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by Annamaria Alfieri


In City of Silver, first time novelist Annamaria Alfieri has created a well plotted locked room mystery within a wider political conspiracy, peopled with strong, believable female characters in what is essentially a man's world.

Annamaria Alfieri is the author of the Vera and Tolliver series of historical mysteries set in British East Africa, beginning in 1911. The Washington Post said of her debut novel, As both history and mystery, City of Silver glitters

Annamaria Alfieri is the author of the Vera and Tolliver series of historical mysteries set in British East Africa, beginning in 1911. Described as Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie, Strange Gods, The Idol of Mombasa, and The Blasphemers are stories that capture the beauty and the danger of the African wilderness and the complexities of imposing culture on foreign land. The Washington Post said of her debut novel, As both history and mystery, City of Silver glitters. Writing as Patricia King, her five nonfiction books on business subjects include Never Work for a Jerk, which landed her on the Oprah Winfrey show.

In early 20th century British East Africa, there are rules for the British and different ones for the Africans.

From the author of City of Silver, a beautifully rich and puzzling historical mystery set in Paraguay, 1868. A war against Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay has devastated Paraguay. Ninety percent of the males between the ages of eight and eighty have died in the conflict and food is scarce. In early 20th century British East Africa, there are rules for the British and different ones for the Africans. Vera McIntosh, the daughter of Scottish missionaries, doesn't feel she belongs to either group; having grown up in Africa, she is not interested in being the well-bred Scottish woman her mother would like her to be.

Annamaria Alfieri writes with astounding detail, showing an appreciation for the complexities and social nuances of this intriguing time in Latin American history when politicians, religious leaders, and an indigenous people al. .

Annamaria Alfieri writes with astounding detail, showing an appreciation for the complexities and social nuances of this intriguing time in Latin American history when politicians, religious leaders, and an indigenous people all competed for power and survival in the thin mountain air of the Andes. I read this chiefly for its setting during the time of the Incan empire in a city in what is now Bolivia. It was a decent mystery, if a little convoluted. The ending was quite satisfying.

Annamaria Alfieri builds on the foundation of City of Silver, a strong, captivating first novel.

City of Silver - Annamaria Alfieri. This murder mystery is set in 1650 in the then Peruvian city nestled against a silver-rich mountain that made the city one of the wealthiest places in not only the new world, but the entire world. The story revolves around the discovery of girl found dead in a room of a convent. She's naked, the door is locked, there's no other entrance, and no apparent cause of death.

A Thomas Dunne book for Minotaur Books"-T. In the midst of a Grand Inquisition, Mother Maria Santa Hilda finds herself at odds when the daughter of a wealthy man mysteriously dies in her care. Despite the fact that it looks as though the girl committed suicide, she has her buried at the convent, a decision a powerful enemy will use against her. Her life at stake, the Abbess and her fellow sisters find themselves in a race against time to prove the true cause of the girl's death.

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Annamaria Alfieri's CITY OF SILVER is an historical mystery that tells a story that is contemporary in the revelations of the things that move men, and women, to do the worst to each other. CITY OF SILVER is two stories. The first begins with the death of Inez de la Morada who has fled to the local convent, pleading for sanctuary. She refuses to tell the Abbess from what she is fleeing but she insists that the convent is the only place she will be safe.

Writer: Historical Mysteries. 2009 to present · New York, New York. The Invisible Country. Historical murder mystery that takes place in Paraguay in 1868. College of St. Elizabeth. Class of 1963 · Morristown, New Jersey. Gabriela Mikova Johnson.

In Potosí, the richest city in the Western Hemisphere, Inez de la Morada, the bewitching, cherished daughter of the rich and powerful Mayor, mysteriously dies at the convent of Santa Isabella de los Santos Milagros, where she had fled in defiance of her father. It looks as though the girl committed suicide, but Mother Abbess Maria Santa Hilda believes her innocent and has her buried at the convent in sacred ground. Fray Ubaldo DaTriesta, local Commissioner of the Inquisition, has been keeping an eye on the Abbess, who is too “Protestant” for his tastes, and this action may be just what he needs to convince the lazy, cowardly Bishop to punish her.

At the same time, Potosí finds its prosperity threatened. The King of Spain has discovered that the coins the city has been circulating throughout the world are not pure silver and is sending his top prosecutor and the Grand Inquisitor to mete out punishment. With the imminent arrival of the Spanish officials, many have reason to prove their loyalty, and keep hidden the crimes and sins they’ve committed. With her life at stake, Maria Santa Hilda finds herself in a race against time to prove the true cause of Inez’s death, aided by her fellow sisters, a Jesuit priest with a dark secret from his past, and a tomboyish girl who’s run to the convent to avoid an unwanted marriage. Together they will discover that Inez was not the girl she seemed, and that greed has no limits.

