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City of Silver

A Mystery

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In Potosí, the richest city in the Western Hemisphere, Inez de la Morada, the bewitching, cherished daughter of the rich and powerful Mayor, mysteriously dies at the convent of Santa Isabella de los Santos Milagros, where she had fled in defiance of her father. It looks as though the girl committed suicide, but Mother Abbess Maria Santa Hilda believes her innocent and has her buried at the convent in sacred ground. Fray Ubaldo DaTriesta, local Commissioner of the Inquisition, has been keeping an eye on the Abbess, who is too "Protestant" for his tastes, and this action may be just what he needs to convince the lazy, cowardly Bishop to punish her.

At the same time, Potosí finds its prosperity threatened. The King of Spain has discovered that the coins the city has been circulating throughout the world are not pure silver and is sending his top prosecutor and the Grand Inquisitor to mete out punishment. With the imminent arrival of the Spanish officials, many have reason to prove their loyalty, and keep hidden the crimes and sins they've committed. With her life at stake, Maria Santa Hilda finds herself in a race against time to prove the true cause of Inez's death, aided by her fellow sisters, a Jesuit priest with a dark secret from his past, and a tomboyish girl who's run to the convent to avoid an unwanted marriage. Together they will discover that Inez was not the girl she seemed, and that greed has no limits.

Annamaria Alfieri writes with astounding detail, showing an appreciation for the complexities and social nuances of this intriguing time in Latin American history when politicians, religious leaders, and an indigenous people all competed for power and survival in the thin mountain air of the Andes.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 01, 2009 – Alfieri effortlessly recreates 17th-century Peru in her impressive debut. In 1650, concerned that counterfeit silver coins originating in Potos , the largest city in the Western Hemisphere, threaten to undermine the Spanish empire s economic supremacy, Spain s Felipe IV sends an emissary to Potos to investigate. Meanwhile, the apparent suicide of Inez Rojas de la Morada, a high Potos official s daughter, offers an inquisitor the chance to declare Mother Maria Santa Hilda, the abbess of the convent where Inez died behind a locked door, a heretic, because the abbess violated religious law by permitting the deceased a church burial. In her effort to refute the charge by proving Inez was murdered, the abbess turns up several secrets within her own community, some of which may be connected to the counterfeiting plot. The author nicely balances action and deduction in a mystery that works as a political thriller as well as a historical whodunit.
City of Silver
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 04, 2009
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
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