Author of Silver Rush mysteries to speak here March 6

Award-winning novelist Ann Parker will talk about “Staking a Claim in 1880s Colorado: Writing About the Silver Rush” at the March meeting of Ridge Writers. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

The Wednesday, March 6, meeting will take place at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 Las Flores Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

A California-based science writer by day and a historical mystery novelist by night, Parker will discuss her long and tortuous path to getting published and the journey that led her to setting her critically acclaimed Silver Rush historical mystery series in 1880s Leadville, Colo.

The stories feature Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert, a woman with an enigmatic past, a complicated present and an uncertain future.

The Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association chose the Silver Rush series as a “Booksellers Favorite.”

According to the Library Journal, “Parker’s depth of knowledge coupled with an all-too-human cast leaves us eager to see what Inez will do next. Encore!”

Both Publishers Weekly and The Chicago Tribune declared the first Silver Rush title, “Silver Lies,” the best mystery of the year.

This is the book that Ridge Writers picked to launch its “Read the Book, Meet the Author” series, a three-book teatime discussion group that will meet on first Wednesday afternoons in March, April and May at My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Rooms. These are separate from the Wednesday-evening programs; to participate, sign up at and order titles through Red Rock Books.

Parker earned degrees in physics and English literature at the University of California Berkeley before starting a career as a science and corporate writer. Her ancestors include a Leadville blacksmith and a Colorado School of Mines professor, and she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. To read more about her, visit her website, www.annparker.net.

Story First Published: 2013-02-27