Series: Undercover Ladies
Author: Margaret Brownley
Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is no stranger to undercover work. But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her. She’s finally landed a high-profile case and is on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls essential to her investigation meets an untimely demise. Only a handful of people are in the house at the time of her death, including handsome Tom Colton, a former Texas Ranger determined to clear his brother’s name. Amy has many reasons to suspect Tom of murderand one very personal reason to hope that she’s wrong about him.
Playful and funny secondary characters lighten things up, and even the judgmental church ladies prove teachable. Brownley strikes a fine balance of humor and realism, not glossing over the darker side of the Wild West as she explores childhood abuse, broken families, and double standards.
Brownley's story, based loosely Kate Warne's life (A real-life female detective), is a fresh look at a historical period on the American frontier. Set against a backdrop of America's oldest profession Ms. Brownley takes on a story that is both uplifting and heartbreaking. The characters are realistically written and multi-layered. This looks to be a great new series.
A careful blend of mystery and hilarity make this both an exciting and charming read. I loved the characters: the depth of emotions as the author subtly considered the lives and times of “sporting women”, and the bonds of friendship that surmount the obstacles of class. It wasn't an easy read, but it was a cleansing one, for both the characters and the readers. The dialogue and dialects were as amusing and distinctive as the characters. The twists and turns of the plot sinister and varied, without blocking out hope or love.
Related Product: 9781634090612
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
320Pages / Publication Date: 20141201
Subject: FIC042040-FICTION / Christian / Romance,FIC042030-FICTION / Christian / Historical,FIC042070-FICTION / Christian / Western