Love in Disguise
By Carol Cox

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

When Ellie Moore loses her job as costume designer and assistant to actress Magdalena Cole, she is in despair about finding another position. When observing other girls in dire straits resorting to selling themselves to avoid starving, she realizes she would do anything but go there.
Eavesdropping on a conversation, she applies for a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and puts all her training and talent for observation on the stage to work, as she travels to Arizona as a much older woman and her much younger alter ego.
Mine owner, Steven Pierce is desperate to discover who is stealing from him! The expensive silver shipments vanishing into thin air seem to have inside people working on it. He least suspects that the gentle widow, newcomer to town could be his saving grace.

This book is an entertaining read of a detective who makes up lines as she goes along! I found it funny that since Ellie had never done detective work, she seemed to focus more on playing the parts she was given, than a lot of detective work! The beautiful Jessie and old Mrs. Stewart plague the town with questions, showing up where they shouldn’t be and attracting romantic attention.

I found this a light-hearted read, good for a hot day when your brain does not want to think about too many heavy things. It does contain some light referrals to the insides of saloons, but otherwise, even the romantic parts are few and would be a good read for teenagers.

(This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for review and the opinions and writing is all my own)

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