The Alpine Xanadu

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Ballantine Books, 2013 - Fiction - 319 pages
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A new exhilarating installment in Mary Daheimandrsquo;s beloved and long-running small-town murder mystery series set in Alpine, Washington, and featuring unforgettable newspaper editor Emma Lord. and  Winter in the small mountain aerie of Alpine should be as quiet as new-fallen snow on the Cascades, but from the Grocery Basket to the Venison Inn, the town is humming. At the Alpine Advocate, editor Emma Lord and her staff are on deadline with a feature about the opening of RestHaven, a new rehab and mental health facility. Front Street is buzzing with gossip about Emmaandrsquo;s recent engagement to Sheriff Milo Dodge. And now that fool Wayne Eriks has climbed an electric pole in the middle of a storm and got himself electrocuted. and  Sheriff Dodge doesnandrsquo;t buy the idea that Wayneandrsquo;s death is an accident. But howandmdash;and, more important, whyandmdash;he died is only one of the conundrums that keep the sheriff and Emma working overtime. Why is RestHaven giving Alpine so many restless nights? What to make of allegations that someoneandrsquo;s trying to kill the richest man in town . . . or whispers of a rash of indecent behavior at the local high school? After Vida Runkel, the Advocateandrsquo;s stalwart House andamp; Home editor, disappears into thin air, Milo and Emma suddenly have too many loose ends to solve before they can even think about tying the knot. and  Featuring beloved characters from the series alongside some sinister new onesandmdash;not to mention a mystery that will shake Alpine to its coreandmdash;The Alpine Xanadu may be Mary Daheimandrsquo;s most delicious novel yet. and  Praise for Mary Daheim and her Emma Lord mysteries and  andldquo;Always entertaining.andrdquo;andmdash;The Seattle Times and  andldquo;Mary Daheim writes with wit, wisdom, and a big heart. I love her books.andrdquo;andmdash;Carolyn Hart and  andldquo;Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style, and obvious wicked enjoyment.andrdquo;andmdash;The Oregonian and  andldquo;The characters are great, and the plots always attention-getting.andrdquo;andmdash;King Features Syndicate and  andldquo;Even the most seasoned mystery fans are caught off-guard by [Daheimandrsquo;s] clever plot twists.andrdquo;andmdash;BookLoons Reviews and  andldquo;Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations.andrdquo;andmdash;Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - gpangel - LibraryThing

The Alpine Xanadu by Mary Daheim is a 2013 Ballantine Books publication. It is always fun to touch base with the characters in this series. This 24th installment in the Emma Lord saga begins with a ... Read full review

Review: The Alpine Xanadu (Emma Lord Mystery #24)

User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

Approaching the apparent end of a lengthy series, I could feel the 'wrapping up' parts of the book. But they weren't overbearing. It had been just long enough since I read the one just before this one ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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 fifty 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 Communications Hall of Fame. Daheim lives in her hometown of Seattle and is a direct descendant of former residents of the real Alpine when it existed in the early part of the twentieth century until it was abandoned in 1929. The Alpine/Emma Lord series has created interest in the site, which was named a Washington State ghost town in July 2011.

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