Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Barbour Books
Series: Undercover Ladies(Book 1)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
What I liked: Amy had hoped to find a murder yet she finds herself trying to solve one instead. She had not planned to work at Miss Lillian’s but being a Pinkerton detective she does what she needs to do for the case. When Tom shows up the same night as the murder he’s added to the suspect list. I enjoyed how these two interacted and how Amy, playing a loose woman deals with the town treating her so badly yet she keeps going and helps teach the town a thing or two in the process. Tom also learns to see past what the person is doing to who they are which makes the book have a deeper feel to it at times. I also enjoyed the suspense and who done it storyline.
What I did not like: I was not a big fan of the brothel house setting. There was nothing improper in the book but just the setting was not one I really enjoy.
Overall this was a good book. Even though the book has a darker storyline and setting the author did a good job keeping it light. The characters were all likable and the ending wrapped it all up well.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.