Book Review: “Gunpowder Tea” by Margaret Brownley

November 8, 2013 at 5:25 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Margaret Brownley, in her new book, “Gunpwder Tea book coverGunpowder Tea” Book Three in her The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch series published by Thomas Nelson takes us to the Arizona Territory in 1897 and into the life of Miranda Hunt.

From the back cover:   In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.

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 there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. And although their true identities are a secret, it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them.

But 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 come to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets – and no one on the ranch is safe.

But neither are their hearts – 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 have to wait.

No doubt about it I like Westerns.  I have no idea why, however, any book that has a Pinkerton Agent in it I automatically have the need to read.  In “Gunpowder Tea” Margaret Brownley multiplies that need times two as Miranda is an agent and Jeremy, while he works for Well Fargo and isn’t a Pinkerton, counts as he is working undercover.  Both of them are after a train robber called The Phantom.  If you like Westerns this is the book for you.  On top of everything “Gunpowder Tea” is an incredible  romance that is full of charm and humor.  And all of this is set against a historical backdrop that is fascinating to read.  Margaret Brownley has done it again.  I am sorry that this series is ending however I am looking forward to more from this highly talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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