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10 thoughts on “Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies, #3)

  1. Kathy Kathy says:

    This was a fun addition to the Undercover Ladies series each book can stand alone Katie was a likable heroine she works for Alan Pinkerton as one of his few female detectives I liked how she comes to love the town of Calico and the interesting people who live there Branch was also likable he's always there for Katie even when he doesn't agree with her They have great chemistry fun banter and a sweet romance The mystery was pretty good and I liked the other storylines that were woven in Great supporting cast and a fun setting Overall an enjoyable read ContentRomance CleanLanguage NoneViolence Mild Religious MildSource Review copy

  2. Hannah Hannah says:

    What a fun conclusion to the Undercover Ladies series I loved Katie and Branch and all the sweet folks of Calico Kansas The cast of characters felt like a vibrant family from very early in the bookI have to say my favorite part was the orange juice in the pea soup My head is full of sick stuffy or I'd gladly give this delightful little tale the brilliant review it deserves

  3. Melanie Melanie says:

    Calico Spy is the third book in Margaret Brownley's Undercover Ladies series I've really enjoyed the series and this book was a great conclusion The mystery was interesting and I liked that it wasn't obvious who was responsible for the murdersThe characters were fun and I liked Katie a lot Her stubbornness was nice and I liked that she was confident in her detective skills I found the romance to be sweet and I loved the ending All in all Calico Spy was a very good read and I recommend itI received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my honest review As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own

  4. Sandra Sandra says:

    Calico Spy is the third book in Margaret Brownley's Undercover Ladies series When looking for light entertainment some escapism there are certain authors whose books should be at the top of the to read list Ms Brownley is one of themI will say right off that the cover threw me There is no clue in the illustration that this book deals with the Harvey Girls From everything I've learned they had a specific uniform that wasn't calico in material or design I guess I'm a snob when it comes to covers I like them to reflect accuracies in the book However the coffee service is accurate and provides a bit of the fun to the story There's a touching mid night scene involving a secondary character I loved it and thought it cleverThe mystery built in an interesting and realistic way and the culprit took me by surprise Katie's ineptness as a waitress provides some of the humor and I felt for Branch with regard to the position he was put in when it came to his son Of course it's always fun to read a story with an incident or historical fact in this case the Harvey House as a backdrop Overall I enjoyed this murder mysteryromance In fact I'd say it's my favorite Margaret Brownley book so far I received this book free from NetGalley and Shiloh Run Press in exchange for an honest review

  5. Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls) Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls) says:

