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The Alpine Menace: An Emma Lord Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Daheim
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Oct. 3 2000 Emma Lord
For once, Emma Lord, editor-publisher of The Alpine Advocate, isn't thrilled by having an inside track. The Seattle strangling murder of Alpine native Carol Stokes is generating headlines, but the accused killer is Emma's long-lost cousin Ronnie, who swears he was out drinking when his girlfriend was strangled. But he can't prove it, and neighbors claim they heard the couple fighting moments before the murder. Now Emma and supersnoop Vida, the Advocate's house-and-home editor, must find another suspect. Someone who hated Carol enough to write a tragic ending to her life story. Someone who is preparing to edit Emma and Vida right out of existence. . . .

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As Daheim's readers well know, Emma Lord (appearing in her 13th mystery) is a full-time journalist and part-time sleuth in the tiny Washington lumber town of Alpine. Persuaded by VidaAher gray-haired yet spunky house-and-home editor at The Alpine Advocate, who strongly proclaims the value of family tiesAEmma goes to Seattle to help a long-lost cousin who is accused of murdering Carol Stokes, his girlfriend and a former Alpine resident. Emma hasn't seen cousin Ronnie since he was a kid, 25 years ago, and from what she can tell he's an aimless loser who remembers little about the night of the murder except that he was out drinking. Thus, Emma and Vida shoulder the burden of clearing him and endure a busy week interviewing neighbors, a tangle of ex-girlfriends and boyfriends and both real and adoptive parents. Emma's rather stiff performance is balanced by the colorful and resourceful Vida, who uses her age to great advantage in eliciting information. Indeed, it is Vida who carries the plot and skillfully maintains the reader's interest in the murder investigation (particularly since Ronnie seems indifferent about his innocence). Daheim's fans will be thrilled to greet Emma and Vida once again, but new readers may be disappointed that she limits the local color of Seattle to a few street names and does little more than report background information (on her regular characters) that could otherwise serve as a warm welcome to her fictional world. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Mary Daheim is a Seattle native who started writing at the age of eight. The Alpine Menace is the thirteenth novel in her Emma Lord mystery series. The author is married to David Daheim, a retired college professor. The Daheims have three daughters: Barbara, Katherine, and Magdalen. Mary Daheim is a member of the Authors' Guild and Mystery Writers of America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Nov. 21 2012
By M. Cook
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I really enjoy the Emma Lord series. Sometimes the plot may seem a bit obvious, but there is always an unexpected wrinkle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Choose Your Relatives May 18 2004
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It's April. Spring is in the air. Sheriff Milo Dodge is in love.
Emma Lord, owner and editor of the Alpine Advocate is happy for him, really she is. Even though Jeannie Clay is young enough to be his daughter.
Emma is also in love, although Emma is a little reluctant to lose her independence, so much so, that she wouldn't let Tom buy her a new car when her old jaguar was trashed. Instead she's paying him $50.00 a month for the Lexus until it's paid off or they get married. Since this affair has been going on for almost 30 years, she'll probably pay the car off.
She has unwed mother, Amber Ramsey & baby Danny living with her. Amber is an unbelievable slob. And she's inherited two cats, Rheims & Rouen.
In the middle of all this, Emma gets a phone call from a long unheard from cousin Ronnie Mallet, who's in jail for murdering his girlfriend Carol Stokes. Carol had grown up in Alpine, and he had heard through her that Emma was some kind of investigator and could she help him.
At first Emma doesn't want to do anything. It's Easter and her brother Ben, who's a priest in Tuba City, Arizona and her son, Adam, who's a seminary student in St. Paul are coming for a visit. But plans are upset and Emma finds she's going to be alone over the Easter weekend, so her sidekick and employee from the paper, Vida Runkel talks her into checking out Ronnie's story. Vida thinks family is the most important thing in the world, even if you don't know them.
Ronnie turns out to be somewhat of a dunderhead, he's more worried about the whereabouts of his dog than the fact that he's in jail for murder.
Checking out the victim, Emma finds that Carol Stokes is the kind of person who probably had a lot of people who wanted to kill her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emma and Vida in Seattle Feb. 15 2002
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Emma Lord, owner and editor of the Alpine Advocate, receives a phone call from her long-lost cousin Ronnie. It seems that he has been wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his girlfriend and he has no one else to turn to. Emma is uncertain as to what to do, but her sidekick Vida convinces her that she must help Ronnie, since he is a family member. Emma decides to go to Seattle to help Ronnie and Vida invites herself along. When they arrive they discover that the life of the dead girl, Carol, was quite a tangled web. Emma and Vida begin their own investigation, since they find the police in Seattle to be just as inept as they are in Alpine. There are a number of people connected to Carol who seem to be good suspects but the intrepid investigators from Alpine keep coming up empty-handed. Nothing seems to make sense in this case, especially when another murder takes place. Emma stumbles upon one of the murderers and then realizes who the other one is. This is another good entry in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good mystery Oct. 5 2000
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Emma Lord has owned and operated Washington State's Alpine-Advocate for over a decade. Nearing fifty, Emma has covered more stories, solved several homicides, and has scooped her peers more often than she would like to remember.

Currently, she has the inside track to a Seattle murder that leaves her quite uneasy since the suspect is her dimwitted cousin Ronnie, a person she has not seen in about three decades. Ronnie is accused of killing his live-in girl friend. When Emma, at the instigation or encouragement, depending on the perspective of House and Home editor Vida Runkel, visits Ronnie at jail, she concludes he is too laid back to kill anyone. Emma and Vida begin their own style of investigating especially because the police are looking at Ronnie only in spite of the suspect's airtight alibi. However, finding the guilty party proves difficult and dangerous as the culprit prefers Ronnie receive credit for the deed.

THE ALPINE MENACE is a very intricate mystery so that it is nearly impossible to determine the identity of the killer. The victim is not likable, as she was the poster girl for "trailer trash" with many people wishing her dead. Thus, the audience performs a real mental workout trying to identify the perpetrator. Mary Daheim is dependable when it comes to a well-written mystery, but this novel is one of her best tales.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greataddition to this series Oct. 3 2000
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Emma Lord has owned and operated Washington State's Alpine-Advocate for over a decade. Nearing fifty, Emma has covered more stories, solved several homicides, and has scooped her peers more often than she would like to remember.

Currently, she has the inside track to a Seattle murder that leaves her quite uneasy since the suspect is her dimwitted cousin Ronnie, a person she has not seen in about three decades. Ronnie is accused of killing his live-in girl friend. When Emma, at the instigation or encouragement, depending on the perspective of House and Home editor Vida Runkel, visits Ronnie at jail, she concludes he is too laid back to kill anyone. Emma and Vida begin their own style of investigating especially because the police are looking at Ronnie only in spite of the suspect's airtight alibi. However, finding the guilty party proves difficult and dangerous as the culprit prefers Ronnie receive credit for the deed.

THE ALPINE MENACE is a very intricate mystery so that it is nearly impossible to determine the identity of the killer. The victim is not likable, as she was the poster girl for "trailer trash" with many people wishing her dead. Thus, the audience performs a real mental workout trying to identify the perpetrator. Mary Daheim is dependable when it comes to a well-written mystery, but this novel is one of her best tales.

Harriet Klausner
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