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The Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim

The Alpine Winter

by Mary Daheim

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Minutes after I finished reading The Alpine Winter, I asked myself one question: Why? The second question was: What happened here? There were so many subplots, I’m not certain I could pick out the main plot. Maybe there isn’t one.

I’ve been reading this series since it began. It was much more to my liking than the author’s other series about a bed and breakfast owner in the Pacific Northwest. That one is just plain silly. The Emma Lord mysteries (of which The Alpine Winter is #22) always seemed a bit more serious, more realistic and with a much more likable protagonist. But The Alpine Winter seemed unfocused, silly, lacking in any semblance of reality.

And I found Emma incredibly annoying. I mean, here is a mature woman, a newspaper publisher/editor with a grown son and she’s acting like a 14-year-old with her first crush – and worried about what the rest of the world (including her son and brother, both Catholic priests) will think about her relationship. I wanted to slap her upside the head and say, “Grow up, lady!”

I am afraid that Emma and Milo Dodge Dodge (the local sheriff) may be headed to the altar, or at least to the local justice of the peace. I’m not sure I could tolerate much more of their silliness. I hate to say it, but this might just be the last Emma Lord Mystery I read. ( )
  NewsieQ | Dec 22, 2014 |
I have enjoyed the ride of this series for quite awhile now. This book seems to tie up all the loose ends and almost feels as if the author is bringing the series to a nice conclusion. If not, Emma's life is taking a new direction and the series will continue in that bend. ( )
  magnolia2 | Apr 27, 2013 |
I've not read this author before, so I was jumping into a series in progress, which can be a bit confusing. Were it not for multiple references to earlier events, this could have been a comfortable stand alone.

It felt as if there were too many characters and their story lines, but that's probably because I haven't read the whole series. The main characters were well drawn, though I found the 'Catholic' thing a bit ridiculous: how could anyone, even a priest, accuse an unwed Catholic mother of sin for being involved with a divorced man? ( )
  cfk | May 25, 2012 |
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For Jean Hopkins, whose dedication to high school students and patience with their parents' tardy tuition fees has made her a lifelong friend beyond Bishop Blanchet High School.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345502590, Hardcover)

The picturesque town of Alpine in Washington’s Cascade Mountains is decked out in holiday finery, but family troubles are brewing at the Alpine Advocate: Editor and publisher Emma Lord is fretting over how her brother and her son—both priests—will react when she confesses her passionate affair with Sheriff Milo Dodge; House & Home editor Vida Runkel realizes that her spoiled grandson has gone off the rails; and Emma’s star reporter goes AWOL after learning that his son has escaped from prison. And yet another Alpine family is singing the Christmas blues when Postmaster Roy Everson shows up with bones that may or not belong to his mother, who’s been missing for the last sixteen years.

But the most disturbing holiday dilemma is the body found in the cave on Mount Sawyer. The decomposed corpse is that of a mature male, so it can’t be Mama Everson. Is there a connection between this long-ago disappearance and the gruesome bones discovered earlier downstream on the Skykomish River?

When Milo returns from his own family ordeal in the Seattle suburbs, he and Emma find time away from the unnerving investigation to reunite. Their all-too-obvious ardor evokes not only Vida’s wrath but the attention of a dogged killer who thinks the lovers’ bliss is to die for . . . literally. Scandal, intrigue, desire, and untimely death are all pieces to this tantalizing puzzle. If anyone can put it together, it’s Emma . . . hopefully before a dangerous enemy tries to stop her—permanently. Mary Daheim’s Christmas installment in the Emma Lord mystery series is a deliciously chilling holiday treat.

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Christmas is anything but quiet in Alpine, Washington, after a body turns up in a cave and Emma Lord and her beau, Milo, are stalked by a killer.

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