Monday, August 3, 2009

Ann Parker Historical Mysteries Set in Leadville, Colorado

This is a departure from my usual Colorado Author Monday. This week I want to welcome California author Ann Parker to our neck of the woods. Ann writes the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series set in Leadville, Colorado.

The Silver Rush series was inspired by Ann's ancestors who played a part in Leadville history. As noted in her bio, she had "a great-grandfather who was a blacksmith in Leadville, a grandmother who worked at the bindery of Leadville's Herald Democrat newspaper, a grandfather who was a Colorado School of Mines professor, and another grandfather who worked as a gandy dancer on the Colorado railroads."

Ann's newest release, Leaden Skies, continues the story begun in Silver Lies and Iron Ties of Inez Stannert, part owner of the Silver Queen Saloon. To quote again from Ann's bio:

Leaden Skies is the third and latest in the series. Publishers Weekly describes it as "a twisty tale of murder and ambition." Booklist says "Parker has created a lively historical tale with a strong female protagonist. The intricate plot, lively characters, and vividly realized historical landscape will appeal to those interested in the Old West as well as to historical-mystery fans."
You can read more about Ann Parker and the series at her website, and at her blog The Silver Rush Mysteries. She is scheduled to appear at Reader's Cove in Fort Collins, Colorado, today (Monday, August 3) beween 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM to sign her books.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'm a fan of "twisty tales," so I'll be sure to add this one to my reading list. Thanks, Patricia.

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Karen Walker said...

I've been to Leadville and love the town. Will have to take a look at these. Thanks.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Thanks for bringing this series to my attention, Patricia! I shall look forward to the plot and the history!


The Practical Preserver said...

Nice collaboration going on here. I love Leadville and Ann's books do it right.

Ann Parker said...

Hello Patricia!
Thanks for the shout-out, and I'm looking forward to seeing you at Readers Cove tonight!
Everyone else, thanks for the encouraging comments. I love Leadville ... sometimes, when I'm talking about the books, I feel like I'm a "booster" for the city and its history! :-) When peope say "I enjoyed your books and they inspired me to go visit Leadville," I couldn't be happier!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I love how all the book titles rhyme. I want to start this series at the beginning so my 'to read' list has now grown by 3!

Gayle Gresham said...

The Silver Rush Mysteries is a "don't miss" series. Ann is a great writer! I can't wait to get my own copy of Leaden Skies when Ann is in Salida on Wednesday. Have fun at Readers Cove tonight!