"Calico Spy" by Margaret Brownley is the third book in the "Undercover Ladies" series. While I didn't enjoy the books of this series nearly as much as I did "Gunpowder Tea", this was still a good mystery. This can work as a stand alone novel, as really the only thing that carries over from novel to novel in this series is the theme of females being Pinkerton detectives.
The detective in this story Katie Madison, who is working as a waitress while she tries to solve the murder case of two girls who had previously worked at the same diner. Her clumsiness makes it difficult to keep her cover, which I found amusing and relatable.
The sheriff of Calico is has never liked Pinkerton operatives, so he's caught off guard when he's attracted to this one. What's different about her? Her clumsiness? Her care and concern for others? He's not sure, but he is very confused upon finding out her true identity.
Mystery-wise, this was a good story. I liked the plot, but the characters didn't really stick with me. The setting was run-of-the-mill: wild west, railroads, etc. I don't know; this book just doesn't stand out to me. There wasn't anything wrong with it, there just wasn't anything exceptional about it. However, the mystery kept me guessing and was almost unbelievable in how the characters came to the conclusion.
Thank you so much to Barbour Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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