Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Case of the Pistol-Packing Widows

Once I had  The Case of the Pistol-Packing Widows by Caroline Lawrence in my hands I could not put it down!
A western-style adventure set in America in the 1860's, this novel makes a very welcome change to the current young adult genres and themes on bookshelves.
The main character in the story is PK Pinkerton, a Private Detective. PK is a little over 12 years old, is half-Sioux, and has a very tragic past.
Non-stop drama, danger and high jinks befall PK at every turn. The opening page sees PK caught in a blizzard in the Nevada desert, facing an almost certain death. Then we discover the whole chain of events that led to the blizzard situation.
Leading up to the blizzard situation Pk is kidnapped and thrown into the back of a turnip wagon. An oriental woman awaits PK with a request - to spy on the gentleman who she suspects of 'Playing her False.' PK sighs. Another 'Romantic Job.' But to make matters even more tricky, the gentleman is one of PK's friends.
PK rises to the challenge with an amazing array of disguises, and is also perfecting the cunning trick of hiding in plain sight.
The plot becomes more and more complicated, involving confederates and corporation bills and road toll franchises. PK darts from undercover operation to undercover operation with the assistance of an ever growing band of allies.
Very funny, very poignant and highly recommended.


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