Sunday, March 8, 2015

Review: Petticoat Detectives by Margaret Brownley

Petticoat Detective 
(Undercover Ladies, #1)
by Margaret Brownley
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.27
Published by: Shiloh Run Press
Published on: December 1, 2014
Pages: 320

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed this one. I thought the writing was fantastic, the suspense was well developed, and the characters were intriguing.

This novel was one that I went into with little expectations; I was blown away. I enjoyed this one more than most books I've read in the genre lately. 

The story follows Jennifer Layne aka Amy as she tries to take down an infamous bandit. That made for an interesting backdrop. I also loved how she set it at a Parlor House. It allowed the author to explore several poignant themes about faith and forgiveness.

The novel was fun and not preachy, which in my opinion always makes for a great read. Readers who are looking for a fun read with some suspense and romance thrown in can't go wrong with this one. 

So why 4 stars? It was just a fun, well-written read that kept me entertained until the very end. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It is very clean. It takes place in a parlor house, so there are very tame references to drinking and alcohol. But is suitable for 14+. There are also some violent references, also quite tame. 

The Wrap-up: A fun enjoyable novel that stood out to me. This is the perfect read for fans of historical fiction, suspense, or romance. 

Love,

Danica Page

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