Miranda Hunt has followed in the footsteps of her father despite her father’s disapproval. As a Pinkerton agent she has proved adept if not a little impulsive. So when she is offered the chance to track down the notorious Phantom who has been wreaking havoc out West she jumps at it. For a cover she answers an advertisement placed by a lady rancher looking for an heiress. When she meets up with ranch hand David Branch she is shocked to see he is the same person who earlier robbed her on a train seeming to confirm the agency’s suspicions that the outlaw’s hideout is in the vicinity. Branch claims to be a member of the Phantom’s Gang; in an effort to unveil the Phantom’s identity Miranda also claims to be a member. Easier said than done.
Jeremy Taggert, alias David Branch, knows the new “heiress” has secrets to hide, but what those secrets are hasn’t come to light. As a Wells Fargo detective he is just as determined as Miranda to hunt out the Phantom after his friend and fellow agent goes missing. While butting heads with the newcomer and also keeping his identity secret Jeremy must keep his wits about him if he intends to outsmart the nosy heiress.
Overall Gunpowder Tea was an okay read. It fairly oozed with mushiness which was big turn off for me. For two people sworn to uphold the law they sure were drawn to each other while thinking the other an outlaw. Miranda came across as being something akin to a feminist with something against lady-like tendencies. Nonetheless the sporadic views of ranching life were interesting; as was the two different law keepers. To be honest I have never heard of a Wells Fargo detective so that was fascinating to learn more about through a fictional tale. I had no qualms with the writing. It’s very well done and smooth so another thing working in its favor. Obviously this wasn’t a favorite, but it’s still worth a read.
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