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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Book Review: An Agent for Opal (The Pinkerton Matchmaker Book 25) By: P. Creeden

An Agent for Opal (The Pinkerton Matchmaker Book 25)


Opal Cahill was raised as the only girl in a family full of rough and tumble men. They taught her to fight and survive and taught her to push aside fantasies, because reality is as harsh as the rough side of a cat’s tongue. But she could never let go of reading about adventures of life in the west and dreaming that she might one day become a Pinkerton agent, like her hero, Kate Warne. But when her father passes, she’s stuck living in Atlantic City with her cousin who sometimes has them living in rundown shacks and sometimes, high end hotels. Until one day, that odd lifestyle catches up with them both. When Opal must choose a place to go out west, she heads to the Pinkerton office in Denver in the hopes that they might still interview her though it’s months after they originally advertised they were accepting applicants. 

Caleb Wade has just come back from going deep undercover. He returns to the Pinkerton office and runs into one of the most stubborn, frustrating, and interesting women he’s ever met. When he finds out that she’s not only his new partner but his new wife, he digs in his heels before he decides to treat it as another undercover act. Together the two travel to Ohio to help Archie’s good friend and owner of the Turner Theater deal with an arsonist who has already succeeded in burning down the theater once and threatens to do it again. Both Caleb and Opal must learn to get past their stubborn ways and work together in order to capture the person who threatens not only the building but the lead actress as well. 

Lady Pinkerton detectives, their rough and ready agents, and a whole lot of excitement and romance! The Pinkerton Matchmaker series tells the stories of the women determined to bring criminals to justice, and the agents who win their hearts. Each book is a standalone story and they can be read in any order.


P. Creeden is the sweet romance and mystery pen name for USA Today Bestselling Author, Pauline Creeden. Her stories feature down-to-earth characters who often feel like they are undeserving of love for one reason or another and are surprised when love finds them.

P. Creeden married her college sweetheart, who she also met at a horse farm. Together they raise a menagerie of animals and their one son, an avid reader, himself. Animals are the supporting characters of many of her stories, because they occupy her daily life on the farm, too. From dogs, cats, and goldfish to horses, chickens, and geckos -- she believes life around pets is so much better, even if they are fictional. 

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I did my masters thesis on the use of women and african americans as spies during the revolutionary and civil war. One of my favorites to read about was Kate Warne. I was really excited to read this book since I loved reading about Kate Warne so much. Meet Opal. She has been raised by a pack of boy cousins and has not been taught how to be a lady. She dreams of becoming a member of the Pinkerton  Detective Agency and when her cousin gets in trouble in Atlantic City - she heads west to try and capture the dream. Meet Caleb Wade. Full fledged Pinkerton Agent. He loves what he does. He is less then thrilled when his boss tells him he has to get married or face suspension. He and Opal are paired as a husband and wife team and sent on assignment to Ohio (my home state!!!) What will happen when they get there - will they figure out who is behind the theater arson? This book is a romantic suspense novella. It will keep you guessing. P. Creeden has done fantastic research and is historically accurate. I love the concept of Pinkerton Matchmaking. This is the first one in this series that I have read, but I will be going back and starting from the beginning. I was drawn in within the first few pages and could not put it down. If you like romantic suspense that keeps you guessing -- this is the book for you

I received a copy of this book through the author - All thoughts are my own. 

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