Tuesday, June 15, 2021

THE SILVER SHADOW by Liz Tolsma, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I WILL GET YOU. . . That was it. Four small words. Four small, powerful words."

A rather ominous four words. They should scare most women to death. But Denver newspaper reporter Polly Blythe didn't scare easily, or maybe she did . . . but she was still determined that the "silver shadow", the man who had been slinking around the city at night, attacking innocent women at will, had to be stopped; even if it meant being part of the process. And she knew exactly who could help her. Detective Edwin Timmer. Polly was determined to make a name for herself, to prove to her father and her editor that she could write stories of substance, and this case had practically "hit her over the head".

"Has anyone ever told you that you are the most hardheaded woman?"

Polly Blythe was going to be the death of him; Edwin had been unsuccessful in his efforts to convince the pretty little reporter to leave crime solving in the hands of the police . . . but then again, he could hardly blame her. Even in his own estimation the chief was not putting enough importance on the continual random muggings on the streets of Denver. However, when the case looms very close and personal, Edwin and Polly realize that some things are just out of their hands.

Such a fascinating story! Not only the fictional version, but the historical one as well. Readers will feel the urgency and the angst to catch this disillusioned killer, not only to make the streets of Denver much safer, but to clear the way for Polly and Edwin to live outside the shadows for the rest of their days.
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History

True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through a unique stories of historical romantic suspense. Collect them all and be inspired by the hope that always finds its way even in the darkest of times.

Denver of 1900 is still a dangerous place to be following the silver crash of 1893. And of out of the dark comes a shadow intent on harming women. Ambitious young Denver newspaper reporter Polly Blythe is searching for the big story that’s going to launch her career. On Friday evening, August 24, 1900, she gets her break when two women are cracked over the head within a two-minute walk of each other. But policeman Edwin Timmer thwarts Polly’s ideas of a serial criminal. . .until the shadowy figure strikes again. Will the reporter and the policeman team up to find the culprit before he strikes too close for comfort?

Barbour Fiction, May 2021
Available in digital ebook, and paperback.


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