The Alpine Scandal

The Alpine Scandal

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Welcome to mystery loversa€™ favorite destination: Alpine, Washington, Mary Daheima€™s picturesque old logging town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. From the Venison Inn to the Upper Crust Bakery, Front Street is jumpinga€“and the nerve center of the community is the office of The Alpine Advocate, Emma Lorda€™s weekly newspaper, which keeps folks up to speed on everything from joyous weddings to sudden, violent death. THE ALPINE SCANDAL Ita€™s a quiet morning at the Advocate until the mail brings shocking news: a formal obituary for Alpiner Elmer Nystrom. As far as anyone knows, Elmer is alive and well. But he hasna€™t turned up for work, so Emma and her unstoppable House a Home editor, Vida Runkel, rush to the Nystrom home, where they find Elmera€™s lifeless body in the henhouse, half buried under straw. Not only has he been murdered, but his obituary had been mailed before he died. Though Elmer was well liked by everyone, the same cannot be said of his standoffish wife or his son, the towna€™s new orthodontist. Rumors flya€“straight into the office of the Advocate. Why did Dr. Nystroma€™s new receptionist resign at the end of her first day? Why are the Nystromsa€™ neighbors so close-mouthed? Who mailed that prophetic obituary? With Sheriff Milo Dodge in the hospital, ita€™s up to Emma and Vida to get to the bottom of the tragedy. Alpiners love scandal, and with Elmera€™s murder, theya€™ll get their fill. The Alpine Scandal, number nineteen in this bestselling series, is as suspenseful and charming as its predecessors, a delicious look into the life of a small town where all inhabitants know one anothera€“just not as well as they thought. From the Hardcover edition.While I was grateful to Milo for stalling Spence, I knew that the story would break over the radio before we could go to press. Elmera#39;s ... Spence reached in front of me to remove one of the plasticcovered menus from behind the napkin holder.

Title:The Alpine Scandal
Author: Mary Daheim
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2008-01-29

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