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Undercover Bride

(Undercover Ladies #2)

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright is tasked with going undercover as a mail order bride. Her “fiancé” is widower Garrett Thomas, aka the suspected Whistle-Stop Bandit. No sooner does Maggie arrive in Arizona Territory when she’s confronted with an early wedding date—the clock is ticking on her detective work or she may end up a criminal’s wife! As the day of the weddin
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Shiloh Run Press
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I love Ms. Brownley's westerns, I always feel like I've stepped back into time. She creates an inviting atmosphere that doesn't feel like a history lesson, yet I always learn something new. I especially like learning about the Pinkerton Detective Agency, I read about them while in college, but its really brought to life in this series, in a fun way.

Maggie is a private investigator and has been assigned to find concrete evidence that Garrett Thomas was the one to rob a train of seventy-five thou
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Aerykah
This was a really fun read! Some of the names were a bit silly & made me kinda roll my eyes every time I read them (such as: Dr. Coldwell & a seamstress named Mrs. Button), but that didn't bother me. I liked the characters and the storyline, it's quite good and enjoyable. I had no problem finishing it in a single day-- of course, I didn't have much else to do, really... but still. ;P

Finished this at about 2:00 this morning... Oh, how nice it is to not have to get up early after a late ni
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright is tasked with going undercover as a mail order bride. Her “fiancé” is widower Garrett Thomas, aka the suspected Whistle-Stop Bandit. No sooner does Maggie arrive in Arizona Territory when she's confronted with an early wedding date—the clock is ticking on her detective work or she may end up a criminal's wife! As the day of the wedding draws near, Maggie begins to panic. The problem is that the more she gets to know Garrett and his two ador
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Haley S
Eeek!! *Squeals* Finally, I read this book!! Super duper good! Could not put it down!!
Melanie
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Undercover Bride was a fun read! I liked how the main character was a Pinkerton agent and that she was undercover as a mail-order bride! SO interesting and fun! I really enjoyed the mystery and the romance was sweet. All in all, just a great read. I recommend it and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

*I received a complimentary eBook copy via NetGalley for my honest review.*
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
If you like westerns, detective novels, romantic stories, and books that will make you laugh out loud, then you need to read Undercover Bride without further delay!

This second book in Margaret Brownley’s Undercover Ladies series is jam-packed with the perfect amount of suspense, history, humor, and of course romance. It is perfectly fine as a stand-alone; in fact, you can read the books in any order as they are really only connected by theme rather than by characters. And while we’re on the subj
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Sarah Ruut
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sent to find solid proof to convict Garrett of theft and murder, Maggie finds it difficult to reconcile the information in her files with the man she gets to know. Unaware of her hidden agenda, Garrett simply wants a wife and mother for his children — even though he never expects to love another woman again.

Humor, mystery, tenderness — Undercover Bride has it all. While it was not a nail-biting suspense, I did not want to set it down! I enjoyed uncovering clues with Maggie as I watched her relat
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Yvette (bookworlder)
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I freely admit that I love to read Historical Fiction involving mail order brides. Now I think I might have a definite liking for tales of Pinkerton detectives as well, especially female Pinkerton detectives.

Undercover Bride involves both. Maggie Taylor is a Pinkerton operative, undercover as a mail order bride for a suspected "Whistle Stop Bandit," Garrett Thomas. Maggie doesn't make the best first impression on arriving, and the hotel is somehow full, so she stays in Garrett's home despite his
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Rachael
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started the book, I was certain that Garrett was innocent. All they have linking him to the crime is circumstantial evidence. Some of his habits appear suspicious, but I had great faith that they could be explained away. But as time passed, the author certainly did a good job of making me question my convictions!

Even in a lighthearted story like this one, the ramifications of lying--even undercover as a detective--are clear and painful. After hours of worrying together over a sick child,
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Virginia
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed with this novel. It has taken me a while to find a book where the characters and the story plot was entertaining to read about. A really good thing about this novel is that you don’t have to read them in order.
The heroine was a great character to read about. I always love to read novels that includes a mail order bride or a marriage of convenience stories especially in a western historical fiction setting. I thought it was really cool to read about a female detective in the
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Karen R
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love a good Western romance, you'll want to get this one in your sights, 'cause with Margaret Brownley it's sure shootin'!

