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Posted June 26, 2005
Not to be missed!
Don't miss this one....and don't loan it out. You'll want to hang on to it for rereading. If you don't already have a copy BUY it. I you haven't gotten around to reading it, READ it! I've read all of the Alpines as well as all of Daheim's B&B series and this is one of the very best if not the best. I'm not revealing many details because you'll want the story to unfold as you read it. A former resident of Alpine returns to town setting in motion a murder, another death, and revelations of old heartbreak and secrets which have haunted several people for many years. I am again in awe of Mary Daheim¿s talent. She somehow always make me really FEEL even the subtlest emotions...as well as the complex ones about the guilty party at the end of the book. She accomplishes so much without hitting her readers over the head....it always amazes me. Mary Daheim is the queen of character and relationship development and this book is verrry emotionally stirring because of secrets revealed about Vida, a much loved regular character who is deeply involved in the story. The Alpine Quilt brought me very close to tears several times. My heart ached for Vida when all of the pieces fell together. The shocking revelations totally work...it doesn't feel in the least like a rewrite of history. It isn't a rewrite because we simply had no idea. On the lighter side, Emma has a new beau and so far he¿s a winner! It feels VERY right. I know the future will hold lots of bumps in the road but I hope Emma hangs in there. He's a keeper. Emma¿s brother Ben is in town substituting for the local parish priest and readers are treated to seeing more of a very warm and very natural sibling relationship. I hope he sticks around for a while. Don¿t wait for the paperback. Go ahead and treat yourself to a fabulous read!
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Posted December 26, 2011
What a way to go!
I was hooked early on in this series by the varied characters. They all have a tale to tell. Mary Daheim has a way of presenting the details and in this story she begins to tie up lose ends and explain the whys.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2008
Who knew quilting could be murder?
When Genevieve Bayard dies while having dinner with a friend, Emma Lord, owner and publisher of the local newspaper, The Alpine Advocate, arrives on the scene to report the incident. Gen had recently returned to Alpine, Washington, and the members of the Burl Creek Thimble Club had thrown her a welcome back party. Although not everyone adored Gen, her death was still a shock. Normally Vida Runkel, the Advocate's House and Home editor, would have been all over such an event and helped Emma discover the killer's identity. Instead, Vida seems unwilling to get involved or even discuss it. At the same time, there has been a rash of burglaries in town. Even Emma's cabin is vandalized. Could these be related to the murder? As Emma digs into Gen's past, she uncovers a shocking scandal. Can she find the killer? Could it be her dear friend? I always enjoy books in this series. Emma is such a fun character, and Vida really makes me laugh. Emma and Milo's relationship has grown throughout the books, but I like how there is still uncertainty with it. Having Emma's brother Ben in town really enhanced the story. Gave her a real reason to get involved with solving the murder, plus I thought it made me like her even more. I am especially partial to the location of the book as I grew up in Washington State and went over the passes frequently. I feel as if I know Alpine, even though it isn't a real town. If you haven't read this series, I recommend you give it a whirl. I 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 December 9, 2008
An exciting and complicated who-done-it
Alpine, is a small semi-isolated Pacific Northwest hamlet located deep in the forest and perched on a mountainside. The owner and publisher of the local weekly newspaper, The Alpine Advocate is Emma Lord and the stories concern mostly the people and the special events in their lives. Emma plans special coverage for the returning prodigal Genevieve Bayard who hasn¿t been back to her hometown in decades. Gen is coming to see her son Buddy and his wife as well as her old girlfriends who belonged to a quilting circle....................... After a celebratory party, Gen goes to visit her best friend Annie Jean who works as a housekeeper at the local church. Annie Jean fixes a delicious meal but by the time it is finished Gen is dead and Annie Jean is in the hospital. Tests show both women were poisoned by an insulin product used by diabetics. It is a front page story but Emma¿s House and Home reporter Vida Runkel who usually gets involved in homicides keeps her distance and makes it plain that she doesn¿t care that Gen is dead. Emma comes to believe that if she knows why Vida hated Gen, she will discover who the murder is.................... THE ALPINE QUILT is an exciting and complicated who-done-it with the protagonist determined to find out who the poisoner is. During her investigation readers are treated to an insider¿s look at Vida¿s past, which is very fascinating because she has always been an important secondary character. Mary Daheim combines lots of action with great characterizations to create a fantastic regional mystery................... Harriet Klausner
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Posted January 28, 2010
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