by Margaret Brownley
Shiloh Run Press
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****
A stellar spy mystery replete with laughs, love, and law-breakers!
Beneath the russet sky in Calico, Kansas, where tornadoes touch down, stockyard smells permeate the air, and all manner of people scurry back and forth to the trains—an undercover agent for Pinkerton is about to create her own whirlwind in the lives of the locals in this dusty and bustling town.
Two waitresses from the Harvey House Restaurant have tragically been murdered and it is Pinkerton agent Katie Madison’s mission to find this deranged killer before he can strike again. Foiling crime and hunting dangerous criminals, Katie can handle. Serving customers and learning cup codes as a Harvey Girl waitress when one is all thumbs, is another matter entirely! Flame-haired Katie has plenty of pluck and determination and won’t be intimidated by any of the staff, especially the Sheriff who has only contempt for the Pinkerton’s.
|Harvey House Restaurant near train tracks|
Branch Whitman, the sheriff of Calico, reluctantly collaborates with the Pink agent Katie although to do so is like a burr in his saddle. But what is he to do when he’s no closer to catching the killer either? The pretty investigator with the rebellious, dazzling red hair and cute, freckle-covered nose drives him crazy as she continues to put herself at risk. When a tornado and secrets from his past put Branch’s 8-yr-old son in grave jeopardy, he realizes he needs to work with Katie and God to not only catch the Harvey Girl killer but to try and save his son. Will Branch lose everything he loves, or is the Calico spy able to liberate both Branch and the town from the looming threats?
I’d probably make a lousy villain for I was held captive by this engaging and baffling mystery from the onset—and you couldn’t have paid me to escape! The author has masterfully combined this mystery with an electrifying romance, characters brimming with personality and chemistry, and frequent pops of genuine laugh-out-really-loud humor. Especially thought-provoking is the dilemma the hero faces when his faith is tested to the limits. I couldn’t help but wonder how I would fare in the same situation. Highly recommended!!
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Calico Spy from NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review.
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