Review ~ Love in Disguise by Carol Cox @authorcarolcox

Historical Fiction

Back of the book:

Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?

Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it’s the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.

Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can’t figure out who’s stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow . . . or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.

Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie, Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he’s falling in love with doesn’t really exist?

Set in 1880s Arizona, Love in Disguise blends romance, humor, and mystery for a can’t-put-down read.

Meet the author:

Author of nearly 30 novels and novellas, Carol Cox has an abiding love for history and romance, especially when it’s set in her native Wouthwest. As a third-generation Arizonan, she takes a keen interest in the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. A pastor’s wife, Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play—within view of the family’s front porch.

My thoughts:

The Pinkerton Detective agency has always been fascinating to me. They had a relatively high success rate and didn’t even have all the modern tools that present day detectives have. They just had to rely on their skills of perception and deduction.

In the case of Ellie Moore, she also had to rely on her acting skills. It was a fun read as we were taken along for the ride of a quick change artist. Ellie had to flip between the characters of elderly Lavinia and young Jessie. It was amusing and at times downright tense as she played the two parts.

The authenticity of 1880s Arizona was an added bonus. I appreciated the research that went into this work. Nothing ruins a story more than a glitch in the descriptions. Ms. Cox did her homework and it shows in this intriguing story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from the chaos at the beginning to the intense drama at the end. Carol Cox is obviously an author that I need to read more of. If you enjoy historical fiction with a flair for the dramatic, you are going to be completely enamored with Love in Disguise.

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