Emma Lord is back and better than ever! This time around, the amateur detective partners up with a rookie sleuth to investigate a string of murders in her beloved Alpine, Washington. For a small town nestled in the Cascade Mountains' foothills, picturesque Alpine provides more than enough headlines to fill the pages of editor and publisher Emma Lord's Alpine Advocate. The Labor Day edition's lead story features controversial timber baron Jack Blackwell's scheme to become Skykomish county manager. But the recent strangling deaths of two young women are all anyone can talk about. After a third body is found, Emma's husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, suspects there's a serial killer in their midst. The latest victim is the sister of a dashing newcomer rumored to be working for Blackwell. "Black Jack," as he's known to his non-admirers, has a long-standing rivalry with Milo. To discover if there's any connection between the mogul and the murders, Emma recruits the Advocate's receptionist, Alison Lindahl, to do a little digging. Still recovering from a recent breakup, Alison welcomes the distraction. But when the investigation puts the eager protege in the line of fire, Emma worries that the cub reporter's career will be over before it even begins. Praise for Alpha Alpine "Part of what makes this series so great is touching base with the characters, returning to the idyllic locale of Alpine, and spying on all the drama and mayhem. ...?ans of Emma Lord will love this one, but this one might [also] be a great place for people who haven't read the series to jump on board."-The Book Review "Full of drama and action...? really tried to slow down and savor this book, but that was almost impossible...? I am already anxiously waiting for the next Emma Lord Mystery."-Escape with Dollycas "I always know I can count on a good read with a Mary Daheim book."-My Merri Way
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