Petticoat Detective

Petticoat Detective 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 pr

  • Title: Petticoat Detective
  • Author: Margaret Brownley
  • ISBN: 9781628366266
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofPinkerton 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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  • Margaret Brownley

    BEST SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers Choice and Award of Excellence She s a former Romance Writers of American RITA finalist and has written for a TV soap She is currently working on a new series Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English Just don t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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  • I enjoyed this book more than I expected. I didn't read the blurb because the title was enough to make me want to read the book. After I started reading, though, I wasn't too sure about the setting-- much of the story takes place in or near a bordello, which surprised me. The heroine lives there and pretends to be a "lady of the night" while investigating a case and the hero visits the place too. While I'm not too sure about the accuracy, I did think it was portrayed tastefully?The pervasive men [...]


  • by Andrea Renee CoxThe mystery and crime-solving aspects are what attracted me to this book. A couple of major things disappointed me, though. The lead character compromised her morals for her job, and she grew comfortable doing so through the course of the story, which seemed to contradict the moments when she thought the other girls in similar positions should stop the bad things they were doing. This came across as very hypocritical. For me, compromising one's God-given moral code is inexcusa [...]


  • I had the privilege of endorsing Margaret Brownley's newest book, Petticoat Detective. Here's what I said:What a hoot! Petticoat Detective is a rollicking mystery set in the Old West, with an unconventional heroine, a hurting hero, and a very unique secondary cast that will keep you chuckling. Margaret Brownley certainly lives up to her brand of Love and Laughter in the Old West with her latest book.Vickie McDonough, Best selling author of more than 30 books and novellas, including Gabriel’s A [...]


  • What I Loved: First of all, Margaret Brownley is one of those authors that is on my good side. I can always count on her to give me a solid story with just the right amount of suspense, humor, mystery, a message for my soul, and romance.Petticoat Detective is one of those mystery novels that you’re not able to solve within the first chapter which is something that I greatly appreciate. Jennifer finds herself in a pretty awkward position much longer than she ever meant. This leads to some humor [...]


  • About this book:“Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne has a past full of identities But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her. Amy’s current assignment has her on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls—Amy’s best hope for a lead—meets an untimely demise. Former Texas Ranger Tom Colton has every reason to distrust the green-eyed beauty at Miss Lillian’s who calls herself Amy. Determined [...]


  • One of Jennifer's big struggles is the constant falsehoods required by her occupation; as an undercover agent, she has to play a role. Given her role in this case, she cannot attend church or fellowship with believers, and, "Friendships require honesty, trust, and transparency--all the things her clandestine activities prevent" (221). As such, she is basically alone, and she cannot build relationships. That reality understandably weighs on her, especially when she finds that she really wants to [...]


  • Petticoat Detective is really a great and fun read. I couldn't help but laughing out loud throughout the book. It was so good and so fun. I loved the characters, setting, history, and story line. I definitely highly recommend it.5 stars.


  • I really enjoy Ms. Brownley's Westerns. She is always able to weave in a fun western setting with humor and romance. Even after reading the synopsis I didn't realize the story takes place at a bordello, our heroine Amy has to pose as a prostitute in order to track down the Gunnysack Bandit. Even though the story takes place at a bordello and the mystery around two murders, it was an uplifting and pretty lighthearted read, never felt too heavy even though the subject matter was pretty serious. Am [...]


  • Petticoat DetectiveUndercover Ladies 1Margaret BrownleyThere are times when only a woman can do a proper investigation. And this is one of those times, though posing as companion is the last thing Jennifer planned on doing. But when her lead ends up dead Jennifer has no choice but to take on the identity of Amy, a woman living in a house of ill-repute. After all who would suspect a Pinkerton detective of working out of a Bordello. And Jennifer is determined to capture the notorious Gunnysack Ban [...]


  • This book drove me insane. "Tom stared at his milk, startled by the vision of green eyes that stared back. Drat! Now he was seeing things" (78). Really? A former Texas Ranger thinks like that?I felt like the author assumed I am an idiot. Every single detective know-how was spelled out. "She dropped on all fours. People look up, not down, and she had less chance of being seen close to the ground. She peered around the corner. The dark form of a man stood outside the cellar door. He was dressed in [...]


  • Former Texas Ranger Tom Colton was on a mission. His brother Dave's last letter to him had indicated a change of heart and a desire to be reconciled with his young son, whom Tom was raising. Now his brother was dead, and Tom wanted to find his murderer and bring him to justice. His recent investigations brought him to Goodman, Kansas, right to the doorstep of Miss Lillian's Parlour House and Fine Boots. Dave had written about a Rose, one of Miss Lillian's girls, whom he had fallen in love with a [...]


  • 3.5 StarsThe Petticoat Detective is a romance that reads with the feel of a mystery. Unfortunately, because the author does not include a lot of information about the secondary characters which later turns out to be the very information which Amy uses to solve, there is little chance you will be able to follow along and make a guess like you might for a regular mystery novel. For example, a perfume scent is used to identify a female suspect, yet until it was important, there was no mention of an [...]


