Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery #1

Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery #1

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by Ann Parker
     
 
As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. It’s not much different than the dot.com mania or the corporate scams that heat up over a century later. Unfortunately for Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, death stakes its own claim. Joe’s body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert’s

Overview

As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. It’s not much different than the dot.com mania or the corporate scams that heat up over a century later. Unfortunately for Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, death stakes its own claim. Joe’s body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert’s saloon. Inez already had much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning and cleaning up a corpse. A lady educated on the East Coast, she has a past that doesn’t bear close scrutiny, including her elopement with a gambling man who has recently disappeared. Most townsfolk, including Inez’s business partner, Abe Jackson, dismiss Joe’s death as an accident. Death, after all, is no stranger in Leadville. But Inez wonders: Why was this loving husband and father carrying a brass token good for “one free screw” at the parlor house of Denver madam Mattie Silks? When Joe’s widow Emma asks Inez to settle Joe’s affairs, almost against her will, Inez uncovers skewed assays, bogus greenbacks, and blackmail. Lies and secrets run deep in Colorado, secrets more likely to lead to a hanging than to today’s congressional hearings or country-club prisons for the crooked and the greedy. Then again, maybe Joe’s murder was purely personal….

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drawing on historic facts and figures of 1870s Colorado, Parker tells a gripping tale of love, greed and murder in the Old West, with a cast of convincing, larger-than-life characters, including a brief appearance from Bat Masterson himself. Inez is a woman well ahead of her time and a welcome addition to the genre, as is Parker, who has left enough loose ends to beckon readers to the next Leadville mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615951482
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Series:
Silver Rush Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
311,025
File size:
487 KB

Meet the Author

Ann Parker’s award-winning Silver Rush mystery series features saloon-owner Inez Stannert in the 1880s silver boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. The series includes SILVER LIES, IRON TIES, LEADEN SKIES, and the upcoming MERCURY’S RISE. Ann’s ancestors include a Leadville blacksmith, a Colorado School of Mines professor, and a gandy dancer. Ann and her family live in the San Francisco Bay Area (although she’d really really love to move to Colorado), where she slings scientific and corporate verbiage by day to pay the bills and writes historical mysteries at night to satisfy her soul.

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Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I liked this book because it was about Leadville, Colorado. I have visited there so that made it more enjoyable. The characters were pretty well defined but the plot got confusing near the end. Maybe the next book in the series will be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait to read others