Historical Fiction

Steve Dancy Series - Western Thrillers

James D. Best is one of the best writers of Western thrillers. His Steve Dancy series is a great read.

The stories are fascinating and are not what you expect. These books have twists and turns that are not cliches. They are firmly set in the old West, but the main character - Steve Dancy - is unique in the way he solves problems. He is one of the most interesting characters I have read in a long time.

As the author says, "Honest Westerns. Filled with dishonest characters."


The Shopkeeper (A Steve Dancy Tale)

In 1879, Steve Dancy leaves NYC to explore the west. He is soon embroiled in a deadly feud with a Nevada silver baron and the shopkeeper kills two men in an impulsive street fight. Pinkertons, assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the power brokers in Nevada. Can a New York shopkeeper survive the Wild West?

4.3 out of 5 stars with 124 reviews


Leadville (Steve Dancy Tales)

In 1879, Joseph McAllen asks Dancy for help. Ute renegades have abducted a girl near Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Pinkerton captain wants Dancy to join the rescue party. The trail doesn't lead into the mountains, but to Leadville—a mining town teeming with the worst elements of a raw frontier.

4.5 out of 5 stars with 43 reviews


Murder at Thumb Butte (A Steve Dancy Tale)

In the spring of 1880, Steve Dancy travels to Prescott, Arizona to gain control of a remarkable invention. But on his first night in the territorial capital, his friend, Jeff Sharp is arrested for a midnight murder. Can Dancy discover the true killer before his friend stretches a rope on the courthouse square?

4.5 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews


Steve Dancy Tales, Three Novel Box Set

This set has the first three Steve Darcy novels in one book. This is a good price if you want to read all three books -- and you should.

4.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews


The Return (Steve Dancy Tales)

It's the summer of 1880, and Thomas Edison's incandescent bulb is poised to put the gaslight industry out of business. Knowing a good business opportunity, former New York shopkeeper Steve Dancy sets out to obtain a license for Edison's electric lamp. After two years of misadventures out West, the assignment appears to be right up his alley. But new troubles await him in New York City.

4.7 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews


Tempest at Dawn

This is a novel about the men who created the U.S. Constitution. It is a novel, but is based on real history.

4.5 out of 5 stars with 86 reviews

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Historical Fiction

The Silver Rush mystery series

Ann Parker has written a series that is set in the American West, specifically the 1880's silver rush in Colorado. The stories are mysteries which sets them above the standard Western fare.

These are interesting stories with a strong female protagonist. Here is the author's desciption of the her: Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert -- a woman with a mysterious past, a complicated present and an uncertain future.


Silver Lies: A Silver Rush Mystery #1 (Silver Rush Mysteries)

4.3 out of 5 stars with 77 reviews


Iron Ties: A Silver Rush Mystery #2 (Silver Rush Mysteries)

4.6 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews


Leaden Skies: A Silver Rush Mystery #3 (Silver Rush Mysteries)

4.2 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews


Mercury's Rise: A Silver Rush Mystery #4 (Silver Rush Mysteries)

4.6 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

Link ID: 04082014-130


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