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Old 06-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Free (iTunes DRM-free/Kindle) Silver Lies by Ann Parker [Frontier Mining Mystery]

Silver Lies by Ann Parker is the 1st is her multi-award-winning Silver Rush historical mysteries set in an 1870s frontier mining town, free courtesy of publisher Poisoned Pen Press, who are offering promotional tie-in discounts for the rest of the series.

Currently free @ iTunes (available to Canadians).

For a limited time, #2 in the series is discounted to $2.99 and the rest to $4.99 (regularly $6.99 each), whose pricing should eventually be available in your preferred store. Here's Parker's author webpage @ PPP which will give you the titles, series order numbering, and buy-links to the major stores.

However, if you want to shop around, the lowest prices will be at Kobo where they are couponable (but DRM) and iTunes (presumably DRM-free like this freebie) if you can wangle one of those $$$ off iTunes gift card purchases at your local Future Shop/Best Buy/whatever. Eventually, Books on Board may pricematch in time so that you can catch them as part of their still ongoing 40-50% off sale with the extra Reward Bucks, which will probably be cheapest overall (and DRM-free, so linkage for your pricematch-check convenience).

Description
As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. It’s not much different than the dot.com mania or the corporate scams that heat up over a century later. Unfortunately for Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, death stakes its own claim. Joe’s body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert’s saloon.

Inez already had much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning and cleaning up a corpse. A lady educated on the East Coast, she has a past that doesn’t bear close scrutiny, including her elopement with a gambling man who has recently disappeared. Most townsfolk, including Inez’s business partner, Abe Jackson, dismiss Joe’s death as an accident. Death, after all, is no stranger in Leadville. But Inez wonders: Why was this loving husband and father carrying a brass token good for “one free screw” at the parlor house of Denver madam Mattie Silks?

When Joe’s widow Emma asks Inez to settle Joe’s affairs, almost against her will, Inez uncovers skewed assays, bogus greenbacks, and blackmail. Lies and secrets run deep in Colorado, secrets more likely to lead to a hanging than to today’s congressional hearings or country-club prisons for the crooked and the greedy. Then again, maybe Joe’s murder was purely personal….

Winner of the 2004 Willa Carter Award for Historical Fiction and 2002 Colorado Gold Award for Best Mystery. 2003 Spur Award Finalist and Nominated for the 2003 Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Mystery.
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