Brownley, Margaret. Gunpowder Tea. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013.
Miranda Hunt disguises herself under the name “Annie Beckman” as she attempts to capture the train robber known as the Phantom. Working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda (aka Annie) finds herself on the Last Chance Ranch undercover. Yet, while searching for the Phantom, she uncovers another mysterious figure – Jeremy Taggert who is working undercover as a Wells Fargo detective. Miranda and Jeremy must put aside their professional rivalries in order to capture the Phantom.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
The opening chapter pulls the reader in due to the humor. However, the novel retains the reader’s attention through careful plotting. Suspension builds carefully until the last page. While the plot contains mystery, it remains a light feature of the novel. The ending comes as a surprise for the readers who chose to not actively engage in the process of revealing the Phantom’s identity. However, for the readers who enjoy a little detective work among the pages of the novel, plenty of clues are provided to allow the reader to solve the crime alongside Miranda.
4 (out of 5) Pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Gunpowder Tea from BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.