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Posted February 25, 2008
Who switched the bullets?
The Alpine Council Dramatic Club is presenting a melodrama that will climax with the fatal shooting of the villain. On opening night the cast and audience are quite surprised to find that the bullets were real and not blanks. Who could have switched them? Emma Lord, editor and publisher of the weekly Alpine Advocate, is in the audience and quickly begins investigating the murder. Hans Berenger was the dean of students at the local community college. He wasn't well liked. There is a plethora of suspects. Emma gets assistance from Vida Runkel, the Advocate's House and Home Editor. Can they discover the identity of the real killer before Emma finds herself the next victim I really enjoy this series. Emma is a great character. Sheriff Milo Dodge and Vida Runkel are great as well. I like the small-town setting in Washington state. I recognize many of the mentioned landmarks. Plus have the protagonist be the weekly newspaper editor really lends itself in this great cozy series. The author has done a great job of creating a small town I'd like to visit and plotting a mystery that kept me guessing as to the identity of the killer. I highly recommend this book and series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2004
Posted January 30, 2004
Good work in this series
It¿s been two years since Tom died in Emma¿s arms and the owner and editor of the weekly Alpine Advocate still grieves the loss of the only man she ever loved. She pours all her energy into her newspaper, her rivalry with the owner of the local radio station becoming friendly. The latest story Emma covers is the melodrama that the Alpine Council Dramatic Club is performing. The narrator, radio owner Spencer Fleetwood is terrific in his role with his beautiful speaking voice but otherwise Emma thinks the whole affair is amateurish....................................... At the end of the play when the villain, played by Dean of Students Hans Berringer, dies and the audience applauds the lackluster performance; one of the actors realizes that Hank in fact did die because the bullets in the gun were real. Nobody was watching the prop box so anyone could have switched the bullets. Emma immediately starts snooping around to find out who switched the bullets and she finds out that most people disliked Hank with a passion and many of them had motives....................................... THE ALPINE PURSUIT is as much a mystery as it is a woman coming to terms with a traumatic loss. This is Mary Daheim¿s hardcover debut and she deserves it because her well written tales involve real life situations and social issues while entertaining her audience. This book has many layers all involving people in emotional pain and how they cope with the hand life dealt them. By the end of the novel, one gets the feeling that the heroine is starting to heal and that makes the reader feel good because it is impossible not to like Emma........................................ Harriet Klausner
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