Whodunit fans will enjoy Judith Bowen's WEST OF GLORY. But while the story grips readers from the start, its progression toward the climax is a little slow.

When investigative journalist Daisy Sutherland returns to Tamarack, Alberta, to take over as editor of the family newspaper, she wants is to escape the grizzly images of her past. But when her first headline reads: "SHOOT-OUT AT RESERVE LEAVES TWO DEAD," and one of the victims is a constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, escape is no longer an option.

Ben Goodstriker is suspicious when he learns his cousin, one of the shoot-out victims, is accused of being a cop killer. To clear his cousin's name, Ben agrees to work with Daisy to uncover the truth. But these two end up doing a lot more than working! When Daisy begins to uncover the truth, she suddenly comes up missing, and Ben's suspicions of foul play are confirmed. He only hopes he can find the woman he loves before it's too late.

Judith Bowen delivers a strong mystery with plenty of suspects to keep readers guessing. However, more emphasis on Ben and Daisy's romance would have enhanced this story. (Aug., 146 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Tanya Kacik