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. During the daylight hours, she scribbles about "bleeding-edge" scientific R&D 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!"
What Gold Buys, the fifth and most recent in the series, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it "emotionally and historically convincing."
Reviewer L.J. Roberts notes, "Stories that are more than one note are so much more interesting, and Parker has given us a full symphony.... What Gold Buys is an excellent historical mystery with a very exciting climax and an intriguing ending which leaves readers wanting to know what happens next."
Western Writers of America review from Roundup Magazine says, "Ann Parker's characters are always interesting and entertaining. Her historical depiction of daily life in the 1880s is spot-on, and the setting of her novels puts the reader right in the scene."
What Gold Buys is a nominee for the Best Historical Mystery Novel, Lefty Award. Winners and finalists will be announced at the Left Coast Crime mystery convention in March 2017.
For more information, see http://www.annparker.net.