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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Parker Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Silver Rush Mysteries Release Date:
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In the summer of 1880, many people are traveling to the booming health resort of Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pike’s Peak, to “chase the cure” for tuberculosis. But Inez Stannert, part owner of the Silver Queen Saloon in Leadville, travels for a different reason to this town renowned for its mineral springs and scenery. After a long separation, she’s reuniting with her young son, William, and her beloved sister, Harmony. However, the stagecoach journey to Manitou turns deadly when East Coast businessman Edward Pace mysteriously dies under the horrified gaze of Inez and Pace’s wife and children.

After they arrive at the posh Mountain Springs House hotel, Pace’s widow begs Inez to make inquiries into her husband’s untimely death. As Inez digs deeper, she uncovers shady business dealings by people hoping to profit from the coming bonanza in medicinal waters and miracle remedies and who kindle false hopes in the desperate and the dying—a deception that predates the Civil War. But there is no miracle cure for murder.

Pace’s sudden demise is not the only event that tarnishes Inez’s hopes of a happy reunion with her son and sister. Inez’s husband, Mark Stannert, has reappeared after a year-and-a-half absence, after Inez has made other plans for her future. Now Inez fears whether she will be able to hold on to her child and the life she has built for herself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dazzling amount of historical detail is woven in yet never overpowers this story of deceit and greed…Parker’s depth of knowledge coupled with an all-too-human cast leaves us eager to see what Inez will do next. Encore!”

    Library Journal

  • “Parker smoothly mixes the personal dramas and the detection in an installment that’s an easy jumping-on point for newcomers. Fans of independent female sleuths like Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy and Laurie King’s Mary Russell will be satisfied.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.”

    Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Pretty

  • Finalist for the 2012WILLA Literary Award for Historical Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katha Snow | 11/9/2013

    " As a resident of Colorado Springs and being very familiar with Manitou Springs and its surrounding areas, reading Mercury's Rise was like hiking through Garden of the Gods with a story-line. The characters are well thought of and purposeful; each one contributing to the plot and its mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becca | 3/4/2013

    " I want the next one to come out.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/9/2013

    " Much better pacing than the average historical mystery, but it's somewhat difficult to get into if you haven't read previous entries in the series - it's hard to understand Inez's motivations for certain things in their absence. Parker wears her research lightly as well, which is always a plus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alethea Williams | 12/6/2012

    " There was not a false step in this book. I thoroughly enjoy and highly recommend Ann Parker's Colorado historical novels. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Parker

Ann Parker, a science writer by day, is the author of the Silver Rush historical mystery series, the first book of which, Silver Lies, was the winner of the Willa Cather Award for Historical Fiction and the Colorado Gold Award for Best Mystery. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and of Women Writing the West and resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area.