This story is set in a mining town in Colorado during the 1870's. Filled with atmosphere and history of daily life in the post Civil War world of sil..Show More »ver mines and money. So many twists and turns before it all becomes clear in this award winning first book in a series.
Kristen Potter read in such a silky smooth languid voice that at times I had trouble telling characters apart. Most of the time she just read the book with an occasional accent--probably for the best. Her voice had a mesmerizing quality.
Often while listening I thought that the character development was too minimal. Some characters became nothing more than names that were hard to place. In the end I thought this lack was part of the author's build up of intrigue and suspense--creating a feeling of not knowing what people were about. Not knowing who to trust, who the good guys were and who to watch out for. It definitely added to the level of danger and feeling of all around mayhem in the book.
If you enjoyed the HBO series Deadwood you will most likely love this book. If you are like me and try to listen to books in the same season they are set in--this installment should be read during the winter--December, January and February. It is a cold and wintery tale that was a bit out of place in the August heat of my listen. Unseasonal issue aside, I enjoyed this whirlwind suspenseful story. Be prepared for many gruesome details and a great deal of filth in the alleyways and off the wooden boardwalks of Leadville. The listening time flew by and I am left wondering about what happens in book 2 of the series.
Life in a silver mining town in Colorado and hard drinking, crime solving female saloon owner Inez are the center of this mystery. I had high hopes f..Show More »or this second book in the Leadville series. Unhappily the story turned out to be very slow and scattered. It felt like reading a long series of letters from distant family with updates, sometimes partial and other times microscopic in detail, about people you barely know. The characters are so poorly developed that they seem like ghosts. Shadowy people milling around in a complicated, overly repetitive tale. Even worse, the final two or three chapters of the book are spent trying to dig the story out from under piles of unnecessary and discarded details. This final rushed writing works hard to make some sense of the previous 11 hours of listening. The closure, to me, was a let down. The smooth and languid reading style that added atmosphere in book one now feels just slow, monotone and boring. Can not recommend this visit to Leadville.
I really enjoy Ann Parker's Silver Rush mysteries. This is number 3. I am probably able to appreciate it more than those who haven't read the first ..Show More »two, but I still think this book stands up on it's own. Saloon owner, Inez Stannert, is a wonderful character, especially to those of us (of a certain age) who remember Miss Kitty from the old Gunsmoke TV series. Parker always seems to come up with new and interesting characters. In this book Zelda stands out as a woman of determination who goes so far as to prostitute herself for the good of her family. The narrator of this Audible book did a good job of bringing the story and characters to life.