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The Alpine Uproar: An Emma Lord Mystery    by Mary Daheim order for
Alpine Uproar
by Mary Daheim
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Ballantine, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this 21st installment of the popular Pacific Northwest mystery series starring Emma Lord, the editor of The Alpine Advocate weekly, finds herself with two blockbuster stories.

The residents of the small community in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains are jarred by an auto accident that leaves two people dead and another on life support. Competing for front page space in the community's paper with the tragic accident is the strange death of a local loner who was killed in a drunken brawl at a local tavern. Although there are plenty of witnesses to the fight, Sheriff Milo Dodge gets nothing but conflicting stories about what actually happened and who was involved.

From Front Street to River Road, from Stella's Styling Salon to the Burger Barn and the Icicle Creek Tavern, rumors are flying about both events. Both the sheriff and Emma want to know if the two tragedies are linked in some inexplicable way. It's a toss up who will find the connection first, but the smart money in Skykomish County is betting on the editor of The Alpine Advocate!

Don't try to second guess Mary Daheim. After writing over fifty novels she has mastered the knack of keeping her reader off balance. Even the most seasoned mystery fans are caught off guard by this Seattle, Washington author's clever plot twists.

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