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5.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner, 3 July 2013
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J. Flintoff "john-paul flintoff" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 03 The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows (The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries) (Hardcover)
I am a BIG fan of Caroline Lawrence's books. I have read every one of them out loud to my daughter, who is now nine years old, and some more than once. Having consumed the entire back catalogue, we waited months for this new instalment of the PK Pinkerton Mysteries - and we were gripped, as ever. The only disappointment is that Caroline can't write them as fast as we can read them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "whip-cracking ride" - Caroline Lawrence's Western Mysteries will become a classic, 23 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: 03 The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows (The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries) (Hardcover)
Caroline Lawrence once again demonstrates her uncanny ability to both entertain and educate simultaneously, taking us to Nevada, North America, during the 1860s and giving us a pistol-packed history lesson in the process. The central character, PK Pinkerton, is a 12 year old half-Sioux orphaned detective tasked with solving “Western Mysteries”. Perhaps not as clever as Flavia Gemina (from the Roman Mysteries), PK is nevertheless appealing to younger readers with his/her Chinese partner (“pard”) Ping and pony Cheeya. The ambiguity of whether PK is a girl or a boy is appealing, drawing readers into the character of the hero/ heroine.

The book is the 3rd in the series but can easily be read without having read the first 2 books. Younger readers may at first find some of the American terminology a little difficult to understand as indeed those of us adults living in the UK. Unfamiliar spellings of familiar words (trowsers for trousers, clew for clue) and grammatical variations (he finally got throwed/ thrown in jail, he glid off/ glided) may be a touch confusing but these add to the western feel of the narrative and add beef jerky (meat) to the novel. Caroline Lawrence provides a useful glossary (akin to Aristo’s scroll in the Roman Mysteries) - brief enough to hold the attention of younger readers but with enough facts to give readers historical insight into life during American Civil War, the gold rush and franchising of toll roads.

Caroline Lawrence gives her characters appealing and vivid names (Opal Blossom, Violetta de Baskerville, Poker Face Jace). The story is written with innocent humour (Frenchy drinking himself to death when there is no water), moves at a fast pace with plenty of disguises, desperados, gunmen and murder, giving the reader a whip-cracking ride through to a thrilling ending to reveal PK’s biggest secret. Hold onto your reins for the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever, 9 July 2013
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ML Jensen (Bath, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 03 The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows (The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries) (Hardcover)
I love this series so much! The flavour of the wild west permeates every page. Once again, PK Pinkerton is on a case and this time on the tail of Poker-face Jace who, most unfortunately, also happens to be a friend. It's not a great idea to spy on a friend as PK soon finds out. The commission leads to a whole barrel of trouble with disguises, betrayal and ...of course...ruthless, pistol packing widows.
The book is as action-packed and brilliantly written as the previous two in the series and had lots of laugh-out-loud moments. The amusement that can be provided by two pairs of balled-up socks is remarkable. And more than one mystery is solved for the reader...
Highly recommended for children of about 9+ and anyone who loves a good yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and Hilarious Western for a new Generation, 10 Aug. 2014
Darn it, Caroline Lawrence has gone and written herself her best P K Pinkerton story yet.
If you don't already know the 12-year-old half Lakota Indian Private Detective out of Virginia City you have been missing a big treat. Riddled with good stuff about the American West and some real heroes and villains between the pages, P.K is hired by the Chinese Courtesan Opal to follow her beau Poker Face Jace who is in Carson City for the duration of the Legislature. P.K. doesn't exactly know what a Legislature is but he hires a good Lakota horse and a terrific grieving widow disguise and high tails it to Carson. He is a bit conflicted about the case, seeing as Poker Face Jace is his mentor an’ all, but he’s a professional and a jobs a job. Unfortunately he learns the hard way about short cuts from the Toll Roads but is found by Blue Supper who sets him straight. In Carson he meets more colourful people than you can shake a stick at, gamblers, ladies of the night, a scheming black widow, newspapermen and crooked politicians, not to mention a pistol-shooting Monkey. P.K. discretely goes about his 'following' business with hilarious results. Naïve, great fun, written at a cracking pace. A whole new generation could rediscover the American West and learn a whole lot too. Great, thrilling stuff and P K has a very serious secret that I am not about to reveal….
Sam North - Editor of Hackwriters.com
Author of ‘Diamonds – The Rush of ’72 and ‘Magenta’
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4.0 out of 5 stars PK Pinkerton, 26 Jan. 2014
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It's a page turner, I couldn't put it down.
Same with the first and second book.
It's a must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good page turner, 26 Sept. 2013
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PK Pinterton doesn't fail to keep you wondering what's happening next. His private eye work takes him to spy on his friend Jace, only to be caught doing so. That's when the story gets a good twist and PK saves Jace from marrying a black widow.

Hope there's another book but from the ending, I doubt it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absoltely brilliant, 27 May 2014
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This review is from: 03 The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows (The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries) (Hardcover)
A fantastic resource for anyone interested in the Old West, as well as a fantastic and exciting tale. Have read them all in one sitting as they are completly un-put-downable. A must read for anyone who loved the Roman Mysteries.
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