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A Dying Note by Ann  Parker
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A Dying Note by Ann Parker is the 6th book of the Silver Rush mystery series. Set in 1881 San Francisco, where Inez Stannert has reinvented herself. She manages a music store, and she's also a silent investor in small local businesses owned by women. Inez and her ward Antonia Gizzi live above the music shop. Inez presents herself as a widow, concealing her divorce from Mark, with whom she still co-owns the Silver Queen saloon in Leadville Colorado. Inez knows a widow holds a much higher position of respect in 1881 society than a divorced woman.

Music store owner Donato is a locally famous violinist far more interested in music than his business. Inez, an astute businesswoman, rescues the music store accounts from his indifferent neglect, and hopes to soon be a partner in the shop. The disappearance of young musician James, secretly engaged to Donato's daughter Carmella, begins the disruption of Inez's new life. Then Frisco Flo arrives from Leadville, warning her of threats by Harry Gallagher. With Gallagher comes Walter de Bruijn, hired to find Gallagher's son Robert, but with a personal agenda: find Antonia Gizzi.

Inez and Flo team up to find Robert, but soon Inez realizes Flo is busy with her own goals. Flo is working her contacts in San Francisco, in case she loses her brothel in Leadville. Inez goes to view a dead body, in case it is James; Carmella confirms it is. Why would this nice young man be murdered? Because he was passionately committed to starting a musician's union? Because he won a job by low-bidding? Was he just in the wrong place at the time?

Inez researches the past attempts to form a musicians' union, discovers the union funds disappeared along with the treasurer. Did he really abscond with the money, as everyone assumed?
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