On My Bookshelf: Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

If you haven’t read any of Margaret Brownley’s books, you’re really missing out.  From the first few pages of Gunpowder Tea, I instantly remembered that she co-wrote A Bride For All Seasons which I loved.  Brownley has a way of putting details on paper that help me to imagine the story as it plays out.  In Gunpowder Tea, her characters gave me a good chuckle.  I loved the way she described “Annie” and could easily picture this young overachiever trying to impress her employers.  There was enough intrigue going on in the story to keep me engaged.  Normally a mystery wouldn’t be my first choice, but this was different.  Despite my aversion to typical mysteries, I tried to solve the crimes using the details given in the story while I read.  It was fun!  The Wild West isn’t really a place I’d want to visit, yet somehow Brownley makes it seem appealing.  

Gunpowder Tea has a made-for-tv movie type of vibe.  The characters have a good rapport with each other, from the gossipy Bessie to the tough-as-nails Miss Walker.  Miss Walker reminded me of the Wild West version of Violet Crawley.  She has some great one liners that made me want to update my mantra.  The romance in Gunpowder Tea is just enough to make the story a bit more interesting.  This book is good, clean entertainment.


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  1. This doesn’t appear to be something I’d be interested in reading, but I think my Mother in law would enjoy it.

  2. Julie Wood says:

    This book sounds very interesting and I like the story and mysteries are my favorite. I would like to read this book and have to check it out! Thanks for the interesting review!

  3. Thanks for the review. This sounds like an interesting read.

  4. judy gardner says:

    wow – so many things i like about your review. i love books set in the old west, i love mysteries and stories with a sense of humor are great. sounds like a great read!

  5. This does sound like a nice light read. Westerns are fun, especially in the hands of a writer who can really bring characters to life.

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