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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?
"Meticulously researched and full of rich period details, Mortal Music is a gripping read. Nineteenth century San Francisco springs to life in Ann Parker's capable hands, and her characters will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. Highly recommended."
—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Lady Emily series
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Inez Stannert, still the co-owner of Leadville, Colorado's Silver Queen saloon, is settled in San Francisco with her young ward, Antonia Gizzi. Inez has turned her business talents to managing a music store, hoping to eventually become an equal partner in the enterprise with the store's owner, a celebrated local violinist. Inez thought she had left the past behind.
She was wrong.
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