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Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery #1 (Silver Rush Mysteries)

Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery #1 (Silver Rush Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Parker
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As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, was found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert's saloon. A lady educated on the East Coast, Inez 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. 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.

"...excellent debut..."--Publishers Weekly


It happened in Silicon Valley, in Sutter's Mill, and in Leadville. They all came to Leadville with the same purpose: get in, get rich, and get out. As 1879 is drawing to a close, this Rocky Mountain boom town has infected the world with silver fever. Investors, confidence men, merchants, miners, all flock to Leadville looking for the next strike. Women join the rush as well - and among them, is saloon owner Inez Stannert. When a prominent mining assayer is found trampled behind her establishment, she's determined to unravel the mystery of his death. Her search takes her from the mines and banks of Leadville to the exclusive parlour houses of Denver. Along the way, she finds that lies and secrets run deep in Colorado and many will stop at nothing to get rich.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590580729
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; United States ed edition (25 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015A67BK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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It's the end of 1879 in Leadville, Colorado's "Cloud City" and Joe Rose is found dead outside of Inez Stannert's saloon. Thus begins the mystery, and many plot twists, turns and big surprises until the very end. Who killed Joe? Is Inez's husband dead or missing? Is the new minister really a minister? Is he a good guy or a bad guy? What does the surprise visit from Bat Masterson and his knowledge of the minister's past portend for the growing attraction between Inez and Reverend Sands? Is there some mystery in Emma Rose's past no one knows about? Is someone passing counterfeit currency? Who? To say more would give the whole story away, which I don't like to do.

Suffice it to say that this was a jolly good mystery that kept me guessing until the very end, and I especially enjoyed going on a trip through the Rockies and the mining towns of days gone by, although you can still find many of those towns still there and thriving on the tourist trade. Five stars, and I look forward to starting the sequel, Iron Ties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker's Lying Silver Pen 27 July 2006
By Ben F. Small - Published on
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Leadville at its pinnacle is no comparison to pistol-packing, hard-drinking, poker-playing Inez Stannert, proprietor of the Silver Queen Saloon, widow (or is she?) of a one-time counterfeiter. The local assayer is murdered in the street outside her saloon, leaving a widow-friend penniless with a child. Inez vows to do what she can. First up, find out who killed Joe, then unravel his affairs. But that can be treacherous, bad for the health. Counterfeits show up, and only some of them are money. What's real? Who's real? Who's leaving stabbed rats as threats?

Ann Parker's mystery kept me guessing throughout the book. Great plotting and good execution. A few more characters could have been more fully drawn, but Inez comes through Parker's pen full, rounded and engaging. I look forward to more books in this series.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Historical Mystery 1 Jan 2004
By Elaine Flinn - Published on
Murder and mayhem in the old west! A great fireside book on a winters day. Ann Parker's extensive research created a setting so vivid I almost wanted to order a sasparilla. Great characters, teriffic plot and fast paced mystery. What more can you ask of a writer? I hope this is the beginning of a series. Inez is a great example of a frontier woman facing more than the elements.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Beautifully Written 18 Jan 2004
By Kathleen Ann Antrim - Published on
Ann Parker's innate talent as a gripping storyteller, combined with beautifully rendered prose makes her one of the truly gifted writers of our time.
"Silver Lies" will transport you back to the old west, and the glory days of the silver rush. Parker's deft hand paints you into a story where you'll fall in love with Inez Stannert and the world she navigates with skill. But don't be fooled, for where there's immense fortunes to be had, drink to be consumed, and greedy gamblers packing heat, there's also lying, cheating, maiming and murder.
Get comfortable and plan to stay up late!! Then join the crowd of fans all waiting to savor her next page-turning mystery.
Kathleen Antrim, Author of "Capital Offense"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silver stories 29 Aug 2009
By foodlover - Published on
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This author appeared at my local bookstore a month ago and I missed her. She was signing her new book and since I live in Colorado and love Colorado stories, thought I'd start from the beginning. It was a rather slow read in the beginning, but picked up somewhere in the middle. Lots of great characters and the protagonist is saucy, bold and a delight. I'm anxious to read her next book, Iron Ties. I highly recommend this book and author.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above 16 Oct 2006
By Inquiring Mind - Published on
Last month I was in Leadville, a town I love to visit when I get to Colorado. I'm afraid it's going to be Starbucked soon, but so far it still has its faded glory charm. I stopped in The Bookmine, and the proprietor recommended Ann Parker. I've had some bum steers with 'local' authors, so only bought Silver Lies. At first the dialogue seemed a little clunky, but soon the rip-roaring plot, with multiple layers and twists and turns, took over. One of the best debut mysteries I've read. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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