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The Alpine Yeoman: An Emma Lord Mystery (Mass Market Paperbound)
Mary Daheim's bestselling novels, set in Alpine, a picturesque village tucked away in the Cascade Mountains, have charmed a generation of mystery lovers with suspenseful tales of the peril that bubbles up from below the serene surface of small-town life.
An ill wind blows through Alpine, but Advocate publisher Emma Lord and Sheriff Milo Dodge seem immune to the prevailing angst. The newlyweds domestic idyll is most definitely over when a dead man is discovered near the fish hatchery and nobody has a clue as to his identity. Vida Runkel may have insight, but Emma's redoubtable House & Home editor is mad at the world and saying little. Moreover, whispers of scandal travel through the quaint streets when some high school girls mysteriously take a walk on the wild side. And then Milo's dedicated deputy, Sam Heppner, a true yeoman, suddenly goes AWOL.
What's happening in Alpine? If Milo knows, he's not telling Emma. And Emma's again headed for trouble when she starts snooping. The situation grows even more fraught when a shocking link is revealed between the mystery corpse and one of Alpine's own, unearthing a long-buried dark secret. Tongues are wagging on Front Street and the gossip contains an air of menace. Meanwhile, Mary Daheim has written her best book yet.
Praise for The Alpine Yeoman
Daheim injects enough wit and color to make her tale more entertaining than the standard small-town mystery. Kirkus Reviews
A core of familiar characters adds charm to all Daheim's alphabet stories. Readers will find this new one similarly enjoyable. Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
A witty and wonderful story that will keep readers glued to the pages . . . This author should be given a pat on the back considering this is the twenty-fifth novel in the Emma Lord series . . . and each one just keeps getting better and better Suspense Magazine
This is the twenty-fifth Alpine mystery and Mary Daheim continues to delight readers with new twists and a wonderful and ever-evolving cast of eccentric characters. Highly recommended. I Love a Mystery
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
Witty one-liners and amusing characterizations. Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.
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 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 Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. Daheim lives in her hometown of Seattle and is a direct descendant of former residents of the real Alpine, which existed as a logging town from 1910 to 1929, when it was abandoned after the mill was closed. The Alpine/Emma Lord series has created interest in the site, which was named a Washington State ghost town in July 2011. An organization called the Alpine Advocates has been formed to preserve what remains of the town as a historic site. From the Hardcover edition."