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?
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.
Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty historical novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
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.