Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Unique and Entertaining ~ Love in Disguise by Carol Cox ~ Review

Pinkerton detective agency? Undercover agents? Romance? History? Dastardly deeds? Hmm, yes please!
From just a little bit of the book’s plot, I was eager to get my hands on this novel. It has those qualities to the story structure and characters that set it apart, especially in today’s historical fiction genre. I wasn’t disappointed.
There is much to love about this book. Ellie is a rookie Pinkerton detective, playing not one, but two operatives. The quirky and funny things that happen to her once she is in disguise, keep the story an element of lighthearted. But there is plenty of serious to go around.
  The mystery of the silver mine thieves was well portrayed and even a bit surprising once I found out who the real villains were.
The romance was so sweet! Ellie might have fallen in love, but what happens when the man who loves you…actually loves the woman you’ve become to solve the mystery? If that doesn’t make you want this story nothing else will.
  Story was solid. Plot was well founded. The writing was enjoyable. The novel has that star quality about it that makes you want to keep reading. I loved the uniqueness of it all.
Overall, four stars to a good book. One I’m glad I took the time to read.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review. 

More about the book and author....

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Love in Disguise
Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2012)
Carol Cox


Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and antelope really do play--within view of the family's front porch.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love in Disguise, go HERE.


  1. Awesome review, Casey! Between your review and Amber's I sooooo need to read this!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :-)

    Praying you have a beautiful week in Jesus!

    1. It was a fun one, Amanda! I bet you would like the uniqueness of it. ;-)

  2. I've just begun seeing this book pop up in the blogosphere. Fun plot -- how did the author come up with this one? :O)

  3. How fun! I'll definitely have to read this, as I hardly ever see any books set in AZ (I live in Phoenix).

    1. Well, then sounds like this book is right up your alley, Lindsay! The author lives in AZ, so I imagine the writing of the setting was pretty accurate.

  4. I liked Carol's Chicago Fair series a couple years ago and I'm pretty sure I'll like her writing continuing in the future. I wish she would write more and I'm excited about this one.

    1. I thought that series looked interesting. Good to know you liked it too. :)

  5. I agree this was an awesome review - It made me really want to read this book. I am always looking for new Christian authors so I check your blog daily. Thanks for the info and for being so faithful to your blog and to your Christian values of "waiting"

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Carla! I read a lot of them, new authors can be some of the most fun to read. :D

  6. Ahhh, this sounds so fun! Another one in the TBR pile, which, I'm pretty sure, has the Sears Tower beat in height. Except, wait, it's the Willis Tower now, not the Sears Tower. Regardless!

    1. What?? When did the Sears tower get a different name??

      I've got one of those stacks too. Will never be readless! ;-)


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