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Alpine Gamble: An Emma Lord Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Mary Daheim
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Book Description

The big story is the five million dollar luxury spa that Los Angeles real estate developers want to build around Alpine's mountainside mineral springs--hot news and fierce controversy for Advocate readers, and for the paper's editor and publisher, Emma Lord.
Pro-spa Alpiners cite the prospect of sorely needed new jobs. Those against it predict glitz, sleaze, and an avalanche of "Californicators." No one foresees the murder that shocks the town. Aided by her House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, and tongue-tied Sheriff Milo Dodge, Emma lines up her biggest, blackest headlines and goes hunting--for a brilliant killer and the strange story behind an almost perfect crime. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this seventh Emma Lord adventure, the Alpine Advocate editor copes with her small Washington town's hostility toward California realtors who want to develop the hot springs. The death of of a realtor halts the deal. Vida Runkel, Emma's able home editor, spreads gossippy tales that "breed around this town like mosquitoes in a pond." As in most soap-opera small towns, everyone knows everyone else's doings. Sheriff Milo Dodge is dumber than anything Mayberry had to offer and pigheadedly refuses to veer off the beaten path. Unfortunately, the only surprise in this predictable, mundane book is Emma's interest in him. More interaction with priestly brother Ben and his Indian congregation might have added interest.
Copyright 1996 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345396413
  • Publisher: Fawcett (December 24, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mineral Springs Spa Gets Too Hot May 13, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With the lumber business almost stopped, Alpine needs some new business to get the citizens employed and revitalize the town.
But that doesn't include business from California. Blake Fannucci and Stan Levine have arrived in Alpine to put together a 5 million dollar luxury spa at Alpine's mineral springs.
It's not much of a mineral spring and it's located on the side of a mountain, but they have already purchased the land from county commissioner, Leonard Hollenberg and it looks like things are going ahead as planned.
Until Stan Levine, winds up dead on the property.
With dozens of suspects, Emma Lord, owner and editor of the local paper, The Alpine Advocate decides Sheriff Milo Dodge needs her help in solving it.
Who wanted him dead? Scott & Beverly Melville, recent arrivals from California. Scott is a architect who won the bid to build the spa and there are rumors about some house he built in California falling down.
Skye Piersall a radical enviornmentalist who is trying to get the project shut down, but did she have a more personal relationship with Stan?
One of the townspeople who are violently opposed to the spa, including Rip Ridley the high school coach who used his speech at the awards banquet to blast Californians coming to town and ruining it. All faithfully recorded and printed by Emma's "star" reporter Carla Steinmetz.
Emma's worried that Milo is over his head and that he isn't looking in the right places. He's reluctant to question Skye Piersall after he discovers that she's a friend and is staying with his on again / off again girlfriend Honoria Whitman.
But Emma manages to get him on track to solve what almost turns out to be a perfect crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Cozy Series March 30, 2014
By Lynn T.
Format:Kindle Edition
Alpine Washington needs jobs for its future and for the livelihood of its residents. Some developers are interested in developing a spa on a mountain that has hot springs. Still many of the residents oppose the building of the spa due to change to the environment on the mountain. Another big reason, is that the developers are from out of state so they are not trusted. About the time, when everything seems to be coming together for the building of the spa, a murder occurs.

Emma Lord the owner and editor of the Alpine Advocate, a weekly local newspaper, starts to investigate. Emma is naturally curious plus she wants news for her newspaper. Even if she wasn't a journalist, she would still become involved due to her personality. I did not have the mystery solved until the author chose to disclose it.

One of the reasons that this is one of my favorite cozy reads, is the characters. They are developed from book to book and as a reader you start caring for them. They are a likable group. Emma, Milo (the sheriff), Leo (the ad manager) and perhaps one of the most entertaining Vida(home and garden). There is always humor in the books. For me as a reader now of the first 7 books, the series seems to get even more enjoyable. That can't be said for some series where the opposite can happen. Looking forward to reading the next Alpine adventure, The Alpine Hero.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know Alpine May 2, 2013
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I am enjoying Mary Daheim's Emma Lord series. Like a comfortable friend..I catch up on what's going on in Alpine as I read a good mystery. Her characters change, succeed, and/or fail very much like life. I look forward to each novel as I go through the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great author!!! August 2, 2014
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I love her books and am slowly working my way through all the Emma Lord mysteries. Will start Bed and Breakfast next. I recommend starting at the beginning as I tried to read one of the later ones and the number of characters was daunting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series keeps getting better. December 21, 2014
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As I've said before, this series just gets better as it goes along. Emma is just so human in her inability to force her son to grow up while all the time she can see what she needs to do. You can also see in this book the first ideas forming in her head that the man she has been devoted to for over 20 years simply was never worth that devotion. The mystery is interesting and there is a nice surprise ending. I'm afraid that Milo, the sheriff, remains as I've described him before which is close minded, bigoted, lazy, incompetent and not very likeable. The fact that she seems to be beginning to form an attachment to him is proof of her desperation to get away from "Tom" and all the hurt that relationship has brought.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Foreign" developers come to Alpine December 24, 2001
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The small town of Alpine, Washington, is in desperate need of development to revitalize its economy. However, when developers from California want to build a multi-million dollar spa there, the fur begins to fly. The locals don't want their land taken over by outsiders and they oppose their fellow citizen's plans to sell a prime plot of land to the developers. The plot thickens when one of the Californians is killed, and suspects are everywhere. Emma Lord, owner and editor of the Alpine Advocate, does her own private sleuthing, staying just ahead of the reliable but unimaginative town sheriff, Milo Dodge, in solving the crime. This is another good "cozy" from consistant author, Mary Daheim.
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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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