Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Poisoned Pen Press
4th in the Silver Rush series
Publication date November 2011
Set in 1880s Colorado, this series features Inez Stannert, a smart, well-born saloon owner and card-sharp married to an untrustworthy con man. This particular book focuses on a TB sanatorium and resort in the mountains of Colorado near Colorado Springs before TB could be effectively treated or cured. Many desperate people tried all kinds of elixirs, nostrums, potions, and strange notions before the bacteria that causes TB and the antibiotics that cure it were discovered.
Inez is likable and the setting very interesting and well-drawn. The supporting characters are also interesting. I guess these fall into the Talented Amateur sub-gen. It might be nice to read this along with Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schultz mysteries for a different view of Colorado ... or Hunter S. Thompson. Anyway, a well-written series for the historical mystery buff, especially if you fancy the old west.