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Iron Ties (Silver Rush #2)

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The railroad is coming to Leadville and its rich Rocky Mountain mines. And who is coming to celebrate its arrival but Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the U.S. and former commander of the Union armies. Like other residents in the Colorado boomtown this summer of 1880, Inez Stannert regards the news as mixed. Some folks have wicked memories of the war, others have a stak ...more
Paperback, Large print edition, 584 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2006)
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Terry Odell
Aug 17, 2015 Terry Odell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This was assigned as this month's book club read. Having read (and had issues with) the first book, I was pleased that this one addressed some of the things that made me dislike Inez. I still didn't like her a whole lot--the book began with her wanting very much to have her son back, which is a trait that I like to see in a mother, but it fizzed to nothing. Again. The author did show us Inez's love of men, but juggling two in this book, even while she's still technically married didn't add to he ...more
LJ
Aug 14, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IRON TIES (Amateur Sleuth-Colorado-1880) – VG
Parker, Ann – 2nd in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2006-Hardcover
*** Saloon owner Inez Stannert has a lot on her plate. Her friend, photographer Susan Carolthers, it caught in an explosion she claims was deliberate and killed two men, but everyone else is passing it off an accident with no one hurt. Inez is trying to build her business in order to finish a luxurious special game room. Her partner, Abe has arranged for a acting couple to perform, but Inez
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Misfit
Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History and Mystery Part II in Colorado's Cloud City. It's the summer of 1880 in Leadville, Colorado, and the battle over which railroad will build the line through the Royal Gorge and into Leadville is over. Or is it? Inez Stannert's good friend Susan is taking photos in the country and witnesses a murder and sabotage along the new rail line. Or does she? Where did the bodies go? Or were there any bodies there at all? President Grant is coming to town on the new rail, are some disgruntled Civil ...more
Jacob O
Nov 04, 2012 Jacob O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iron Ties is an adventure and a mystery book that is filled with surprising twists to the plot and an interesting main character. It follows the a time in the life of Inez Stannert, a rough woman that owns the local saloon in the small town of Leadville. One day, when her friend is injured in an explosion on the unfinished Transcontinental Railroad, Inez decides to do some investigating of her own. What she uncovers involves sabotage, a secret brotherhood from the Civil War, and the possible ass ...more
Arletta Dawdy
Jul 22, 2012 Arletta Dawdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Parker's tales of the Leadville, Colorado community in the 1880's follow Inez Stannert, part-owner of the Silver Queen saloon, through her personal trials and the most inconvenient murders, this time just as President Grant visits in celebration of the intercontinental railroad. Parker captures the emotions of the times as Grant's visit stirs up Civil War memories and conflicts lying just under the surface of day-to-day life...and sometimes right in the thick of the day. IRON TIES is the sec ...more
Fv
Nov 01, 2012 Fv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Fv by: Teacher
Iron Ties by Ann Parker was a good historic/realistic fiction book. It was educatonal but entertaining to read. I liked how the book had relatable events to people in our century, but didn't like how it talked and gave a lot of boring details in the beginning. Once your in about 1/4 of hte book it starts getting really interesting and you can really imagine how the characters look and act and can really imagine the different places like the Silver Queen Saloon that a character name Inez Stannert ...more
Mirah W
Oct 31, 2012 Mirah W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of a really great series (so far). Inez is a complex woman and her choices are not easy ones. She's torn between being independent and becoming more involved with someone she cares about. And always in her mind is the husband who disappeared from her life without a trace...and her family that doesn't accept her (and are they trying to keep her away from her son?). Add a mysterious explosion and haunting memories from the Civil War and you've got a mystery with lots of questions and few an ...more
Elly Wendy
A bit on the soft, romantic side for me, but entertaining enough.
Preston Holtry
Oct 28, 2013 Preston Holtry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book, Iron Ties, in her Silver Rush mysteries is just as entertaining as the first. I like the way she weaves history and fiction together in a plot that keeps you engaged. She does an excellent job bringing her characters alive; you wonder what they are going to say and do next. While I figured out some of the plot there was enough left I did not to keep me reading through the last page. Well done and a darn good read. Preston Holtry, author Death in Emily 3; Amazon books/Kindle: htt ...more
ReadHowYouWant
Nov 18, 2009 ReadHowYouWant rated it it was amazing
Iron Ties was praised by Booklist as being “carefully researched…a carefully crafted novel that will appeal to readers of mysteries, historical fiction, and genre westerns.” The railroad is coming to Leadville and its rich Rocky Mountain mines. And who is coming to celebrate its arrival but Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States. Like other residents in the Colorado boomtown in the summer of 1880, Inez Stannert regards the news as mixed. Find out why!
Mel
Jun 06, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I really enjoyed the characters, however the plot lost control and spiraled into confusion towards the end of the book. The historical plot sometimes went over my head with the multiple talk of "generals" and who and why they were trying to blow up the railroads. I still am unsure of the real underline reason. Despite the ending plot, the characters were well developed and Parker's sense of imagery carries reader back in time, an enjoyable read overall.
Rogue Reader
In Iron Ties, the second in the series, Leadville erupts into violence as resistance to the new Denver & Rio Grande line explodes. Quirky, independent and memorable characters like brothel madam Frisco Flo and saloon owner Inez Stannert are delightful as are the appearances of notables like Ulysses S. Grant. Parker's grandfather was a gandy dancer on the Colorado railroads and her Leadville, Colorado ancestors were part of the silver rush in the 1880's.
Lorian Bruce
Sep 01, 2014 Lorian Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good rollicking story
Britt
Four stars for the story, one star for the setting. I just love Ann Parker's books. And like the first book of the series this one was also set in Leadville, Colorado. Reading the book was just like diving into the town's history.
Terry Shames
Jun 19, 2013 Terry Shames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why it took me so long to read Ann Parker. Possibly because I am not so drawn to historical mysteries. But I loved Parker's characters and especially enjoyed her historical research.
Voracious
Jan 04, 2014 Voracious rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Parker writes wonderful adventures that are clever, well-researched, and allow one to travel back in time through a strong female character.
Penny
Highly recommend this book. I will continue this series. A fun, easy read for historical fiction fans or fans of historical Colorado.
Walt
Nov 06, 2007 Walt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HISTORICAL FICTION
A SILVER RUSH MYSTERY. SET IN THE 1880'S. INTERESTING CONNECTION TO THE CIVIL WAR.
Alice
Feb 25, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good historical mystery with Strong, believable women characters.
Gwyn
Nov 01, 2008 Gwyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
The second book in her series and a good mystery.
Sarah Sammis
Jul 18, 2015 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: GoodReads
Just not in the mood.
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