    About this book “Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico Kansas where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances Calico’s sheriff Branch Whitman has never met a Pink he liked and is stunned to learn the pretty redhead’s true identity as she works undercover as a Harvey girl A tornado hits town and a past deception puts Branch’s eight year old son in danger Now the Sheriff has no choice but to work with Katie—or chance losing everything he holds dear”Series Book #3 in “Undercover Ladies” series Review of Book #1 Here and Book #2 HereSpiritual Content Nahum 17 at the beginning; A few Scriptures are mentioned; Many Prayers; Thanking Praising the Lord; Many many Talks about God trusting Him Him caring faith forgiveness His will His plans; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; A mention of a revival; A couple mentions of the Lord’s prayer; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of Church Sundays; Mentions of Bibles Bible reading; Many mentions of discussions about those in the Bible; Note A couple mentions of religions; A place is called haunted; A mention of the gates of hell a bucket of water Negative Content Minor cussing including a ‘dang’ a ‘darn’ a ‘dash it all’ a ‘holy smokes’ a ‘what the—‘ a ‘witch’ two ‘blast itblast it all’s four ‘blasted’s and seven ‘dumb’s; Mentions of curses said not written; All about two murders killers up to semi detailed nothing gruesome; Fighting Bullets Blood up to semi detailed; Prepping chickens fish for cooking semi detailed; Mentions of other murders thieves murders deaths jail hangings up to semi detailed; Mentions of faro gambling cheating; Mentions of cigars cigarettes; Mentions of saloons drinks drinkers alcohol; A few mentions of spousal abuse; A few mentions of a husband that left; A couple mentions of whippings; A couple mentions of the war a man who died; A bit of prejudice towards African American former slavesSexual Content a not detailed kiss an almost semi detailed kiss and two semi detailed kisses; Imaging kisses up to semi detailed; Remembering kisses up to semi detailed; Mentions of kisses kissing; Lots of Touches Dancing Warmth up to semi detailed; Lots of Nearness Gazes Smelling up to semi detailed; Noticing up to semi detailed; Wanting a couple mentions of manly needs; Mentions of soiled doves prostitutes; Mentions of flirting flirts; A few mentions of filmy nightgowns petticoats; A couple mentions of reputations; A mention of trying to have a child; A mention of a newborn infant’s umbilical cord; Love falling in love the emotions Katie Jones Branch Whitman age 33 POV switches between them Set in 1880 320 pagesPre Teens One StarNew Teens One StarEarly High School Teens Two StarsOlder High School Teens Three Stars and a halfMy personal Rating Three Stars and a halfLike the previous books in this series I have mixed feelings on “Calico Spy” While it had a character I enjoy a female Pinkerton some funny moments lots of Spiritual Content it got a little too much touchy feely at some parts This book seemed very familiar to me and I just can’t figure out why Maybe because it’s slightly similar to the prior books in this series? I enjoy Pinkerton stories so I do hope the author does a few On the cover it’s not my favorite and seems a bit busy but her dress is pretty ; Link to reviewBFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this authorI received this book for free from the Publisher for this honest review

  6. Kav Kav says:

    Witty and clever and so much fun to read Katie is as stubborn as a sore tooth and is uite the conundrum for Branch She has two strikes against her as a detective one she's a woman and two she's a 'Pink' and he's not about to share sleuthing rights with either Luckily Katie isn't a pushover and doggedly persists with her investigation It isn't long before Branch sees the error of his ways and the two join forces A solid mystery that spirals into much than they bargained for kept me glued to the pagewhen I wasn't blinking back tears from laughing so hard And then there's the bumpy romance that makes the tale all the sweeter A winning combination that makes this a must read for the romantic comedy aficionado

  7. Amy Amy says:

    The Calico Spy is the third installment of the Undercover Ladies series This book is so fun and is a favorite of the seriesGreat bookHighly recommended100 stars

  8. Kami S Kami S says:

    I was pleasantly surprised at this one I was expecting super silly skimming material it wasn't like that at all It was a very easy light reada bit of history surrounding the Harvey Girls and the Pinkerton detectives which was interesting Overall it was a nice book to pass the timeI will read the others in this series

