Editor's note: From escaped convicts to dead bears to Civil War era disguises, four authors with local ties have recently penned mysteries that are clean, too.
Carole Thayne Warbuton’s newest novel, “Poaching Daisies: A Yellowstone Mystery,” offers mystery, murder and romance set in the well-known Yellowstone National Park.
Recovering from the disappointment of not finishing police academy, Penny Thorton finds a summer job as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. She loves the park and the fact that she gets to spend the summer with her Aunt Iris.
Iris, a longtime resident of Silver Gate, Mont., is an environmentalist bent on eradicating the non-native and invasive oxeye daisy from Yellowstone National Park.
The first week on the job, Penny is shot at and literally stumbles over a dead bear as she is clearing a trail. And that's just the beginning of her trouble.
Before long both Iris and Penny are involved in unraveling a deadly mystery, and some unexpected romance. As they try to figure out who is killing the park black bears there are plenty of suspects. Before the mystery is solved, neither of them are sure who they can trust.
There are plenty of twists and turns to the plot, keeping the suspense of “who did it” until the end.
The book is an easy summer read with nicely drawn main characters. The developing relationship between Iris and Russ, the bounty bear hunter, is a healthy subplot that helps round out the story.
Although there is no offensive language, there is a small amount of sexual innuendo and quite a bit of violence described — the shooting of bears and people.
The author, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lives with her husband of more than 30 years in rural northern Utah. “Poaching Daisies” is her fifth published novel. Warburton has visited the area the novel is set in more than 70 times. She blogs at carolethayne.blogspot.com.
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.