Girl in Disguise

Girl in Disguise

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Widowed and in need of a job, Kate Warne convinces Allan Pinkerton that a female detective can go places and do things a male detective cannot. Once hired, Kate becomes skilled at lock picking and surveillance, but she is best in disguise--as a prostitute, rich matron, spinster, clerk, Southern belle--an expert liar, playing a role. She investigates burglaries, bank robberies, embezzlement, counterfeiting, blackmail, and murder. Eventually earning the respect of her fellow detectives, Kate comes up with an ingenious plan to protect President Lincoln from a Southern assassination plot. During the Civil War, she must fight against a formidable adversary--notorious Southern spy Mrs. Rose Greenhow.--
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781492635222
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 26, 2017

Book tells the story of Kate Warne, the first female detective hired by the famed Pinkerton agency. Little is really known about Kate so this is truly historic fiction. Light reading, but enjoyable. I’d recommend Karen Abbott’s 'Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War' for a better telling of the Civil War period in this book.

Mar 03, 2017

Although this book wasn't quite what I was expecting, I enjoyed getting to know and imagine the tough and smart Kate Warne throughout her career. The real couldn't-put-it-down parts of the book didn't come until the end, but it's well worth sticking with it. I would recommend this book to fans of mystery, strong female characters, and historical fiction.


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ArapahoeChristine Oct 23, 2017

Part of me wanted to to turn right around, march back in there, and address Mortenson face-to-face, berate him for his crude assumption. Part of me wanted to crawl into bed and disappear under a blanket, ashamed anyone could think so ill of me. I was uncertain and confused, but as I walked, the emotions settled into a low, simmering anger.

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