Colorado mystery writer visits Avon library
Avon, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado – Author Ann Parker, who will appear at the Avon Public Library on Monday, was drawn to write Colorado historical mysteries when she first discovered her rich local ancestry.
Upon learning that she had a great-grandfather who was a blacksmith in Leadville, a grandmother who worked at the bindery of Leadville’s Herald Democrat newspaper, a grandfather who was a Colorado School of Mines professor, and another grandfather who worked as a gandy dancer on the Colorado railroads, she became fascinated with the area and its history.
Parker’s Silver Rush historical mystery series is set in the silver boomtown of Leadville in the early 1880s. Released this month, the third and latest installment in the series, “Leaden Skies,” takes place in the summer of 1880 during a visit by former president Ulysses S. Grant to Leadville.
Booklist says “Parker has created a lively historical tale with a strong female protagonist. The intricate plot, lively characters, and vividly realized historical landscape will appeal to those interested in the Old West as well as to historical-mystery fans.”
“Iron Ties,” the second book in the series, won the Colorado Book Award for popular fiction. The series has been chosen as the Community Read for Lake County.
“We are very excited to have an award winning author come talk about her books and her research and writing process,” says Diane Levin, reference librarian at the Avon Public Library. “The Silver Rush series has great appeal for both mystery lovers and history fans.”
Parker will be at the Avon Public Library at 6 p.m. on Monday. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Avon Public Library at 970-949-6797.