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Product Details

  • Series: Emma Lord Mysteries (Book 24)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624063152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624063152
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,924,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mary Daheim is a Seattle native with a degree in communication 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. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series and the mother of three daughters.

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Tanya Eby has a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Grand Valley State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Tanya has had a series of jobs: clerk for one day at Victoria's Secret, assistant at Carnegie Hall for nine months, voiceover performer for ten years and writer for as long as she can remember. She has two quirky children and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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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 6 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Things are crazy in Alpine! RestHaven, a new rehab and mental health facility is finally opening and the Advocate staff in on deadline to get the feature out that will introduce it to the community. The town is buzzing about the news that Emma and Sheriff Milo Dodge are engaged. Then that fool Wayne Eriks has climbed an electric pole in the middle of a storm and got himself electrocuted. Or did he? Something is not adding up for the sheriff. Add to that allegations that someone's trying to kill the richest man in town . . . or whispers of a rash of indecent behavior at the local high school... and Vida Runkel, the Advocate's stalwart House & Home editor, disappears into thin air. Milo and Emma have no time to even think about a wedding. They have too many mysteries to solve. Their happiness will just have to wait.

Every visit to Alpine is entertaining and fun! This edition is jam packed with action and keeps the reader on their toes. Twists and turns galore. It is hard not to get caught up in the tangled web of these characters lives.

I don't know if my husband could away with some of the comments the sheriff makes to Emma but for Milo they just fit. Emma and Milo have grown into that comfy couple. They respect each other but at times one of them wants to strangle the other. When you talk about characters evolving over the life of a series Emma and Milo are excellent examples.

Now Vida is the one I want to strangle. She needs to take off one of those huge hats and hit her grandson Roger with it! That kid needs to grow up and get on with his life and she needs to stop coddling him. She is an absolute treasure to Alpine. Who else who keep all these friends, foes and relatives straight? but she is not helping that boy a bit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By avid on September 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I can't give this terrible book any stars at all, but unfortunately I had to give it one in order to write this review. I have read all the previous Alpine series books as well as her Bed and Breakfast series. Unfortunately, Emma has lost all self respect and independence, which was so rewarding in the beginning books. Is Mary Daheim having personal marital or emotional problems? Milo is nothing but a bully and abusive! And, Emma is letting him get away with it!!! In this book, there are so many characters that you lose track of any plot (three that I can count) and most of these characters have nothing to do with any plots. I'm glad this series is coming to an end---I think Mary Daheim has lost all perspective in writing now as she makes her main character in both series mean, disgusting and belittling of the other cast of characters. It's time this author put an end to her writing career. b
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rosenberg on February 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the Alpine mysteries. This was a very good one because it gave me more insight into the Sheriff's character. However, the mystery itself was confusing due to so many locals being involved and my not being able to recall their interconnections. Even in the end I wasn't sure "who dun it." Also, I missed Emma and Vida working together to solve the mystery.

But I did enjoy the book very much. The atmosphere is excellent and Daheim is well in control of all the characters and their histories even if I'm not!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Finally! (Spoiler alert: they get married). Will Emma Lord have peace in her personal life? Can she give up the ghost of Tom Cavanaugh? Sorry for this to be the "X" in the series....don't want it to end after two more books. Maybre she can write Alpine gen 2 books.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Justice on February 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
What I like is Vida and most of the crazy Alpine gang. What is hard to stomach, is the way the Sheriff treats and talks to Emma. It really does not ring very true to me that she would put up with him.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Semrau on May 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was quite disappointed with this book· Having read all the other books in this series, I was completely turned off by Emma and Milo in this book. Emma Lord is a strong and independent woman and this character became nothing more than a cook and servant to Milo. He demands steak, lobsters, pork chops and Emma runs out to purchase and cook whatever he demands. He comes in and takes over her house. He expects her to play second fiddle to his 32 year old daughter. Emma is not the strong woman she was. She is so desperate to become his bride that she loses her sense of self. The mystery was muddled and confused and played a back seat to the Emma and Milo romance. All in all, a big disappointment.
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