Quilters will especially enjoy Daheim's 17th cozy (after 2004's Alpine Pursuit) to feature Emma Lord, publisher of the Alpine Advocate, the weekly newspaper of rural Alpine, Wash. When Genevieve Bayard, who grew up in Alpine, returns for a visit after a long absence, Annie Jeanne Dupr , the gentle, heavy-handed organist at St. Mildred's, decides to hold a welcome-back party for Gen and the other members of their old quilting group. Gen's sudden death at the party (from eating poisoned cheesecake, an autopsy later reveals) upsets everyone, but Emma's House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, who was absent at the time of the murder, is unusually disturbed and starts to behave strangely. Break-ins, a stranger in the local motel, burned quilt patterns, an anonymous letter, suspicious medications and another death compound the mystery. Daheim sympathetically portrays the small mountain town and its denizens, particularly Emma and her brother, Ben, a priest who's serving as St. Mildred's interim rector. Readers will also be enticed by the food and drink the characters often turn to for comfort. Agent, Maureen Moran. (Apr. 26) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A quilting club in Alpine, WA, provides cover for a crafty murderer who uses poison as a modus operandi. Emma, the local newspaper editor, joins forces with the sheriff to expose the culprit before further mayhem ensues. Latest in a popular cozy series. Daheim lives in Seattle. [See Mystery Prepub, LJ 1/05.] Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A suspicious accidental poisoning and a quilting quibble prod rural Washington's favorite amateur sleuth back into action. There's never a break for brisk Emma Lord, publisher of the small-town weekly The Alpine Advocate. First, she wrangles with Alpine photo studio owner Buddy Bayard about a policy shift at the paper; then she consults House & Home editor Vida Runkel; finally she joins her brother Ben, a recently returned missionary, on the porch of his new church. Buddy and his wife Roseanna are pleased to be welcoming his mother Genevieve back for a visit after a generation. Emma sets up an interview with Gen, quite the Alpine belle in her youth and still beautiful, not knowing that Gen's about to attend a fatal reunion dinner with her old friend Annie Jeannie Dupre. Both women are poisoned, though Annie Jeanie clings to life in a hospital while Gen dies. The consensus is that "daffy" Jeannie accidentally poisoned herself and her friend. Emma isn't so sure. She finds a handful of skeletons in Gen's closet-an illicit affair, a stolen quilt pattern, a long-forgotten accident-each providing a motive, and realizes she's on the right track when someone ransacks her house. There's also a long-lost Bayard relative whose return to town is too convenient for comfort. Daheim's 17th (The Alpine Pursuit, 2004, etc.) amiably captures the rhythms and crosscurrents of small-town life, even though Alpine sometimes seems overwhelmed by its enormous cast.
Praise for Mary Daheim and her Emma Lord mysteries
“If you like the ‘Cat Who’ mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun, you’ll find similar fun here.”
–San Antonio Express-News
“Mary Daheim writes with wit, wisdom, and a big heart. I love her books.”
“If you like cozy mysteries, you need to try Daheim’s Alpine series. . . . Recommended.”
“Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style, and obvious wicked enjoyment.”
“The characters are great, and the plots always attention-getting.”
–King Features Syndicate
“Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations.”