The second mystery in Ann Parker's Silver Rush series is just as intriguing as the award-winning Silver Ties. The railroad is now coming to Leadville, CO in the summer of 1880. Inez Stannert is already uneasy following the recent miners' strike that caused a loss of income for her Silver Queen Saloon. When her friend Susan, a photographer, witnesses an act of sabotage against the railroad, she's the victim of an avalanche, and her memory might be faulty about what she overheard. When the two bodies she saw fail to turn up, Inez is the only one who believes her. Despite warnings from her business partner, Abe, she pushes her way into railroad business.
Inez' discoveries lead her to the realization that the Civil War isn't really that far in the past, only fifteen years. Feelings still run high against the railroad, and, for some, against the pending arrival of General Ulysses S. Grant. What does Reverand Justice Sands know about the events surrounding Grant's arrival? Inez would love to trust him with her suspicions, but her jealousy won't allow her to give in. Instead, she continues to investigate on her own, looking for a connection between new arrivals in town, the railroad, and a pending threat against Grant.
Ann Parker brings the 1870s and 1880s to life in her wonderful historical mysteries, featuring appealing, realistic characters.
Ann Parker's web site is www.annparker.net
Iron Ties by Ann Parker. Poisoned Pen Press, c2006. ISBN 1590582624 (Hardcover), 368p.