Katie Madison, Pinkerton Agent, works undercover as a Harvey Girl to find a killer. She needs to work with Sheriff Branch Whitman who has a very low regard for Pinkerton agents. Harvey Girls and Pinkertons are a real part of our history and Margaret Brownley writes with a warm blend of humor, history, romance, and suspense to steal our imaginations and our hearts. "Calico Spy" is part of Brownley's Undercover Ladie's Series and a fun and excellent read.
Katie learns a lot about trying to be a Harvey Girl, makes friends and enemies among her co-workers and clients; but finding clues to the killer who has killed two Harvey Girls doesn't seem to be coming easily.
Branch, on the other hand, knows he has a Pinkerton in town he is suppose to work with but is caught off guard when he discovers it's a woman and that the woman is Katie, whom he finds himself attracted to. In addition, he is a widower still grieving the death of his wife tragically killed during a tornado 8 years ago, the same as the age of his son. The son he claimed because his wife delivered it that night and saved the infant's life by putting it in an oven.
Both Branch and Katie find themselves struggling with their relationships both working and personal as well as with the complications of the case they are working and the unexpected problems and people that arise along the way to make life even more interesting.
Ms. Brownley stocks her novel full of suspense and surprises and many twists and turns. I highly recommend this for your reading list.