The Alpine Vengeance

The Alpine Vengeance

An Emma Lord Mystery

Book - 2011
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Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the charming little hamlet of Alpine is welcoming Thanksgiving with open arms, while Emma Lord, editor and publisher of The Alpine Advocate, feels her spirits sink. There will be no family and no friends-not even Sheriff Milo Dodge-to share the day. How, she wonders, has she managed to screw up her life so badly?

But on the Monday after the holiday, a call from Sheriff Dodge concerning a trio of alarming unsigned letters he has received leaves Emma no time to wallow. The writer asserts the wrongful murder conviction ten years ago of Larry Petersen, a onetime Alpine resident who has recently died in prison. The real culprit, the letters declare, has made a deathbed confession of the crime. Neither Emma nor Milo recognizes the repentant killer's name. Even Emma's stalwart House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, from whom no Alpine secrets are hid, is baffled. They decide that the whole thing must be a twisted prank.

Then a fourth letter arrives, threatening that if swift action isn't taken to right this alleged perversion of justice there will be another death-most likely Emma's or Milo's. As rumors of a coming homicide spread along Front Street, a ripple of panic runs through the Valley of the Sky.

Is Milo the real target? Is Emma in danger? Should Vida run for cover under one of her biggest hats? Mary Daheim's new Emma Lord novel is a rich and authentic blend of small-town life and chilling menace.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345502575
9780345502582
Branch Call Number: DAHE
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Aug 19, 2015

I picked up V and W off the shelf not knowing that there ate 26 books in the series, and that you NEED to start at the beginning! I have since gone back to Alpine A and worked my way through. I reread this in order and just loved it. Since I have the background, the parts that confused me before seem like intrusions now--do I really need to be told about Emma's on-again, off-again affair with Milo after having lived it with her? Still I do recommend this book--but only after reading the first 11 books in the series.

ehbooklover May 04, 2011

Too many characters and relationships to keep track of. The mystery involves a cold case from a previous novel ("The Alpine Fury") which I read ages ago and didn't remember. An average read, but I did enjoy the re-emergence of Emma and Milo's relationship. If you are interested in reading this series, do yourself a favour and start at the very beginning.

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