The Alpine Recluse

The Alpine Recluse

Book - 2006
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For many mystery readers, Alpine, Washington-Mary Daheim's fictional small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains-has become a beloved second home, a delicious retreat from the stresses of life. Yet the editor of The Alpine Advocate, Emma Lord, knows all too well that the picturesque old logging town is loaded with scandal: family feuds, illicit romance, chicanery, and sometimes deadly violence.


In the middle of a hot midsummer night, Emma is awakened by fire trucks rushing to a blaze at the nearby home of newlyweds Tim and Tiffany Rafferty. At daybreak, Tiffany and her unborn child are safe, but Tim, never blessed with good luck in all his thirty-plus years, has perished in the fierce conflagration. Sheriff Milo Dodge suspects murder and arson, and rumors fly from the Burger Barn and Mugs Ahoy to the Grocery Basket and the Venison Inn. Some swear the Rafferty marriage was crumbling. Others hint at stock fraud. A few mention momentary sightings of a possibly mad recluse known as Old Nick.

Sacrificing the heady enticements of a budding romance to nail down a great story, Emma shifts into high investigative gear while her fearless House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, rushes in where angels fear to tread: straight into the private lives of some of Alpine's most respectable-and now terminally edgy-citizens. But neither Emma nor Vida suspects the unbelievable truth.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345468154
Call Number: DAHEIM
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Lord, Emma (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Arson investigation -- Fiction.
Newspaper publishing -- Fiction.
Women editors -- Fiction.
Washington (State) -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.


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Jul 28, 2015

Finally, after all the other books mentioning the hermits living in the woods, we finally meet one--and what a surprise he is.

This is the first book of the series where Emma doesn't whine endlessly about Tom. Of course she does whine about him some. I guess the point is even smart women have something they are stupid about. (?)

After the shock of learning Vida's secret in "P," now "R" seems a little tame. There seems to be a change in Milo, too, or perhaps Emma's insight into him. As always, the two women are left to follow the real clues while Sheriff Milo doggedly follows the book. I'm starting to morn already that there are only 8 letters left.

Jun 27, 2009

A book about a very small town where stories of neighbour's new hair-dos, missing cats, and tacky dresses fill up the local news paper.

The heroine is the editor of this small town news paper and when a real crime happens she's there to solve it. Her method of detective work consist of gossip. This whole book is about small town gossip and would be probably be appreciated by lovers of gossip.


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Jul 06, 2014

Another good book by Mary Daheim


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