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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Barbour Review- Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley

Good  evening y'all! Wow, you're seeing a lot of me today...twice in one day! ;) I'm impressed with myself for finally getting this done after procrastinating 3 days! :p

Anyways, before we get started with Petticoat Detective, I thought I'd share a picture of what my face looked (looks) like when my little sister Meghan interrupts my reading. This was me reading Petticoat Detective on Sunday...can you relate? LOL 

(Yes, I know my hair resembles a Pomeranian or Mufassa from "The Lion King" but it's okay because I happen to like Pomeranian' long as it isn't on my head! :p )

(Yes, I am sitting in the back of my dad's truck reading a book and yes it is a Chevy. ;)

Back to the book:

(Warning: Excessive laughing may follow after reading Margaret's "About me". I know it was that way for me...maybe I'm just tired from being up late to finish this...)

*About the Author*
Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this, except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.”
Margaret wasn’t sure if that was true, but she wasn’t about to take chances.. She now has more than 30 books to her credit–not bad for someone who failed eighth grade English.  Just don’t ask  her to diagram a sentence.
Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California. 

*Book Description*

Christian and Pinkerton agent, Jennifer Layne, expected a new post...she just never expected to be working in a bordello to pull it off. When a helpful informant is killed her first day on the job as Amy Gardner, Jennifer is appalled, confused, and just plain upset about the devastating news to the case. To make matters worse, she's desperately trying to clear the name of a rather intriguing man named Tom and failing to find the evidence she needs. She's sure the tough cowboy looking for his brother's killer isn't THE killer...or is he? Searching for answers and trying to avoid the cool stares and glares from the other "working girls" is no easy task either. And then there are Miss Lillian's "guests"...

Tom Colton is in Kansas for one thing and one thing only: To find his brother's killer. Which is exactly why he's confused when he's attracted to Amy Gardner, a spitfire working girl for Miss Lillian's "guesthouse". When the feisty thing pulls a gun on him, he's even more intrigued. Hiring Amy to do a little spying for him on the guests at the bordello, Tom can't believe Amy thinks he could be a suspect. Will he ever change her mind...and her heart? Or will they never find "The Gunnysack Bandit"?

*What I liked*

Margaret Brownley is what someone would call "a hoot!" down here in the south...and I have to agree! This was such a mysterious, yet sweetly funny book. Miss Lillian was funny in her own dry way and I loved how Margaret portrayed the girls that worked in the bordello. They had hurts, feelings, a hard outer shell but most importantly, they had tender hearts beneath that shell. I love how the book challenged me with how I judge people and I equally loved the laughs--and tears--the story gave me. Definitely staying on my bookshelf!

*What I didn't like*

The only things I will mention to keep in mind is that it is a bordello so, you probably know to expect skimpy clothing. There was even a part in which-unfortunately for her-Amy fell out of a tree on top of a man in her petticoats. That said, there is nothing overly inappropriate and certainly nothing shocking in this book at all. In fact, Jennifer's reaction to the low necklines actually helped define her character.

*My Rating*

My rating for Petticoat Detective is...

4 1/2 stars!!

*My overall opinion*

Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley is an emotional, sweet, funny story on grief, judgement and moving on. With heart breaks and still plenty of laughs, Margaret's book is an awesome work of western fiction, certainly worthy of my bookshelf!
 *Where to buy it*

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Happy Reading,

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