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Alpine Fury: An Emma Lord Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Mary Daheim
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Murder on the Champ de Mars
"[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder ... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners." —The Seattle Times

Book Description

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

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

Mary Daheim and I go back a long way -- well, seventeen or eighteen years. That's a long time for a publishing association. Years before I became Mary's editor on the Emma Lord/Alpine series for Ballantine, I was an editorial assistant at another trade house -- and that's where we met, long distance. She lives in Seattle; I live in New York; even eighteen year ago, the phone lines stretched in both directions. At the time Mary was writing successful historical romances for my then-boss, a senior editor. One day Mary and I revealed our unbridled passion for reading crime fiction. Little did I dream then that, soon after I arrived at Ballantine, Mary would become a crime writer herself. Of course, now she's a nationally renowned one . . . and I especially treasure her novels about Emma Lord, the editor-publisher of a small-town weekly newspaper in fictional (but based on fact) Alpine, Washington. The paper is called The Alpine Advocate, which is also the title of the first novel in the series. For any readers who haven't visited Alpine, I heartily recommend starting with Book One -- and then continuing forward (in alphabetical order) to THE ALPINE BETRAYAL, THE ALPINE CHRISTMAS, THE ALPINE DECOY, THE ALPINE ESCAPE, THE ALPINE FURY, THE ALPINE GAMBLE, THE ALPINE HERO, THE ALPINE ICON, THE ALPINE JOURNEY, and (coming soon) THE ALPINE KINDRED.

--Joe Blades, Associate Publisher

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  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (July 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VS0N1E
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Can Bank On It May 8, 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Emma Lord, owner and publisher of The Alpine Advocate is wondering what is going on over at the bank.
The Bank Of Alpine, a small town family owned bank seems to be having some problem. Marv Peteren, bank president seems distracted and some of their customers aren't getting the proper service they're used to receiving.
CD's are missing when a customer attempts to cash theirs in, and checks aren't being mailed out for the customers who are using the bill paying services at the bank.
And things aren't helped when on an outing with her grandson, Vida Runkel, The Advocates, House and Home editor, stumbles across the body of Marv's daughter, Linda Lindhal, the bank bookkeeper, hidden in a hollow log in the forest.
Vida is more upset that finding the body may have done great harm to her sensitve "nightmare brat" of a grandson, and is determined to help Emma find the killer.
Local sheriff, Milo Dodge seems to think that's his job and try as he might, he can't get Emma to stop investigating, which leads her to almost being killed when she comes face to face with the murderer.
Emma's phone conversations with her Catholic Priest brother, Ben and her college son, Adam. Adam's currently in Arizona, going to school, having already been to Universities in Hawaii and Alaska. I think he's working his way backwards through the states, from the 50th, 49th & now in the 48th. Ben is very funny and reminds me of a priest I used to know.
Emma's employee's are becoming more and more involved in the storylines and they're all a hoot. Vida is involved, the most, but now office manager, Ginny Burmeister and Carla Steinmetz, who has a journalistic degree, but can't seem to spell anything correctly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Problems at the Alpine Bank December 16, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Something's going on at the Alpine Bank and nobody seems to know what it is. Newspaper editor Emma Lord suspects that there will be a merger or a buyout, either scenario guaranteed to upset the residents of Alpine, a small Washington town nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Emma and her friend Vida begin to do some investigating, and suddenly things are complicated by the death of a prominent bank employee. There are several red herrings when, as usual, suspicion is first directed at newcomers and outsiders. Emma succeeds in aggravating the town sheriff, Milo, with her meddling, but eventually the murderer is brought to justice. If you enjoy this book, start at the beginning and work your way through the Alpine series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of this series so far I think. December 18, 2014
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I'm glad I didn't give up on this series after the first book. The books get better as you read them in order. I still think that so many characters all of whom seem to be related in some way and all most all related to her friend and employee gets confusing. One feels they should make a list of each character as they show up in the books in order to refer back to it later. This book still has that characteristic but there don't seem to be so many characters and one is able to follow the story more easily. I like stories where I can actually pick up clues of what is going on about half way through but still have no idea who may be the guilty party. I enjoyed this book on a day when I wasn't feeling very well and spent the day in bed. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the other books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Cozy Read January 26, 2014
By Lynn T.
Format:Kindle Edition
The Alpine Fury is the 6th book in the Emma Lord series. Emma owns a weekly newspaper in Alpine Wa. She is the Editor and has 4 employees. Strange events are happening at the Alpine Bank. CDs are being lost and proxy account bills are not being paid on time. A bank auditor arrives from the Bank Of Washington. Rumors fly that there will be a merger. An owner family member who is a bookkeeper at the bank is murdered. Emma and Vida,the house and home editor, start to investigate. They want the story for the newspaper and because they are both curious.

I've read the previous 5 books in the series and it has been a few months since I read an Emma Lord mystery. I realized while reading it how good it felt to be back reading about Emma, Milo, Vida and the other secondary characters. The characters feel like friends. I chuckled several times at Emma and Vida. The relationships between the characters make this an interesting series to read. Leo is a newly added character to the town of Alpine. He was introduced in the previous book that took place outside of Alpine. The mystery portion of the book was good and wasn't easy to solve. This was my favorite book so far in the Alpine series.
I am looking forward to reading the next book The Alpine Gamble.
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3.0 out of 5 stars easy read September 7, 2013
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It Helps to read the books in order. It has a Good story line. I enjoyed it and will continue reading the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series! August 6, 2013
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I love finding an author that has written a great series of books. Vida is my favorite character...she calls them like she sees them. If Vida were in the fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes, she would be the one setting the emperor straight!
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More About the Author

Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a degree in communciation from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series and the mother of three daughters.

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