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Petticoat Detective

Petticoat Detective

by Margaret Brownley

Narrated by Jaimee Draper

Unabridged — 9 hours, 33 minutes

Margaret Brownley

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Overview

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 murder-and one very personal reason to hope that she's wrong about him.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

10/13/2014
Romance fans will welcome this first of the Undercover Ladies series set in frontier Kansas in 1883. Former Texas Ranger Tom Colton’s mission to clear the name of his recently deceased brother forces him to the door of the local brothel. Seeking to talk with the prostitute his brother allegedly planned to marry, he instead is paired up with Amy, who is actually an undercover Pinkerton operative named Jennifer Layne on the trail of a notorious bandit. With Amy’s true identity unknown, Tom finds his attraction to this “prostitute” confusing and alarming. As their parallel investigations cross and eventually collide, Jennifer struggles with her own feelings for Tom and the increasing fear that her evidence will incriminate his brother. Their shared faith gives both characters a high sense of justice and honesty, causing inner conflict over the inevitable lies and ruses that come with undercover work. Playful and funny secondary characters lighten things up, and even the judgmental church ladies prove teachable. Brownley (Gunpowder Tea) 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. Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Dec.)

Booklovers Anonymous - Jael Roy


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.

RT Book Reviews - Michele Hagenlock


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.

RT Book Reviews


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.

Count It All Joys - Susan Grondin


There are so many opportunities for misunderstandings that create humorous situations to keep you laughing and turning pages. In addition, piquing your interest in history are the references to the Pinkerton Agency and female agents. This story makes you want to research that subject further.

Pencil Dancer - Diana Brandmeyer


Petticoat Detective is a delightful shift in historicals. A woman detective? Loved it! The sleuthing was top notch and I fell for red herring! Not an easy thing for me to admit since I often figure out who 'done' it. Well done, Margaret Brownley!

Library Journal

★ 01/01/2015
Pinkerton agent Jennifer Lane has taken on the role of a lifetime. Posing as a lady companion at Miss Lillian's Parlor House and Boots, Jennifer is hot on the trail of the Gunnysack Bandit. Tom Colton, a former Texas Ranger, just wants to clear his deceased brother's name. Thrust together time and again, even as sparks fly, Tom and Jennifer finally figure out that working together and perhaps learning to trust each other might get them what they both want. The disappearance of Jennifer's sister many years before haunts her dreams, and a mystery yet unsolved is adeptly included in this cozy Western. The budding relationship between the protagonists adds a bit of romance to the enjoyable narrative, although their inability to see how God is blending their lives together will keep readers on edge. VERDICT RITA Award finalist Brownley's new series opener has handsome cowboys and girls in distress, who also stand up for themselves, making this a work that fans of the genre will wish to devour.—Jane Blue, Andrews P.L., NC

Product Details

BN ID: 2940175490726
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 05/27/2022
Series: Undercover Ladies Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged

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