Members of the Burl Creek Thimble Club, a quilting circle in small-town Alpine, Washington, are planning a fete to welcome back Genevieve Bayard, who left the group, and Alpine, decades ago. But Gens homecoming is cut decidedly short when she dies at a dinner party. Emma Lord, owner and publisher of the local newspaper, The Alpine Advocate, immediately arrives on the scene to report the incident and sleuth her way to the truth.
Though it appears that Gen wasnt adored by everyone in the Alpine community, her untimely death still comes as a shock. To help solve the mystery, Emma turns to Vida Runkel, the Advocates trusty House & Home editor. Such a notorious story would normally have Vida chomping at the bit, but to Emmas surprise Vida is hesitant, even downright unwilling to get involved.
The demise of Genevieve Bayard, however, isnt the only crime in Alpine. There has been a rash of burglaries, including at Emmas own cozy log cabin. Are the break-ins and the murder connected? As Emma digs, she uncovers a shocking scandal that may point the finger of guilt at one of her nearest and dearest . . . while single-handedly changing the history of Alpine itself.
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"Daheim sympathetically portrays the small mountain town and its denizens, particularly Emma and her brother, Ben, a priest who's serving as St. Mildred's interim rector." - PW
"Daheim fans will welcome another encounter with the ever-enchanting Emma." - Booklist
"Cosy mystery...amiably captures the rhythms and crosscurrents of small-town life, even though Alpine sometimes seems overwhelmed by its enormous cast.' - Kirkus Reviews
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Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim
has been fascinated by story-telling since early childhood. She first listened,
then read, and finally began to write her own fiction when she was ten. A
journalism major at the University of Washington, she was the first female
editor of The Daily where she attracted national attention with her
editorial stance against bigotry.
After getting her B.A., she worked in newspapers and public relations, but in her spare time she tried her hand at novels. In 1983, Daheims first historical romance was published, followed by a half-dozen more before she switched genres to her original fictional love, mysteries, in 1991. Just Desserts and Fowl Prey, the first books in the Bed-and-Breakfast series were released in 1991. A year later...
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