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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?

Book Excerpt:

Maybe so. Denver was a dangerous place. But it wasn’t always possible or practical to have an escort. Sometimes women needed to go places in the evenings. Polly always held her breath until she arrived safely.

She let his comment slide. “Where did this happen?”

“On Pearl Street near Sixteenth Avenue.”

“How far is it from here to Pearl Street?” Polly rolled her chair closer to his desk.

Harry waved her away. “Maybe ten or fifteen minutes by streetcar. The mugging will probably be a page-ten story. Perhaps you’d like a shot at it. See if you could get that one right. It should be easy enough for you to make it exciting.” He cackled, the small scar above his eye


She sucked in a breath. “Really?” Oh, a chance to get a true story. One with some meat. Sure, maybe it wouldn’t appear on the front page or have a big headline in red, but it was a start. A start toward getting recognized for her work, despite being a woman.

This was her chance to prove herself after her failure with Miss Pettigrew. Perhaps she could get Mr. Ward to view her as more than simply a newsroom showpiece. “But can you assign articles?” Harry was, after all, just a reporter like herself.

“With Ward gone, yeah. It’s yours. Three paragraphs. No more. Got it? But make it sing.”

At Harry’s words, Polly grimaced. “I won’t let the paper down.”

“You’d better not. I’ll tell the typesetters and press operators to leave space on page ten for it. Now get out of my face. I need to finish my work.”

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About The Author61N049gw-pL._US230_

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 and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She is also the host of the Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast.