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Silver Lies [Hardcover]

Ann Parker
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Sept. 15 2003 Silver Rush Mysteries
As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. It's not much different than the dot.com mania or the corporate scams that heat up over a century later.
Unfortunately for Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, death stakes its own claim. Joe's body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert's saloon. Inez already had much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning and cleaning up a corpse. A lady educated on the East Coast, she 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. Death, after all, is no stranger in Leadville. 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. Lies and secrets run deep in Colorado, secrets more likely to lead to a hanging than to today's congressional hearings or country-club prisons for the crooked and the greedy. Then again, maybe Joe's murder was purely personal....

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Silver Lies is a tale of greed, lust and deception set in Leadville in its heyday, when men--and not a few women--stopped at nothing, not even murder, to strike it rich. Ann Parker gets is just right, and the result is a terrific debut novel." --Margaret Coel

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Beautifully Written Jan. 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Historical Mystery Jan. 1 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, characters, and setting...read it! March 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I wondered how well a mystery, a favorite genre of mine, would mix with a western. I made the right choice. Just like any book with great story, characters, and setting, Silver Lies makes you care, and does mysteries proud with a host of suspects and twists. Great job, Ms. Parker!
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By Misfit TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  83 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parker's Lying Silver Pen July 26 2006
By Ben F. Small - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 Jan. 1 2004
By Elaine Flinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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 Jan. 18 2004
By Kathleen Ann Antrim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silver stories Aug. 29 2009
By foodlover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 Oct. 15 2006
By Inquiring Mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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