Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Middle Grade Review; P. K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows


Title: P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows  (The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries #3)
Author: Caroline Lawrence; narrated by Tara Sands
Publisher: Listening Library, 2014.  Originally published by Orion Childrens, 2013. 192 pages.
Source: Library

Publisher's Summary:*
P.K. Pinkerton’s detective agency is thriving in Virginia City—until the evening P.K. is abruptly stuffed into a turnip sack and tossed into the back of a wagon! Surfacing in Chinatown, P.K. is forced into taking a job trailing the abductor’s fiancĂ© in Carson City.

Danger lurks at every turn. P.K. must battle quicksand, escape the despicable former Deputy Marshall, Jack Williams, and save Poker Face Jace from certain death at the hands of the fatal “Black Widow,” who is courting P.K.’s friend and mentor.

Master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton has almost perfected the art of staying hidden in plain sight, but when the stakes become life or death, the only thing that can save the young detective is to give away the biggest secret of all.

I grabbed this book from the on-line audio catalog at the library on a whim. I liked the title, which had a certain absurdity, and I just needed something in a hurry. I didn't even notice that it was Book 3 in a series. Well, I might wish I'd started from the beginning, but I'm certainly not sorry I glommed onto the book! 

*Some readers may have noticed that sometimes I provide my own summaries, sometimes I use the ones the publisher uses in sales materials. There is a simple reason for this: while I prefer to do my own, sometimes I just don't feel like working that hard. So then I let someone else do the heavy lifting. I think there's something to be said for each approach, so I don't sweat it.

Full Disclosure: I checked PK Pinkerton out of my digital library, and received nothing from the writer or publisher in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions expressed are my own and those of no one else.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 


  1. I haven't read this series, and I don't remember hearing about it (I think I would remember the unique title). I am glad you grabbed book three and ended up liking it so much. I will have to look for book 1. Thanks for sharing. :)


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