The dry hot Arizona Territory harbors the elusive Whistle-Stop train robbers, and Pinkerton detectives are hired to flush them out. Maggie Cartwright just wants to do her job, then head onto her next assignment, but deep down all she really wants is a family of her own. How can she stay detached when there are two sweet kids and their gentlemanly father in the mix? I
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Leah
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun western romance. I liked the story. It was an interesting blend of romance and mystery. I liked the outcome of the investigation and way the mystery was solved. That was interesting. The characters were, for the most part, likable. The main characters, Maggie and Garrett, I liked from the beginning. I also liked his children, Toby and Elise. They were cute. Although I don't like the desert, I did like the setting of this book, which was a small town in Arizona. There was a happy e ...more
June
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pinkerton's are trying to solve a train robbery. Maggie shows up in town as a mail order bride for Garrett. She happens to be an agent and he happens to be their suspected robber/murderer. Maggie is surprised when she starts to have feelings for Garrett and they include more than her suspicions that they are after the wrong guy. She loves his children and wishes she could marry him for real. But when he learns of her deceit, there's not much chance of that. This was a great story.

Hannah
4.5 stars
I liked this even better than the first book! It was enjoyable and is one of my favorite of Brownley's books so far. I've been waiting for it to come out, so grabbed a copy as soon as it came in at the bookstore. I read it all in one evening today and definitely loved the characters. The whole little family was so sweet, especially Toby's humorous attempts to know the answer to everything: "A fibula...is someone who lies." Classic!
Susan F
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review at TCM later. It is excellent!!
Amy
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent second installment of the undercover ladies series. I think I might’ve liked this one better than the first! I really enjoyed Maggie and Garrett’s story and getting to know everyone in town. You really did get lead on quite a merry chase throughout the novel with different ideas of who may have been the culprit in the whistle stop train robbery. The children were charming as well and I loved Aunt Heddy. She was a hoot! I think this series is very well written with allusions ...more
MK ( Makayla)
Hey guys please bear with me as I try to find my reviewing style in,one of my first reviews 😀
Where to start ! This book was amazing !
I love Margaret Brownleys characters in both of the books that I'd read so far . They are so unique ,whimsical , and hillarious ! I even enjoyed the villians .
Maggie the main character is a Pinkerton detective. Her newest assignment is to pose as a mail order bride for none other than the man suspected to be the Whistle Stop bandit a bank robber . Maggie has onl
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Ellen White
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like what the qualifications is for a Pinkerton detective. Would one past that today. Maggie is on the run for a pickpocketer , he disappears, and she has dust covering her. When asked if okay, it was her contact Garret Thomas, to whom she is to marry. Now she knew it would be anything but easy, to find out what he really had been doing. For him, he has doubts, after finding her running about in town. What other character flaws does she have. Aunt Heddy was a force to reckon with her pointed q ...more
AlegnaB †
I enjoyed this, but I can't rate it higher than three stars, mostly because I kept thinking about the living arrangements, which were totally unbelievable(view spoiler) ...more
Una
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in 1882, Maggie arrives in the Arizona Territory as a mail order bride. In actuality she is a Pinkerton detective and the person she is investigating is none other than her supposed future husband who is suspected of being a train robber. I read book one, which was good, but this one was so much better.
Jennifer Purcell
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat. I kept wondering how Maggie was going to solve the mystery, and if Garrett was innocent. I wanted to believe he was, but Margaret Brownley did a great job of dropping clues that left me second guessing. A wonderful read that made me excited for the next Pinkerton mystery!
Monica
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my normal kind of read… But I have to admit that I really really like it. I'm glad that I decided to give this book series a chance because it has opened my eyes to new opportunities in reading different types of books.
Elise Blomberg
I really enjoy Margaret Brownley as an author. This book had a lot of action and kept my interest. The one drawback, from my perspective, was that the male lead character in this book was too passive. There was much development of the female lead character.
Jara
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!
Ru4repeat
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's incredible to think what detectives had to work with, or didn't, in the 19th century. This book offers great insights into things. I loved the building up of the main characters relationship!
Bonnie
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun series. Wonderful characters.
Julie
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - Good characters, well-paced mystery. I liked Rikker the best, thought he was great. Very pleasant read.
Angela  Gaynor
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy light read with a moving plot.
Patricia
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute romantic suspense or mystery book. I question whether a person could overcome his feeling of being deceived quite as quickly as Garrett did but it was still a nice story.
Mariah H
loved it.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Dec 18, 2014 10:29AM  
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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 ...more

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