Review: Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery, by Mary Daheim. Random House Publishing Group – Alibi.

Book Description (from NetGalley):


Emma Lord is back and better than ever! This time around, the amateur detective partners up with a rookie sleuth to investigate a string of murders in her beloved Alpine, Washington.

For a small town nestled in the Cascade Mountains’ foothills, picturesque Alpine provides more than enough headlines to fill the pages of editor and publisher Emma Lord’s Alpine Advocate. The Labor Day edition’s lead story features controversial timber baron Jack Blackwell’s scheme to become Skykomish county manager. But the recent strangling deaths of two young women are all anyone can talk about.

After a third body is found, Emma’s husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, suspects there’s a serial killer in their midst. The latest victim is the sister of a dashing newcomer rumored to be working for Blackwell. “Black Jack,” as he’s known to his non-admirers, has a long-standing rivalry with Milo. To discover if there’s any connection between the mogul and the murders, Emma recruits the Advocate’s receptionist, Alison Lindahl, to do a little digging.

Still recovering from a recent breakup, Alison welcomes the distraction. But when the investigation puts the eager protégé in the line of fire, Emma worries that the cub reporter’s career will be over before it even begins.


My Review:


I always know I can count on a good read with a Mary Daheim book. She has a way of providing stories filled with characters we can relate to, because they are just people–not perfect, not forever perky or clever. They can be grumpy. They can have a bad day. They can be irritated with their spouse, or their friend. Just like us. So we like them, and we like the stories because they have an air of real life about them.

This current book continues the tradition with a good mystery and lots of intriguing action from Emma and her community in Alpine.  My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

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