Friday, November 11, 2011

Mercury's Rise

by Jean Henry Mead

Mercury’s Rise is the best historical mystery I’ve read this year. Set in the early 1880s in Manatou, Colorado, it’s the fourth novel in Ann Parker’s Silver Rush series; featuring Inez Stannert, whose husband Mark disappeared before the first novel, leaving her with a baby as well as a saloon to run.

In Mercury’s Rise, Inez travels by stagecoach to Manitou, a health resort, to meet her sister, who’s been caring for Inez’s son. When one of the passengers, with his family aboard, dies during the trip after drinking his wife’s tonic, Inez is determined to discover who and what killed him. And why. More bodies turn up at the health resort, including a man attempting to uncover the truth about his brother’s death.

To complicate matters, her husband returns while she’s in the process of divorcing him, having fallen in love with another man in Mark's absence. Against her better judgment, she sends her husband a telegram to aid in the investigation when she fears for her sister’s life.

Suave and charming, he arrives on the next train and attempts to woo her back to their marriage. But his reason for disappearing for more than a year doesn’t set well with Inez and she holds him at arm’s length.

The plot is cleverly woven and beautifully written, leaving the reader wanting more. The author lives in San Francisco and makes occasional trips to Colorado, but her research is impeccable. This is one historical mystery that I highly recommend.


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Jean Henry Mead said...

Thank you, Easy. I'm sure you'll enjoy Mercury's Rise as well.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Ann Parker is a wonderful writer! She always captures the very essence of the time period.

Haven't got this book yet, but I will.


Ann Parker said...

Thank you, Jean! You made my day with your review... :-)

Jean Henry Mead said...

My pleasure, Ann.

And Marilyn, I know you'll enjoy the book.

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Morgan Mandel said...

Great review. Sounds like a worthwhile book.

Morgan Mandel