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Mercury's Rise

When Mercury's Rise opens, Inez is on a stagecoach from Leadville to Manitou Springs, where she will see her sister and rejoin her young son at last. But that Rocky Mountain stagecoach ride turns out to be much more than she bargains for....

"Deft pacing and irresistible characters… an un-put-down-able read" —Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Pretty and A Bad Day for Scandal

"As fast-paced as a runaway buggy and has more twists and turns than a mountain trail" —Kate Emerson, author of At the King's Pleasure

"Mercury is poison, but Inez Stannert's latest adventure is pure gold." —Sarah Smith, Agatha-winning author of The Other Side of Dark

Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award nominee

Agatha Best Historical Mystery Award nominee

“Recommended Read” of 2011: Colorado Country Life Magazine

“Favorite Read” in Western Mysteries: True West Magazine



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Leaden Skies

The summer of 1880: although possible investment in Leadville's silver mines is a main reason that former president and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant is now touring this city at the top of the Rockies, others in his retinue and in town are enticed by other visions. As part owner of the Silver Queen Saloon, Inez Stannert has often observed the ruination that comes from yielding to temptation. Still, that knowledge hasn't stopped Inez from striking a backroom deal with upscale brothel madam Frisco Flo, a deal that Inez gambles will make her financially independent...


Iron Ties

"The great questions of the time are not decided by speeches and majority decisions . . . but by iron and blood"
Otto von Bismarck, 1862

It's the summer of 1880, and high in the Colorado Rockies laborers toil over wood ties and steel rails. The road of the iron horse is coming to Leadville. Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert and her business partner Abe Jackson, along with the rest of the town, are preparing for the arrival of General William Palmer's railroad—the Denver & Rio Grande—and its first passenger General Ulysses S. Grant.

But not all are happy to see the train or the generals arrive . . .

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Silver Lies

It happened in Silicon Valley. In Sutter's Mill. And in Leadville.

They all came to Leadville with the same purpose:
Get in. Get rich. Get out.

As 1879 is drawing to a close, this Rocky Mountain boom town has infected the world with silver fever. Investors, confidence men, merchants, miners... all flock to Leadville looking for the next strike. Women join the rush as well—among them, saloon owner Inez Stannert. When a prominent mining assayer is found trampled behind her establishment, she's determined to unravel the mystery of his death. Her search takes her from the mines and banks of Leadville to the exclusive parlor houses of Denver. Along the way, she finds that lies and secrets run deep in Colorado and many will stop at nothing to get rich...

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