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The Silver Shadow Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

 **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 


About the Book

 


Book:  The Silver Shadow

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre: Christian Historical/Suspense

Release date: May 2021

 

A Shadowy Figure Is Intent on Harming Denver’s Women

Book 11 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

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?

 

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About the Author


Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, romantic suspense novels, prairie romance novellas, and an Amish romance. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a US Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her website at www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She is also the host of the Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast.

 

More from Liz

One of the most popular questions I’ve gotten from many readers of the True Colors Crime series is how do I come up with the ideas for the books? For the first two, Becky Germany, acquisitions editor at Barbour Publishing, had the ideas. That made my life easy. I just had to fictionalize it, and I had a book. But when I was putting together the proposals for The Gold Digger and The Silver Shadow, it was up to me to find the true crimes I wanted to use.

 

I went online and scoured historical crime blogs and books for ideas. I wanted crimes that I could work easily with, that made for compelling stories. As I was doing this, my husband and two daughters and I were driving home from Georgia. We were somewhere in Indiana. Don’t ask me why I remember this when I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, but I do.

 

And then on Google Books, I discovered a book about crimes the world had forgotten. The first one in there sounded so good. Not too grisly, something that no one would be able to guess the culprit very easily. It was perfect. Imagine my excitement when Becky told me they would be publishing The Silver Shadow.

 

Then I sat down to research it more. And I could hardly find anything! What? Where was all the information on this? There had to be more. That chapter in the one book couldn’t be all there was. He had to get his information from somewhere.

 

Eventually I did come across some articles from various Colorado newspapers with a few details. Not many at all. None from any of the Denver papers, even though that’s where the crimes were committed.

 

In the end, that’s all the information I discovered. In a way, it was freeing. I could write whatever I wanted, and no one would be the wiser. Even if they did some research and some digging, there wasn’t much to find. I was able to take the facts that I did have, combine that with what I found out about Denver in 1900, and put it together in a story. I tried to use historical details wherever I could, but of my four True Colors Crimes books, this is the most fictional of them all.

My Thoughts

The Silver Shadow is the eleventh book in the fantastic True Colors series. If you enjoy true crime and romantic suspense and have not yet read any of these books... well, you are truly missing out. The series is written by various authors with their fictional take on true life crime stories in history. Each story is unique to the next, and as such you can read in any order you please. 

In The Silver Shadow we are taken back to Denver 1900 where we learn a bit about a much lesser known crime... a series of muggings of women throughout the city in which each women was hit over the head but had nothing stolen nor was she violated. If we're being honest, it perhaps doesn't sound like the most exciting of crime stories out there, but the author did a great job of making it so. I couldn't wait to see what would happen and who the culprit would be. It certainly kept me wondering, that's for certain.

One of the things I really enjoy about these books is learning the actual history of the crime too, which is generally given in the author's note at the end. For this one, we learn that while the crimes really did happen and a few of the characters were real, this was more fictionalized than some of the others I've personally read in the story... I appreciate knowing that, and actually found I appreciated the story all the more knowing the author had little to go on when creating this fantastic story.

Overall, this was a great read and one that fans of true crimes is certain to enjoy! 

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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of The Silver Shadow!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10c96/the-silver-shadow-celebration-tour-giveaway

8 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book.

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  2. This sounds good! I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  3. I enjoy true crime stories. Sounds good!

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  4. This book looks very entertaining! It's definitely something I'm interested in reading.

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  5. Since I live in Denver, I really want to read this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  6. Great cover. I love suspense!

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  7. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway

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