The Alpine Pursuit
ISBN: 0345447921
EAN13: 9780345447920
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 29, 2005
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 6.69" L x 4.17" W
Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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As her myriad of fans can attest, USA Today bestselling author Mary Daheim creates wonderful mysteries peopled with marvelous characters as quirky as they are endearing. The Seattle Times says Daheim is one of the brightest stars in our city's literary constellation--and the popularity of her irresistible Pacific Northwest crime series has swept across the nation. Now the unfaltering Emma Lord is back in her highly anticipated hardcover debut.
For a small town newspaper like The Alpine Advocate, a new play at the local community college is big news. Editor and publisher Emma Lord is duty-bound to attend opening night, but expects the amateur enterprise will serve only as a cure for insomnia. The play is dubbed a black comedy, but the only laughs Emma gets are from the bad acting and the wretched script. And while the turgid production makes Wagner's Ring cycle seem like a vignette, the real drama begins just before the final curtain.
Hans Berenger, dean of students, wasn't well known or well liked around Alpine, but the audience found his death scene genuinely convincing--until they realized he wasn't acting. No one can say how or when the blanks in the prop gun were replaced with the real bullets that killed Berenger, but the list of suspects reads like a playbill of the cast and crew. They all had opportunity, access, and their own axes to grind with the Read More chevron_right

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   One of the better books in this series.
This is one of the better books. It was an interesting story and I didn't know who did it or why, but it was fascinating. I have said before that Emma continues her grieving over Tom who actually avoided marrying her by dying when all else failed. I wish someone close to her would tell her to stop grieving over a man who had not cared enough to marry her in nearly 30 years and who was unlikely to marry her now. I'm pretty sure one of his kids would have needed him. He is dead and out of the way, except for her constant weeping over him. Milo continues to be lazy dense, stubborn and not really lover or sheriff material, but still, there is in every book, the same guy. This is an interesting story, as I said.
   Death of a Dean
The Alpine Obituary was not as good as The Alpine Pursuit. The editor of the local paper in Alpine is Emma Lord. She is forced to attend a local drama production by her neighbor. The Dean of Students at the local community college is killed when the blanks in the stage prop gun prove to be real when a shooting scene becomes reality. Milo, the town sheriff, and Emma's on- again off- again boyfriend are in charge of the investigation. She found that many people disliked Dean and had a motive for killing him. Emma was able to identify the killer due to recurring themes of dogs and drugs. The Emma Lord Mystery Series has a good entry in this one.
The fox terrier has a broken neck. A donkey is being tortured. A German Shepherd is trained to kill. What was going on with this animal abuse? It soured me on the whole series and the author, and made me not like the book at all. The series has been the better of the two, but it is starting to lose steam. She is one of the most annoying characters around and needs to be killed off. Get off the fence with Milo. It's difficult to keep track of all the colorful characters because there's too many. It's definitely not a good effort.
I have always liked this writer's 2 series, but the last few have been hard to get through. They have turned into tons of words that are meaningless. It is sad that time was spent writing this book. For the sake of the reading public, it's time to end both series.