Author: Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Maggie Cartwright is 26 years old and has just answered an ad for a mail-order bride. Her husband-to-be is the number one suspect in a train robbery that happened two years ago. The Pinkerton Agency never gives up on a case and has been working this case for two years. Now, with Maggie on the scene, they hope to finally wrap this one up. Maggie has created a fictional past in her letters to Garrett Thomas during their previous months of correspondence. She has arrived in the Arizona Territory under the pretense of marrying Garrett, but what she is really been assigned to do is learn where he has hidden the money from the train robbery and who is partner in crime is.
She moves in with the family, searches the house and begins taking care of Garrett’s two young children. As time progresses, she finds no evidence of the money anywhere and begins to care for the children and Garrett. She tells herself to stay on task, to not get emotionally involved and finish her assignment, but the wedding date looms closer and closer. She finally stumbles onto a clue, but will it be enough to prove who the criminal is to solve the case?
After reading the first book in the series and finding it just so-so, I wanted to give the series a second chance before writing it off. I’m glad I did. I enjoyed this second book in the series much more. I thought the story flowed well with a good plot, the characters were likeable and the faith of Maggie very evident. I loved the character of Aunt Hetty! The mystery portion of the story was not much of a challenge, but the journey to discover the answers was entertaining. I’m now looking forward to book three in the series to see what interesting situation the next Pinkerton lady detective finds herself in and how she will solve the case.
My rating is 4 stars.
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