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So far, only read ETHAN S BRIDE super fun and adorable story Had to finish once I got started [[ DOWNLOAD KINDLE ]] ⇭ Pistols and Petticoats ⇹ From Bestselling Authors Barbara Ankrum, Adrienne DeWolfe And Sharon Ihle Come Three Fresh Novellas, Featuring Three Firebrand Ladies, Each Determined To Make Her Mark While Making Her Match ETHAN S BRIDE , Word Sequel To CHASE THE FIRE Wild Western Hearts, Book Violet Bradford Desperately Wants A Child Believing Herself Barren, She Answers Dr Ethan Walker S Advertisement For A Mail Order Bride In Colorado, Knowing He Only Wants One Thing A Mother For His Young Daughter Surely The Joys Of Motherhood Can Compensate For A Loveless Marriage But Ethan S Broken Heart Won T Stop Tugging At Hers And Ethan Soon Realizes He Must Risk His Heart Again Or Risk Losing It All SHADY LADY , Word Prequel To DEVIL IN TEXAS Velvet Lies, Book Fiery Singing Sensation, Sadie Michelson, Thinks Falling In Love Is Bad For Business Until William Cass Cassidy, A Hotheaded Gunslinger, Sets His Sights On Wooing Her But When A Texas Ranger Arrives In Dodge City To Extradite Cass For A Crime Of Passion, Sadie Must Use All Her Wits And Wiles To Lure The Law From Her Man S Trail And That Means Risking Everything Including Cass S Love BAREBACK BRIDE , Word Sequel To THE BRIDE WORE SPURS The Inconvenient Bride Series, Book Expert Horsewoman, Shannon Winterhawke Runs Away From Home To Join The Buffalo Bill Wild West Extravaganza Shannon Is Hired On The Spot, But The Show S Head Horseman, Seth Edwards, Simply Sees Another Flighty Gal Looking For A Cowboy Fling Before Settling Down With Some Unsuspecting Fool But All Bets Are Off As Shannon Slowly Sneaks Into Seth S Heart And Lassoes Him With His Own Rope Originally published at Reading RealityI want to make a joke about Pistols and Petticoats being two, two, two books in one , but the problem with the book is that it isn t Instead it is two books that attempt to be combined into one Unfortunately the seam between the two books is rather visible, and leaves a nasty and distinguishing scar.What we have feels like an attempt to yoke a scholarly study about the changing roles of women in detection and police work joined at the slightly non working hip with a book about the changing roles of women in detective fiction and the lives and careers of women who have made successful and even groundbreaking forays into the mystery genre.The desire, often stated in the book, is to show how the increased roles of women in novels and later other media often presaged the increasing roles for women in real life police work But the two parts don t flow into one another, possibly because there isn t much there, well, there.Instead, in the historical narrative, police work for women was often proposed as, and in many cases restricted to, an extension of the reform zeal of the late 1800s and the belief that dealing with social problems and juvenile crime were a natural outgrowth of women s roles in the home Fictional female sleuths, on the other hand, were created first of all to entertain, but created in a way that was not supposed to upset the status quo Which explains both Miss Marple and the reason that so many young female sleuths careers ended in marriage.Women were supposed to remain in the domestic sphere, and that sphere was supposed to be the pinnacle of all their ambitions Elderly spinsters like Miss Marple needed something to occupy their time, particularly in eras where so many women were left without spouses after a generation of young men died in warfare.Pistols and Petticoats does not read like a successful amalgamation of the author s two plot lines The historical sections that detail women s real and increasing contributions to police work and detection, read, unfortunately, like rather dry history It s interesting, but only becomes lively when the women themselves have interesting lives, like Alice Clement or Kate Warne.The parts that thrill are where the author sinks her teeth into the history of female detectives and the history of the females who have written successful mysteries The early years of female writers who made the genre what it is today, but whose works have not continued to find readers, was fascinating.The information about where certain trends in mystery took their cues from contemporary life and women s places in it also pulled me in Not just the heroines of the Golden Age, like Christie and Marple, and Sayers with Harriet Vane, but also how those characters fit into their own society.Escape Rating C All in all, the parts of the book that dealt with mystery fiction made for compelling reading They also reminded me of a book that I have not thought of in years, Murderess Ink The Better Half of the Mystery Murderess Ink, the followup to Murder Ink The Mystery Reader s Companion, was a lighthearted study of the women who created and populated the mystery genre from the Golden Age until its late 1970s present As much as I enjoyed the sections of Pistols and Petticoats that dealt with the genre, perhaps it is time for an update of Murder Ink and Murderess Ink. Two out of three okayEthan Bride It was okay I like the writing style Will read other books by this author.Shady Lady I can t give a review, because I don t like books nor do I read romance novels where woman or anyone are forced into prostitution.Bareback Bride It was cute I think I may have read a book by this author. More hunks and beautiful women searching for love or not.Great stories of handsome cowboys and beautiful women going about life in the the old west Some characters will be eandering and some will make you think twice All the stories were great reads and I will be looking for books from these authors I can t wait to read by these ladies. I loved the first story, Ethan s Bride It was a short and sweet but I would have liked at least an epilogue to answer some open questions The second story, Shady Lady, I couldn t even finish The speech patterns were way over exaggerated and detracted from any story The third story, Bareback Bride, was cute, but again I felt it was lacking something. VERY GOOD READI am so g lad I bought this trilogy It had endings to two other books I read If you want HAPPY ENDINGS try t his set. Free 12 09 14 I don t normally read shorts or westerns but I may have been converted Each title was very different but all three had one thing in common terrific characters. I only read the first novella, it was pretty good but needed to be longer There were too many unanswered questions for me