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The Alpine Zen

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The Alpine Zen

Emma Lord Mystery Series, Book 26

As an early summer heat wave beats down on Alpine, Emma and her staff are treading very lightly. For unfathomable reasons, the paper's House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, is in a major snit, refusing to speak to her colleagues. So when a peculiar young woman walks in claiming her parents have been murdered, and that she's in mortal danger, too, it fits right in with the rest of the craziness. Then, to the utter bafflement of her colleagues, Vida vanishes without a word to anyone. And just when Emma and her husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, start to unsnarl these tangles, a male body, dead too long to identify, surfaces at the town dump - making what seemed merely weird feel downright sinister.

As an early summer heat wave beats down on Alpine, Emma and her staff are treading very lightly. For unfathomable reasons, the paper's House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, is in a major snit, refusing to speak to her colleagues. So when a peculiar young woman walks in claiming her parents have been murdered, and that she's in mortal danger, too, it fits right in with the rest of the craziness. Then, to the utter bafflement of her colleagues, Vida vanishes without a word to anyone. And just when Emma and her husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, start to unsnarl these tangles, a male body, dead too long to identify, surfaces at the town dump - making what seemed merely weird feel downright sinister.

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  • 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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    February 23, 2015
    Set in 2005, Daheim’s engrossing 26th and final mystery featuring Alpine, Wash., newspaper publisher Emma Lord (after 2014’s The Alpine Yeoman) finds Emma worried about Vida Runkel, her House & Home editor at the Alpine Advocate. Vida is despondent over her grandson, Roger Hibbert, who’s serving a four-year prison term for luring teenage girls into prostitution. But Emma, happily married to Sheriff Milo Dodge for nearly a year, is soon occupied with the plight of another woman, Ren Rawlings, a high school art teacher in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where Ren settled with her adoptive parents at age 10. Ren, whose mother gave her up at birth, is sure that her mother was murdered, probably in Alpine, where she intends to stay until
    she finds the killer. A complex plot and a cast of vivid characters will keep readers turning the pages. Series fans will be sorry to see the last of Emma, Milo, and company.

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