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The Innocents

(The Innocent Mystery Series #1)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Pinkerton Detective Abigail MacKay is a master of disguises—and of new crime-solving technology! But she’ll have to move fast to stay a step ahead of Nat Quinn and Jake Conroy.

Nat and Jake are the ringleaders of The Innocents, a western gang that specializes in holding up trains carrying payrolls—and Nat is pretty savvy when it comes to using the new sciences of 1868 in c
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by Prairie Rose Publications
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Cynthia Hamilton
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start of “The Innocents” you know you are in very capable hands. I love a fictional tale that takes it’s cues from true events, as does this story of a young female detective working undercover to track down the infamous folk heroes who politely relieve trains of their cash payrolls. They are handsome and courteous and have never killed or roughed up anyone in the commission of their crimes.

But as the adage goes, excess profits breeds ruinous competition, which in this case takes
Nina Romano
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would’ve liked to have had C. A. Asbrery as a professor in Grad School for a creative writing course in Historical Mystery Fiction. I probably could write a three-page review of this book, but it would be riddled with spoilers. Suffice it to say, that Asbrey uses convincing and superb historical and detective elements to detail and relate the story, a facile read and most enjoyable.

For me, this novel is a wildly entertaining Western romp peppered brilliantly with humor, compassion and human fo
Plot Monster
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to C. A. Asbrey, Prairie Rose Publications and BookTasters for the ebook that I received in exchange for an honest review.

The Innocents by C. A. Asbrey has 356 pages and was published by Prairie Rose Publications in 2018.

Abigail McKay is a Pinkerton detective trying to make her way in a man’s world. While trying to solve a series of train robberies, Abi is captured by a band of outlaws and subsequently rescued by the train robbers. Will she be able to outsmart the “bad guys” without lo
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written story involving one of the first female Pinkerton Detectives, Abigail MacKay, out to track down "The Innocents", a train robbing group of criminals that...are polite and never harm people. The story moves quickly once "The Innocents" are believed to have shot and killed a railroad employee. Other murders are committed and Abigail decides finding the murderer is more important than nabbing "The Innocents" at this time since a life was taken.

This is where you have to pay att
John Miller
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found The Innocents, the first book in The Innocents mystery series by talented author C.A. Asbrey, to be a riveting read. Asbrey has created a fascinating character in Abigail MacKay – a Scot in the American Old West and a female Pinkerton detective – who’s a master of disguise and a wealth of knowledge. Although she’s immersed in a world dominated by men, she refuses to be intimidated and uses intellect and wit, courage and conviction to find clues and solve crimes that many seem to miss – e ...more
Mrs. Y
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance, detective story, and historical fiction lovers.
Recommended to Mrs. by: Booktasters
I’ve read a lot of hooks in my days of reading, and I find I’m becoming a connoisseur of well-written hooks in a book. I love when a writer can take me into their world quickly so that I am immersed in it and I can enjoy what it is they are trying to tell me as soon as possible.

Take this book for example, as I found it both delightful and devious. When an author can describe the cruel massacre of a vegetable, with details and wicked bravado, they may have written a good hook. What makes it a gr
Maria Rivas-mc
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Innocents is a western, in the style of those vintage black and white movies – except for the shades of grey where our ‘heroes’ don’t fit the traditional and are even considered ‘criminals’. They’re redeemed by their loyalty to their friends and a sense of fair play in their dealings. Hence their sobriquet, ‘the Innocents’, robbing the soulless big corporations, not the average working man (or woman). The heroine is very non—traditional - an early suffragette (before the term was coined) wom ...more
Anwyn Williams
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The brilliance of the first line really tells the reader that these books have more to them than meets the eye all the way through. I think it's the best first line I've ever read. Then there's the use of Jane Eyre, as reading material for the main protagonist, cunningly foreshadowing the tension between reason and passion which is about to unfold. Even in the Old West, society retained the buttoned-up elements of Victorian society. There are layers upon layers in these books, and the truth abou ...more
Bibiana #Storyteller
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Innocents isn’t just a western. It’s a murder mystery, and also a feminist dialogue.

Abigail MacKay is such a wonderful, fearless character. She’s Scottish, smart as a whip and on her own in the American West during the mid 1800s when “nice ladies” didn’t travel alone… unless they were nannies, extremely bad looking or crusty, old widows.

