The Alpine Zen

The Alpine Zen

An Emma Lord Mystery

Book - 2015
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"The installment in Mary Daheim's beloved and long-running small-town murder mystery series featuring newspaper editor-publisher Emma Lord. An unsettling visit from Ren Rawlings, a strange young woman in search of the mother who abandoned her, sparks Emma's curiosity--especially when the woman suddenly collapses and lands in the hospital. Matters become even more baffling when Emma's husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, finds a corpse and Ren claims that the remains are those of her father. Under ordinary circumstances, Emma would enlist the aid of House & Home Editor Vida Runkel to help sort through the latest mysterious doings, but Vida hasn't been herself lately. Adding to Emma and Milo's problems, is a stalker loose in Alpine, leaving the couple scrambling to protect the small town's citizens. But the most shocking turn of events comes when circumstances force Emma to seek out the reclusive artist Craig Laurentis--only to discover that Ren Rawlings is eager to get to him first"--
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345535351
9780804177481
Characteristics: 330 pages ; cm

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LauraSteinert
Oct 03, 2015

I started at A and worked my way through (after a mistake of picking my first Alpine at random) and have found this very engaging. I am not sorry to see the series end, but I am going to miss Vida and Leo. Yes, 26 books may seem like a task, but each one is well done and worth the time it takes to sort out the enormous cast of characters. Should I live long enough, I might read the whole series again in 10 years. It is that good.

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reeread
Sep 30, 2015

There are times when I wish there were a few more letters in the alphabet.

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Roundcat
Apr 29, 2015

Since Daheim has reached 'Z', I'm going to assume that this may be the last book in this series. She reached a very amenable give and take relationship with Emma and Milo, which I wish would continue. This book did bring the reader up to date on the past history of Alpine and its denizens by having the characters bring one another up to date conversationally on things that happened previously. This worked much better than some of the earlier books in the series. The mystery solutions were more than usually interesting and the ending left Vida, Emma and Milo riding herd on the town of Alpine as they move off into the sunset.

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