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The Alpine Recluse

An Emma Lord Mystery

by Mary Daheim

The Alpine Recluse
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2006
    336 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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In the middle of a hot midsummer night, Emma is awakened by fire trucks rushing to a blaze at the nearby home of newlyweds Tim and Tiffany Rafferty. At daybreak, Tiffany and her unborn child are safe, but Tim, never blessed with good luck in all his thirty-plus years, has perished in the fierce conflagration. Sheriff Milo Dodge suspects murder and arson, and rumors fly from the Burger Barn and Mugs Ahoy to the Grocery Basket and the Venison Inn. Some swear the Rafferty marriage was crumbling. Others hint at stock fraud. A few mention momentary sightings of a possibly mad recluse known as Old Nick.

Sacrificing the heady enticements of a budding romance to nail down a great story, Emma shifts into high investigative gear while her fearless House & Home editor, Vida Runkel, rushes in where angels fear to tread: straight into the private lives of some of Alpine’s most respectable–and now terminally edgy–citizens. But neither Emma nor Vida suspects the unbelievable truth.

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"The ending is a bit of a cheat, but if you prefer your mysteries small, insular and chatty, Daheim is your gal." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Well-drawn characters and a complex crime are a winning combination in Daheim's 18th Emma Lord mystery." - Publishers Weekly.

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Mary Daheim Author Biography

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, Daheim’s 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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