Review: Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

April 15, 2014

Title: Gunpowder Tea
Author: Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1-59554-972-3
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013

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 there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. And although their true identities are a secret, it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them.

But 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 come to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets – and no one on the ranch is safe.

But neither are their hearts – the longer Miranda and Jeremy spends working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers – and their lives – depend on solving this case. Love will have to wait.
A mysterious criminal only know as the Phantom. A secluded ranch, whose owner is a little eccentric and doesn't have the best reputation in town. And, a woman who is trying to prove to herself and those around her, that she can not only be a Pinkerton agent, but surpass those around her. All of these elements come together on the Last Chance Ranch in Gunpowder Tea.

Margret Brownley has crafted such a fun and mysterious western. So many questions floating around this book, but the main one was, "Who is the Phantom?" Right when you think you may have it figured out, something else turns up and throws your assumptions out the door.

This was such a fun story to read and all the characters were so well crafted. Miranda (Annie) was so stubborn and determined with a very caring nature. Taggert, he is a mystery it seems at first, but who he really is shines through as they story progresses. This story was a delight to dive into and follow along with. Even though this was the third story in the series, it worked well as a standalone. 

Even though I'm not a tea aficionado, it was fun to learn about all the different kinds of tea through Annie. Who knew there were other teas others than sweet! I kid! It was interesting and made Annie all the more real.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Margaret Brownley is a New York Times best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. A Lady Like Sarah was a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. Twitter: @margaretbrownly
 Facebook: MargaretBrownleyAuthor

I won this book from the GoodReads First Reads giveaway. I was not required to post a positive review.


  1. Great review! This one sounds like a lot of fun. :)


  2. Amber, Thank you! The story was a lot of fun. :-) I've read the last book first, thankfully it didn't mess anything up. I look forward to reading the first 2 now.


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