She’s also on a mission to find a group of criminals and bring them in because she’s a Pinkerton detective and a darn good one at that, even if she has to
Meera Senthil
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The best thing about The Innocents is having Abigail Mackay do full justice to her job as an agent at Pinkerton’s (a private detective agency founded in 1850 in the USA – as an Indian woman, I had no idea and had to google that). Set at the very time period of the agency’s founding, no one is prepared to accept that a female has been employed as one of its agents. It is satisfying to read as she skillfully negotiates and persuades her way through hostility, scorn and contempt from scores of men ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. "The Innocents" is a well written historical mystery based in the 1800's and located in the wild west. The characters are extremely well developed. From the very beginning, you can't help but like Abigail MacKay. She's idealistic, intelligent, bold. She's a master of disguises and criminal science - such as it was at that time. She is a Pinkerton detective - an extraordinary accomplishment for a young lady in the 1800's. Her mission: find an ...more
Jeanette Ford
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Innocents by C.A. Asbrey

Wow, wow! When I started this book, I had no idea what to expect, other than I knew it was set in the past, in America and involved two outlaws and a Pinkerton female detective. What can I say? I loved it.

I read a lot of books of varying degrees of readability and excellence and particularly love crime investigations. This is a crime investigation with a difference, quite a few differences in fact. It is beautifully written, with characters that become real in the mi
Maryanne M. Pester
As a true bookworm, I am always looking for something new - and to my delight, discovered The Innocents by C. A. Asbrey.

This was a true find - a fast-paced mystery set in the Old West with a young woman Pinkerton detective - yes! the forward thinking Agency really did employ women as detectives.

A truly delightful read set in the post-Civil War era of the American West, our heroine, Abigail MacKay, is clever, brave strong-willed, determined and just plain smart - and who must overcome derision a
Jam Kaizan
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~ The Innocents - your not - so common "Who dunnit?" story. ~

Fast - paced and wonderfully detailed to the smallest bit, Ms. Asbrey's delicious mystery novel has made me feel the thrill of being taken into a roller coaster ride of emotions as the story of the three cunning characters fly out of the pages and into my senses.

With a witty dialogue and a gripping storyline to keep anyone on the edge, the author has succesfully caught my attention. Uncle and nephew Nat and Jake will surely be loved b
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A. Great. Book.
When I started read this book, I'd already fall in love with the main characters and the time setting in this novel. I really fond of a strong woman character that is independent, genius and most important is not only rely on man to defend/save her but she can defend/save herself, just like Abigail, the female main character. Whereas for the time setting, I really loves to read a novel where the time setting was set in 18th century because it is something historical and interestin
Phyllis Entis
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An unusually courteous pair of bandits, nicknamed The Innocents because of their behavior, has been robbing trains, and Abigail MacKay has been assigned to hunt them down.

Abigail is a Pinkerton detective, schooled in the art of disguise and the science of investigation. Despite her knowledge and experience, she is captured by a gang of thugs who have been masquerading as the Innocents, and is rescued by Jake and Nat, the very men she has been sent to capture.

To repay the Innocents for her rescue
Gina Rae Mitchell
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Abigail MacKay, female Pinkerton detective, is out to arrest the infamous Innocents, train robbers in the Wild West of 1868.

Little does she know what fate has in store for her. Enter Nat & Jake, the very law-breakers she is after. Through twists & turns, murder & mystery, the trio must overcome their suspicions and work together. The book has comedy, drama, and a little sexual tension, but most of all a storyline that keeps you turning page after page. I love that so many suspicious
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, historical fiction lovers, anyone who wants to laugh and be swept back in time
If you're looking for a mystery to twist your mind, awesome dialogue that makes you legit laugh out loud, and characters to fall in love with… Look no further!!

The Innocents, the debut novel by C. A. Asbrey, fully delivers!

From the first page I was immediately captured and drawn deep into the story. My curiosity on who and what and how and when ensured that I remained tightly intrigued and invested. As it were, having to close the pages and be present in real life was difficult to accomplish.
Feb 05, 2019 added it
Reading this first installment of "The Innocents" was like fresh spring breeze, gently enlightened by a simpler time and with characters that stick to the threads of your memory. Set in the mid 1800's in a small place today but rather bustling in the setting, like many small towns it became a vibrant place for settlers and migrants heading for the so called pursuit of happiness and a better life. Abigail McKay is a force du tour with 1st Wave Feminism bringing her character upfront with the prog ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story from the beginning. Abigail is on the trail of Nat Quinn and Jake Conroy, the leaders of The Innocents, a gang that robs from the rich and not from the poor. She bumps into them right away, and a roller-coaster ride of sparring quips, subtle innuendo and humorous one-liners begins!

