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Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery #1 (Silver Rush Mysteries) by [Parker, Ann]
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Meet Inez Stannert, the poker-playing, straight-talking, gun-toting owner of the Silver Queen Saloon and the heroine of Parker's excellent debut, set in wintry Leadville, Colo., during the 1879 silver boom. Inez is married, yet her husband disappeared six months earlier with nary a trace. Her partner at the saloon, Abe Jackson, happens to be a free black man, to the dismay of much of Leadville's uptight and prejudiced populace. When a frozen corpse turns up in the mucky alley behind the saloon, Inez and Abe, still reeling from the damage caused by a barroom brawl, are shocked to learn it's their friend, precious-metals assayer Joe Rose. Joe, it seems, had a gambling problem and a nasty secret. His death puts Inez and Abe at odds with a crooked lawman, an infamous madam, a spurned suitor and the mysterious stranger who rides into town as the new minister. 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.
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""Meet Inez Stannert, the poker-playing, straight-talking, gun-toting owner of the Silver Queen Saloon and the heroine of Parker's excellent debut, set in wintry Leadville, Colo., during the 1879 silver boom. Inez is married, yet her husband disappeared six months earlier with nary a trace. Her partner at the saloon, Abe Jackson, happens to be a free black man, to the dismay of much of Leadville's uptight and prejudiced populace. When a frozen corpse turns up in the mucky alley behind the saloon, Inez and Abe, still reeling from the damage caused by a bar-room brawl, are shocked to learn it's their friend, precious-metals assayer Joe Rose. Joe, it seems, had a gambling problem and a nasty secret. His death puts Inez and Abe at odds with a crooked lawman, an infamous madam, a spurned suitor and the mysterious stranger who rides into town as the new minister. 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."" Publishers Weekly starred review

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  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 425 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; United States ed edition (May 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015A67BK
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By Ben F. Small on July 26, 2006
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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.
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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.
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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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This well written historical mystery is like a time machine in that it has the power, through its well crafted prose, to transport you back to the "age of silver", a time in our history when silver was king. The author did her homework on this one and it shows in a tale of snow and ice, silver, lies, deception and greed all set against the rugged background of the Colorado Rockies in the boomtown of Leadville, in the winter of 1879-80. From the pistol-packing protagonist, Inez, to the grifters, gamblers, murderers, thieves, whores and hard-working miners looking to blow off a little steam after a grueling 12 hour day, you are there, right in the thick of it. Pianos banging out their tunes, gamblers arguing, streets of muddy, icy filth and the sounds of boots on the boardwalks which (hopefully) keep you above the mess...all ring in your mind as the story plays out in this colorful yet foreboding town.

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.
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It's hard to believe that this book is free--or at least it was on the day I downloaded it to my Kindle. The story is a multi-textured mystery with a strong, well-drawn female protagonist. The writing is smooth and the author has a good feel for how to pace a story of this length. I look forward to reading more work by Ann Parker.

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.
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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.
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