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Product Details

  • Series: Silver Rush Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A single page of Ann Parker’s Mercury's Rise reminds the reader why her novels are held in such high regard: her command of historical detail is matched only by her deft pacing and irresistible characters. Parker’s language is perfectly pitched, and the dialog sets the tone without ever jarring contemporary ears. In this latest installment, Parker puts series protagonist Inez Stannert in an impossible situation, then dials up the stakes, making for an un-put-down-able read. New characters intrigue and charm, and those returning –in one case, in a most unwelcome fashion– add their own complications to Inez’s plight. Her feistiness is underscored by unswerving courage and balanced by dignity, and it is impossible not to root passionately for this fiercely independent woman." —Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Pretty and A Bad Day for Scandal

"A cliffhanger ending sets a promising stage for the next installment." —Publishers Weekly of Leaden Skies

Silver Lies was the winner of the Willa Cather Award for Historical Fiction and Colorado Gold Award for Best Mystery.

"A dazzling amount of historical detail is woven in yet never overpowers this story of deceit and greed. Laden with intrigue, this will also appeal to readers of historical Westerns. Parker’s depth of knowledge coupled with an all-too-human cast leaves us eager to see what Inez will do next. Encore!" —Library Journal of Mercury's Rise

"Parker smoothly mixes the personal dramas and the detection in an installment that’s an easy jumping-on point for newcomers." —Publisher's Weekly of Mercury's Rise

About the Author

Ann Parker is the author of the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series set in 1880s Colorado, featuring saloon-owner Inez Stannert. Books in the series include Silver Lies, Iron Ties, Leaden Skies and this, the latest, Mercury's Rise. A science writer by day, Ann  lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Women Writing the West.

More About the Author

Ann Parker earned degrees in Physics and English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, before falling into a career as a science/corporate writer 30 years ago. During the daylight hours, she scribbles about solar energy technology, chilled beam systems, "human capital" strategies, and enterprise business solutions for legal firms. At night, she delves into the past.

Her award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series is set in the 1880s silver boomtown of Leadville, Colorado, and features Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert--a woman with a mysterious past, a complicated present, and an uncertain future. The first in the series, Silver Lies, won the Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction and the Colorado Gold Award and was a finalist for the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award as well as for the Western Writers Association Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. It was chosen a best mystery of the year by Publishers Weekly and The Chicago Tribune.

Iron Ties, the sequel to Silver Lies, won the Colorado Book Award (CBA) for Popular Fiction. In its starred review, Publishers Weekly says, "Parker's outstanding second Silver Rush mystery finds her heroine, Inez Stannert, corset-deep in the intrigues of Leadville, Colo. . . . Plenty of convincing action bodes well for a long and successful series."

Leaden Skies, the third Silver Rush mystery, was a CBA finalist. Booklist calls it "a lively historical tale with a strong female protagonist. The intricate plot, lively characters, and vividly realized historical landscape will appeal to those interested in the Old West as well as to historical-mystery fans."

Mercury's Rise, fourth in the series, is winner of the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, and finalist for: the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery, the Colorado Book Award (Genre Fiction), the Macavity / Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Award, and the Willa Literary Award for Best Historical Fiction. About Mercury's Rise, Library Journal says: "Encore!"

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I haven't finished this yet, but know it will be a good read.
Irene S. Remoaldo
I love the mining towns of the Old West, so Leadville, Colorado, is a perfect setting for an historical mystery series.
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So begins this deeply atmospheric story that weaves mystery, history and romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the fourth book in a series, and to avoid spoiling for those who haven't read the earlier books this review is going to be rather brief.

Leadville, Colorado 1880. The previous three books have centered around Inez Stannert as she rebuilds her life after her husband Mark deserted her, leaving her with a young baby, the Silver Queen Saloon to run. All that and she can still find time to solve a murder mystery or two. As the book begins, she's ready to divorce her husband for desertion, move on with a new man in her life and also preparing for a trip to Manitou Springs for a reunion with her sister Harmony who has been caring for her son William (the high altitudes of Colorado were not good for his health). Every thing should be easy as pie, except for a little ole' surprise from her past, along with a highly suspicious death during the stage coach ride to Manitou Springs and Inez is smack in the middle of another murder mystery, all surrounding a high end hotel where the Easterners are beginning to come for the waters to cure their lung complaints. As Inez continues to dig, suspicious accidents start happening and people start dropping like flies...

Sorry, that's all you really need to know. I don't want to give anymore away, but I have to say this was pretty near unputdownable and jolly good fun. Even if you think you have a handle on who the baddies are, Parker still keeps you guessing with some unsuspected twists and surprises, as well as Inez having to deal with the consequences of that surprise from her past. I loved the Manitou Springs setting with the swanky hotels and dresses (and local scenery), loved getting some background on Inez's early life and her wealthy family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mercury's Rise is the fourth novel in Ann Parker's Silver Rush mystery series. The story takes place in Colorado. Ann Parker provides enough period detail to create a convincing 1880 background, although I can't say I was enthralled by her detailed descriptions of the garments worn by her female characters (readers with a stronger interest in the history of women's fashion might react differently). In any event, as she makes clear in an author's note, Parker's research about Colorado in 1880 was thorough.

Mercury's Rise starts with a death, then fills in the back story. Inez Stannert and her friend Susan Carothers are taking a coach from Leadville to Manitou (a city known for its mineral springs and favored by patients suffering from consumption). Inez is traveling to Manitou to meet her sister, Harmony, who has been caring for Inez's son, William, for the last year. Another passenger, Edward Pace, has an apparent heart attack and dies, shortly after drinking one of the tonics the irascible Dr. Prochazka had prescribed for Edward's wife, Kirsten Pace. Kirsten suspects foul play, leading Inez to investigate. The mystery deepens when other targets of homicidal mischief begin to appear.

Inez is a strong, independent woman in a time and place that has little regard for the concept of gender equality. Inez is a saloon keeper in Leadville; her taste for whiskey is met with disapproval in the more genteel environs of Manitou, and her role as a business owner is viewed with suspicion by the men who surround her. Inez is more than a little distressed at the sudden reappearance of Mark, the husband she had intended to divorce on the ground of abandonment. Mark has an explanation for his disappearance but Inez doesn't know whether to believe him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Yang on September 30, 2012
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This is my second review on the Silver Rush Mysteries and have to say that it was difficult to put down the book even as I reached the 4th installment!

I first came across this series through a free offering of the first book "Silver Lies". Since then I have been hooked to the great narrative of the late 19th century America West as well as the protagonist life and could not help but continue with book after book.

The 4th book to the series continues with Inez's life in 1880 but away from Leadville this time. At the same time it also explores deeper into Inez's personal life what with her long-lost husband showing up at her doorstep as well as seeing her son for the first time in a year.

I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery. Ms. Ann Parker continues to color the stories with great historical facts. While reading the book, I find myself looking up places and people mentioned in the books to find out more about them. I can't say too much without giving away the story but it's a good mystery that it keeps you on the edge.

I also enjoyed reading about Inez's life and how she is dealing with the complications that seem to be added to her life with every step she takes. I am even more interested in the woman's role in the late 19th century and the difficulties one needs to endure to be an outspoken woman.

I do have to agree with some that there are some details that could have been left out as they do not really add much to the progression of the story. Some of the none main character development or conversations is a bit redundant at times. I find myself skipping a few of those and not really missing anything in order to continue with the story. This is the reason for the 4-star rating.
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