The story keeps you hooked right from the start, with fake Innocents, the buxom Pearl who runs the local high-class brothel, and various other quirky characters who all fit into the story by the end.
Catherine Siemann
This is a book I'd say I wished I'd written, except then I wouldn't have had the fun of reading it. Abigail MacKay, the female Pinkerton, is a delightful heroine, strong and resourceful but deeply human. Hero Nat Quinn is a worthy adversary and love interest, and his partner, Jake Conroy, equally well-drawn. Asbrey's worked in the criminal justice system, and it shows -- she really knows her stuff. I'd say she'd lived in the 19th century, too, as she gets that letter-perfect -- I did my grad wor ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a lover of all book genres but historical and regency novels hold a special place in my heart.
The Innocents by C.A Asbrey is a well written fictional story and she tells it in a fluid series of events that start up with our heroine Abigail who is a Pinkerton detective and has a charming accent smashing her mashed potato treat into a handsome strangers coat.
Call it serendipity or fate, but this chance meeting leads to many more meetings which delve into a nest of deceit, crime, murder, rom
Munie  Moe
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I receive a copy of this book from the author and Booktaster for an exchange of honest review.

The Innocents is a well written mystery/ thriller that taking a time setting in Wild West. The main character is a strong, independent and bold woman. A master of disguise as well as brilliant detective.

Her mission is to bring in the train robber The Innocents. But changing her mission after other group used The Innocents name to rob and kill people. After a meet with the real Innocents, they become al
Annette Spratte
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
What a unique story! In this historical mystery, a lady detective employed by the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency sets out to catch the notorious 'Innocents', a gang of robbers who operate under a strict code of honor. Unfortunately, the Scottish native lady is caught by another gang of robbers and nearly killed.
Her rescue comes at the hands of the Innocents, creating a rather awkward situation.
The characters in this story are wonderful, well thought out and multi-layered. As the reader gets
Cynthia Raleigh
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Abigail MacKay, the bold and confident female Pinkerton detective, was a breath of fresh air. Managing to become a Pinkerton was quite an accomplishment, but she also held her own and surpassed all expectations. A true feat in the man's world of 1868 Wyoming, a time when the benefits of a woman's intellect and ingenuity may be quite obvious, yet recognition of her success was only reluctantly acknowledged. In the American West, Abigail managed to handle the uncertainty of those she worked with a ...more
Veronica Barton
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author C. A. Asbrey delivers a tale of mystery in the old west with Pinkerton agent Abigail MacKay. Being a female agent in a man's wild west isn't easy as she sets out to gather information to catch Nat Quinn and Jake Conroy, leaders of the train robbing gang known as The Innocents. Abi's world collides with those she hopes to bring to justice, taking the reader on an unexpected, suspense filled journey filled with twists and turns (and a little romance). I loved the characters of this story an ...more
Kenia Noriega
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was offered to my by Booktasters and the author herself for an honest review, I think it was totally worth it, I found interesting the fact that it was set in the 1800's a time when women were not fully accepted as anything more than wives and mothers, and our main character defies that, I look up to Abigail MacKay (main character) as she was pretty interesting and intelligent, also a Pinkerton detective, (a very impressive one). The story have many twists, which kept my interest, the ...more
Blue Librarian
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a time when the market is overflowing with poor written books repeating the same subjects over and over again, 'The Innocents' is a breath of fresh air. Solid characters, beautifully written, it has everything it needs to be an enjoyable and memorable read.
It tells the story of Miss Abigail MacKay, a Pinkerton agent chasing the famous band of 'The Innocents' in a time when women were expected to be housewives and mind their own business. She finds the Innocents alright and gets herself involv
Okwudili Emechebe
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Innocents is a lovely piece of writing that transports you to the wild west of the mid 1800s, the master of disguise and accents Detective Abigail MacKay, the intelligence of the innocents, a lethal pair of Charm and a really really quite draw.
The book was really difficult to put down and i really enjoyed everybit of it. i saw myself in that environment in my head and you have to be careful because you are bound to pick a which would it be? the law or the outlaw? have to re
Lizzie Mayer
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was a first of the genre for me. I read some great reviews and was tempted to have a read for myself. It's historical mystery fiction, with an undercurrent of romance running through it. I REALLY enjoyed this and was happy to realise THE INNOCENTS is Book One, so I now have Book Two ready in the Kindle. Overall, I loved the twists and turns and the way the author wove together what at first seemed to be unlikely characters. Clearly this was very well researched, with lots of humour, mystery ...more
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C.A. Asbrey is a writer of mysteries, and a fan of all things Victorian and obscure. A former member of law enforcement in Scotland, she developed a deep interest in early forensics and detection methods, particularly during the 19th Century, working in the field. This extensive research into early detectives and the tools available to them acted as the foundation for developing the characters in ...more

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