  9. Maggie Boyd Maggie Boyd says:

    This is the third book in Ms Brownley’s Undercover Ladies series and like the other two it turns the Wild West into a fun funny and romantic place to be Of course there’s plenty of danger and hard work as well as serious subjects such as homicide However the writing and main events of the story keep the book lighthearted and engaging which makes for a cheery entertaining readTwo waitresses from the Harvey House Restaurant in Calico Kansas have been murdered with little to no evidence left behind It is Sheriff Branch Whitman’s job to find the killer but this case is also personal He was a friend of one of the girls and is as eager as anyone to see the crimes solved but with no clues no witnesses and no obvious motive the case has been going nowhere That doesn’t mean he appreciates it when Mr Harvey bursts into his office to advise him that Harvey House Restaurants have employed the Pinkerton Agency to ensure justice is done for their fallen comrades The last time Branch had Pinkerton operatives involved in one of his cases the suspects had escaped and he had almost been killed Their latest escapade with the James gang left a young boy dead The last thing Branch wants is that kind of trouble in his townKatie Madison has successfully tracked down any number of criminals for Pinkerton’s but this case in Calico will be her first murder The problem is will she keep her job at Harvey House long enough to solve the case? She can’t seem to keep her apron perfectly clean has trouble memorizing orders and has no clue how to decipher the cup handle code used for letting the hostess know who gets what drinks In the way of all independent minded romance heroines she also can’t cook and is a fiasco at most domestic chores In spite of her considerable struggles she is determined to succeed and to that end she gives her all to the tasks assigned herAs the new girl one of those tasks is to get the Sheriff into a dinner coat when he stops by the restaurant at supper time He is notorious for not wanting to wear one in spite of Harvey House rules No one is surprised than her when she succeeds She had been warned the Sheriff was “an old crank set in his ways and unwilling to listen to reason or work with Pinkerton detectives” The man before her is no such thing Charming handsome and no older than thirty five Katie soon finds herself in a mild flirtation with him It makes a pleasant start to their relationshipKatie and Branch bump into each other several times before she makes the move that earns his grudging respect – stopping a bank robbery with an apple pie That’s a fun scene I don’t plan to spoil by giving too much away but it marks a turning point for our hero and heroine Branch begins to admire Katie’s tenacity and trust her instincts and the two begin to work with each other to solve the case Naturally mayhem romance and faith abound See the rest of my review at

  10. Joan Joan says:

    This is the third in the Undercover Ladies series and while I have enjoyed them all I think this may be the best one yet The combination of mystery humor and romance makes for a very enjoyable reading experienceAs with the others our main character is an undercover Pinkerton detective Katie has the assignment of solving the murder of two women in Calico Kansas She takes a job as a Harvey girl in the town's Harvey House It's one of Harvey restaurants that serves uick meals to train passengers during the short stop the train makes there The murder victims were Harvey girls and Pinkerton figures the best way to solve the crime is for Katie to be on the insideBrownley adds to that mystery by including a town sheriff who hates Pinkerton operatives But Branch a handsome widower grudgingly realizes he'll have to work with Katie if he wants to identify the murderer Before too long he finds he is counting her freckles and admiring her auburn hairBrownley has added plenty of additional elements to this mystery and romance to make the novel very interesting reading I enjoyed finding out about the Harvey House idea restaurants providing meals for those traveling through on the railroad It was hard but interesting to read about tornadoes that rolled through the area One newborn had been preserved in the deadly tornado eight years before by having been put in the oven of a cast iron stove There is also the whole idea of investigating murders in the late 1800s without the use of modern techniuesThe characters in the novel are well done Brownley has added many secondary characters with stories of their own that add to the enjoyment of the novel One of the Harvey girls has run away from her abusive husband The matron of the girls is a stern woman whose fiance was killed in the Civil War One of the kitchen girls is a young black woman who knows she'll never be allowed to work with the public It was fascinating to read how these women grew during the course of the storyThere are important issues in the novel too Besides those of the women I mentioned Branch has a huge decision to make He must face the choice of placing the child he loves into the hands of God knowing he may lose him It is a choice like Abraham's and it greatly tests Branch's faithI recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good historical mystery interwoven with romance and sprinkled with humor I really enjoyed it There are discussion uestions provided so it would make a good choice for a reading groupI received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review

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Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies, #3) [PDF / Epub] ★ Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies, #3) By Margaret Brownley – Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico Kansas where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances Calico’s sheriff Branch Whitman ha Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico Kansas where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances Calico’s sheriff Branch Whitman has never met a Pink he liked and is stunned to learn the pretty redhead’s true identity as she works undercover as a Harvey girl A tornado hits town and a past deception puts Branch’s eight year old son in danger Now the Sheriff has no choice but to work with Katie—or chance losing everything he holds dear.

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies, #3)
  • Margaret Brownley
  • English
  • 06 March 2016
  • 9781628366280

About the Author: Margaret Brownley

BEST SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas Her books have won numerous awards including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence She's was a two time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap She is currently working on a new series Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English Just don't ask her to diagram a sentenc.