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The Alpine Advocate (Emma Lord Series #1)
     

The Alpine Advocate (Emma Lord Series #1)

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by Mary Daheim
 

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The debut of the Emma Lord murder mystery series.
After a year as publisher-editor of the Alpine Advocate, Emma Lord feels fine about her move to this small town in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains. What she really needs for her paper, though, is a big story. And she gets it—when handsome Mark Doukas, grandson of rich, old Neeny Doukas is

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The debut of the Emma Lord murder mystery series.
After a year as publisher-editor of the Alpine Advocate, Emma Lord feels fine about her move to this small town in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains. What she really needs for her paper, though, is a big story. And she gets it—when handsome Mark Doukas, grandson of rich, old Neeny Doukas is murdered. Emma discovers that trying to get straight answers out of Neeny and his thin-lipped son is like poking a nest of sleeping rattlesnakes. What begins with an innocent story about the murdered man, ends with Emma conducting the most interesting, and probably the last, interview of her career from the wrong end of a .38....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Daheim's ( Holy Terrors ) amateur-sleuth whodunits unfortunately recycle well-worn elements: mistaken identities, long-hidden secrets, convoluted familial relationships and heavy-handed clues. Even a new heroine, newspaper publisher Emma Lord, and a change in locale, here the mythical small town of Alpine, Wash., can't rescue this ho-hum mystery. Chris Martinez, black sheep of the rich and powerful Doukas clan, has returned to Alpine for the first time since he was a boy. Soon his cousin Mark Doukas is bludgeoned to death, with the alienated Chris the leading suspect. Then Emma's deliveryman, Gibb Frazier, is murdered, followed shortly by the discovery of a skeleton in an abandoned mine shaft--which proves to be the remains of Chris's long-lost father. Emma, ably assisted by town historian/gossip Vida Runkel, must unravel the tangled relationships that link virtually every inhabitant of Alpine in order to solve the murders. Despite the complex game of ``who-married-whom-and-who-had-whose-child,'' readers will have no trouble spotting clues, as Daheim appears to do everything in her power to call attention to them short of printing them in capital letters. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345376725
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Series:
Emma Lord Series , #1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
364,964
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.56(d)

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M. K. Wren
"The lively ferment of a life in a Pacific Northwest town, with its convoluted geneologies and loyalties (and) its often authentically quarky characters combines with a baffling murder for an intriguing mystery novel."

Meet the Author

Mary Richardson Daheim started spinning stories before she could spell. Daheim has been a journalist, an editor, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer, but fiction was always her medium of choice. In 1982, she launched a career that is now distinguished by more than sixty novels. In 2000, she won the Literary Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. In October 2008, she was inducted into the University of Washington’s Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. Daheim lives in her hometown of Seattle and is a direct descendant of former residents of the real Alpine, which existed as a logging town from 1910 to 1929, when it was abandoned after the mill was closed. The Alpine/Emma Lord series has created interest in the site, which was named a Washington State ghost town in July 2011. An organization called the Alpine Advocates has been formed to preserve what remains of the town as a historic site.

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The Alpine Advocate (Emma Lord Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SCHATZE More than 1 year ago
I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN ONCE I STARTED READING IT. IT WAS NOT BORING BUT THE HISTORY OF ALPINE WAS LONG WINDED. THE STORY WAS EXCELLENT AND THE CHARACTERS YOU COULD ACTUALLY VISUALIZE THEM WORKING. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS WHOLE SERIES OF THE ALPINE... WITH EMMA LORD MYSTERY. I AM TRYING TO GET THE WHOLE SERIES BUT SOME ARE OUT OF PRINT AND YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE USED SECTION TO GET THEM.. IT IS WELL WORTH THE TROUBLE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books later with family angst and more than you care for of r c church unwed mother etc.
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