Silver Rush

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

Silver Lies Publisher's Summary

The crooked, the greedy, and those with a checkered past - they all came to Leadville with the same purpose: Get in, get rich, get out.

As 1879 draws to a close, silver fever burns hot in the Rocky Mountain boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. Unfortunately for Joe Rose, an assayer of precious metals, death stakes its own claim. Joe’s body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert’s saloon.

Inez already has much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning. A lady educated on the East Coast, she has a past that doesn’t bear close scrutiny, due in part to her elopement with a gambling man who has recently disappeared. Most of the 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 this loving husband and father was 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, Inez reluctantly agrees and soon uncovers skewed assays, bogus greenbacks, and blackmail, leading her to believe that Joe was murdered. Was he killed over money or for purely personal motives? It’s up to Inez to find out.

Ann Parker, a science writer by day, is the author of the Silver Rush historical mystery series, of which Silver Lies was the winner of the Willa Cather Award for Historical Fiction and the Colorado Gold Award for Best Mystery.

©2003 Ann Parker (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Silver Lies

    • By: Ann Parker
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The crooked, the greedy, and those with a checkered past - they all came to Leadville with the same purpose: Get in, get rich, get out. As 1879 draws to a close, silver fever burns hot in the Rocky Mountain boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. Unfortunately for Joe Rose, an assayer of precious metals, death stakes its own claim. Joe’s body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert’s saloon. Inez already has much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Crime Loaded Mystery in Silver Rush of Colorado

    • By Sara on 08-19-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Iron Ties

    • The Silver Rush Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Ann Parker
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Summer 1880. The railroad is coming west, all the way to Leadville, Colorado, and its rich Rocky Mountain mines - and millionaires. Coming to celebrate the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad is a former president, none other than Ulysses S. Grant, eighteenth president of the United States and commander of the Union armies during the Civil War. But not everyone wants to celebrate the arrival of the railroad.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Summer of 1880 in Leadville

    • By Sara on 08-26-14
    • The Silver Rush Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Ann Parker
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 10-25-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 3

    • Leaden Skies

    • By: Ann Parker
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    As part owner of the Silver Queen Saloon, Inez Stannert has observed the ruination that comes from yielding to temptation. Still, that knowledge hasn't stopped her from striking a backroom deal with upscale brothel madam Frisco Flo - a deal that Inez wagers will make her financially independent. But she begins to have second thoughts when the body of one of Flo's women is discovered and when she learns of another silent business partner - one whose identity Flo refuses to divulge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Mystery Series

    • By Malena on 11-16-11

    Regular price: $20.97