The Alpine Recluse

by Mary Daheim

Ballantine, April, 2006.
Hardcover, 320 pages.
ISBN: 0345468147

The Alpine Recluse by Mary Daheim The small town of Alpine, Washington is being subjected to a most unusual heat wave and the residents are dreaming of cooler climes. When the house of feuding couple Tim and Tiffany Rafferty burns to the ground, the town is shocked when Tim's body is found in the debris. But it gets worse: Tim was killed with a blunt instrument before the fire started and the fire appears to be caused by arson. Emma Lord, editor of the local newspaper and seasoned amateur sleuth, sets out to find a murderer, but it's not easy in a town where passions run deep and everyone seems to have a secret they'd like to remain hidden. Eccentric and interesting characters, a thoughtfully drawn puzzle and wonderful local color explain why the Emma Lord series is so popular with cozy mystery readers.

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This review was published in the April, 2006 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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