She’s a Pinkerton detective. He’s working undercover for Wells Fargo. Neither has a clue about love.
Annie Beckman arrives at Last Chance Ranch in the Arizona Territory holding the classified ad she found. Miss Walker’s search for an heiress who is single and willing to remain so gives her the perfect cover. As a detective for the Pinkerton Agency, Annie’s latest clandestine task is to discover the identity of the mysterious Phantom, a train robber thought to be hiding out at the ranch.
Ranch hand and undercover Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is secretly tracking the Phantom too, but Annie suspects he may be the train robber she’s after. They’re constantly at odds and she even goes so far as to serve him gunpowder tea in an attempt to gain the upper hand.
Danger lurks around every corner and everyone is under suspicion—even Miss Walker! It’ll be a race to the finish to see which rival detective finds the Phantom first. Nothing—not even romance—can get in their way.
I adore Margaret Brownley’s novels ~ full of fun, adventure, and so well written. Gunpowder Tea is aptly titled as the sparks fly immediately between Annie and Jeremy who both think the worst of each other from the get-go, neither realising they are both after the same man and not the flake or criminal each suspects the other of being. Margaret writes in an easy and engaging manner, with characters that are sassy, brusque, and determined. The dialogue is snappy and is sure to be grin inducing so beware of any public reading of this story! Steeped in detail from the workings of the Pinkerton and Wells Fargo agencies, to the social expectations of the day, Gunpowder Tea is sure to please anyone who loves an escape to the Wild West where mystery, danger, and romantic fireworks abound. Well done, Margaret!
With thanks to Thomas Nelson for my review copy