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The Alpine Traitor: An Emma Lord Mystery [Hardcover]

Mary Daheim

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Feb. 26 2008 Emma Lord Mysteries
In Alpine, Washington–Mary Daheim’s cozy hamlet in the Cascade Mountains–mystery fans can meet folks whose colorful quirks and welcoming manner make the town feel like home. Alpine’s bastion of bylines, Emma Lord’s weekly newspaper, The Alpine Advocate, is the current that drives the rumor mill of small-town life . . . and occasional death. But even the eagerly anticipated Advocate isn’t immune to the perils of the outside world.


THE ALPINE TRAITOR


Emma Lord is shocked to hear the outrageous news: The Advocate is embroiled in a takeover bid. Worse, the ruthless acquisitioners are the heirs of Emma’s longtime and tragically departed lover, Tom Cavanaugh. They have come to Alpine–to stay. Soon, battle lines are drawn and war is declared. Then the first casualty is discovered facedown at the Tall Timber Motel.

The victim is Dylan Platte, front man for the buy-out offer Emma turned down cold. Naturally, Emma is a prime suspect. Then it turns out that the dead man has a big surprise for the living–one that involves the glamorous Ginger Roth, a bodacious Alpine newbie who can perform the dumb blonde act in her sleep. Emma’s ever-inquisitiv a bullet, Emma and the rest of the e House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, plumbs her extensive grapevine, from the Burger Barn to the Venison Inn, determined to connect the dots. But when an Advocate insider is next to takeAlpiners make it their mission to find a killer.

Mary Daheim’s newest Alpine thriller throws an intriguing wrench into Emma’s domain, delighting fans with a generous helping of just deserts–in a town where secrets are everybody’s business.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (Feb. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034546818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345468185
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,812,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Murder and mayhem once again rock the placid town of Alpine, Wash., in Daheim's 20th cozy to feature newspaper publisher Emma Lord (after 2007's The Alpine Scandal). When the two grown children of Emma's deceased long-ago lover, Tom Cavanaugh, offer to buy her paper, the Advocate, Emma refuses. Soon after leaving for Seattle for the weekend, Emma gets a phone call from Sheriff Milo Dodge, who tells her the driving force behind the attempted takeover, Tom's daughter's husband, Dylan Platte, has been murdered. A suspect herself, Emma joins Milo in the search for Dylan's killer. Not until violence strikes again, this time close to home, can Emma put the pieces together and come to terms with Tom, his family and her own painful past. An intriguing plot and the usual cast of lovable characters make this another winner. (Feb. 26)
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Review

Praise for Mary Daheim and her Emma Lord mysteries

“If you like the Cat Who mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun, you’ll find similar fun here.”
–San Antonio Express-News

“Mary Daheim writes with wit, wisdom, and a big heart. I love her books.”
–Carolyn Hart

“Recommended . . . If you like cozy mysteries, you need to try Daheim’s Alpine series.”
–The Snooper

“Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style, and obvious wicked enjoyment.”
–The Oregonian

“The characters are great, and the plots always attention-getting.”
–King Features Syndicate

“Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations.”
–Publishers Weekly

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deadly Buyout March 16 2008
By T.B. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"The Alpine Traitor" by Mary Daheim
Published by Ballantine Books
Hardcover Edition: 320 pages
Genre: Mystery

The Alpine series is a delightful mystery serial and one that should be mandatory reading for all mystery aficionados. Emma Lord is back in another adventure set in Alpine, Washington.

When Emma's late husband's heirs roll to town, turmoil immediately ensues for Emma and her staff at the Advocate. When Dylan Platte, Tom Cavanaugh's son-in-law, and Tom's children, Kelsey and Graham, arrive in Alpine with plans to buy the Alpine Advocate, Emma is floored with an uncertain future. But later, when she receives a mysterious box with a pearl and diamond bracelet and a note enclosed--a bribe of sorts--the note written to Sandra, Tom's late wife, in his own hand, Emma is furious. And now her curiosity piqued.

