The Alpine Traitor: An Emma Lord Mystery Hardcover – Feb 26 2008
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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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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.”
“Recommended . . . If you like cozy mysteries, you need to try Daheim’s Alpine series.”
“Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style, and obvious wicked enjoyment.”
“The characters are great, and the plots always attention-getting.”
–King Features Syndicate
“Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations.”
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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.
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.