“Petticoat Detective” by Margaret Brownley

Jennifer Layne, aka Amy Gardener, isn’t really a lady of the night—she’s a Pinkerton detective. Now if only she can keep the handsome ex-ranger from finding out, maybe her disguise will be safe. But her job finding the Gunnysack Bandit, is just the tip of the iceberg caused by cold-blooded murder. How can she solve the mounting crimes, while juggling her heart, her faith—and her reputation?

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. And the action begins and ends at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Fine Boots.
PS. For those of you who’ve read my reviews before, you’ll remember I don’t like discussion questions at the end.

Thank you to NetGalley (www.netgalley.com) and Barbour Publishing Inc. for providing me with this book to read and review.


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