But when Dylan Platte's dead body is later discovered, the local police, headed by Sheriff Milo Dodge, suspects the only person in town who knows more about the vic than anybody else: editor/publisher of Alpine Advocate, Emma Lord herself.

With well-drawn characters, a fast-paced story, THE ALPINE TRAITOR is a solid entry in the always entertaining, cozy Emma Lord mysteries. Recommended reading.

T.B. Grant
3/16/2008
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still An Excellent Series April 7 2009
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's amazing that after 20 installments, this series is still going so strong -- especially when the author's B&B series is so awful.

This book was hard to put down and kept you turning pages until the end. I do admit that Emma got a bit annoying with her wussiness about her new reporter and her constant whining every time she didn't get an e-mail, or enough attention, from Adam. And Vida was her usual annoying, buttinsky self. But these things weren't enough to detract from the story.

One of the best things about this series is the way the characters and the town come to life. And it's not just the major characters like Emma, Vida and Milo -- it's the minor characters that only pop up now and then but whom you feel like you know after so much time.

I'm sad that it looks like there'll only be six more books before the series concludes. I've enjoyed visiting Alpine for so long and hope the author can find a way to let me continue to visit.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No logical resolution Aug. 23 2010
By Carol J. Chrisman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first "Alpine" mystery. Perhaps I should have started at the beginning of the series, because as a character novel this was fun, but as a mystery, a complete dud. Other than an arrest of the "bad guys" at the end (with very limited proof of what they'd done), there was no resolution. Daheim's minimal answers as to why the bad guys showed up to start with, or why they felt that impersonations were necessary (especially when they were bound to be discovered), had no logical basis at all. Nor was there any credible reason given for murdering one of their own. All she said was he was probably double-crossing the others, with no further explanation as to either why, or how.

I've read a couple of the bed and breakfast mysteries, and found them reasonably satisfying. But for a very long-time mystery buff, this book was a serious disappointment, kind of like Lillian Jackson Braun's last "Cat Who." I don't like authors and publishers who keep selling series mysteries when the authors have clearly lost their touch. At least Braun just minimized the plot, rather than making it long and drawn out with no logical ending, like this one. If I had bought this book (I got it from the library), I would have asked for my money back.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visitors from Emma's past March 3 2008
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Emma Lord is shocked when the children of her deceased fiance, Tom Cavanaugh, try to take over her small-town newspaper, the Alpine Advocate. She is determined to resist the takeover and is disappointed that Tom's children are so hostile to her. There is a murder and a shooting and suddenly Emma and her employees begin to fear for their lives. This 20th. book of the Emma Lord Mystery Series has all of the usual characters, from Emma's son, Adam, to her eccentric sidekick, Vida. The plot is somewhat convoluted and keeps the reader guessing until Mary Daheim chooses to reveal the bad guys at the end of the book. This is another good entry in this long-running series.
2.0 out of 5 stars Downhill Skiing Feb. 3 2014
By Kath Grimes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series was getting tiresome a few books ago. There's too much making connections with previous threads of this soap opera segueing into too much setting up the next book and doing development of characters that is irrelevant to the current book in the series and with too little interesting or coherent meat to the mystery of this book. I see no relevance of the title to the book, I didn't see the evidence of why anyone would want to buy the Advocate that much, clumsy use was made of Curtis as a red herring, I didn't see the logic of latching onto the death of a distant lawyer as connecting to anything happening in Alpine, Adam's angle, and thus supposedly the reasoning for everything, was just snatched out a hat in a way that the reader couldn't have deduced anything on his/her own, nothing was believable in the meeting up of Adam and his half-siblings, nothing relevant was done with Emma's possible new boyfriend, and I didn't see why the gaggle of villains would want either to be in Alpine (actually wanting to buy a dump of a MacMansion there) or to be doing what they were doing. I think I would have dropped reading this a couple of books in the series ago if my wife didn't keep putting the books on my nightstand. I think I agree with a previous reviewer that this author has joined Lillian Jackson Braun as having milked this series far too long. I take it the money's too good to let loose of it but that the interest isn't good enough to write a real mystery.
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