Monday, November 4, 2013

Gunpowder Tea

Book Review

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley is the third book in the series The Brides of Last Chance Ranch. It is a novel written about two private detectives, one with the fabled Pinkerton Agency and one with Wells Fargo. The story is set in 1897 in Arizona Territory. For the first part of the book, the plot seemed almost comedic.  Neither of the two detectives figured out that they were both private eyes searching for the same criminal, the Phantom.

As the reader, it seemed obvious to me that the two protagonists, Annie and Branch, should have been able to figure each other out. Instead they seemed to bumble along. Consequently, after about a hundred pages I was unprepared when the book morphed from a seeming comedy to an exciting story. I have to say, the climax of the book surprised me. The author kept the identity of the Phantom a secret and had me puzzled right to the end. It made for an exciting ending.

Brownley writes knowledgeably about life in 19th century Arizona. She described ranching life, the desert terrain and portrayed the sense of community in the small town of Cactus Patch. Her characters are marvelous, from the quirky Aunt Bessie, “the hello-girl” who lived in the town, to the “family” of complex characters who call The Last Chance Ranch home.

Gunpowder Tea is an interesting book with a surprise ending. I do recommend this book. I received Gunpowder Tea from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Purchase a copy of the book here.

About the book

In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.

When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom---an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.

But she isn't the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective
Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn't removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets---and no one on the ranch is safe.

The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers-and their lives-depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

"In the exquisitely intriguing finale to her Brides of Last Chance Ranch trilogy, Brownley blends faith and romance with a dash of mystery to serve up a cozy, fulfilling story set in the Arizona Territory of the 1890s . . . .This enchanting account of the hardships and wonders of the Old West features many delightful characters. The story stands on its own merits, independent of the first two in the series, drawing readers into a world that is difficult to leave." 
---Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this---except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction." So that's what Margaret did. She's now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit. Her first non-fiction book Grieving God's Way: the Lasting Path to Hope and Healing has won much critical acclaim. She is currently working on the third book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

Learn more at Margaret's website:


Margaret Brownley's latest release, Gunpowder Tea, is receiving high praise, and she's celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway and a "Tea with Margaret" Facebook party!

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at the "Tea with Margaret" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 7th. Connect with Margaret and friends for an evening of book chat, prizes, and get an exclusive look at Margaret's next book!

So grab your copy of Gunpowder Tea and join Margaret on the evening of November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 11/7!

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