Love in Disguise


Title of Book: Love in Disguise

Author: Carol Cox

ISBN 978-0-7642-0955-0

Publisher:  Bethany House

Publication Date: 2012

Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein



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.  Should Ellie 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?



The author of Love in Disguise, Carol Cox is proud to be known as a 3rd generation Arizonan. She loves history and mystery and talking about “faith, books and life in the Southwest.  She has a long list of box to her credit including three series’ –  Arizona Brides Series, Sagebrush Brides Series and her A Fair to Remember Series.   Some of this reviewer’s favorites are FairGame, and A Bride So Fair from her  A Fair to Remember Series, and Sagebrush Brides Carol, her husband and daughter, live in a small town in Arizona.  You can find out more about her at



Bethany house has a winner in Carol Cox’s Love in Disguise.  The Book is set in Arizona in the 1880s.  Love in Disguise juggles romance, mystery and a hint of humor in a historical fiction book that will keep the reader turning pages.   Ellie Moore proves to be a good actress with a strong personality.  This reviewer chuckled as one alter-ego, an elderly widow, avoids the attention of one of the town’s bachelors.  As Jesse, she got herself into heaps of trouble trying to flirt with the wrong men.


Carol Cox gave us a book that we can feel comfortable handing to our teens, or our mom!  I recommend, Love in Disguise, and look forward to Carol’s next book.



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