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The Alpine Advocate by Mary Daheim

The Alpine Advocate (1992)

by Mary Daheim

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When Emma Lord, single mother and publisher-editor of a small Washington newspaper, takes in one of her son's friends, she finds herself involved in a murder investigation when the son of one of the town's richest families is killed. I found Emma and her possible romantic triangle a little tedious, but I liked her sidekick, the ascerbic society writer for the paper. The plot was competently spun and I may decide to read more of the series. ( )
  Bjace | Oct 29, 2012 |
This first in a series introduces Emma Lord, the newspaper editor of The Advocate, a small-town paper.Together with her assistant, Vida Runkel, and local sheriff, Milo Dodge, Emma solves a mysterious death and deals with her son and sometimes long-distance boyfriend. ( )
  elliezann | Nov 18, 2009 |
A good start to a GREAT series. ( )
  TWUMLS2009 | Apr 22, 2008 |
Emma Lord is a wonderfully independent woman, a journalist of the big city of Seattle, who has purchased the little town newspaper of Alpine, a fictional town, but one based on the destroyed town, where Mary Daheim’s family once lived. Emma has invested her life and welfare in it. As the outsider, she must adjust to the local controls, the old-timers already in place on her staff, and to the expectations of a town who sees her as NEW. Her Catholic faith, her love of the wrong, and very unavailable man, and her love for a son with growing pains, and her brother, the charitable priest, give her substance the reader can sympathize with.
Her very first outing pits her against the wealthiest and most powerful man in the town and his arrogant family. She manages to prevail, at least in the matter of finding the bad guy in the first not one, but two murders in the town since the roaring boom days. ( )
  siubhank | Oct 4, 2007 |
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The debut of the Emma Lord murder mystery series.
After a year as publisher-editor of the Alpine Advocate, Emma Lord feels fine about her move to this small town in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains. What she really needs for her paper, though, is a big story. And she gets it--when handsome Mark Doukas, grandson of rich, old Neeny Doukas is murdered. Emma discovers that trying to get straight answers out of Neeny and his thin-lipped son is like poking a nest of sleeping rattlesnakes. What begins with an innocent story about the murdered man, ends with Emma conducting the most interesting, and probably the last, interview of her career from the wrong end of a .38....

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Sassy, intelligent, single mother Emma Lord has always wanted to own a newspaper. And when she inherits half a million dollars from an ex-boyfriend, she is able to do just that. She buys The Alpine Advocate, local paper of the sleepy town of Alpine, Washington. Unfortunately, there's not much to write about in a small town. But then the murders start, and Emma finds that not only does she have front-page stories to write, she also has killers to uncover! Family drama reaches a fever pitch when rich old Neeny Doukas' handsome grandson Mark Doukas is found murdered. Evidence suggests that Mark's brother Chris, the black sheep of the Dooukas clan, may be to blame, but suddenly everyone in the family is acting suspicious. Emma and her trusted assistant Vida, who knows everyone in Alpine and is related to most of them, are on the case!… (more)

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