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The Alpine Nemesis: An Emma Lord Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2 2001

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (Oct. 2 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345421256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345421258
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations.”
Publishers Weekly

“Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style and obvious wicked enjoyment. . . . Kick off your shoes by the fire and get cozy with the latest by Mary Daheim.”
Portland Oregonian

“This is good, solid storytelling–marvelous escapist entertainment.”
Tacoma News Tribune

From the Inside Flap

Two months after an unlucky snowboarder vanished on the slopes above Alpine, his disappearance is old copy. Emma Lord, publisher of the Alpine Advocate, is back to writing about graduations and the latest outbreak of chicken pox-until the town's oldest family feud flares up, leaving three people dead, their bodies stowed in a meat freezer. The startling discovery of a fourth body sharing the victims' chilly repose launches Emma on the story of a lifetime. But as she races to scoop the upstart radio station with the late-breaking news, Emma unwittingly uncovers a shocking conspiracy that will change her life forever. . . .
The Alpine Advocate
Novels by Mary Daheim

BONUS FEATURE: "My Alpine" by Mary Daheim

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Emma Lord, owner and editor of the Alpine Advocate is furious, she's being scooped. Being the only paper in town, she's not used to that, but sincer Spencer Fleetwood - owner of the new radio station KSKY has come to town, she's no longer the sole sorce of local news.
It was bad enough when he scooped her on the disappearance of snowboarded Brian Conley several months before, but now it looks like he was going to do it on the biggest story to hit Alpine.
The three O'Neill brothers, Stubby, Rusty & Dusty are found dead in the freezer at Alpine Meats. Each of them shot.
Sheriff Milo Dodge suspects it might be their nemesis's the Harquist family. Their feud goes back years and started out with the flattening of the families pet goat.
But, it's while Emma's new reporter, Scott Chamoud starts shooting the crime scene the he wonders why there are four pairs of legs instead of three.
Shocking everyone was the discovery of the missing snowboarder, Brian Conley under the pile of bodies. Then the coroner says he had been stabbed to death and had been dead for several months. Where had he been all this time and how did he get into the meat locker? (Emma was pretty sure he didn't walk there.)
A lot of other strange things are happening in Alpine.
Milo discovery that the O'Neill's had an arsenal of weapons, including rocket launchers and grenades.
Brian's body is shipped back East to his family, but when the coffin gets there, the body is missing.
And why does everyone who dies recently suddenly want to be buried in Ireland?
Working together Milo and Emma solve the murder of the O'Neill's. But still aren't sure what happened to Brian.
Meanwhile, Tom Cavanaugh demands an answer from Emma and she finally says yes, she will marry him.
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By A Customer on Nov. 11 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The 14th book in the Alpine series is a mixed bag of emotions. Overall, I wouldn't call this one of the best books in the series but it could have been.
The only thing saving Nemesis is the actual mystery. This is definitely one of the best stories Mary Daheim has written for this series. The clues that were found throughout the book made it difficult to put down. Also, it was nice to have back some of the humor that has been missing in the last couple books.
Emma's love life is one of my favorite aspects to this series. But in Nemesis, I thought I was reading a Harlequin book. As one other reviewer suggested, I would have preffered a different ending. A semi-original one perhaps? All I have to say is, Jackie O? Please Mrs. Daheim, let's move on from St. Tom!
I definitely suggest this book to Alpine devotees. The sleuthing is one of the best yet in this series. Entertaining and baffling. Also, there are a lot of important glimpses into the characters we have all grown to love AND hate. I would rate Nemesis higher if it were not for the teeny-bopper romance and violent unrealistic ending.
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A recent dearth of reportable happenings in Alpine, Washington has Advocate editor Emma Lord gnashing her teeth in frustration as she tries to make newsworthy bricks out of banal, local straw in this latest addition to Ms. Daheim's beautifully-crafted series of domestic mysteries. Scooped by her media competitor Spencer Fleetwood on the last major story in the area...the mysterious disappearance of a snowboarder some two months prior to the events of this novel...Emma is trying hard to even the professional playing field while making up her mind about how to handle her recently rekindled romance with Tom Cavanaugh, the father of her son Adam, who is now very much back in her life with marriage on his mind. However, it's never quiet in Alpine for long, and when a long-simmering local feud suddenly heats up and bullets start flying, Emma and the rest of her loyal staff are on the spot in more ways than one. Intricate plotting is one of Ms. Daheim's fortes, so it's no surprise to the reader when an unexpected corpse shows up to further complicate the body count while other bodies suddenly start disappearing. Once she uncovers the connecting link between these unlikely occurances, the plot takes a tragically international turn, and Emma is forced to pay a terrible price for unmasking a well-hidden conspiracy of terror and death and bringing its perpetrators to justice.
In many respects, THE ALPINE NEMESIS is probably the strongest...certainly the most emotionally engrossing...novel in the series to date and case in point that, in Ms. Daheim's skilled hands, the 'cozy' has indeed come of age. With a plot premise as engrossingly current as today's headlines, even her peripheral characterizations seem deeper and more three-dimensional than is generally true of the genre.
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By A Customer on Oct. 2 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hard news is scarce in the small town of Alpine, Washington. This forces Emma Lord, owner and publisher of the weekly Alpine Advocate, to scramble to find a lead story for the front page. She thinks she�s going to have to settle for putting a story about public toilets coming to Alpine, but thinks that stinks as a headliner.

Soon the biggest story to hit the small town starts breaking. The Hartquists and the O�Neills have been feuding for generations, but nobody expected that the remaining Hartquists would kill the three O�Neill brothers and put them in the butcher�s freezer. Emma gets the scoop and her front page story thinking that all that�s left is to watch the Hartquists react during the trial. However, the story is just beginning and the subsequent events that take place in the pretty bucolic town will change Emma�s life forever.

THE ALPINE NEMESIS is an exciting small town mystery starring a likable heroine and a fully developed cast of characters. Readers are given an inside look into small town living and how to run a weekly periodical. This is not a straightforward mystery but a tale with so many layers that, in actuality, it is a complex and totally absorbing read.

Harriet Klausner
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