The Alpine Recluse

The Alpine Recluse

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For many mystery readers, Alpine, Washingtona€“Mary Daheima€™s fictional small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountainsa€“has become a beloved second home, a delicious retreat from the stresses of life. Yet the editor of The Alpine Advocate, Emma Lord, knows all too well that the picturesque old logging town is loaded with scandal: family feuds, illicit romance, chicanery, and sometimes deadly violence. THE ALPINE RECLUSE 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 a Home editor, Vida Runkel, rushes in where angels fear to tread: straight into the private lives of some of Alpinea€™s most respectablea€“and now terminally edgya€“citizens. But neither Emma nor Vida suspects the unbelievable truth. From the Hardcover edition.Doe Jameson must have been the only woman in Alpine who wasna#39;t susceptible to Scotta#39;s considerable charms. ... Milo had stopped Doe, apparently giving her some instructions. ... The reference to my archrival, Spencer Fleetwood, made me realize that I hadna#39;t seen the radio station owner at the current scene of breaking anbsp;...

Title:The Alpine Recluse
Author: Mary Daheim
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2006-03-28

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