my work as a land surveyor, a compass is something I use almost every day and I liked the broader implications of a compass, something you can trust to point you in the right direction.

As I read the book, I discovered the mariner's compass the author refers to is a quilting design based on the compass rose pattern seen on the face of many compasses, not an actual compass. However, the broader view of a compass as something you can trust to guide you still applies. The central character Benni Harper learns that she is the sole heir to a man named Jacob Chandler—a man she has never heard of before. A stipulation requires Benni to stay alone in the house she has inherited for two weeks following the reading of the will. Guided by her internal compass, she uses this time to try to uncover who Jacob Chandler was and why he left his estate to her. Along the way she finds a series of clues left by her benefactor that give her glimpses of his life and tell her that she is on the right path. In the end, by holding her course and not allowing anyone or anything to stop her, she gains the answers to her questions. A worthwhile journey for fans of the mystery genre.

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Jacqueline Bolin Thanks Jim. Based on your review, this book sounds like something I would really enjoy, I can't wait to read it.

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