  • Amy, a female Pinkerton agent, is mistaken for a lady of the night when she arrives at the brothel to investigate the famous Gunnysack Bandit. Since this disguise works with her undercover assignment she plays along. But when Tom, a man in search of his brother's killer, keeps showing up she considers working with him to solve the case. But she can't allow the lines to blur between her attraction to Tom and her job. Especially since he thinks she actually works at the "hotel".This was an enterta [...]


  • I really enjoyed reading this book. There’s romance, suspense and humor laced throughout. All things I look for in a book. The main characters draw you in and keep you by their side. While not the most suspenseful of books, it certainly kept my attention easily. I wanted something light and easy to read since at this time it’s the holiday rush, and this book was just the thing I was looking for! I hadn’t planned on being so taken in, but I found myself reaching to read this much more often [...]


  • A light-hearted, fun read set in the Old West. Jennifer Layne is on the trail of the Gunnysack Bandit when she runs into Tom Colton, the Ranger-turned-rancher determined to find the truth about his brother. Unfortunately for Jennifer, she can't enlist his help because she's posing as a lady of negotiable affection, and it's hard enough allaying the suspicions of the other workers in the houseIt could all go horribly wrong, or wonderfully right, and we share Jennifer's emotions as the story cycle [...]


  • Nothing about this book screamed, "This is different!" but it was an entertaining read never-the-less. It was predicable, but sometimes that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you like Old West novels, this would be right up your alley. The heroine is spunky and fun (although I never am really convinced that she's all that great of a detective), and the hero is just what he should be. Throw in funny store names that sell multiple things (seriously, they were funny) and ladies of the night who lea [...]


  • Really enjoyed the humor in this! Brownley has quite the talent for one-liners and this book is just as witty as others of hers I've read. The only thing I didn't like was that so many of the scenes take place in a bordello, even though it's necessary for the undercover work and the descriptions are very discreet. I guess it's more a dislike of that part of the plot rather than anything else. I loved the characters and the mystery keeps you guessing to the very end. And I have to say, I loved th [...]


  • I thought this was a good book. It's about a young woman who works for the Pinkerton Detective Agency back when there were very few women detectives. In fact, this character is based on the very first such woman. She's sent to a town to find the identity of a well known outlaw called 'the gunnysack bandit'. The protagonist is working undercover as a soiled dove and she gets into a few adventures as she remains pure and still seeks to complete her assignment.


  • Petticoat Detective was a good story. While I didn't get completely into the story, I did like the characters and mystery of who the bandit/killer was. I also loved the Pinkerton detective angle. The ending was quite cute and I look forward to reading the next book.*I received a complimentary ebook copy via NetGalley for my honest review.*


  • Lots of heartwarming moments opposite suspenseful ones. I like how well-motivated the main characters were to achieve their goals. A couple of vocabulary choices pulled me out of the story because the words were 21st century ones, not 19th century. Female Pinkertons is a great idea.


  • Alright this is actually 2.5 stars. I didn't like it enough to bump it up to three but it wasn't a terrible book to read. It was just strange, for me. the writing was smooth, the chapters relatively short and hey no cursing. However I had a little difficulty getting into the story At least for the first 2/3 of the book. The last third was a little better. (not enough to get the book to three solid stars though.) Jennifer was an okay lead, at least she was a believable detective, and her skills w [...]


  • Book Review: Petticoat DetectiveAuthor: Margaret BrownleyGenre: Christian/Romance/Historical FictionPublisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.Publication Date: December 1, 2014Rating: 4 out of 5 (Very Good)Pros: Interesting plot and setting; good romance; good balance with the spiritualityCons: maybe somewhat “cheesy” mystery; one aspect of plot seemed thrown inJennifer Layne is undercover as Amy Gardner. She is a Pinkerton Detective sent to locate the notorious Gunnysack Bandit in a little town in [...]


  • It's a mystery and a romance. Tom wants to find out who killed his brother and ends up searching for answers at a brothel where he meets Amy, who is actually Jennifer, a Pinkerton agent undercover. Tom is appalled to find himself attracted to Amy, a prostitute--yet she seems so innocent. Jennifer (Amy) is there to do a job and she has to force herself not to become distracted by the very attractive Tom. There is romance, mystery, and fun. This is a cute story.


  • A really good ending, for sure and certainI like this author. A lot. This book started out dragging a bit. But about a third of the way, it became more what I expect with a Brownley novel. Expect some humor.Expect to solve a mystery.Expect to find out who murdered whom.All in all, a very good read.


  • This book was easy to put down and pick back up again. There wasn't a heavy plot line, but the villain wasn't totally predictable either. I didn't think the relationships between the lead characters was deep enough. But as a light comedy romance, it was okay. All in all the book was fun and good, just not great.


  • Enjoyable reading!Margaret Brownley has a way of creating her characters that is realistic to read. This book was well-written. I recommend it and will watch for more by this author.


  • Jennifer Layne is undercover as Amy Gardner. She is a Pinkerton Detective sent to locate the notorious Gunnysack Bandit in a little town in Kansas. Originally planning on being a maid while sleuthing, she lands on the doorstep of Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Fine Boots. Mistaken to be an aspiring “lady of the night”, Miss Lillian hires her before Amy knows what is happening. She stays at the parlor house for a week, taking into confidence only Miss Lillian—the only way she may maintai [...]


  • A Bit Different I liked the book a lot, and I think the early western era added to the story. Good job Margaret Brownley.




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