I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It was fun to read and fast moving. Never knowing what was coming next, it was hard to put down. All of the side characters were important to the story and were like family you could count on. Well, most of them anyway. Two of these characters I liked were lively: the outspoken ranch owner, Miss Walker, and "Aunt" Bessie, the first "hello girl" trusty switchboard operator. She decided if someone talked too frequently, letting them know the telephone was for emergency purposes.
Pinkerton National Detective Agency: We never sleep.
New Orleans, 1897
Like all operatives of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, Miranda was an expert in disguises. Blending in was the key to nabbing an unsuspecting criminal and that took a certain amount of concentration, attention to detail, and, of course, acting ability.Miranda Hunt had a lot of disguising to do as Mrs. James Kinkaid the Third, friend of the deceased. How else would she be visiting from out of town and not known by respective inhabitants? And in sultry New Orleans, at that?
--Gunpowder Tea, 2
So far this week she had attended two weddings, three funerals, and a baptism without a sign of the man known as the Society Thief.But wait. She gets her man, meriting a special assignment. She is sent to the middle of the desert in Arizona Territory to the Last Chance Ranch where no outside woman has stayed very long. An ad, "Heiress Wanted," is the answer to complete what previous operatives have left unsolved. Miranda fits the bill. As Miss Annie Beckman, she is on her way. How would you look in the mirror and remember who you are ~ this time? The Phantom won't forget who she is, once she finds him.
A gullible fool can locate a swindler faster than the smartest private eye in the world.
Arizona TerritoryIntercepted on the train, Annie Beckman may already have met him ~ or some of the Phantom gang, being minus her Papa's watch. The train depot is a mile or so away from town and she is offered a ride. One of the ranch hands is leaving town and hearing she is the next heiress to be interviewed, offers her a ride out with him. Things are looking good.
Encountering the owner, Miss Walker, doesn't turn out too well. Annie is secured a position that she doesn't expect. She is sure she saw one of the ranch hands earlier on the train. Must she keep his secret too?
Each chapter begins with a wise saying that I enjoyed and chuckled at. Margaret Brownley is a wild-west author who has tamed many an idea. Especially when Annie discovers a rival Wells Fargo agent is on the case. Will there be room for both of them?
***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me this third book in the series, The Brides of the Last Chance Ranch ~ 1897. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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