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Shiloh Run Press / 2014 / ePub

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Determined to corner the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne goes undercover as a lady companion at Miss Lillian's Parlor House. But when her key witness is murdered, former Texas Ranger Tom Colton becomes a suspect. What will it take for her to acknowledge the personal reason she has to hope that he's innocent?

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781634090605
ISBN-13: 9781634090605
Series: Undercover Ladies

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Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is on the trail of the Gunnysack Bandit, working undercover as a parlor girl named Amy, when her path crosses with handsome Tom Colton, a man on a mission of his own.

Author Bio

Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than thirty novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a former Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has written for a TV soap. Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California.   www.margaret-brownley.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Stands out from the pack
    September 27, 2016
    Sandy
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I had this (e) book for awhile before I read it and then I couldn't put it down! I know lots of people say that but I usually read a little at a time and in between- not this one. At the point where most other authors would have ended the book and put 'finis' and given you a predictable ending- the story goes on and gives you more depth- and some outlandish characters to boot. At first I was a little scepticlal of a female detective- but if you read the end notes you will find that instead of projecting Nancy Drew out of her time- these agents really existed. Of course this is a work of fiction but it is based on fact and if you like mysteries- well, what are you waiting for? Just so you know- as soon as I finished this book I bought the next two and finished them one after the other- unusual for me, but enjoyable!
  2. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read! ! !
    February 28, 2016
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read some of Margaret's books before and enjoyed them, this one did not fail to entertain me as well. Also I have read other books involving the Pinkerton detectives which I really liked, again, this was another one that I really liked. There is some mystery, some giggles (like throwing of shoes in place of shooting), faith and some love. I would highly recommend this book as I continue on to read the next book in the series, "Undercover Bride".
  3. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Read!!!!!!!!
    December 17, 2015
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley is a humorous, romantic suspense. Jennifer under the name of "Amy" takes a job undercover in a parlor house in search of the gunny-sack killer. The characters she encounters leads to many humorous scenes . There are many twists and turns also to keep the reader in suspense of who the actual killer is. This is Book 1 of the Undercover Ladies. I look forward to reading book 2!

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinio
  4. Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A humorous Christian historical romance you're sure to enjoy
    September 5, 2015
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Former Texas Ranger Tom Colton was on a mission. His brother Dave's last letter to him had indicated a change of heart and a desire to be reconciled with his young son, whom Tom was raising. Now his brother was dead, and Tom wanted to find his murderer and bring him to justice. His recent investigations brought him to Goodman, Kansas, right to the doorstep of Miss Lillian's Parlour House and Fine Boots. Dave had written about a Rose, one of Miss Lillian's girls, whom he had fallen in love with and intended to marry. Tom wanted to talk with Rose, hoping to elicit her help in finding Dave's killer. This part of his quest made him uncomfortable, but he would do whatever it took to get his man.

    Jennifer Layne was a highly trained agent for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her job often placed her undercover on a case where she could accomplish more than a man often could. Her quest had also brought her to Miss Lillian's Parlour House where she was to talk to a Miss Rose whom the Pinkertons believed was a key to their investigation to the identity of the Gunnysack Bandit. She decided to apply to become a "resident." She had just become established in a room and been made over to look more "decent" in Miss Lillian's estimation, to get close to Rose. But a complication occurred when Miss Lillian discovered Rose in her room, killed but without evidence of a struggle. Jennifer's job suddenly took a serious turn for the worse. She wondered if Rose's death had anything to do with her investigation of the bandit.

    This is the first Margaret Brownley book I have read. I'm pretty certain it won't be the last. There are many reasons why I like this one in particular. First, there is a "who done it" thread running all throughout the story that's well written. Tom wants to find his brother's killer. In the process of picking up clues, he believes they lead him to the Gunnysack Bandit. Finding who this bandit is becomes his central focus. Between the Tom and Amy, clues begin to look as if Dave Colton might be the bandit. Disheartened, Tom returns home after the Pinkerton Agency concludes the same thing. But Jennifer doesn't like the way the clues don't exactly add up. Eventually she has an idea after the case was closed. The end solution took me completely by surprise. Kudos to the author for keeping the readers guessing right up to the end.

    Second, the pull of attraction between Tom and Jennifer (as Amy) is everywhere in this tale, twisted up in the main plot, complicating the urgency of their respective tasks. It is especially evident in Tom, a man of faith. Since he believes Amy is a "sporting woman" he fights his attraction to her all the way to the final chapters. In the meantime, Jennifer has her own conflicts because she too is a person of faith. She barely manages not to compromise her convictions without revealing her involvement with Pinkerton. I was a little surprised whom she took into her confidence. I think you may be too. But it works out well in the end.

    Third, the book is heavily laced with good humor from mixed up identities to misunderstandings to just plain silliness. The strands of humor and adventure work well together. This coupling brought me back to re-read the book more than twice.

    Finally, I was given this book on CD to review. Jaimee Draper reads the book with so much talent and gusto that her acting ability made the story come alive. She added accents, hesitations, and mispronunciations at all the appropriate places with hilarious results. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. For all the above reasons, I highly recommend you read it too.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Do Not Judge
    April 9, 2015
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Imagine being a woman in a time where there were not a lot of opportunities for you besides marriage and children. That is the time period where we find Amy, in the years following the Civil War. Amy, being a Pinkerton agent, has to go undercover at a bordello in hopes of catching the outlaw named the Gunnysack Bandit. The first night she is there, she meets a former Texas Ranger by the name of Tom Colton. Tom has arrived in town to find out information about the Gunnysack Bandit as well, due to the fact that he believes that is who has killed his brother. That alone hooked me into the story, but there was a lot of depth to this story especially concerning judging others. Amy, a Christian, has entered a role of a pretend prostitute in order to catch a thief and murderer. What she finds stepping into this role is that she is on the other end of the towns cruel judgement and she has seen the depth of pain of the other girls in the bordello. Amy is also haunted by her past and her nightmares at night begin to return. This was at times a lighthearted romantic comedy yet there was a bit of a creepy vibe running through the story as well. By the end of this book I was thoroughly entertained, did not guess who the true villain was, and I learned some though provoking lessons. Overall, I look forward to the next in the Undercover Ladies series. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
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