Monday, December 1, 2014

Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley

Working under cover is no job for a Lady,
but come Hades or high water, she always gets her man.

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 in Goodman, Kansas, 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 to clear his brother’s name, he’s convinced she knows more than she lets on, and he means to find out what it is.

As Amy’s investigation continues, her biggest problem is Tom and his stolen kiss. The closer she gets to tracking down the outlaw, the harder it is to keep Tom from finding out the awful truth about his brother. The Gunnysack Bandit she can handle, but it’ll take a whole lot of faith and a little help from Miss Lillian and her girls to snag the man who stole her heart.



Excerpt

1883
Goodman, Kansas
“Whoa!”
 Former Texas Ranger Tom Colton reined in his horse and stared at the sign hanging from the roof of the two story brick structure: Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Fine Boots. In the faint glow of a full moon the building stood tall, solid and proper as an old church. Only the red light shimmering in a downstairs window suggested otherwise.
         He fingered the letter in his vest pocket. Addressed to his brother Dave and signed simply “Rose,” the letter had brought him to this very address searching for answers.
         The red light gave him pause. Perhaps coming here had been a mistake, but he’d traveled too far to turn back now. He hesitated for several moments before dismounting. Securing his horse to the hitching post, he stomped up the wooden steps to the porch. For once, God, let me be wrong about my brother.
         The door opened to his knock and a stout-figured woman peered at him from a painted face. Designed for a woman half her size, the bright blue gown and exaggerated bustle did her no favors; nor did hair piled on top of her head like frothy red frosting.

         Her appearance quelled any doubt as to the nature of the establishment and his spirits dropped yet another notch. Dave, oh, Dave . . . .


About The Author

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty historical and contemporary novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's also 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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Margaret Brownley is giving away a copy of Petticoat Detective (Undercover Ladies). To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.




16 comments:

Marianne Barkman said...

This novel has been on my wish list since I first read about it! I wouldlove to win! Thanks for the chance!

Carol Q. said...

I love books that will show how things used to be, thanks for this chance to read

Robin Bunting said...

Sounds like a honey of a book. Would love a copy.

rebunting@yahoo.com

Deanna Stevens said...

I would certainly enjoy a book of Undercover Lady Detectives :)
d_stevens319 AT live (DotCom)

sm said...

I like the interviews from the authors as they help me get to know them and their books. I would love to win this book about an investigation. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Margaret's books are always great!
Would love to win!

Doreen
PriviesAndPrimsAtYahooDotCom

Library Lady said...

We have Margaret's books in the church library.
Thanks for giving me the chance to win this one.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

Charity Lyman said...

This one has been on my wish list for a while!! Would love to win it:) Thanks for the chance.

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Susan Johnson said...

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Pam K. said...

I've read several of Margaret's books and really like her blend of action, romance, and humor. Petticoat Detective is on my wishlist so I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

Angela Holland said...

Sounds like a fun book. Thank you for the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed getting to know Margaret Brownley better! This sounds like a good read.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Another Pinkerton story by Margaret, YEA!

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Rebecca Maney said...

This is my kind of story! Would love to win a copy of the book! rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

Anne Payne said...

Margaret is a fantastic storyteller and even though I have read this book as an advanced reader, I would love to have an autographed copy :)

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi everyone, just wanted to pop in and say hello. I'm currently finishing up the 3rd book in the series. Each book stands alone, but they all have one thing in common; the heroine is a Pinkerton detective and she always gets her man!

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