Main Character Monday: Broderick Cosgrove Interview

Main Character MondayWelcome back to Main Character Monday and today’s interview with Broderick Cosgrove. Broderick comes to us from Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill. We’re excited to have you with us today, Broderick. Why don’t you start us off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I come from a long line of detectives. In fact, my family runs and owns the Cosgrove Detective Agency. At one time, our entire family worked as detectives for the business, but now I work for the Secret Service as an undercover operative investigating counterfeiters.

Undercover. Sounds dangerous. Tell me something about you that readers may find surprising.

My least favorite task when growing up was memorizing all the streets and alleys of Cincinnati. My father required it of all his detectives, but it was tedious. To make it fun, my brothers and I would create scenarios where we had to plan escape routes with obstacles constantly being tossed in the way so we had to change routes on the spot.

I can see why that would be important. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?

Psalm 82:4-5 “Defend the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: Rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” This is the mission statement of the Cosgrove Detective Agency and what God has called me to live according in my personal life.

It’s wonderful that your family’s agency is run according to a scriptural principle. Is there a person from the Bible that you relate to most?

Not that I can think of, but I’ve always looked toward David as a comfort. He was known as a man after God’s own heart and yet he was incredibly fallible and made some massive mistakes in his life. Yet God still used him for good. If he can still be considered a man after God’s heart after doing all that, then there is hope for me yet.

His story is one of my favorites too and for the same reason. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Is there one of these characteristics you find is easier to show than the others?

Honestly, it depends on who I need to show them to, but I’d like to think I’m pretty good in the area of self-control. I’ve had to do a lot of self-denial over the years.

Is there one that is more challenging than the others?

Again, it depends on who I have to show them to, but peace is probably the biggest struggle for me. I’ve come to terms with some of the choices I’ve made, but I’ve not quite forgiven myself for them.

That can be a difficult thing to do. If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Families are messy and sometimes they do things that feel unforgivable. However, forgiveness isn’t about saying what they did was okay, but about making the choice to no longer hold it against them. It’s a choice that allows healing in your own life.

What a beautiful message for our readers to take to heart. Before I get into some just for fun questions, I want to remind everyone that if you have questions or thoughts to share with Broderick or for Crystal Caudill, please drop them in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Now on to the fun questions. If you could visit just one place your entire life, where would you go?

I’m generally content where I am. I’ve seen much of the country with my job as a Secret Service operative, but I suppose it would be fun to take Theresa to the Louvre in Paris as she loves to sketch and paint. Her joy would be mine.

That’s really sweet. If you could choose one talent you dont already have, what talent would you choose?

The ability to persuade Theresa to choose logic over impulse. However, I’m not sure there is anyone in the world who could do that. Although, it would make my job so much easier.

It definitely sounds like there’s an intriguing story hidden in that answer. Now for some quick answer questions. 

Dark or Milk Chocolate?

I believe it was developed in 1875 and since it’s only 1884, it’s rather new. So I’ll go with milk just because it is unique to our time.

Beach or Mountains?

Mountains. I’ve had some traumatic experiences with water.

Sweet Tea or Lemonade?


One final question, Broderick. If you had to describe Crystal Caudill in three words, how would you do it?

Crystal has put me through some pretty rough paces. So, I’d have to say stubborn, cruel, and insufferable.

Paired with your earlier answer about Theresa, this one makes me believe there is an exciting story waiting for those who read Counterfeit Love. Readers, keep reading to find out more about Crystal Caudill and where you can get your copy of Broderick’s story. 

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Crystal is the author of “dangerously good historical romance,” with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW. She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Crystal can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio. Find out more at



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  1. Crystal Caudill says:

    Thanks so much for interviewing Broderick! He’s definitely someone I enjoyed spending a lot of time with.

  2. Dreadrake says:

    Beautiful cover & sounds like an amazing book!