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Finalist 2020 Foreword INDIE Award for Historical Fiction
Nominated for Lefty Award, Best Historical Mystery Novel
Winner of the CIPA EVVY Silver Award for Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction
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?
"[Parker] absorbs her readers in the dress and manners of the day and in the unique and original characters who bring this city to life. The detailed and devious plot makes this book difficult to set aside."
—Historical Novel Society (Read more)
"Impeccably detailed historical setting (San Francisco after the gold Rush) with sharply drawn characters and a suspenseful story."
"Meticulously researched and full of rich period details... 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
"Richly nuanced period details and vivid characters enhance a plot that takes some surprising turns."
—Publishers Weekly (Read more)
"In writing her books, Parker has always been scrupulous about making things authentic."
—Leadville Herald Democrat (Read more)
"Inez and company are certain to keep you turning the pages."
—Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine
"The period details of life on and off the stage in the 19th century are fun dressing for Parker’s usual clever mysteries. Inez Stannert will surely be back for an encore."
—Broadway Direct (Read more)
"If you enjoy historical mysteries and haven't read a Silver Rush book, I highly recommend the series and suggest that you begin with the first book, Silver Lies. If you're already a fan, be prepared to sink into this story with a happy sigh of anticipation."
"The author has created a wonderful picture of 1880s San Francisco, partially Wild West, partially a western cultural outpost..."
—Mystery Scene Magazine