It´s autumn of 1881, and Inez Stannert, still the co-owner of Leadville, Colorado´s Silver Queen saloon, is settled in San Francisco with her young ward, Antonia Gizzi. Inez has turned her business talents to managing a music store, hoping to eventually become an equal partner in the enterprise with the store´s owner, a celebrated local violinist.Inez´s carefully constructed life for herself and Antonia threatens to tumble about her ears when the badly beaten body of a young musician washes up on the filthy banks of San Francisco´s Mission Creek canal. Inez and Antonia become entangled in the mystery of his death when the musician turns out to have ties to Leadville, ties that threaten to expose Inez´s notorious past. And they aren´t the only ones searching for answers.Wolter Roeland de Bruijn, ´´finder of the lost´´, has also been tasked with ferreting out the perpetrators and dispensing justice in its most final form. Leadville´s leading madam, Frisco Flo, an unwilling visitor to the city with a Leadville millionaire, is on the hook as well, having injudiciously financed the young musician´s journey to San Francisco in the first place.Time grows short as Inez and the others uncover long-hidden secrets and unsettled scores. With lives and reputations on the line, the tempo rises until the investigation´s final, dying note. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirsten Potter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011815/bk_blak_011815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of Britain´s most celebrated writers with his invention of the ultimate detective, Sherlock Holmes, completely altering the crime-fiction genre of the late 19th century. As well as this, he was a pioneering sportsman, a doctor of medicine, and champion of the underdog, helping to free two men who were unjustly imprisoned. Of most importance to the man himself, however, was his belief in life after death and the spreading of the ´vital message´. He received his degree in medicine from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1881 and by this time had already began investigating Spiritualism and had began attending séances, a fact that rebuffs the more common idea that he found Spiritualism after his son, Kingsley, died in 1918. In fact, by that time, not only had he studied Spiritualism for almost 30 years, he had even declared the fact and spoken publicly about his beliefs. His first book on the afterlife, The New Revelation, was published in March 1918, some months before Kingsley´s death, so it is fair to say that Arthur´s belief in Spiritualism was not a knee-jerk reaction to his son´s death. That said, by now World War One was raging and peoples thoughts were on the dead and dying, and Doyle himself is quoted as saying; ´´I might have drifted on my whole life as a psychical researcher...but the War came, and it brought earnestness into all our souls and made us look more closely at our own beliefs and reassess our values.´´One year after publishing The New Revelation, Doyle followed it up with The Vital Message, in which he shares his thoughts on skepticism, religion, psychic phenomena, and Jesus. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Gammond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wcrw/000009/bk_wcrw_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.