I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley
Genres: Christian, Mystery
Published by Shiloh Run Press Pages: 320
Also by this author: Undercover Bride
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.
This is my first novel by this author and it’s a Christian Mystery with a bit of Romance. Now because I am use to the genre I didn’t find it to be to preachy but I can see places were others might and so please understand that it is Christian Fiction and will not be for everyone. I do think it could be a little more religious that some might want, but if that doesn’t bother you then you might enjoy this one. I found it to be entertaining and will continue the series.
What I thought of this book
It involves the Pinkerton Detective Agencies female division and Jennifer is one of their detectives. She has gone undercover in what is probably one of her toughest assignments yet, she has to go undercover as a prostitute named Amy. Amy (is the name used throughout the book) is not at all comfortable about posing as a lady of the evening and living in a bordello, but she is on the trail of the Gunnysack Bandit and it has lead her to Miss Lillian’s bordello. Being in such a place goes against her Christian values but she also learns a lot about not being so quick to judge those in places like that. Everyone has a story to tell.
Tom Colton is looking for his brother killer and he thinks that Rose will have the answers. Rose works at Miss Lillian’s bordello and Tom mistakes Amy for Rose. While they are arguing a scream lets out and they find Rose dead. What is it that Rose might have known that get her killed? Amy thought Rose knew who the Gunnysack Bandit was and Tom also thought she might know the same thing. Amy can’t let anyone know who she is even Tom Colton. She really hopes that he is not the Gunnysack Bandit but until she knows more about him, he is not off the suspect list.
I liked Jennifer (Amy) as a character because she was pretty spunky. Right of the bat she was ready to fight Tom when he mistook her for Rose. The part where she climbs out onto a tree was pretty funny. Tom was a nice honest man who really wants to prove his brother wasn’t as bad as it seemed and that he really had turned his life around. His conflicted feelings for Amy was a real struggle for him since he thought she was a prostitute and he was overall just a nice guy.
The story takes a couple twist and turns along the way and at one point I wasn’t sure if we were going to find out who the Gunnysack Bandit really was or not. I was surprised at who the Gunnysack Bandit was and who killed Rose and over all I thought it was a good mystery novel. I didn’t find it to be as fast paced as I would have liked and I am not sure how I felt about a Christian pretending to be a prostitute even though she was undercover, it just seemed a bit strange.
Overall, I enjoyed it enough to check out the next one when it comes out. I do know that this will not be a book for everyone but if you like Christian Fiction then you might enjoy this one.