This cozy LDS mystery is part budding romance, part mystery, but all parts action.
Now, let me clarify the term LDS cozy myster. The main characters are LDS and live according to LDS standards, however there is no peachiness nor hidden agenda regarding the LDS church. The cozy mystery gets the reader on the edge of his/her seat with anticipation, but can be enjoyed by the faint of heart.
Rocky is a cowboy private investigator from northern Utah who is hired to find and return two prize roping horses for Glenn Gridley. Before he gets very far into the investigation, Glenn’s ex-son-in-law, Alden is found murdered on their ranch by Shanice Gridley Overton, his ex-wife.
The tension increases during Rocky’s investigation as the Gridley’s bookkeeper is also murdered, several shots are made at Rocky, a bomb is found on the Gridley ranch—and so on.
Step-by-step Rocky uncovers a crew of people working toward the Gridleys’ destruction, and Poulson weaves the clues so expertly that it didn’t take long before I suspected everyone except the Gridley’s and Rocky—including a local detective.
As I indicated, I enjoyed this story. It kept me eager with anticipation, both in regards to the hope of romance between Shanice and Rocky, and in regards to each of the main characters’ safety. My only frustration was at the end of the book when the story ended so neatly. It reminded me of the way British novelist, Georgette Heyer ended her books—that’s all folks. Then again, Poulsen has published over fourteen books, and being compared to Georgette Heyer isn’t exactly a bad thing.