Love In Disguise by Carol Cox Bethany House Publishers ISBN 978-0-7642-0955-0

Ellie Moore, the protagonist in Carol Cox’s novel Love In Disguise, finds herself unemployed and on the verge of being homeless in the winter of 1882 in Chicago. Her possessions are few-consisting of a trunk filled with the wardrobe that once belonged to her former employer who was a vain and selfish actress. Ellie’s only work experience was that of theater wardrobe mistress. A chance encounter and an overheard conversation leads to her applying for a position within the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Even though she is initially rejected because of her total lack of experience in the sleuthing business, she uses her theatrical skills to land the job and she is off to the Arizona Territory to investigate a case.
From the start much goes wrong. Ellie is assigned to work with a seasoned female Pinkerton detective. However, upon meeting her supposed partner the woman tells Ellie that she won’t be accompanying her to Arizona. Instead, she is going on her honeymoon in New York. Ellie is shocked by the news that she is on her own. It is imperative that Ellie solves this case as she needs to prove herself to the Pinkerton people. Desperate times call for desperate measures as well as creativity. Thanks to contents of her wardrobe trunk, Ellie morphs herself into two diversely different women in order to conduct her investigation . As for the results, you have to read the book.
This novel has it all. There is tension, suspense, humor, romance and elements of faith. The characters are well developed and I found the story totally believable. I recommend reading this book.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishing and I give this review of my own free will.

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