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Iron Ties: 06/25/17

Iron Ties  by Ann Parker

If I were to sum up my reading of late, it would be revisiting old books and series. Before I was a parent of two young children, much of my pleasure reading was from a bunch of different mystery series. I set most of them aside, though friends, did introduce me to a few others, meaning I read the first book out of maybe a half dozen series.

One of those was the Silver Rush series by Ann Parker. The first book, Silver Lies completely captivated me for it's time period, post Civil War, and its setting in Leadville, Colorado.

Iron Ties is set shortly after Silver Rush. Inez is going to meet her friend Susan, a photographer, near the railroad that's being built. There's word that Ulysses S. Grant is coming to pay a visit. That's the lead up to a murder mystery and a plot that's right out of the pilot of NCIS, except with a presidential plane, rather than Air Force One.

And that was a big part of the problem. There wasn't enough of Leadville to draw me in beyond the obvious plot.

Two stars

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