Ann Parker’s intrepid saloon
keeper Inez Stannert (Iron Ties,
2006) is still carrying on a secret
affair with the Reverend Justice
B. Sands in Leadville, Colorado.
It is 1880 and the railroad is
coming to town. Former President
Ulysses S. Grant arrives along
with the train to celebrate the
event and look into possible investments.
Inez is dealing with the problem
of her missing husband while trying
to maintain ownership of the saloon.
She makes a backroom deal with
the local madam, Frisco Flo, hoping
to gain some money of her own.
When the body of one of Flo’s
girls turns up, mud starts flying,
accompanied in equal measure by
political intrigue. Parker has
created a lively historical tale
with a strong female protagonist.
The intricate plot, lively characters,
and vividly realized historical
landscape will appeal to those
interested in the Old West as well
as to historical-mystery fans.