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What Gold Buys

Book 5, Silver Rush Mysteries - A Silver Rush Mystery

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Autumn 1880 in the Rocky Mountains brings frost, snow, and the return of Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert to Leadville, Colorado. In this silver rush boomtown, those who are hungry for material riches seek their fortunes in precious metals. Others, hungry for spiritual relief, seek to pierce the veil between life and death with the help of fortunetellers, mediums, and occultists. Deep in the twisted byways of Leadville’s Stillborn Alley, soothsayer Drina Gizzi awaits the promised arrival of her benefactor, the mysterious Mr. Brown. When she is found murdered, strangled with a set of silver and gold corset laces, no one seems to care except the three who find her body—Inez, her lover Reverend Sands, and Drina’s young daughter, Antonia. The mystery surrounding Drina’s death deepens when her body vanishes without a trace. As Inez and Antonia band together to seek out Drina’s killer, they unearth disturbing evidence of underground resurrectionists, long-held grievances, and white-hot revenge. Meanwhile, Inez’s husband, Mark Stannert, true to his word that he only “plays to win,” contrives to drive Inez and Sands apart, gambling that he can convince her to abandon her plans for divorce. But what can gold buy, after all? A new life? Freedom from the past? Truth and justice for those murdered and unmourned? Or a final passage for Inez and Antonia into an unmarked grave and the world of the dead? And what of Mr. Brown, whose missing presence hovers over all, like a spirit from beyond?

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 04, 2016 – In Parker's emotionally and historically convincing fifth Silver Rush mystery (after 2011's Mercury's Rise), saloon keeper Inez Stannert is reunited with her unfaithful husband, Mark, in Leadville, a silver-mining Colorado boomtown, in October 1880. She barely has time to check on their business, the Silver Queen Saloon, before discovering a dead body in a shanty in Leadville's red-light district. The victim is fortune-teller Drina Grizzi, whose predictions have led to many conflicts. The corpse vanishes within hours, perhaps stolen by "resurrection men" hunting bodies to sell for dissection. As more murders follow, Inez attempts to untangle the crimes with the help of Drina's feisty 12-year-old daughter, Antonia, with whom she forms an enduring bond. She must also sort out her feelings for Mark and the lover who still has her heart, Rev. Justice Sands. Parker wraps up the mystery deftly but leaves Inez's future sufficiently unresolved so that readers will eagerly await the next installment.

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What Gold Buys
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Sep 06, 2016
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, Inc.
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 537 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 5, Silver Rush Mysteries
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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