In this next adventure in the award-winning Silver Rush mystery series, pianist and amateur sleuth Inez Stannert must track down a murderer before he silences a famous vocalist—forever...
All Inez Stannert wants for Christmas is for the struggling music store she owns in San Francisco to be a success. When diva Theia Carrington Drake asks Inez to be her accompanist for several high-profile personal appearances, Inez is thrilled. This is the chance she was waiting for—a way to make some extra money and bring her store into the limelight of the city's polite society. She hesitates to dream of what she could do from there—the other female business owners she could help.
But life around the singer is far from pitch perfect. An unknown threat is stalking Theia; her pet bird is found slain, and her signature gown is destroyed. Soon, Inez realizes that a murderer is stalking the city's opera halls, and that it's only a matter of time before Theia is his next victim. She'll have to enlist the help of San Francisco detective Wolter Roeland de Bruijn to solve this mystery of music and uncover the killer before Theia's celebrated voice is silenced—permanently.
When a famous vocalist's life is threatened, sleuth and pianist Inez Stannert will stop at nothing to find an answer to this mystery of music. But will she catch the killer before the music stops?
The critically acclaimed and award-winning Silver Rush mystery series is:
• Perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Sandra Dallas
• For readers who enjoy historical fiction and Western themed mysteries
• For mystery fans who love a female sleuth
Other Titles in the Silver Rush Mysteries Series:
What Gold Buys
A Dying Note
It's late December 1881 in Parker's skillfully crafted seventh Silver Rush mystery (after 2018's A Dying Note) when renowned opera singer Theia Carrington Drake summarily fires her accompanist and asks Inez Stannert, the co-owner of San Francisco's D & S House of Music and Curiosities, to replace him for the few remaining year-end performances. Inez agrees, but soon after she begins playing piano for Theia, she witnesses the discovery of the crushed body of Theia's pet songbird tucked into the slashed remains of the diva's shimmering performance gown. Then Theia's faithful maid disappears, and Julia Green, Theia's understudy and prot g e, is found dead. Unlike the police, Inez doesn't believe for an instant that the young woman committed suicide. As New Year's Eve approaches, Inez races to uncover the truth about the crimes and the secrets that hold Theia's fragile world together. Richly nuanced period details and vivid characters enhance a plot that takes some surprising turns. The ambiguous ending will leave readers wondering what the future holds for astute, resourceful Inez.