Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright is tasked with going undercover as a mail order bride. Her “fiancé” is widower Garrett Thomas, aka the suspected Whistle-Stop Bandit. No sooner does Maggie arrive in Arizona Territory when she’s confronted with an early wedding date—the clock is ticking on her detective work or she may end up a criminal’s wife! As the day of the wedding draws near, Maggie begins to panic. The problem is that the more she gets to know Garrett and his two adorable children, the harder it is to keep up the deception. Can a man as kind and gentle as Garrett really be the Whistle-Stop Bandit?
What I Loved: If you’ve read Historical Fiction for any length of time then you’ve probably had your hands on a Mail-order Bride novel or two….or fifty. 😉 But what if the groom is a suspected train robber and the mail-order bride is an undercover detective?
All I can say is THANK YOU, Brownley, for crafting such a fun story!! I’ve enjoyed the Undercover Ladies series so far and was looking for a light, quick read. Brownley didn’t disappoint. I read this delightful book in 2 days. Like a big bowl of chocolate ice cream, Undercover Bride just hits the spot.
As mentioned, the plot is a unique twist on a historical fiction staple. The characters were easy to root for. The mystery was complicated enough to keep you guessing. And, like always, Brownley incorporates a cast of quirky characters.
Rating and Recommendation: If you’re looking for a little humor and mystery with your romance, you’ll want to pick up Undercover Bride. I’m giving it 5 stars.
*The novels in this series are stand alone and can be read in any order.