Legend of Lady Detectives & Book Giveaway

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I’m excited to introduce my author-friend, Kathleen Y’Barbo, as my guest today. Kathleen is talking about Lady Detectives, a subject in her newest book, Sadie’s Secrets.

The Legend of Lady Detectives

by Kathleen Y’Barbo

When I set out to write a heroine equal to the task of catching the charming villain Will Tucker in Sadie’s Secrets, there was no doubt Sadie Callum, the well-bred Louisiana-born daughter of sugar cane planter, would be a Pinkerton agent. After all, what other nineteenth century organization allowed women not only to populate their ranks well before they could vote, but also made great use of their unique talents?

Early on, Allan Pinkerton respected the ability of a woman to go where a man might not be allowed. Thus, he made sure that he always had a few well-trained ladies in his employ for those difficult cases where a feminine touch was needed.

Pinkerton agents—both male and female–were well trained and well paid. Their expertise in surveillance was beyond comparison. Allan Pinkerton was an early proponent of using female agents, determining that often it was the lady who was least suspected of being a detective.

One famous lady Pinkerton was the widow, Kate Warne, thought to be the clean-shaven person standing behind Mr. Pinkerton in the photograph from the Library of Congress archives. Kate Warne, a woman who it is claimed walked into the Pinkerton offices seeking a secretarial job only to leave as a detective, is one of the more memorable Pinkertons, and definitely the first female agent.

Among Mrs. Warne’s many accomplishments was the detection of a plot against President-elect Abraham Lincoln. Not only did she learn of the plot, but she also saved the president’s life by helping to smuggle him into Washington DC for his inauguration disguised as her invalid brother. Later, during the Civil War, it has been alleged that Mrs. Warne was quite adept at fitting in on both sides of the lines and brought back valuable intelligence to the Pinkerton offices. Quite the accomplishment considering women were not yet accepted as valuable members of any other crime fighting organization.

And although Sadie Callum is only a fictional detective, I believe Allan Pinkerton would heartily approve of her methods of bringing Will Tucker to justice once and for all. Take a peek at Sadie’s Secret, the third book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, and find out just how she manages such a feat.


About Sadie’s Secret (released February 1, 2014 from Harvest House Publishers):

Sadie's SecretLouisiana, 1890—Sarah Louise “Sadie” Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime.        

Undercover agent William Jefferson Tucker is not looking for marriage—pretend or otherwise—but his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans and Newport, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years. Only God can help these two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.

Click here to read the first chapter of Sadie’s Secret! 

 About Kathleen Y’Barbo:

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of forty-five novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified family law paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, she is currently a proud military wife and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River.

Visit Kathleen’s website to learn more about her and her books.

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Had you lived in the time of the Pinkerton Agency, might you have been a lady detective? Or perhaps someone you know? 

Congratulations to Polly Schneider, who won the signed copy of Sadie’s Secret. Thank you, Kathleen, for the Book Giveaway.

46 responses to “Legend of Lady Detectives & Book Giveaway”

  1. Robin in NC says:

    Not me, but my youngest sister, definitely!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    RW620 [at] aol [dot] com

  2. Angie Carroll says:

    I have always like mysteries so it would have been kind of cool!

  3. Summer Rankin says:

    I love mysteries. I would be a detective. If CSI had been on TV in 1977 I would have gone into that field instead of nursing.

  4. Christina Turner says:

    I think back in those days it would of been an exciting time, the country was developing and people were interesting back then and life was an adventure!
    I have read all of the books following Tucker and his crew! Looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Summer Rankin says:

    Forgot email. srankintx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. Andrea Lammly says:

    I don’t think I could have been an agent. But I love reading about this period in time.

  7. Melanie Backus says:

    Dangerous, yet exciting, thought provoking and never dull…. Sign me up! I would have loved it! Since we can’t go back in time, I would love to read about Miss Sadie. Thank you for the opportunity.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  8. Camille says:

    I definitely would have been a lady detective. I dreamed of being a detective growing up, even had my parents purchase me a Sherlock Holmes costume to wear around the house. Now I am about to become a librarian and that is detective work in its own way.

  9. I love this history of Lady Detectives and would have enjoyed the job of surveillance and sleuthing!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  10. Amyc says:

    I really don’t see myself as a detective now much less back then. I would probably be a farmers wife where I would be just as content. 🙂
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  11. angela chesnut says:

    yes I think I might have been a lady detective.

  12. Yes, most definitely!!! 😀

  13. Betty Hamilton says:

    I think I would have “followed” a female detective to study how she worked. But I doubt if I would have become one.

  14. Clauda Thompson says:

    Never thought about being a detective but maybe so.

  15. Shirley Blanchard says:

    I love mysteries, i watch all the CSI shows and read mysteries and suspence, i would love to win, thank you
    Shirley B

  16. Polly Schneider says:

    I could see myself as a lady detective. I love mysteries. My email is momndad243atyahoodotcom.

  17. Connie Fischer says:

    Since I’ve always enjoyed mysteries and literally “ate up” every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on as a child, I think that I would have a fun time being a detective during this time period. I’m intrigued by puzzles and feel like I can figure out scenarios very well.

  18. Keren Herrera Lyles says:

    I would of enjoyed being a lady detective. I think it would have been interesting doing that in that time. Somehow some detective/mystery is to my liking and I think it would have been fun. Thank you again for the chance to win this book. Blessings!!! email:

  19. Mona Hodgson says:

    Hi Karen! Good to see you here. Blessings! Mona

  20. Tami says:

    I would have loved to have been something like that… I loved Nellie Bly as a kid! BUT that said… I do not feel that is my calling. I think I would still be a pastor’s wife. 🙂

  21. I think it would of been neat to have been a detective. I like figuring things out. Sounds like awesome book.

  22. Connie Saunders says:

    I love to solve clues and I hate to give up so I may have been lady detective. Thanks for this giveaway.
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

  23. Jackie Mcnutt says:

    No I don’t think I would have made a good lady detective. I think my best friend would have been great at it!
    thanks, book looks interesting!

  24. Nancy M says:

    Sometimes I wonder if I could do it. It would be intriguing to have been a agent. I am persistent sometimes. I do think it took courage to do what these ladies did. I really enjoyed the post. Now I want to know more about women Pinkerton agents.

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