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Book Review, Sample & Q&A | Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

Sometimes the truth can be dangerous…

Truth Be Told
Carol Cox

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.***
***My review is my own personal opinion.***


When Amelia Wagner takes over her father’s newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper’s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father’s revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father’s statements.

Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She’s joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who’s been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company, a man Amelia finds both perplexing and intriguing.

What they uncover stuns them both–and has far-reaching implications for not only Ben and Amelia but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy finds a way to silence them for good?


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.

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Q: Truth Be Told is a work of historical fiction. Why will it resonate with today’s readers?

A: Times and fashions may change, but human problems remain the same. While Truth Be Told is a mystery set in the Old West, it deals with issues many people face today. Themes of addiction, forgiveness, believing the best against all appearances, and the costs of fighting for the truth run throughout the book.

Q: Your books often feature quirky characters in addition to the hero and heroine. Is there a reason for that?

A: I love using characters who are a bit (and sometimes more than a bit!) eccentric. I’ve learned some amazing truths along the way from people who didn’t fit the world’s idea of the “norm.” But just because someone may be a bit quirky, they may still have surprising depth beneath the surface. I’ve learned never to write anyone off. God sees all of us as unique, and every person has worth and a purpose in His sight.

Q: Are any of the places and characters in Truth Be Told based on fact?

A: Most of the book is based purely on my imagination, but I enjoyed slipping in a few actual sites and people from Arizona history. The Eleventh Infantry Band, which performs for the citizens of Granite Springs, was stationed at nearby Fort Whipple, and was directed by Achille LaGuardia, just as we see in the story. If the name LaGuardia sounds familiar, you may be thinking of Achille’s son, Fiorello, who spent some of his childhood years at Fort Whipple before growing up to become the well-known mayor of New York City. The Hotel Burke, where Ben Stone stays during his visit to Prescott, was the original name of the present-day Hotel St. Michael, which stands on the corner of Gurley and Montezuma, across the street from the Courthouse Plaza. I’ve enjoyed a number of meals in the hotel’s dining room, which offers a marvelous view of downtown Prescott.


I totally loved this latest historical fiction from Carol Cox!
She had me teary-eyed by chapter 2….who does that?!?
This book has everything I love….
Strong heroine, who happens to be a reporter, who happens to be involved in a dangerous investigation!!! I love it!!!
Mystery, adventure, romance….it’s all here, set in a historically rich setting.
I love stories of the little guy (or gal in this case) taking on the big guy and Truth Be Told is one of the best!
Carol’s writing style sucks me in every time….if she writes it, I’ll read it- she’s simply one of those authors!
Even if you aren’t a typical historical fiction fan, I recommend you pick up a copy…you’ll fall in love with the characters and will be enthralled by the mystery.



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