Hello hello! Whether you are a newcomer to my Silver Rush historical mystery series or have spent some time in the past exploring the world of the “Victorian West” with my protagonist Inez Stannert and me, I am glad you’ve stopped by. Please, come on in and take a look around. My website has a lovely new look (kudos to!), and new history section. You can find out where I’ll be on the appearances page, learn more about the series on the books page, and find a new entry every Wednesday on my blog. If you are so inclined, you can also sign up for my very random, very occasional newsletter (and it is, I promise, very occasional). If you have a question or a comment or just want to say “howdy,” there’s a contact page for that as well.

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Mortal Music

Winner of the CIPA EVVY Silver Award for Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction
Winner of the 2020 Foreword INDIE Bronze Award for Historical Fiction
Finalist for Will Rogers Medallion “Maverick” Award
Finalist for the Lefty Award, Best Historical Mystery Novel
Nominated for the Macavity / Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery

Passions flare and murder strikes during a holiday concert series in 1881 San Francisco

San Francisco music-store owner Inez Stannert has a past that doesn’t bear close inspection, including running a saloon in the wide-open silver boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. When prima donna Theia Carrington Drake hears Inez play and demands she replace her accompanist, Inez is tempted, but hesitates. The holiday concert series is a golden opportunity if she is willing to step out from the shadows. Theia’s husband/manager Graham Drake offers to sweeten the pot, so Inez accepts—and trouble begins. When murder strikes the Drakes’ entourage, stakes soar, secrets emerge, and passions flare. Someone wants the Golden Songbird silenced—but who?

Mortal Music

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