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A Dying Note: A Silver Rush Mystery    by Ann Parker Amazon.com order for
Dying Note
by Ann Parker
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Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you have been following Ann Parker's Silver Rush mysteries, you are in for a real treat. The sixth novel of the series, A Dying Note, is as good as the first five.

In the autumn of 1881, Inez Stannert, co-owner of Leadville, Colorado's Silver Queen Saloon, has moved to San Francisco, taking her young ward Antonia Gizzi with her. Ever ready for a new money-making venture, Inez is now managing a music store. Her goal is to become an equal partner with the man who owns the store and is a whiz with a violin.

Antonia is an eleven-year-old handful. But dealing with this is nothing compared to what happens after the body of a promising violinist washes up on the shores of Mission Creek canal. Both Antonia and Inez become involved in the investigation of what appears to be a murder.

Inez has had a colorful past which she doesn't want broadcast in their new lives. But the leading madam of Leadville, Frisco Flo, appears in San Francisco and threatens to spill the beans. Not deliberately, but just by her actions trying to capture the eye of any eligible bachelors. Antonia sets off on her own to help Inez and finds herself in a dangerous situation.

The only problem with this new addition to the series is that it ends. Lots of suspense, a sense that the author is a professional violinist, some delightful humor - overall, a really good read.

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