Annamaria Alfieri writes with astounding detail, showing an appreciation for the complexities and social nuances of this intriguing time in Latin American history when politicians, religious leaders, and an indigenous people all competed for power and survival in the thin mountain air of the Andes.

Fordg
This is a historical mystery set in Colonial South America, specifically in one of the richest cities in the world, a major silver-mining area. The story starts with two seemingly unrelated murders, a peasant mine worker and the daughter of a wealthy government official living in a convent. The latter is a "closed door" mystery. The solutions to these provide a complex crime procedural pursued by members of the convent, a priest and others. The mysteries unfold gradually and provide reasonably entertaining reading. However, the major interest in this book for me was in the descriptions of life in 16th century Peru. One rarely encounters such material, since most stories of that era focus on conquistadors in conflicts with Incans. Such conflicts are also a part of this story, but they are couched more as issues with servility than with war. The life in the convent is an important part of this novel, and the Inquisition rears its ugly head. Ultimately, it is a story of greed, power and love and lust. As historical fiction I recommend it highly; as a crime novel, only moderately.
Braned
The dance of this story is found in the immediate transport, without preamble, translation or apology, into the hostile highlands (13,500’) of old Spanish Colonial Peru', and to the multi-cultural mining metropolis and melting pot of Potosi, at its apex in the 1650’s, with its intrigues and power struggles between the castes and factions, Church, Convent, Viceroy and King. This is an exceptional historical novel, worthy of a second, perhaps a third read! Do enjoy!
Dagdarad
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No city on Earth is closer to heaven. Huddled some 13,000 feet above sea level, amid the salt flats and plateaus of what is now southwestern Bolivia, Potosí crouches at the foot of Cerro Rico, a low-slung mountain once famed for its silver deposits. Today, the depleted mountain presides over a town of tin miners and restored chapels, but 400 years ago, it crowned the wealthiest metropolis in the Western Hemisphere.

In her vibrant debut thriller, "City of Silver," New York writer Annamaria Alfieri resurrects Potosí's 17th-century heyday, when "even their maids wore gold on their chests and pearls embroidered on their sleeves. . . . Wealth was the reason for this city's existence, and its citizens flaunted all they had. . . . Their city had dominated the economic life of the planet for nearly a century." Chief among the hedonists is de facto mayor Francisco Morada, who disdains his louche wife, Ana, but dotes on their wild-child daughter Inez. After the girl absconds to the Convent of Santa Isabella de los Santos Milagros and begs the skeptical abbess to admit her as a novitiate, Morada threatens the order with ruin.

Mortality, ever obliging, soon interferes: On Good Friday, with the Morada household still riven by her flight, the nuns discover Inez's pristine corpse on the floor of her cell, flail and rosary coiled beside her, a shattered carafe near her hand. The abbess dismisses the notion of a natural death: "Otherwise-healthy young women do not drop dead of heart failure," she observes. What about suicide? But if Inez "destroyed herself," her body cannot rest in holy ground; interment there would endanger the abbess's standing with the local commissioner of the Inquisition. A perfect murder, then? "Who in this convent would take another's life?" the nuns wonder. Meanwhile, the king of Spain has dispatched an emissary to investigate impurities in the Potosino currency, a mission that could render Potosí "nothing but an imitation Spanish city in the most desolate spot on earth."

Densely brocaded with period detail, "City of Silver" reads like an El Doradan "Name of the Rose," all cloistered intrigue and New World decadence; it recalls too Ron Hansen's lyric masterpiece, "Mariette in Ecstasy," in which a gorgeous young postulant bewitches her fellow brides of Christ. Yet Alfieri evokes a past, place and people that are altogether sui generis. Her Potosí is replete with virgins and voluptuaries, political rivalries and caste tensions; her stately, wrought-iron prose paces galloping action sequences and intimate exchanges alike; her solution, though lifted wholesale from Umberto Eco, is no less ingenious for it. As both history and mystery, "City of Silver" glitters.
Marad
A fast paced intellectual read. There are those authors who respect the intelligence of their reader. Annamaria Alfieri is such an author. In a style that brings to mind Isabel Allende, Alfieri weaves a literary mystery set in 1650 Peru, yet, deals with issues as current as today's headlines. Her characters are well rounded and gradually unfold to us with every intriguing turn of the page. And she accomplishes this without the annoying habit some writers have of constantly repeating what the reader already knows.

Annamaria Alfieri builds on the foundation of City of Silver, a strong, captivating first novel. Well Done!

M.S White
Foiuost
Interesting, good character development, unusual method of killing. Basically, a satisfactory story but a little too long
Rocksmith
A mystery set in a most historic Bolivian city that few people are now aware of. A wonderful and suspenseful who did it.
digytal soul
Much shorter than I expected and had a pretty abrupt ending.
City of Silver: A Mystery ebook
Author:
Annamaria Alfieri
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Minotaur Books; 1 edition (August 4, 2009)
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