by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Margaret Brownley’s Calico Spy, book three in her Undercover Ladies series, is a fun read full of history, mystery and romance. It tells the story of Katie Madison, undercover Pinkerton detective, as she works at the Harvey House Restaurant in Calico, Kansas in the 1880s.
Katie goes undercover as one of the Harvey Girls to discover who killed two waitresses at the famed restaurant. While her detective skills may be top-notch, her waitress skills are not. Until Katie finds the murderer everyone is suspect, including the handsome widower with an eight-year-old son, Sheriff Branch Whitman. A man who never met a Pink he liked, much less one he was willing to work with to solve a crime.
As they work together to find the murderer, Branch is drawn to protecting the woman who is determined to solve the case, no matter the risk to her own safety.
The story moved along at a steady pace without allowing the accurate historical details to slow it down. If you like to solve mysteries, enjoy fascinating historical details, a light romance and satisfying read with several twists and turns along the way, then Calico Spy is just the book for you.
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