Carole Thayne Warburton
A Yellowstone Mystery
Book Review and Author Interview
Plus a $50 giveaway at Etsy! (see below)
April 12, 2013
The Book Table
29 South Main Street
Book Review of Poaching Daisies,
A Yellowstone Mystery by Carole Thayne Warburton
Sometimes, in the small town of Cooke, Montana, you have to wonder if there's room for all the different people who live there: hunters, rangers, environmentalists, and regulars. Then there are the tourists, who come in droves to explore Yellowstone National Park, bringing their own particular brand of baggage (physical and behavioral) with them.
When a bear is killed and Ranger Penny Thornton is the first on the scene, gunshots chase her away, but when she returns to the scene, the evidence is gone. Then several more bears are killed. This is no small matter, as by law every living thing within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park is to be protected and left to flourish naturally, and her beloved Park becomes a crime scene.There's a lot at stake in solving these crimes, and no one's more aware of that than Penny.
Penny lives with her aunt Iris, an unflagging botanist/environmentalist who's bent on eradicating the offensive ox-eye daisy, which in her scientific opinion is nothing more than a weed that threatens other native species. She's on a one-woman crusade, however. It doesn't help when she learns that Russ, the hunter who becomes involved in the investigation of the bears' deaths, turns out to have a planter of them growing right in his own front yard. As the story develops, distinguishing truth from lies becomes as complicated as eradicating the noxious flower.
That's only the first of many clashes Russ and Iris will have; yet soon their tumultous relationship is also touched with humor and warmth as each tries to do what he/she knows is morally right. Then Tyson, the ranger Penny's dating, becomes a suspect, and matters go from bad to worse. In the end there's a showdown with a whole cast of assorted characters, and until the smoke clears, we're not sure who wins.
Poaching Daisies is a unique and engaging story of mystery, suspense, romance, and humor. I especially enjoyed the developing romance between two unlikely characters who seem like polar opposites but become strangely, grudgingly attracted to each other. As always, Warburton's characters are well-drawn and genuine and their dialogue laced with colorful humor. These are people we know, or would like to know. Warburton has spent a lot of time at Yellowstone and knows the park intimately. It becomes another character in the story, and she describes its wild beauty vividly.
In Poaching Daisies we want the good guys to win, but we're not always sure who they are, and Warburton keeps us guessing until the very end.
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Interview with Carole Thayne Warburton,