Mercury's Rise (Paperback)

A Silver Rush Mystery (Silver Rush Mysteries)

By Ann Parker

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590589632, 364pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011



It is summer 1880, and Inez Stannert, one of the partners in the Silver Queen Saloon in Leadville, Colorado, travels with her photographer friend Susan to the fashionable summer retreat of Manitou for a reunion with her son, now a toddler in the care of her sister. On the way, fellow stagecoach passenger Edward Pace suddenly grows faint, swigs some medicine, and dies under their horrified gaze. Pace's widow rejects a weak heart theory and begs Inez to investigate. As Inez digs deeper, she uncovers the shady side of spa tourism including spurious claims, profiteering from the coming bonanza in medicinal waters and miracle cures, and medical practitioners who kindle false hopes in the desperate and the dying. Then Inez's husband Mark reappears after a year and a half's unexplained absence. Now she must fight to hold on to her child and the life she has built for herself in an era where "independent woman" is an oxymoron.

Praise For Mercury's Rise: A Silver Rush Mystery (Silver Rush Mysteries)

"A single page of Ann Parker’s Mercury's Rise reminds the reader why her novels are held in such high regard: her command of historical detail is matched only by her deft pacing and irresistible characters. Parker’s language is perfectly pitched, and the dialog sets the tone without ever jarring contemporary ears. In this latest installment, Parker puts series protagonist Inez Stannert in an impossible situation, then dials up the stakes, making for an un-put-down-able read. New characters intrigue and charm, and those returning –in one case, in a most unwelcome fashion– add their own complications to Inez’s plight. Her feistiness is underscored by unswerving courage and balanced by dignity, and it is impossible not to root passionately for this fiercely independent woman." —Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Pretty and A Bad Day for Scandal

"A cliffhanger ending sets a promising stage for the next installment." —Publishers Weekly of Leaden Skies

Silver Lies was the winner of the Willa Cather Award for Historical Fiction and Colorado Gold Award for Best Mystery.