Norma, Mabel and LaRue are the elderly sisters at the heart of this humorous romantic mystery set near art built in the northwestern Utah desert.I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to catch my breath.

“I believe it’s a dead man.” –Norma

“”Goodness gracious! That man isn’t wearing any clothes.” –LaRue

“It’s unseemly to see her hovering over a man, a n-naked man, no less.” –Mabel.

The story has all the warmth and small town feeling of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, and liveliness of Betsy Brannon Green‘s Miss Eugenia in her Haggerty series.

Grouse Creek is so real on the page it conjured up memories of the place I grew up, where neighbors sensed you needed help before you knew it yourself. Carole Thayne Warburton has sprinkled in lovable characters laced with frailties and spiced with secrets.

Tony is an educated cowboy who plays guitar, sings and writes ballads. Kelli’s damaged spirit causes the reader to want to reach out and give her a hug. The three sisters play cupid, and a misguided thief who is searching for his girl friend and her baby round out the cast. Dreams, relationships and trust are central to the plot. By the end of the book all of the characters had become family to me.

This was the first time I’ve read a book written by Carole, but I guarantee it won’t be the last.

Sun Tunnels and Secrets is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Deseret Book.

The publisher, Walnut Springs Press, is giving away three copies of the novel, plus a lovely piece of Carole’s pottery. Pictures and contest rules are available on Carol’s Blog: