In small-town Colorado, petite and plucky Addie Devore, editor of the weekly Bandora Bulletin, finally has stop-the-presses news: someone has murdered old reprobate drunk Shorty Banks, who was discovered in the town's Rattlesnake Saloon, one of the Old West mining camp replicas put up by the historical society. Addie, of course, is patronized by the sheriff and by her former lover, Lamar, when she insists that the scent of a bitch in heat is a bona fide clue (it is); the only one who listens to her, in fact, is mountain man Ryland (who, somehow, makes her nervous and tingly at the same time). There'll be another death and a near-fatal stabbing before Addie discovers what someone killed to keep hidden: a white BMW at the bottom of a mine, with the remains of a murdered wife in the front seat. Chatty, folksy, and with more romantic twinges (Lamar again? Ryland after he's cleanshaven?) than mystery complexities. First in a series from paperback gothic/romantic-suspense writer Karr.