San Francisco music-store owner Inez Stannert has a past that doesn’t bear close inspection, including running a saloon in the wide-open silver boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. But those times are gone, it’s now winter 1881, and her music store is struggling. Inez also lacks capital for her other enterprise: staking the business efforts of local women entrepreneurs. So when “The Golden Songbird,” prima donna Theia Carrington Drake, hears Inez play and demands she replace her accompanist, Inez is tempted, but hesitates. The holiday concert series would be a golden opportunity to focus polite society on her store and replenish her bank accounts, if she is willing to step out from the shadows. Theia’s husband/manager Graham Drake offers to sweeten the pot, so Inez accepts—and trouble begins.
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Ann Parker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a science writer by day and historical fiction writer at night. Ann is the author of the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series, set primarily in the 1880s silver boomtown Leadville, Colorado, and, more recently, in the “Paris of the West,” San Francisco, California. Learn more about Ann and her series at annparker.net