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Praise for Mary Daheim and her Emma Lord mysteries
“Always entertaining.”—The Seattle Times
“Mary Daheim writes with wit, wisdom, and a big heart. I love her books.”—Carolyn Hart
“Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style, and obvious wicked enjoyment.”—The Oregonian
“The characters are great, and the plots always attention-getting.”—King Features Syndicate
“Even the most seasoned mystery fans are caught off-guard by [Daheim’s] clever plot twists.”—BookLoons Reviews
“Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

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 sixty 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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  • File Size: 3011 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TSC10C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Zendel on May 9, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
In this latest entry of this long running-series, small-town newspaper publisher Emma Lord and her small staff are working on a series about the opening of RestHaven, the new rehabilitation/mental health facility in town. Emma and Sheriff Milo Dodge have both finally realized what they mean to each other and the town is abuzz over their engagement. The accidental (or is it?) death of one of the town’s residents, family issues, and scandalous goings-on at RestHaven conspire to keep Emma and Dodge away from each other.

I love this series. Emma’s life is what mine might have been, had I made different choices. The author’s description of life on a small town newspaper is exactly the one I lived when I worked on such a paper. (The cops used to tell me what I did on my dates and my marriage to a town official made the front page of the paper. Really.) Reading this series is like visiting with old friends. Okay, and some annoying relatives I could live without. I cheer for Emma’s successes and feel sadness at her difficulties. And I’m so happy she’s finally getting a little happiness. First time readers might be overwhelmed with all the characters, but if you start from the beginning (the Alpine Advocate), the series is easier to follow.

I notice some reviewers complaining about the relationship between Milo and Emma. True, she does tend to his needs more so than in past books, but there is reciprocity. I see it as them growing older and wiser and realizing their value to each other more, rather than Emma giving up a piece of herself to keep him. Having lived that kind of relationship, I find it entirely believable as well.

Some extended series become tiresome for me, but not this one. I eagerly await each new book. I see where the author is contemplating extending this series past the letter Z and that makes me very happy. Over the years, I have come to regard Emma as a kind of friend, and I would be very sad to think she was no more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Farage on January 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Emma Lord and the Alpine Advocate staff is working on a special edition to celebrate the opening of RestHaven, the new rehab and mental health facility in Alpine during this quiet February. All Sheriff Milo Dodge wants to do is enjoy his engagement to Emma. However, when Wayne Eriks is electrocuted during a storm, both Milo and Emma realize that the accident may not be as its seems. To also complicate things, one of the town's leaders is sure that someone is trying to kill him and that the Sheriff is doing little to find the perpetrator. And only to make matters worse, their are whispers of problems at the high school. Even Vida is acting a bit mysterious.... So, it appears that Alpine is not really that quiet after all.

The story lines may look confusing but this is another well-written book by Ms. Daheim. Although I admit my greatest interest was following Milo and Emma's story with their engagement and family issues, I also enjoyed the mystery. There are enough turns to keep you guessing through out the book with answers that make sense. I'm already waiting for Alpine 'Y'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rhonda on March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover

The Alpine Xanadu: An Emma Lord Mystery #24

This is my first time reading an Emma Lord mystery their is a lot of history that I don't know so at times I was a little lost and others why this was important to the story. I imangine if your a long time fan you would like this more than me at times.

The Characters are well developed and you can tell most of them have been around along time with full backgrounds. Emma and the Sheriff sometimes I wondered at their relationship the way they talked to each other or yell. Other times I was laughing at them and with them.
Emma is the owner of a newspaper and online news for the town of Alpine. Their is a radio station that is competition for the news. Vida works for both of them. She is mad at the Sheriff for something in the past. She knows everything that is going on unless it has to do with her blind spot Roger.
Their is a new rehab and mental health center opening up. They keep lots of secerets. Close by a man fixing something is killed. It seems to be accident or was it.
One of Emma's reporter does not realize that the Sheriff is living with her. He does not trust the sheriff.
The Sheriff's daughter has come to town after she has some problems and feels only safe living with him. So he moves back to his house for a while. He plans to sell his house and wants to expand Emma's and keeps getting bigger and bigger. She is worried how they will be able to pay for it.

Their is lots of small town information in the story that makes it nice to know. I wish I had read earlier stories about Emma Lord seems like a lot goes on for a small town. I will be on the lookout for more of Mary's work in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
01/29/2013 PUB Random House Publishing Group Ballantine 336 pages
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've hung into this series since the first book. But now I'm really ready to cancel my subscription to the Advocate! What a hot mess this is with Milo and Emma doing the nasty and heading for the alter. The tension of their relationship was what made it fun, and also the possibility that each found other people to romance. Nope this was a lousy storyline, and an end to some of the characters I'd enjoyed so much. Parting will be such sweet sorrow. Since I have the next book on my tablet I will put a fork in it too and call it done.
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