Oct 5, 2013

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Book description:

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 at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.

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 get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets—and no one on the ranch is safe.

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 just have to wait.

My thoughts:

At first glance, Gunpowder Tea might seem like a strange title for a book about undercover detectives, bank robberies, and a feisty older woman looking for an heiress for her cattle ranch. However, it quickly becomes apparent that this somewhat unusual tea is a common thread that holds the story together.

Working for competing detective agencies, Jeremy and Miranda have both arrived on an undercover assignment at the Last Chance Ranch. However, they aren't aware of their common goal and competition to solve the same case. Their paths can't help but cross, and at times they become each other's number one suspect.

Lovers of historical and inspirational fiction will love this great story that is filled with mystery, danger, and some sweet romance.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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