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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Nov. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A32DWLO
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There was a romantic element to the story but nothing graphic and the relationships were weaved in such a way as to want to read the next book to find out what happens next between Inez and Rev Sands.
A basic guide to the plot line - Inez has been left by her husband Mark, a previously loving husband and father, to run a saloon along with their business partner Abe. She has no idea where he is or what has happened to him but stays on in the hope that he will will one day return. In the meantime a friend and local assayer is found dead after a brawl at the back of her saloon unleashing a whole heap of questions about local business deals and counterfeiting rings. Who can be trusted and who is for real? Can Inez's latest love interest, the good looking and charming "Rev" Sands be trusted or is he in some way implicated? Is her husband dead or alive?
An all round good read that doesn't follow all the usual tried and tested plot lines. An author to note down and follow.
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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I love a good historical fiction from time to time but mostly a huge fan of mystery and the author of this book did a very good job tying both together. "Silver Lies" contains very colorful characters that deals with some of the darkest nature of humanity during the silver rush period.
I was pleasantly surprised by the way the story unfolded and was kept guessing as to which can or cannot be trusted. The twist and turns of this book has made me unable to put the book down! The book is so good that I spent one sick Sunday reading through the rest of the book wanting to know what happened.
With that said, I thoroughly enjoy a good female protagonist who prefer to take matters in her own hands. Despite being a strong woman, she also has feminine weaknesses she has to struggle with despite dealing with a predominantly male society. What's more it is very interesting to read about life as a single woman at a time when America is just allowing more freedom for the so-called minorites and how a woman will go about dealing with that. It is not the same as reading a female detective story in the modern day era.
I hardly ever desire to read a sequel to a book series as most often than not I am disappointed by the ending. However, this is the first book that has made me want to read more about the main characters. I do hope the subsequent books won't disappoint, but looking at the ratings I don't think I will be.
I do find the book, however, a bit long-winded in some areas and the fact that it has so many chapters can be a bit irritating. I like that I can stop after a short chapter but to see a book go up to 60+ chapters is a bit ridiculous. I think some of the chapters can be condensed and are unnecessary. Despite of this, I would definitely recommend this to a history buff and/or mystery buff.
Not long after silver fever descends in Leadville, Colorado, a bustling city begins to emerge. In Leadville and the surrounding environs, land is valued almost as much (if not more) than human life and there is very little that some people wouldn't do to acquire the land they want. The protagonist, Inez, deserted by her husband, must keep their saloon afloat (with the help of their black friend and co-owner) in the fairly lawless (post Civil War) town where everyone, it seems, has a secret they'd rather not have divulged. When the husband of Inez's best friend is found dead just outside Inez's place of establishment, the secrets slowly begin to unravel, and Inez finds it hard to know who to trust.
The novel is as much a mystery as it is a romance, though if I had to choose, I'd label it as a historical thriller with only a hint of romance. Men and women alike will enjoy this fast-paced page turner that is so well plotted it's hard to guess who's behind all the misdeeds. I must admit that Ms. Parker was able to keep me guessing until the very end.
I hope the author will create a sequel; I must know what happens next to Inez.
With its very plausible storyline, excellent character building and through its historical bent, the author takes you on a journey you are not likely to forget. I love a good mystery, and I love Colorado history; and with that being said, I really enjoyed both in this single offering.
See for yourself the harm and heartbreak caused directly and indirectly by lies and deception. This book is not perfect and could use a bit more editing but the story and the setting are impeccable and worth every moment of time you spend reading this excellent tale. I really liked it and I'll gamble that you will too.