Review: “Love in Disguise” by Carol Cox

Want to laugh, cry, wonder, and wander through the streets of 1880’s Arizona? Then this is the book for you. Ms. Cox took me back to dusty streets, gallant men, rough cowboys, devious desperadoes, and proper ladies, and then added a twist.  From the very beginning, I fell in love with Ellie, and worried about her.

When the miners sent for a Pinkerton agent, I wondered if one of them could be the thief. Was it Steven or one of the others, or someone else entirely?

The story was told in such a way as to not give away the answer, but to give enough clues that one might could guess.

“Love in Disguise” is a delightful story that will engage your imagination, and your intellect.


When costume-maker Ellie Moore suddenly finds herself out of a job in the middle of a bleak Chicago winter, she uses her knowledge of theatrical disguise to secure a position as an undercover operative with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her assignment: find the culprit behind the theft of silver shipped from the mines near Pickford, Arizona.

Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie begins her investigation. Soon she finds she must also pose as the dazzling young Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.

Mine owner Steven Pierce is about to lose his business after the theft of several bullion shipments–until hope arrives in the unlikely form of Lavinia Stewart, who offers to invest in Steven’s mine. In his wildest dreams, Steven never expected to be rescued by an inquisitive gray-haired widow…or to fall head over heels for Lavinia’s captivating niece, Jessie.

But then the thieves come after both Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Will she be forced to reveal her true identity before the criminals are caught? What will Steven do when he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t exist?

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