The Alpine Fury (Emma Lord Series #6)

The Alpine Fury (Emma Lord Series #6)

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by Mary Daheim
     
 

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BANK ON MURDER
For generations the venerable family-owned bank has served the old logging town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. But suddenly Marv Peterson, bank president and family patriarch, seems unnaturally distracted; his heirs and employees are jittery. And when a banker from Seattle comes to town, allegedly on a fishing vacation, Emma Lord, editor…  See more details below

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BANK ON MURDER
For generations the venerable family-owned bank has served the old logging town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. But suddenly Marv Peterson, bank president and family patriarch, seems unnaturally distracted; his heirs and employees are jittery. And when a banker from Seattle comes to town, allegedly on a fishing vacation, Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, decides to do a bit of fishing herself.
Abetted by her unsinkable house-and-home editor, Emma snoops for a story and ends up investigating murder--the strangling death of the bank's sexy blonde bookkeeper after a rendezvous at a local motel. Did she die because of whom she knew or what she knew? Sheriff Milo Dodge hasn't a clue, but Emma and The Advocate get set to roll with the shocking reality and the biggest story in history....


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Especially if you're the editor of a small-town weekly newspaper faced with an unsolved murder and a fast-approaching deadline, as is the case with Emma Lord, heroine of the sixth novel in the Alpine series (after The Alpine Escape). The Pacific Northwest town of Alpine is already suffering from the demise of the logging industry, so when a visitor from the Bank of Washington starts a flurry of rumors that the town's only bank may be heading for a merger, the matter is of special interest to Emma and the staff of the Advocate. Emma investigates, but the matter gets complicated when the bank's bookkeeper, daughter of its owner, is murdered. Emma is joined in her search by Vida Runkel, her best friend and house-and-garden editor. Vida is also a gossip, a valuable commodity in a small town, and Emma is barely able to keep up as Vida weaves her way through the intricate relationships of Alpine's denizens to ferret out the information needed to solve the case. The book's small-town ambiance makes a good contrast to this high-finance, very '80s mystery. The town's quirky characters, from the millionaire who wants to form citizen detective teams to the sheriff who wants to become more cultured, add a nice, honest feel to the tale. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307760142
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Series:
Emma Lord Series , #6
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
9,195
File size:
2 MB

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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