Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Margaret Brownley's newest, Gunpowder Tea
(Thomas Nelson, 2013), will have you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails until the conclusion!
In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.
Praise for Gunpowder Tea
"In the exquisitely intriguing finale to her Brides of Last Chance Ranch trilogy, Brownley blends faith and romance with a dash of mystery to serve up a cozy, fulfilling story set in the Arizona Territory of the 1890s . . . This enchanting account of the hardships and wonders of the Old West features many delightful characters. The story stands on its own merits, independent of the first two in the series, drawing readers into a world that is difficult to leave."
-Publishers Weekly

More about Gunpowder Tea
When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom---an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.

But she isn't the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.

Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn't removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets---and no one on the ranch is safe.

The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers---and their lives---depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

Here is my review of this enjoyable novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Margaret Brownley and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Gunpowder Tea" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

"Gunpowder Tea" by Margaret Brownley is a fun and suspenseful journey with a female Pinkerton!  Miranda Hunt aka Annie Beckman is on her latest assignment as a Pinkerton:  to impersonate an applicant to be the heiress of a rancher who apparently has members of a thieving gang working for her.  In fact, the Phantom – Miranda’s target and the gang’s mastermind – is suspected to be working on the property.
When Annie recognizes one of the men involved in a train robbery as one of the cowpunchers at the Last Chance Ranch, her suspicions and sleuthing instincts kick into high gear.  What Annie doesn’t know is that this handsome cowboy is Wells Fargo Detective Jeremy Taggert.  But Jeremy is using the alias “Branch” for his assignment at the Last Chance Ranch to catch a bank robber.  Jeremy is keeping a close eye on Annie as well.  But is it because of attraction or distrust?

This is a wonderful book that you will not want to put down.  The characters are full of life and strength and mystery.  The storyline is an engaging whodunit.  There is a solid spiritual thread woven throughout this enjoyable novel, making it a wholesome bit of entertainment.

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