Erin Lindsey's third historical mystery The Silver Shooter follows Rose Gallagher as she tracks a monster and searches for treasure in the wilds of the Dakota Territory.
It's the spring of 1887, and Rose Gallagher is finally coming into her own. She's the proud owner of a lovely little home near Washington Square, where she lives with her mother and friend Pietro, and she's making a name for herself as a Pinkerton agent with a specialty in things . . . otherworldly. She and her partner Thomas are working together better than ever, and mostly managing to push aside romantic feelings for one another. Mostly.
Things are almost too good to be true—so Rose is hardly surprised when Theodore Roosevelt descends on them like a storm cloud, hiring them for a mysterious job out west. A series of strange occurrences in the Badlands surrounding his ranch has Roosevelt convinced something supernatural is afoot.
It began with livestock disappearing from the range, their bodies later discovered torn apart by something monstrously powerful. Now people are dying, too. Meanwhile, a successful prospector has gone missing, and rumors about his lost stash of gold have attracted treasure hunters from far and wide – but they keep disappearing, too. To top it all off, this past winter, a mysterious weather phenomenon devastated the land, leaving the locals hungry, broke, and looking for someone to blame.
With tensions mounting and the body count rising, Roosevelt fears a single spark will be all it takes to set the Badlands aflame. It’s up to Rose and Thomas to get to the bottom of it, but they’re against the clock and an unknown enemy, and the west will prove wilder than they could possibly imagine…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Paranormal investigator Rose Gallagher is about to take her monster-hunting prowess to the open prairies of the Old West. The third book in Erin Lindsey’s delightfully offbeat series about the uniquely specialized Pinkerton detective begins in 1887, as Rose and her boss-turned-partner Thomas Wiltshire are hired by none other than Teddy Roosevelt to look into some strange goings-on at his ranch in the Dakota territories. It was tons of fun watching the buttoned-up characters acclimate to the rugged West (just wait until Rose discovers blue jeans and cheap whiskey!) as they investigate a mysterious, critter-killing monster and the ghost of a murdered prospector. With bad-tempered cowboys, a mean-spirited sheriff, and a slow-simmering attraction between them rising to the boiling point, this metaphysical mystery takes Rose and Thomas into totally unexplored territory. Whether you’re a stranger to Rose Gallagher or a diehard fan, The Silver Shooter will lasso you up in no time.
In Lindsey's exceptional third Rose Gallagher mystery, set in 1887, Theodore Roosevelt once again turns for help to Rose, who saved his life twice in 2019's A Golden Grave, and wealthy Thomas Wilshire, her partner in the special branch of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency that deals with crimes with supernatural aspects. "Something evil" is going on at Roosevelt's ranch in the Dakota Badlands. Over the winter, the ranch lost about two-thirds of its cattle herd. Before the cattle losses, locals spotted the ghost of a murdered gold prospector. In addition, a group of Sioux hunters came across a clearing littered with the eviscerated carcasses of missing cattle, horses, and other animals, which had been torn apart in a manner inconsistent with any known predator. The two operatives travel from New York City to the Dakotas, where Rose proves herself an admirably capable and forceful investigator in the effort to solve these and other odd mysteries. Lindsey keeps the suspense at a high pitch throughout. Fans of Preston and Child's Pendergast series will be enthralled.